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April 27th, 2011, 07:58 AM
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I snagged this fabulous list from The Princess and the Peestick blog. I thought it was a fun time-waster. Enjoy.

A. Age when you started TTC: 25
B. Baby Dancing or Sex: I don't call it "BD" to DH... we just say "we should probably do it sometime today."
C. Children wanted: It used to be 2, but now I'll be happy if I can make 1.
D. Dogs/Cats/Fill in Children: Two dogs- an aussie (Nola) and a sheltie (Ibbie), one cat (Lily), and two aquariums
E. Essential Oils/Vitamins/Snake Oils: I just take prenatals right now.
F. Fertility Meds Iíve taken: Clomid, Femara, Ovidrel
G. Gain: Luckily, I've only gained 5 lbs from trying to eat healthier (meaning, eating from the food pyramid, not just consuming black coffee and diet Coke.)
H. HSG (Hystosalpingogram): I had one, and it was uncomfortable because my uterus is tipped and therefore my cervix makes it difficult to maneuver things through. I was psychologically freaked out more than anything, though.
I. Infertile Pet Peeves: When people with children say things like "Oh, you won't be able to sleep in when you have kids!" "You won't be able to wear such cute clothes when you have kids because they'll vomit on you, etc." "You think it's tough cleaning up after dogs, try having kids." Etc.
J. Job title: Office Admin. It's my temporary job while I'm searching for a teaching job...
K. Kidís names youíre afraid will be taken by the time you can use them: I DID like Eva a lot, but my SIL named her baby Ava, so that's not happening anymore.
L. Length of time TTC: It'll be 2 years in August. That's just the hardcore charting TTC, too. We were NTNP for 6 months before that.
M. Miscarriages: None. The only thing I can think of that would be worse than the constant disappointments we've faced is the possibility of finally getting that second line on the pee stick, only to have it disappear. In a way I feel lucky, which is rare for me to say for anything regarding TTC.
N. Number of times youíve switched OB/GYNS, REs, FSs: I've gone to my ob/gyn for some work, and now I'm seeing an RE that I love (so far.) I haven't felt like changing yet... I'd like to keep the # of people who have seen my girly bits to a minimum.
O. Ovarian quality: My RE assumes it's good, based on my age. I don't know anything otherwise.
P. POAS or wait for AF: I'd rather wait for AF, but it doesn't always happen that way.
Q. Quote from an obnoxious fertile: Hmm, so many to choose from. I think the best ones are about adoption. As if they know anything about it, having all biological children of their own... with mom's nose, dad's smile, etc. This was after I said "DH and I have been trying for a baby for almost two years now, so we're seeing a specialist for help." Obnoxious Fertile (who had a surprise baby, btw): "Have you two considered adoption? There are lots of children out there who need parents." Ugh... just because I'm infertile means that I am the one who has to save the children who need loving homes. I would be happy to do that, but it's as if they have NO idea of the costs and the amount of time it takes to do so.
S. Sperm: DH had a few borderline SAs done about a year ago or so... and since then has been taking supplements and working out. His last count was 150 million, and all the nurses during my IUI were making manly man jokes with me. When he found out, he said "I'm gonna go eat a steak! *GROWL* " What a dork.
T. Time you tried naturally: About 13 cycles total. We tried naturally for 8 months, then I was put on Clomid. We had a few more natural cycles after that, until I started Femara and IUIs.
U. Uterus quality: It's retroflexed, retrograde, tipped, whatever. My HSG was good, but I haven't had a lap yet, which is something my RE suggests in the future.
V. Vagina: It used to be such a sacred place. Not anymore! I probably wouldn't be bothered about not wearing pants in public at this point-- after so many people have gotten a look, it's really not that embarrassing anymore.
W. What baby stuff do you already have?: Nothing. I do have a room in my house that we haven't painted because we don't know what color it should be yet. Hint hint. That's all, though.
X. X-tra X-tra Hear all about it! How many people know the ins and outs of our crazy TTC journey? Too many, but not enough. I change my mind about it daily. DH's parents know, and his grandparents know, too. My parents know, my brother and SIL know, my grandparents know, and I think most of our friends know. It's just easier, because then they know not to bother me with "when ya having kids?!" Even so, some of them are still insensitive about it (particularly my brother, who has offered me his son a million times. I don't want your kid, dude.)
Y. Yearly Exam (do you still go in even though someone sees your lady parts most months?: I'm about 2 months late for that... I forgot. I see the doctor so much, I don't realize I should go more.
Z. Zits: I get them when I ovulate, and I get them when AF is coming. I'm one big hormonal mess! Hey, at least I can add it to the list of symptoms for my chart.
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April 27th, 2011, 08:56 AM
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Ooo, a time-waster, yay!

A. Age when you started TTC: 25
B. Baby Dancing or Sex: We call it sex. Or a variety of other euphemisms, but I've never said "baby-dancing" to DH.
C. Children wanted: We wanted 2 or 3, but at this point, I would be thrilled with one!
D. Dogs/Cats/Fill in Children: Two dogs
E. Essential Oils/Vitamins/Snake Oils: Prenatals and DHA
F. Fertility Meds Iíve taken: None yet.
G. Gain: I haven't gained weight due to fertility meds since I haven't taken them yet.
H. HSG (Hystosalpingogram): OUCH. Lots of women seem to have no problem with this, but it was very painful for me! Glad it's over!
I. Infertile Pet Peeves: When people ask us when we are going to have kids, when people CONSTANTLY post pictures, status updates, etc. on FB about their baby bump/baby/baby stuff.
J. Job title: Cake decorator! My DH and I have a custom cake business. I also do some temp work as a receptionist on the side.
K. Kidís names youíre afraid will be taken by the time you can use them:
L. Length of time TTC: On and off for over 2 years.
M. Miscarriages: None.
N. Number of times youíve switched OB/GYNS, REs, FSs: We just went straight from our GP to the RE and love him so far!
O. Ovarian quality: We haven't done any tests to specifically determine that yet, but have no reason to think it's not good.
P. POAS or wait for AF: I haven't POAS in such a long time. I will usually start getting really tempted right about the time I start feeling all of the telltale signs of AF.
Q. Quote from an obnoxious fertile: Not necessarily a direct quote, but when they basically say that us childless people must have all this free time with nothing to do just because we don't have kids.
S. Sperm: Ugh. We are dealing with MFI, so sperm is a touchy subject.
T. Time you tried naturally: Actively trying, about a year. NTNP, about another year.
U. Uterus quality: It's normal. My RE said it had a slight "heart-shape" to it, but said that wasn't a problem for fertility.
V. Vagina: I'm definitely not as shy about it as the first time I went to the gynecologist!
W. What baby stuff do you already have?: Nothing yet. We have a guest bedroom that will be converted to the baby room.
X. X-tra X-tra Hear all about it! How many people know the ins and outs of our crazy TTC journey? We're private people, so we don't share with people about it. The only people we finally told was my BFF and her husband.
Y. Yearly Exam (do you still go in even though someone sees your lady parts most months?: Yeah, I'm up to date on that.
Z. Zits: I get them around the time of AF, usually just one or two.
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TTC on our own for over 2 years
Dx with Severe MFI- Blood work shows no Microdeletion and no CF mutations

Ultrasound scheduled 3/22- DONE! Everything looks normal, other than some cysts on my right ovary.
HSG scheduled 4/14- DONE! Tubes are clear!!
On BCP until our IVF w/ICSI scheduled for August!!!

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