Tag Archives: TTC

2/16/2013

15 Apr

We got a late Valentine’s Day Present in the form of a Positive Pregnancy Test.

Of course, I tested on Valentine’s Day and it was negative. It was a disappointment but I figured we would just continue with the HSG testing and see what happened.

I was still feeling alittle off so Tyler told me to take a test on Saturday morning. I peed on the stick not thinking anything of it and got in the shower since I had work that weekend. Low and behold, I get out of the shower and it says POSITIVE. Tyler and I hugged and cried alittle as I was still wet and naked. My whole body was shaking. We called Sarah and  my mom (and yes, in that order) and he told his parents. I went to work… crying the entire way because I was so excited and so scared. I told LM when I got into work… and at that point it didn’t matter what happened at work, I was happy.

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This was actually the day that Dr. Jennie called me from the Hospital to give me the results of the Progesterone Test. In that blog I told you what happened but there is more to the story. The reason I called her back at the hospital was because I was going to have to call her anyway to get a blood test on Monday. When she answered the phone to give me the results, I told her I knew them already since I had a positive pregnancy test. She told me that my level was through the roof and that was a good thing considering the positive test.

Upon going home I decided to take another test, just because. Well, we had a come to Jesus moment. That bastard said “Not Pregnant”. I was upset, sad and thinking OH NO! Well I decided to take the test apart and see if I could see the blue line. Mind you, Tyler was on his way home at this point. I probably should have thought how to break open a test but instead I grabbed a small screw driver and little hammer. As I am trying to pry this thing open, while I have the test that said pregnant literally staring at me still on the table, Ty comes home. He walks in on me and goes “We need to not be this crazy, lets get off this train, what are you doing?” So I tell him and he takes a look at the stick, removes the pee on part and then sticks a pen into the empty slot and the things magically opens… Should have thought that one through in hindsight. We see the double lines. Faint but its there.

I tested every day with the various tests I had laying around until 2/23/13, because well, you never know.

 

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Checking In – I am not dead

22 Feb

Hello All, I am deep in tax season / getting our kitchen cabinets season and thus that is why I have been absent from my blog. Its not that I dont love you all and that we dont have funny stuff happening to us, its that I am too damn tired to do jack shit when I get home at night other than eat, yoga and then sleep.

 

Ty and I are doing well. The kitchen cabinets are coming today and we should be ordering the counter tops ASAP. We are back in the living room which is so nice since we are no longer confined to the bedroom. The cats have gotten a new cat tree which is great, because it has a cat hammock, which will be so cute, if someone would use it! We have our new furniture which comfortably fits both Ty and I laying together as well as the dog and both cats. So we have one big happy family.

 

We are still on this crazycatlady baby journey and we are awaiting some test results to see what our next steps will be. Truthfully, I have let go of trying to control everything since meeting with Jennie as well as getting my Monitor. Its a nice feeling.

 

I have been writing a bunch down so that I can remember to blog about it when tax season is over so dont worry, more humor to come!

 

Crazycatladystalksdrjennie

18 Feb

On Saturday while I was at work my cell phone rang. The caller ID said it was FAHC pre-registration. I looked at the phone as if it was crazy because I was not scheduled for any tests yet so I ignored it. They left a voicemail.

As I listened to the message it was Jennie with my blood test results… She said she was on call at the hospital and she was killing time as she waited to deliver a baby and she hoped she would catch me but since she didn’t she would call on Monday.

Oh hell no. We are discussing these results today. So I call the number back and the message says “you reached this number because someone called you from the hospital. This number is a generalized number and you will not be able to reach the person who called you. Please dial the number they left on the message to reach them.”

DAMN it!!! She didn’t leave a number! But… The last line of the message said “stay on the line to have the operator connect you with an extension.”

BING-fucking-O

So I speak to the operator and tell them that my doctor called but didn’t leave a number and maybe they could page them for me. She did.

Jennie and I talked. My progestrone level was through the roof. Go me! She then asked “how did you get through to me?” UT OH… So I tell her and she laughed and told me I was not the first person to do that.

Thankfully… I may be crazy but I’m not the only one.

Now we wait for Tyler’s results later this weeks!

Cup Lovin and Update

14 Feb

Tuesday was the day. Ty made love to a cup. His appointment was at 11:00am at the hospital, which meant that he needed to be out of the house by 10:20am. I called Tyler at 9:55am just to make sure that he didnt forget and that he knew where the department was in the hospital and that he had clean hands. He didnt answer my phone call.

