Monday, December 27, 2010

Holidays and family

I survived the baby. The cute, adorable, chubby cheeked 4.5 month old baby that was born on my anniversary (of course). He is adorable and bald as a cue-ball with the chubby cheeks that you just want to squeeze. Luckily, no one asked when we were going to provide one of these for people to coo over. I didn't even cry when I got home. I consider this to be a success for the holiday.

In the rest of the holiday news, everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Too much food was eaten and many many wonderful gifts were received, including 1 copy of Life from Scratch by our own wonderful Mel. I am looking forward to diving into this one very soon.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I wish you a Happy New Year. I'll see you in 2011!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Results pt. 3

The SA results are in and they are not as good as hoped.

Low count (12 mil / ml) and low morphology (9%). On the other hand, they are excellent swimmers (65%) and the anti-sperm antibody was negative. This earns the husband a trip back to the dreaded place in 3 weeks and a trip to a urologist's office in the near future.

On one hand, I'm upset by the results. Now we're possibly battling male and female factor. On the other hand, I'm relieved that maybe it isn't all me and there's a chance we're both going to need help to make a baby.

I don't know where we go from here. All I know is that he goes back to give another sample in 3 weeks and he's hoping the first test was just a fluke.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CD 1

There will be no happy announcement for us at Christmas. On the other hand, this does mean I can now partake of the wine at Valeia supper at the in-laws on Christmas eve. And it means that in theory we could conceive a Christmas baby. (Yes, I know the chances of that are slim. I'm hopeful here, dammit!)

So I'm out for having a child before I turn 34.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Lessons from the weekend

This is going to be a bunch of bullet points. I apologize in advance.

  1. In a normal silent ticket auction, when one puts in 1 ticket for an item, your chances of winning the item are 1 in however many. Apparently when I put in 1 ticket, it means I win, much to the dismay of the Young'un. However, she doesn't know she's getting it for Christmas anyway.
  2. Even though I think the snow looks pretty on the ground, this does not mean I want it on the roads when I drive. Spring can come soon and take the cold with it as well.
  3. I'm really, really sick of my ear being messed up. I've never had an ear infection for this long.
  4. Christmas is in less than 2 weeks. I'm only half done with my shopping. I'm screwed.
  5. Speaking of Christmas, the baking begins tonight. Hello holiday pounds, goodbye waist.

Friday, December 10, 2010

I'm such a bad wife

P went to get his SA this morning. When he called to tell me about it, I had to work very hard to keep from laughing while we were on the phone.

Apparently, the selection of materials were quite poor and the room rivaled a gas station bathroom in its decor. He was not amused and wanted to know if we could find a different place that wouldn't be as sterile if he ever had to do this again. After laughing hysterically, chortling and snorting with laughter, lovingly offering sympathy for his plight, I may or may not have mentioned that at least his room was behind locked doors and he had more than just a curtain to hide his half naked self from the view of others. At that point he did concede that his was much less invasive than mine.

So there we have it. The testing has begun again (finally) and next up would be the saline hystereoscope for me. That one will be waiting until the new year and the new insurance which will pay more towards the testing. Sadly, still no actual coverage for IUIS or IVF, but we don't yet know if we'll even need those options.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010


This morning I woke up to find that overnight, snow had arrived to cover the grass, trees, and my car. Oddly enough this didn't annoy me. I admit to not liking snow and cold. I'm one for a more tropical climate which makes the fact that I live in an area where winter resides from mid-October to the beginning of May a bit of an amusement to my family. However, last night I put up the Christmas tree and began to set out some decorations. I'm ahead of the game for a change. Most years I'm frantically rushing to get the tree up the week of Christmas and to finish all the baking, present wrapping, shopping, and general hustle and bustle of the holidays. This year, I'm doing a bit each day and gradually getting things done. I'm hoping this will cause much less stress and frazzled nerves. We'll see if I can keep it up.

But back to the snow. The snow is actually helping me get into a more holiday kind of mood. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by all of it that I just want to curl up in my bed and hide. But today, there is snow. And it looks pretty and festive. Tomorrow I may not feel the same way about it, but for now it is nice.