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#1 of 327 Old 01-19-2010, 04:17 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Welcome to the 40+ TTC Thread
Previous Thread http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1121388

Welcome to the 40+ TTC Thread!
Babies Born

noordinaryspider (42) Terran born 1/18/08
Hockeylover/Juls (44) Twin Girls born 12/08 (juls is 44)
kbhlmh/Karen (47) Kevin (boy) born 12/05 when I was 44y2m. FYI - natural conception!
Juneau (44): Baby Girl Eliza Jane born 1/12/09
DoulaMomVicki: Edie Mae born 1/25/09
WV Mommy/Erika (41): Josiah Born 2/5/09
Veganmama719 (41): Declan James born 8/2/09
saoirse2007 (39): It's a Girl!!! Rauri born 8/16/09
ElliesMomma(41) Welcome Shawn Robert born 09/8/09
Pookietooth/Jen (44) Baby Girl 10/28/09
Stealthee A new baby boy, born 1/31/10
Grace24(39) Xavier, born 2/15/10
Sunrise/Sara (43) Lucy, born 2/28/10


BFP's:


s*******/Shelley: EDD 5/24/09 ???? anybody hear from her?
zonapellucida (40) EDD 3/09/10
Buzzer Beater/sara (45) EDD 6/07/10
LisaSedai (41) EDD 6/23/10
pitchfork (40) EDD 8/27/10
kel32brown/Kelli (43) EDD 10/15/10
halifax40(42) EDD 11/18/10http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/20a8a0
karen1968 (41) EDD 11/25/10


HOPEFULS:

2bpeaceful (40)
ACsMom/Jen (39.5)
amydearmas (41)
Arianwen1174 (40)
bagare (42)
beachlover (43)
BHappy/Karen (42) http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/27628e
berinjela (40)
bilbi (40)
can't wait/Felicia (41.5)
carfreemama (42)
Denny(43)
Dhopper (43)
edwardsmom (44)
Finding Serenity
fuller2(42)
Girlo/Shannon
Gerlassie(41)
Jennifer1970 (39)
Jezzy/Sharun
Joyluc (45)
karmab (41)
KaydasMom (41)
kbhlmh (47) http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/8fcb8
kittyl/Kitty (41)
klar09/Catherine(45)
Kristin0105 (44) http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/1dfb40
lauri0115(43)
LitMama (42)
lovestolearn (47)
lovbeingamommy/Kate (45)
MassaginMommy/Laurie (46) http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/8fe89
MI_Dawn (39) http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/212b8a
Miracle and Wonder/Candida (45)
Msgoodbuns (45) - single, dating, acting and ttc'ing!
my other age is 34 (45)
nicksmom03 (43) http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/1734a6
noordinaryspider/Heather (45)
nymomma
Ompath (40) http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/237d98
Rainpainter (41)
reikibirth/Toni (45)
salt phoenix (41)
Sapphos/Laura (41)
SecretBeach (40)
Shami (40.5)
Shellbell62/Shelli (46) http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/16f6a4
shy (40.5)
Sneezykids/Kelli (40)
Susan aka Speedknitter(45)
THANKFULFORFIVE (42)
TheSnowQueen/Susan (46)
Waturmama (43)
Zaika



GETTING READY

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homebirthy/Amy (42)

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#2 of 327 Old 01-19-2010, 04:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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A copy (with a few irrelevant bits edited out) of my last post on the old thread:

OMG, I did it! I started the new thread!! Please send me some energy that this doesn't somehow be the straw that is just too much for my life!! Really I think it will be okay. I do check frequently. I love this place. I am so grateful to MM and happy to give her a break. So here I go. We'll see how it is. No promises that it is more than once.

massaginmommy Yay you!! For your long reign, thankyouthankyouthankyou

2bpeaceful, do you want to be on the hopefuls list?

Anyone!, I am open to other thread title ideas.

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Can you add me to "Hopefuls"? My name is Heather and I'll be 45 the next time I ovulate. I'm mostly a lurker, but some of you may remember me from when I was TTC my son, Terran, born 1/18/08 when I was 42.
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Thank you Waturmama for taking on this job. I guess you can put me in hopefuls although I am still a bit ambivalent.
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Thank you Waturmama! :Flowersforyou

I like the title. Am really hoping for a new person this year!

Once more, heartfelt appreciation to MassaginMommy for keeping the thread throughout the fall and into winter. It was hard to let go of that thread, but I am really looking forward to this new one!

I've been studying Taking Charge of Your Fertiltiy as well as Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis. And doing regular charting for the first time (I haven't missed a day since Jan 1). I feel like I am doing a science project.