 

When he did call back he said “I know how to Jizz in a cup, I dont need you to micro manage something that is very easy for me to do”. So maybe he has made love to a cup before? I didnt ask but its done. So now we wait. I am on Cycle Day 30, so four more days and I should have my period, Ill call the doctor to schedule my HSG and then we will wait for the results of the blood test and the Sperm analysis. So Fingers crossed!

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I had acupuncture last Saturday evening and Scott treated my back as normal as well as two points just above the nape of my neck, which is used for headaches and neck pains. It is a point that frequently carries the physical tension of the body. When our immunity is under siege, fighting sickness such as a common cold, this point can become tender and achy upon touch. It is also a very good point for regulating blood pressure and blood circulation. When Scott put the needles in, OH MY GOD…. it felt so good. It was like bending over and hanging, I did feel the tension release. It was AMAZING!

 

I am no longer taking the Tea Tree Pills and I actually stopped the Milk Thistle and Zinc. I still feel wonderful so that’s always good, my body has changed for the better! The reason I stopped taking them was because I want to start fresh. Scott did give me some Herbs which look like wood bark, I was told to boil them in 5 cups of water for 45 minutes and drink some in the morning and evening (one 5 cup boil should take me two days per Scott) as Tea. Scott said that the herbs would be sweet but to me they taste alittle bit like Miso Soup that I used to get at Price Chopper.  Which now that I think about it, I will be ordering from Amazon after I am done this post.

 

Kikkoman Shiro Miso Soup

But anyway, so I am addicted to this herbal tea, wood barky stuff. I like crave it. So way to go Scott! My next appointment with Scott is this Saturday at 6:30pm. I hate the late appointments but thus is the curse of tax season.

 

So this cycle I am okay with whatever happens. I am not hoping for anything, I wont be devastated. I will just be. Things will happen for us and hopefully we are on the right track. I already know we have a great team behind us so we can only go up from here.

EWCM

10 Feb

EWCM is more like EWWWWWWWWWW what the fuck to my husband and more like OMG YES to me.

Last Saturday I was cleaning my house like I normally do on the weekend. I have OCD or something where I must clean my house on the weekend. During the week does not cut it nor count in my eyes. So I clean on the weekend. Anyway As I cleaned, Ty was screwing around with the house and his brother, Jeff Not the Cat, came over to screw around too. As I was cleaning I got a colon kick and pooped. In the toilet  not where I was cleaning, which if you read that how it is written you may have assumed that. Anyway, The book Taking Charge of your Fertility said its best to check cervical mucus after dropping the kids off at the pool… so I did.

I immediately called Ty into the bedroom. He yelled from the living room “If this is another ‘come look at the cat because it is doing something cute’, Im not coming” and I screamed back, “COME NOW”. So he thinks its an emergency… He comes sliding down the hallway (literally the floor is slippery because of all the wood dust that we are making creating the mudroom and railings) and goes “WHATS WRONG”.

I am standing there proudly, pants down… Hand risen in the air as if I was Miss America waving to all her subjects, Thumb and Index finger touching… He looks at me, and I spread those fingers widely and smile. I whispher, “Egg White Cervical Mucus, I am going to ovulate soon and your boys will be happy swimming in it because its PERFECT for spermies. We totally need to do it”. He looks at me and goes “EWWWWWW GROSS, dont touch me with that….”.

I guess he wasn’t as excited as I was.

And maybe I need to pull my pants up because I seem to forget to do that alot when I am in a panic or excited.

 

MITS (MISSING IN TAX SEASON)

8 Feb

I have been laying low lately… not because I dont have anything to say but because its Tax Season and Shit be crazy.

 

FYI the Cosby Show is now on Netflix… Go enjoy alittle piece of childhood heaven!

 

I also have been making an effort to not be as apparent, if that makes any sense. Most of the people that I follow in the blogasphere are in two categories… Newly pregnant or Starting on the road of IUI or IVF. I do not fall into either of these categories and although I am happy that both categories have found their Hope, I need to make sure that I can stay sane. So basically, its not you, its me… and my amazing ability to be all in my head.

