Congrats on the promotion, sphinxy! So great!
I too struggle with how I'll balance my career and my parenting plans... At work, my bosses have made it clear that they see me as a future leader in the company, and speak often of what things will look like in another 2 years (once I'm fully qualified). They have no idea that I'm TTC, obviously, and that it'll likely take longer than 2 years for me to finish my requirements.
Here in Canada, I'll get 15 weeks of maternal leave (which is for someone who has given birth or is about to), and then there's an additional 35 weeks of leave which I can divvy up with DP if I want (it's for any new parents, including those who adopt). For both leaves, I'll receive 55% of my pay. DP's union provides an extra top-up if she takes parental leave (90% of her pay, I think), so it could be financially better for us to have her take over baby-care while I go back to work instead of taking the whole 50 weeks myself... But then I think of breastfeeding, and pumping during the workday, and I gotta say: There is no way in hell I'm gonna be expressing milk on my break at a construction site!
Who knows, though... Maybe the kid'll be done daytime feedings by then... Or maybe DP will get a promotion and it make more sense for her to work full time while I take care of the kid for a couple years... Or maybe when I'm on leave, and while the baby sleeps, I become so successful at marketing DP's art that she can quit her job and support all of us simply by painting... Yeah, this woman dreams. I'm also looking to those lottery gods, esenbee.
I'm glad you had a nice trip, scorpioma!
FX for you in your TWW, merstone, and here's some baby-dust...
Lizbian, I'm glad you've found a more affordable option in the Danish clinic. That's quite a difference in price!
Sorry to hear about your mom, fmorris. What difficult timing. Are you able to visit her in the hospital if she's still there, or would you need to travel?
I looked at your FF chart, sotohana, and I don't think you've O'ed yet... I know what you mean about that creamy-but-some-EW-stretchiness CM, I get it too and never know how exactly to interpret it. Glad to hear your delivery arrived safe and sound.
Hurrah for being ready to get started, twomommyfamily! I hope your RE follow-up goes well.
Friederike, I am so delighted that your mom wants to buy sperm for you. I just love it. It seriously thrills me that she would be so supportive. My parents are totally on board with DP and I's baby-making plans, but the closest they've come to offering financial help is that my dad and stepmom are excited to create an education savings plan when we actually have a child. It's very sweet of them, of course, but sometimes I wanna say, "Hey, why don't you help me get pregnant in the first place, and then I'LL pay to educate the kid?"