Have any of you soaked your feet in warm water? It is one of the things Dr. Lewis recommends. I did a short-cut version of it today - put one foot at a time into a bucket of warm water while standing in the tub ... anyway, my feet got tingly after a minute or so in the water. It was not uncomfortable, but it was interesting. Will try to do the foot-soak sitting down sometime later today and compare.

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Thank you Waturmama! I like the new title.

2bpeaceful: I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you are doing okay both physically and emotionally.

Welcome back Spider! I joined MDC around the time your DS was born, but I know your story from reading old posts. It was very inspirational for me.

AFM, I'm still just waiting around. No signs of labor. Today is the 1 year anniversary of my m/c at 10.5 weeks. I am so grateful to have this little one in my belly waiting to be born, but I still feel the loss of my little bean a year ago. And it feels wrong to forget about that tiny life that brought my DH and me such great joy and hope if only for a few weeks.

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Hooray ! A new thread for the new year

I, too, thank mm for holding the previous thread. And to you waturmama, many thanks for taking on this new adventure. I hear threadkeepers get the best luck.

Please update me to age 42. I had a bday in December.

Much love to all,
xxo

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Thanks to you both waturmama and massaginmommy!
I'm still checking in...despite feeling the disappointing possibility that our hopes of just one more babe is fleeting.......

Hello again spider!

2bepeaceful

It's a brand new year.......hoping to share in the joy of welcoming some brand new little people this year!

me-45, DH-46, ds1-23, ds2-18, dd1-17, dd2-14, dd3-4....hoping for #6.....

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Hi everybody, Happy New Year... time is flying!

I've got two books to share if anybody wants them just pm me your address and I'll ship them out this week.
One is: The Fertility Diet by Chavarro and Willett. Not sure if it could teach you guys anything you all seem to be up on diet, but maybe somebody here needs to brush up. It contains a lot of info from that huge study they did on nurses.
Two is: The Infertility Survival Handbook by Elizabeth Swire Falker. It's for couples considering going high tech, and helps you understand what to expect if you take that path. It was invaluable for us.

AFM- starting to show and very happy. We found out our little girl has club feet last week. A huge disappointment, quickly replaced by the joy that it looks like nothing else is wrong. Our FISH test came back fine, no trisomies, and the full panel will take another two weeks. I'm headed to Belize with my mom in Saturday to relax... too bad no cervezas this time!
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Infertility Survival Handbook
Just popping in to say that I read this book (from the library) and found it very well written. With compassion and humour as well as substantial information, clear explanation. (and I have read quite a few in this genre)

I am not planning to go this route (then again, who is?) and still I found it a very good read.

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So glad to see you all here!

BuzzerBeater, so exciting that you are showing!! Glad that all is well other than the club feet, which from my brief look sounds like it can be helped. And a girl! That's news, too, isn't it? Very wonderful!!

Bhappy, I'm loving the threadkeeper luck thought, thank you.

Stealthee, for your little spirit babe. Sounds like that one really touched your heart. I think they all do in their own ways.

noordinaryspider, thanks for stopping by. I was very happy to add Terran to the babes born list. I love that list! Good wishes on your 40+ fertility bringing him a sibling soon.

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Thanks Waturmama for giving thread leader a go.

Thanks also to Massaginmommy for all you have done.

AFM, I'm 11dpo and got a BFN today on an EPT:-(. I was feeling really really hopeful, so may subtle signs, like blood in my nose, which I haven't had since I don't know when, and bleeding gums, but then yesterday I saw a tiny bit of EWCM which for me always seems to mean AF is on her way, which is why I tested, as I just couldn't believe it. Naive, I know...lol

I had planned to wait until the day AF was due to test as I have really found the BFNs difficult with the vicious cycle of testing, waiting, testing waiting just to have AF show. But, I guess seeing the EWCM, I just needed to confirm that I actually was not pregnant.

The only plus is that this is the first cycle in a few months where I have had no spotting as of yet. So even if I get some tomorrow, I will have at minimum then a 12 day LP.

Sorry to ramble so, I'm just feeling so disappointed and I know you all understand.
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Hi all!

I was just wondering if I could be added to the getting ready list, please

I am 42, and so is DH and we are planning on starting TTC'in in about 3 months, give or take. We each have a child from a previous relationship, I have a 16 yr old dd, and DH has a 14 yr old ds, and we would love to have at least 1 together. We have tried IUI's ... that was back in 2007... but come to find out, I was a latent type 1 diabetic! Thought I was sick, and went to the dr and wow... wish it had just been the flu! Also found out a few months ago, that my thyroid is going the way of my pancreas, and I am on thyroid meds. Hoping with my medical issues taken care of, eating a pro baby diet, supplements and other goodies to help the babies come our way (we hope!) we figure in 3 months we will be good to go. Let everything sink in and get ready!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Welcome back, spider!
Bagare, have you been tested for celiac? It's commonly associated with autoimmune conditions such as Hashi's and type 1 diabetes.