 

I have been doing very good at be present in the now lately. I am done with worrying, I cant do this to myself anymore or to Tyler or my marriage. We are just going to take things as they come. I know that my Peak fertility reading thanks to my fertility monitor has eased my mind a bit but seriously, after my appointment and hearing Jennie say that sometimes even with the best hands and best timing things dont stick… I got it. Its a process. It my body, things will happen or not happen. And if they dont, I have the ability to either adopt or buy a bigger house and become those people with 10 dogs and 22 cats (not hoarded but living happily together). Tyler does not know that master plan yet but I dont think he will be against the amount of dogs or cats but he will be against the number of litter boxes we will need to clean.

Today was my blood test to confirm ovulation. I know I ovulated, I had a positive OPK (I had like FIVE laying around so I just peed on them) and I had two Peak days of fertility according to my fertility monitor. My temperature has risen so that’s also a good sign that ovulation has occurred  The blood test should confirm ovulation as well as see where my progesterone level is, and as I said before, I either have a hormonal imbalance or a blockage. So we will wait and see.

 

Ty has his semen analysis on Tuesday. He has been told the following:

1. Know where to go before leaving the house

1.5 Shower

2. Wash hands a million times

3. Have Jacket on

4. Have Car Started

5. Make love to the cup

6. Pull Pants up

7. Get in said truck

8. Keep cup warm

9. Drive to FAHC

10. Drop off Sample

 

I swear should he screw this up, we will have a few days of silence between the two of us. Seriously. And then after that we just wait. I should get my period around the 19th. If I do, I call Jennie and we set up a HSG. And we move forward. Thats all I can do at this point.

 

I am hoping that with tax season that the next few months will not seem as long as they have in the past. I am also hoping that by some miracle that the cost of the Pee Sticks for the monitor go down in price… I am going to use 20 sticks this month because the monitor made me start peeing on Cycle Day 6, and I ovulate later in my cycle. That will leave me with 10 sticks for next month (Apparently the sticks go in packs of ten… you must pee on ten… You get peak on day 5, you still need to pee 5 more times… You get peak on Day 17, you still need to pee until Day 20).  I am going to order more but my god, they are fucking expensive.

 

If I would have known that getting pregnant cost this much and would take me this long, I would have saved the money and not bought condoms all those years.

 

So thats where I be… And here is my chart, its not as wonderful as last months but its a good chart, I am happy with it.

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And this post is dedicated to someone, they know who they are… Thank you for keeping me sane, listening to me moan and groan, Sharing their own stories of triumphs and failures and basically being one kick ass woman. I know that sometimes I forget to say it but you are awesome and I probably would have been in a pink straight jacket by now if you weren’t here for me. So, Thank you 🙂

 

 

 

 

Quantifying the cost of trying to concieve

1 Feb

Now… this point is supposed to be funny. It is not accurate. It is no where near accurate but here is a breakdown. For the sake of keeping things simple all Ovulation Predictor Kits will be marked at $1.50(to find a common ground between the Cheapies and the Expensive ones), All Pregnancy tests will be at $5.00 (to find a common ground between the Cheapies and the Expensive ones).  The Acupuncture cost and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs are the exact Amount I paid. As I have said, these are just estimates. How much money have you spent on TTC? Are you surprised?

Cost Per Unit Amount
Pre-TTC Appointment 119 1 119
August  OPKs 1.5 7 10.5
August  Pregnancy Tests 5 4 20
September  OKPs 1.5 7 10.5
September  Pregnancy Tests 6 5 30
October OPKs 1.5 19 28.5
October Pregnancy Tests 5 9 45
October Acupuncture Consult 80 1 80
October Acupuncture 60 3 180
November OPKs 1.5 32 48 2 times a day
November Pregnancy Tests 5 3 15
November Acupuncture 60 4 240
November TCM Herbs 10 4 40
December OPKs 1.5 52 78 4 times a day
December Pregnancy Test 5 4 20
December Acupuncture 60 4 240
December TCM Herbs 10 4 40
January OPKS 1.5 5 7.5
January Fertility Monitor 219 1 219
January Acupuncture 60 3 180
January TCM 10 1 10
January Fertility Appointment 225 1 225 Estimate
Miscellaneous
Prenatal 90 day Supply, One Daily 15.99 2 31.98
Zinc 50 Pills, One daily 6.29 2.4 15.096
Milk Thistle 100 Pills, Three Daily 14.99 4 59.96
Muscinex In September 10.99 1 10.99
B6, One Pill Daily 6.29 1 6.29 Buy one, get one free
Evening Prim Rose 11.29 1 11.29 Buy one, get one free
2021.61  TOTAL  
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