Good to Go!

Its been about a week since Jenn’s ultrasound and tonight we got a phone call at 7 pm from Dr. C herself! She called to let Jenn know that everything from her appointment last month came back fine and her ultrasound was PERFECT – all of her cysts on her ovaries were completely gone! She had an ultrasound done back in 2009 and there were several cysts, which can be a problem when TTC, so this is definitely great news. Jenn was super excited and even asked her, “Does this mean I can start trying to have a baby?” And Dr. C said yes, we are good to go!

So now that we’ve gotten the “good to go”, we can start on our baby journey whenever we want. So happy! And excited!

-B

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Island Vibes

Today Jenn had the appointment for her ultrasound that Dr. C ordered last month. She went in and had a really nice ultrasound technician, which is a huge plus when you’re going through this ordeal and want it over with ASAP. Jenn said nothing seemed out of the ordinary on the screen but of course the ultrasound technician can’t tell you anything when you are there on the table. When all was said and done, Jenn got dressed and was heading out to leave when the ultrasound technician stopped her. She was an older Island woman and she stops Jenn to say: “Oh dearie, I know you are going to be pregnant soon. I can just tell it is going to be easier than you think and you are going to have a baby soon. I wish you luck!”

I don’t know (or care) if its a sixth sense, or an Island vibe, but let’s hope this woman is right!

-B

Hot ‘n’ Cold

So we’re about halfway through Jenn’s cycle and we have been charting her BBT (basal body temperature) every morning. Tracking/charting your BBT is supposed to be a useful tool when TTC and so of course, we are on board. Every morning Jenn wakes up, hits the snooze button, and sticks a thermometer in her mouth to wait for the beep. Then she drags herself out of bed, pees on an OPK (ovulation predictor kit) stick, and then waits again for that result. She then trudges, half awake by now, into the kitchen to write down her temperature and whether or not she got a smiley (means you are or are about to ovulate) on the OPK. She writes all of this down, every morning bright and early, on a little calendar we bought just for this purpose. Then, because it stresses her out way too much, I take the data she gives me on the calendar, and I make a line graph showing the fluctuations in her temperate for her whole cycle. This, in the end, is supposed to help us gauge when she is going to ovulate so that we know when to try to make a baby. It’s a little much for first thing in the morning, but its important, especially since as lesbians we have such a small window of opportunity and we don’t have the luxury of NOT planning ahead and being a little psychotic about it!

With ovulation, timing is everything. The BBT chart will, unfortunately, only show you a pattern over the months that show approximately when you ovulate, not when you will ovulate. Also you won’t know when you are going to ovulate just by reading your temperature every morning; your temperature will only rise a day or two after ovulation has occurred. Using an OPK can help you pinpoint the target ovulation time and you can confirm ovulation did take place by seeing a temperature rise on your BBT chart. This may all sound like mumbo-jumbo to you, and most of the time it sounds that way to us, but we have to do what we have to do. Jenn’s been a real trooper, diligently doing her new morning routine every day and developing a mild peeing-on-a-stick complex. Oh the joys  involved in making babies.

-B