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No I haven't Pookietooth, but it will be a great thing to do! Thanks for pointing that out!

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Ladies,

what do you think ? Sperm living four and a half days ? Likely or remote possibility ?

xxo

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Thank you for such a warm welcome back, everyone.

BHappy, I have heard of sperm living as long as 8 days, or so an over 35 friend says this is how her "oops" baby came to be, but I would not consider it likely. My interpretation of the chart from when ds was conceived had me Oing two days after the insem (Fertility Friend's interpretation has my O so many days later that he is a physical impossibility).

I wish you luck. My donor says he always recommends erring on the side of "too early" rather than "too late".

AFM, Terran is a bright, busy, affectionate two year old now. He still nurses a lot, but PPAF came back on its own when he was about 15 months old. One of my major problems in conceiving him, lack of fertile CM, seems to have magically resolved itself and my cycles of lengthened slightly to where 27 or 30 days is not that unusual. I do feel fortunate that I have never had one of those 40+ day cycles and everything seems good to go, I just need to get a bit better about charting so that i can do a better job of predicting when I O ahead of time, since my donor lives 5+ hours away.

I am using my own eggs, donor sperm, and fairly low tech at home insem methods. I am not planning on weaning or taking any supplements that would have an adverse effect on my nursing relationship with my toddler.

Insem #1 for baby #2 was last October and did not take, but was a picture perfect pretty chart. I kind of "lost my zen" and got a bit more obsessive than I want to be.

I'm ready to try again.
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Welcome, bagare! I've added you to the list. Good wishes on your health and baby journey.

BHappy I think certainly possible, wet cf would help. Also, remember ovulation happens before the temp shift, so maybe less than 4.5 days???

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Subbing!

Thanks for starting the new thread, Waturmama

2bepeaceful I'm so sorry for your loss. I m/c about the same time as you and still have moments of intense greif.

AFMCD4 and trying to figure out how to convince DH to BD as often as possible, given his busy and stressful schedule for the next ten days. I might have to get creative

I've been very stressed about being a SAHM to my not-quite-three-year-old. He has been very challenging lately, and I feel like I've been running on empty. We decided to put him in care 2 mornings a week so that I have time to remember who I am as a person (other than Mommy!). Even though we haven't actually done it yet, having made the decision has improved my attitude and outlook immensely. I've been making some plans and have more ideas floating in my brain than I've had in ages! I just hope I can keep up the momentum.

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what do you think ? Sperm living four and a half days ? Likely or remote possibility ?

xxo
Absolutely, it happened to me. BD one time 6 days before ovulation and got pregnant. Sadly the baby had a severe chromosone abnormality and didn't make it and I have since read that old sperm can be linked to birth defects and abnormalities.

But it's certainly possible.
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WaturMama, thank you for taking on the moderator role and starting this lovely new thread! I love the title! A big thanks also to Massaginmommy for all of her hard work.

Nice to meet you, noordinaryspider!

Happy happy birthday, BHappy! I am right on your heels, turning 42 next month. And, I can tell you from personal experience that sperm can absolutely live for 4 1/2 days! My October BFP (ending in m/c, but still...) was a result of bd'ing a full 5 days before I O'd. Fingers crossed for you!

BuzzerBeater, how exciting that you're starting to show! What fun. I'm sorry about the disappointment over your baby girl's club feet, but it's wonderful that all else is well! Belize sounds like the perfect winter relaxation while growing your baby.

Stealthee, I'm sorry too that you're feeling the loss of your last little bean. I hope the arrival of this new life will bring you much much joy even while you remember that loss.

Beachlover, sorry to hear about your BFN, but so glad you're not experiencing any spotting this month! That sounds positive.

Welcome, Bagare!

Karen1968, I remember well that feeling when I was home with my 3yo! Whatever you can do to hold on to your identity and ground yourself in that sounds like a good thing for both you and your toddler.

AFM, I just finished my 60-hour workweek, whew! I am finally done with the job I did not love. My lovely fiancee took care of my DD and stayed up until 2am with me nearly every night helping me finish an accounting project, which just made me fall in love with him all over again. Looking forward to getting married to him on February 20th (which will be past my O day, darn!). In addition to our other pre-wedding planning activities, we are scheduling an appointment with a fertility specialist! I'm a little nervous but mostly very curious.

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Seriously, what the heck is the matter with me?

Well I know it's because quite honestly, I've never had trouble getting pregnant before, so even though I know that 2 years makes a huge difference in fertility at our age, I guess I truthfully just can't believe that my good fortune has run out. My time of conceiving from single acts of BD is over. Now days of BD each month, results in only heartache.

