Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New plan

I got my period on Monday. I called the doctor yesterday and we are ready for insemination around the 9th & 10th, depending on when my pee stick turns pink. Then we checked our calendars to see what we might be doing on the 8-11. K has a conflict. Her work has their annual all-staff meeting on the 10-12. How sure am I of a pee stick with a pink line on the 8th, meaning we could inseminate on the 9th, a day before the staff meeting? Ugh, not very. This is our first time - how sure can I be of anything. So we decided to do it at home this month. And at the doctors if we can squeeze it in. Last night we picked a donor, and today I started the process of ordering 2 vials of ICI ready sperm for the at home insemination and 4 vials of the IUI ready sperm for 2 months in the doctors office. Now tonight K will begin studying how-to knock me up. And we need to get some turkey basters. Ugh, new plans after all of this planning?

Monday, May 26, 2008

Back from Australia

We've returned from our three week vacation in Australia. We are exhausted and have spent all weekend laying around - not sleeping and not doing anything. Tomorrow we return to work. That sucks! Here are some things from our trip:

1. K's Australian godmother wanted to know all of the details of how this works. She reminded us that the most important thing is breastfeeding. She told us about her pregnancies and births, and also about when K was born. We told her that we hope to call her soon with pregnancy news.

2. We cuddled a koala named David at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. He was so cute and clung to us just like a baby. There is a beautiful picture of K holding David and the two of them looking into each others eyes. There is a professional picture taken by the park of the three of of that we plan to put in our nursury.

3. We visited the smallest penguins in the world, the fairy penguins in Philip Island near Melbourne, just 13 inches tall. It is fall in Australia, but the penguins are confused and think it might be spring, so they are going through a false mating period. We were surrounded by penguins trying to make babies. We think it's got to be good luck, positive energy.

4. We bought two children's books for our bookshelf, both about the adventures of koalas. We weren't planning on doing this, but we had $10 left of Australian currency, and we were at the Sydney airport leaving the country, and went shopping to spend the last of our money, and these books were just so cute.

5. We really missed our dog. We can't imagine leaving children for that long.

6. Today I got my period. Looks like we are getting started with this soon, just a couple of weeks away. And we haven't even picked a sperm donor yet.

Thursday, May 1, 2008


It's hard to plan your life when you don't know if you're going to get pregnant right away or not for a few years. Example - how do you plan to travel? We've planned our big Australian getaway in just two days, before we even started trying to get pregnant, but what happens after we get back? We have promised a friend a visit to his new house in CT for the fourth of July. We've been planning to go together to an optional work trip I have to Denver in August. We always get together with our college friends for Labor Day - this year we are planning to go back to college for a mini-reunion (mini because it's just us and not in any way sanctioned by the school). We have a family reunion with my family in TN for Thanksgiving.

So what if I'm pregnant? We really should be saving our money and vacation time. And I get really motion sick, with pregnancy that will get much worse. But what if I'm not pregnant? We can't just sit at home for the next couple of years waiting to get pregnant. And we should get the travel out now before the kids are born, because then it will only be harder.

For the most part we've decided to put this decision making off until we get back from Australia. This is how we are handling most of our life right now - everything can wait until after we get back. However, we need to make a decision about my work trip to Denver. If I want to go, I need to fill out the form before I leave for vacation. I have the form. It's been sitting on my desk for over a week. Tomorrow is my last day at work and I don't know if I will submit the form or not.