First Entry

If you can read this, it means you’re in the custom Friends group that I’ve whittled down. I’ve been feeling like I want to write about trying to have a baby. But my general journal is open to too many people, and I’m just not ready to telegraph all this just yet.

So hello to my Friends who either already know, are moms themselves, are engaging enough to merit being on any list and I trust not to transmit this information. You’re a really small group, actually.

And if anyone thinks this stuff is TMI, I won’t be at all offended if you ask me to take you off the distro.

The background is that Damon and I tossed out the birth control as soon as we got married last July. It’s quick, but I don’t have any intention of being pregnant and pushing 40. It’s not an unreasonable thing to do, but it’s definitely not for me.

So for a few months we just lived our lives without worrying about it, just trying to get used to this new freedom after so many years of vigilance and caution. In late fall I read “Taking Control of Your Fertility” and we got more targeted in our efforts. After just two months I got a new job and we took a two-month hiatus while I waited for my new insurance to kick in. I had nightmare visions of some bureaucrat in a basement calling my pregnancy a pre-existing condition and refusing me coverage. So now we’re back on track. I’m faithfully taking my basal temp. every morning and keep an eye on all things ovulatory in general.

So today I went for my annual with a new doctor. Much to my relief I liked her a lot. She uses cotton gowns instead of paper.

The visit was an education, as I learned that my uterus is tipped. I got a kick out of listening to her try to delicately suggest that “you might want to be… on your… tummy” as that will make my chances of conceiving much better.

She also said to go only another three months of trying before calling her so we could figure something out. I’m glad she’s so proactive, that’s good. But it’s also a little scary to think that fertility testing could be that close.

The last interesting bit was her telling me that as soon as I get a positive pregnancy test I should stop taking my daily multivitamin because a) it will have too much vitamin A and b) that they make pregnant women feel really sick. Fascinating.

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16 responses to this post.

  1. I think that’s wonderful!
    And I am surprised and honored and delighted to be included in your filter.

    Reply

  2. Susan, I sincerely doubt that you’ve ever been left out of any filter.
    There’s just something about you that merits inclusion.

    Reply

  3. As they said in The Big Chill, they never tell you in high school how actually difficult it is to get pregnant.
    Probably because for high school students, it isn’t so difficult. Just ask ‘ sister.
    Crossing fingers and sending fertility vibes your way.
    (BTW, get a stuffed lion to put by your bed. Lions are a sign of fertility, and we’ve only gotten pregnant when the lion is out. True story.)

    Reply

  4. I think that might be the second nicest thing anyone’s ever said about me.

    Reply

  5. What are you doing on LJ??? Get busy!!!

    Reply

  6. What are you doing on LJ??? Get busy!!!
    2006-03-17T03:13:51Z

    Electricrocket is right. This filter is a better place with you here.
    2006-03-17T04:59:46Z

    Believe you me, I can get busy. But Damon’s not here right now. So while it would be fun, it wouldn’t get me there. At least not that there.
    2006-03-17T05:00:27Z

    I’m not above alternative methods. I’m totally picking up a lion first chance I get.
    2006-03-17T05:01:05Z

    oh no, cause sex on ones tummy just sucks. 🙂
    have fun!

    2006-03-17T12:08:27Z

    Feh. Every time I do that, I don’t match anyone in their database. Thus, I look like Salma Hayek.
    2006-03-17T12:41:59Z

    Have a pomegranate. And put a sheaf of wheat in the corner.
    2006-03-17T12:43:46Z

    I’m in the grocery store last night, buyiong sugary cereals to bring to Marc Cram in Prague and I had to stop and grab the Redbook off the impulse shelf there and leaf through to the masthead and there you was. You’re SO COOL!!!
    2006-03-17T13:46:45Z

    I’ve been waiting all my life to hear those three little words.
    2006-03-18T02:41:16Z

    Crap. There went my job. Dilly-dallying doesn’t pay off.
    2006-03-18T21:56:41Z

    There is no dishonor in that. It’s a good surrender, an honorable surrender.
    There’s another blog site that has a “Currently Reading” field. Perhaps we just need to fake it.

    Currently Reading: Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard Feynman
    2006-03-19T05:43:44Z

    I take it you mean the Ira Levin book, and not the old, good movie — as opposed to the new, unbelievably awful movie.
    2006-03-19T14:27:21Z

    Okay, let’s start a revolution! I’m going to try to remember to end each post with my current reading.

    Reply

    • Believe you me, I can get busy. But Damon’s not here right now. So while it would be fun, it wouldn’t get me there. At least not that there.
      2006-03-17T05:00:27Z

      I’m not above alternative methods. I’m totally picking up a lion first chance I get.
      2006-03-17T05:01:05Z

      oh no, cause sex on ones tummy just sucks. 🙂
      have fun!

      2006-03-17T12:08:27Z

      Feh. Every time I do that, I don’t match anyone in their database. Thus, I look like Salma Hayek.
      2006-03-17T12:41:59Z

      Have a pomegranate. And put a sheaf of wheat in the corner.
      2006-03-17T12:43:46Z

      I’m in the grocery store last night, buyiong sugary cereals to bring to Marc Cram in Prague and I had to stop and grab the Redbook off the impulse shelf there and leaf through to the masthead and there you was. You’re SO COOL!!!
      2006-03-17T13:46:45Z

      I’ve been waiting all my life to hear those three little words.
      2006-03-18T02:41:16Z

      Crap. There went my job. Dilly-dallying doesn’t pay off.
      2006-03-18T21:56:41Z

      There is no dishonor in that. It’s a good surrender, an honorable surrender.
      There’s another blog site that has a “Currently Reading” field. Perhaps we just need to fake it.