Most perfect cycle since PPAF, ovulated on CD 15, 14 day LP, positive OPK, lots of EWCM, ovulation pain etc. etc.

Of course that led to huge $$$ wasted on name brand HPTS. I mean all those stuipid pregnancy symptoms too. I mean a little blood when I blew my nose and cramps, I never get cramps with AF, and yet I had them for days and now of course today when she showed, I don't have one, because like I said, I never get cramps with AF.

I here by solemnly swear that I will not test until AF is late, ever again, unless there is some medical reason to do so. Yep, I mean it...Really! No, I'm serious.....really!!!

OK, rant over. I'm just so sad today.................
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sorry beachlover
sounds really rough. take care of yourself.

honestly i don't know how you all deal with early testing. I've never done it and I still find it hard.

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I solemnly swear the same thing beachlover.....last month I was a mess....from here on in I'm back to myself-I will live my life,love my life,and do what I can to make things happen- but obsessing will not help,so I won;t do it! no tests unless AF is late! and I mean LATE so far,I have no reason to believe that this,cycle 8(almost 9) is any different than the past 3/4 of a year. I too had perfect timing for months,so why stress any more?
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So sorry Beachlover - I know your pain. I ordered some of those cheapies off the internet because I know that no matter how much I swear up and down I won't do it - I will end up blowing money on HPTs. I just rather spend 50 cents and be done with it. This charting is really helping my need to know what is going on - it gives me something to do rather than to waste money on peesticks. And the sad thing is that my DH can get tests for free at work - he works in a lab. But I am too embarrassed to ask him to get me them too often. And actually they are very similar to cheapie dollar tree ones. I wonder what the hospital charges for them?? Well, it is a military hospital - so I guess nothing.

AFM, 8 DPO, nothing much in the way of symptoms excepts that my feet hurt. Don't laugh. I have this kind of achy feeling in my feet and legs right before AF, but I also get it in early pregnancy. Probably some progesterone thing.

Hope you all have a good weekend!
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to you Beachlover, I hate HPTs and didn't even test until after my BFP blood test. I have one HPT test left, if you want it I'll mail it to you for the cost of shipping. :P

AFM, dd is growing so fast, I really want to savor every moment knowing that this will be our last baby (barring a miracle of course). As much as it's a joy to watch her grow, seeing her out of the newborn phase is kind of bittersweet. She's 12 weeks old and is now able to lift her head and grab at toys. And giggle. Very cute.

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Just found the new thread. Looks great. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I'm at CD13 today so theoretically should o today but my temps have been whonky this cycle so I can't judge from my chart. And I am totally stressed out by a phone call from my ad today sooooo since stress always effects my cycle. I am working really hard at letting the stress go easier said than done I assure you. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH! I needed a good scream!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi everyone, I'm bumping us up to page one with some babydust.

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Hello everyone! My due date (25 January) has come and gone. I'm trying to be patient, but it's hard!

Waturmama: Thank you for your condolences. And for taking over the thread.

Kristin: I hope you find a good outlet for your stress and that it won't negatively effect your cycle too much this month.

Pookie: Your DD sounds adorable. She's almost the same age as my little niece- it's amazing how fast they change.

NYmomma: Hope your achy feet are a good sign!

Hsmama2two: I hope cycle 8 is lucky for you. (8 is lucky in Chinese and Chinese new year is coming up.)

Shy: I'm with you about the early testing. Too stressful!

Beachlover:
I'm sorry for your heartache. Hang in there.

Litmama: Thank you. I hope all goes well with the fertility specialist and with the wedding plans. Exciting stuff!

Karen: I hope the creative BD plan is going well!

Spider: Good luck with TTC #2. Are you using the same donor?

BHappy: Hoping that you provided an excellent environment for those swimmers to survive 4.5 days! Definitely possible.

Welcome Bagare!

Buzzerbeater: It must have been a relief to get clean FISH results. Sorry to hear about your baby girl's feet, but at least you're prepared and it's something that is correctable. Wishing you a continued blessed pregnancy. Hope you had a great time in Belize even without the beer.

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Kat- I hear your pain. I do not test until my AF has not arrived, and then even, I wait a day or two for variation.

We did an IUI on Saturday, and my husband's extreme viscosity sperm problem is corrected. It took the drinking of additional bottles of water. HOORAY. This was IUI#3 for us, and our insurance only covers 6 per pregnancy so we sure hope it works. We test Feb. 8. I am holding my breath with anticipation since we just leveled the playing field with now having adequate sperm.

It was clomid/IUI, and we meet with the RE this month to discuss how I've been on clomid for 4 cycles (with a pregnancy in there from cycle #1's IUI.) And my RE says that Clomid produces a lovely two follicles and a nice fluffy endometrium when I use it, debunking that blanket statement that clomid thins your lining over 40.

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