Darcy, as expected, my period started on Christmas (Merry Christmas to me!), so can you move me back to Waiting to O.
I'll be inseminating the week of Jan 6 (god willing and the creek don't rise). I've decided to try timing by cycle day (and not trying to make the OPKs miraculously work) for a few months, and then reconsider the letrozole question.
Thanks so much to all of you for your feedback on all the questions I posed. It was so helpful!
Sphinxy, my thinking is that it would make sense to insem on CD14 and CD16 if I weren't shipping. I count the day being shipped as one day off the total time the sperm will live--though I have no idea if this is really true--so a CD15 insem (shipped CD14) will live until about CD16, and a CD17 insem (shipped CD16) will live until about CD18. I could be totally wrong on my reasoning, but that's my thought process.
Fried, appreciate the feedback about support networks. Unfortunately, I don't have much in the way of close family, and none nearby, so I wouldn't have any real family support, and my close friends are scattered around the world. (I have an aunt and a couple of friends who've said they'll come for a bit after the baby is born (if/when), but that would be very short-term.) I've only lived where I am now for two years. I have made some good friends here, many of whom have/like kids (somewhat intentionally--knowing I'd need a community/support network, I joined the UU church and got involved with their kid programs, so I've befriended some like-minded parents), and I think I'll be able to lean on them a bit, but, realistically, it's going to be me. I'll cope, one baby or two (or none), but it's definitely not the biggest/strongest of support systems.
mamaetmaman and Darcy, thanks for the input on how letrozole (and Clomid) affected your O timing. That definitely helped me to decide to wait on the letrozole and not try to combine it with the timed insems (which I was fairly tempted to do). It seems more logically to give my body a couple more well-timed tries without adding in another variable.
So, here's to a fresh, lucky new year for all of us, and my highest hopes for all of our dreams to come true in 2014!