      Currently Reading: Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard Feynman
      2006-03-19T05:43:44Z

      I take it you mean the Ira Levin book, and not the old, good movie — as opposed to the new, unbelievably awful movie.
      2006-03-19T14:27:21Z

      Okay, let’s start a revolution! I’m going to try to remember to end each post with my current reading.

      Reply

  7. Electricrocket is right. This filter is a better place with you here.

    Reply

  8. Electricrocket is right. This filter is a better place with you here.
    2006-03-17T04:59:46Z

    Believe you me, I can get busy. But Damon’s not here right now. So while it would be fun, it wouldn’t get me there. At least not that there.
    2006-03-17T05:00:27Z

    I’m not above alternative methods. I’m totally picking up a lion first chance I get.
    2006-03-17T05:01:05Z

    oh no, cause sex on ones tummy just sucks. 🙂
    have fun!

    2006-03-17T12:08:27Z

    Feh. Every time I do that, I don’t match anyone in their database. Thus, I look like Salma Hayek.
    2006-03-17T12:41:59Z

    Have a pomegranate. And put a sheaf of wheat in the corner.
    2006-03-17T12:43:46Z

    I’m in the grocery store last night, buyiong sugary cereals to bring to Marc Cram in Prague and I had to stop and grab the Redbook off the impulse shelf there and leaf through to the masthead and there you was. You’re SO COOL!!!
    2006-03-17T13:46:45Z

    I’ve been waiting all my life to hear those three little words.
    2006-03-18T02:41:16Z

    Crap. There went my job. Dilly-dallying doesn’t pay off.
    2006-03-18T21:56:41Z

    There is no dishonor in that. It’s a good surrender, an honorable surrender.
    There’s another blog site that has a “Currently Reading” field. Perhaps we just need to fake it.

    Currently Reading: Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard Feynman
    2006-03-19T05:43:44Z

    I take it you mean the Ira Levin book, and not the old, good movie — as opposed to the new, unbelievably awful movie.
    2006-03-19T14:27:21Z

    Okay, let’s start a revolution! I’m going to try to remember to end each post with my current reading.

    Reply

  9. Believe you me, I can get busy. But Damon’s not here right now. So while it would be fun, it wouldn’t get me there. At least not that there.

    Reply

  10. I’m not above alternative methods. I’m totally picking up a lion first chance I get.

    Reply

  11. I’m not above alternative methods. I’m totally picking up a lion first chance I get.
    2006-03-17T05:01:05Z

    oh no, cause sex on ones tummy just sucks. 🙂
    have fun!

    2006-03-17T12:08:27Z

    Feh. Every time I do that, I don’t match anyone in their database. Thus, I look like Salma Hayek.
    2006-03-17T12:41:59Z

    Have a pomegranate. And put a sheaf of wheat in the corner.
    2006-03-17T12:43:46Z

    I’m in the grocery store last night, buyiong sugary cereals to bring to Marc Cram in Prague and I had to stop and grab the Redbook off the impulse shelf there and leaf through to the masthead and there you was. You’re SO COOL!!!
    2006-03-17T13:46:45Z

    I’ve been waiting all my life to hear those three little words.
    2006-03-18T02:41:16Z

    Crap. There went my job. Dilly-dallying doesn’t pay off.
    2006-03-18T21:56:41Z

    There is no dishonor in that. It’s a good surrender, an honorable surrender.
    There’s another blog site that has a “Currently Reading” field. Perhaps we just need to fake it.

    Currently Reading: Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard Feynman
    2006-03-19T05:43:44Z

    I take it you mean the Ira Levin book, and not the old, good movie — as opposed to the new, unbelievably awful movie.
    2006-03-19T14:27:21Z

    Okay, let’s start a revolution! I’m going to try to remember to end each post with my current reading.

    Reply

  12. oh no, cause sex on ones tummy just sucks. 🙂
    have fun!

    Reply

  13. oh no, cause sex on ones tummy just sucks. 🙂
    have fun!

    2006-03-17T12:08:27Z

    Feh. Every time I do that, I don’t match anyone in their database. Thus, I look like Salma Hayek.
    2006-03-17T12:41:59Z

    Have a pomegranate. And put a sheaf of wheat in the corner.
    2006-03-17T12:43:46Z

    I’m in the grocery store last night, buyiong sugary cereals to bring to Marc Cram in Prague and I had to stop and grab the Redbook off the impulse shelf there and leaf through to the masthead and there you was. You’re SO COOL!!!
    2006-03-17T13:46:45Z

    I’ve been waiting all my life to hear those three little words.
    2006-03-18T02:41:16Z

    Crap. There went my job. Dilly-dallying doesn’t pay off.
    2006-03-18T21:56:41Z

    There is no dishonor in that. It’s a good surrender, an honorable surrender.
    There’s another blog site that has a “Currently Reading” field. Perhaps we just need to fake it.

    Currently Reading: Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard Feynman
    2006-03-19T05:43:44Z

    I take it you mean the Ira Levin book, and not the old, good movie — as opposed to the new, unbelievably awful movie.
    2006-03-19T14:27:21Z

    Okay, let’s start a revolution! I’m going to try to remember to end each post with my current reading.

    Reply

  14. Have a pomegranate. And put a sheaf of wheat in the corner.

    Reply

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