So, National Infertility Awareness Week was actually last week, but well.....you read my last week, so better late than never. I read this survey on Lauren's blog. Thanks for letting me steal it Lauren!
A. Age when you started TTC (trying to conceive): 25
B. Baby Dancing or Sex: I'm not really sure what this means. But since I am on birth control, my guess would be that we are not baby dancing? LOL!
C. Children wanted: Before starting TTC, we always talked about having 2 or maybe 3 children. Now, we would be unbelievably stoked to have 1!
D. Dogs/Cats/Fill in Children: We have 1 6.5 year-old dog who is our baby!
E. Essential Oils/Vitamins/Snake Oils: I take a prenatal vitamin every day. I started this when I got off BC the very first time and then continued when I was pregnant. I stopped taking them when I miscarried, and I could tell! I was so tired! My hair and my nails were not as healthy. So I still take them even when there is no chance I could get pregnant. I always probably will.
F. Fertility Meds I’ve taken: Clomid, Femara, Bravelle, Follistim, Ovidrel, a progesterone patch, and Progesterone suppositories......I think that is all?
G. Gain: Too much!! If I lose 10 more pounds I will weigh the same thing I did when I got married.......but I was over weight then, so I would like to continue to lose.
H. HSG (Hystosalpingogram): Horrid. Only way to describe it. I know it was necessary, and I would do it again if I needed to, but it was Horrid! I am allergic to shellfish, so I had to take 2 benedryl before having the dye pushed through my tubes. My doctor was oh....4 hours late, and I DO NOT handle benedryl well. It usually takes me a full 24 hours to sleep it off. Crazy, I know. I never would have made a good druggy. Anyway, I already felt horrible from trying to fight off sleep for 4 hours, and then it was so painful! My HRE said everything looked normal, but I bled a lot for quite a long time. I had to call in sick the next day because I was still benedryl drunk and in pain. My boss said she is glad she knows me well, or she would have thought for sure that I was still drunk from the night before when I called in that morning! LOL!
I. Infertile Pet Peeves: "When people would tell me to just stop trying and it would happen or when people would tell me they just didn't stress about it and they immediately got pregnant." I couldn't have said it better, Lauren! And, I would like to add when people ask you if you are pregnant! Oh my! What are some people thinking??? You don't ask someone that! And when people ask the innocent "When are you going to have kids" question. Ugh. I used to dred that. I now have a rehearsed speech. Ha.
J. Job title: Licensed Social Worker, Social Services Consultant
K. Kid’s names you’re afraid will be taken by the time you can use them: Well, since you asked I will share all 6! Ha! And for the record, even if they get used before we can use them, we are using them anyway. #1 girl name: Mary Blanche. (Mary-my maternal grandmother's name/Blanche-hubby's paternal grrnamother's name) #2 girl name: Lynlee Elizabeth. (Lyn-long time family name on my maternal side, including my niece/Lee-my father-in-law's middle name/Elizabeth-my husband's side of the fam, 2 cousins and an aunt) #3 girl name: Johanna Charlotte. (Johanna-my husband's aunt even though it is spelled different/Charlotte-my MIL's name) #1 boy name: Joseph Daniel. (All husband's side) #2 boy name: Steven Charles. (Steven-my maternal grandfather's middle name/Charles-hubby's maternal grandfather's name) #3 boy name: John Robert. (John-hubby's paternal great grandfather's name/Robert-my dad's name) Whew. We have had a long time to think about this! Ha!
L. Length of time TTC: 5 years 6 months
M. Miscarriages: February 1, 2006
N. Number of times you’ve switched OB/GYNS, REs, FSs: I've had 2 OB's only because my 1st one moved. I LOVED him! 2 RE's because the first one was horrible!
O. Ovarian quality: This has not really been brought up. My general problem is getting me to ovulate without deplinishing my uterine lining. My RE did tell me that I have plenty of eggs, "we just have to make then come out!" Ha!
P. POAS or wait for AF (pee on a stick or wait for menstrual cycle): I bought no less than a million pregnancy tests the first 2 or 3 years. I haven't bought 1 the past 2 years and just wait for AF. I decided it was wasting money that I could use for treatment.
Q. Quote from an obnoxious fertile: "I can't believe I got pregnant. I don't even want this kid." "We really weren't trying. I think I'm the most fertile person ever!" "I don't want to spoil my kid, so I think I will start spanking them as soon as they come out." (This person wasn't kidding). Did you see my job title above? I could go on for days.
S. Sperm: My husband's sperm are great. We still laugh because our first RE asked my husband if he had ever thought about being a sperm donor! LOL!
T. Time you tried naturally: 1 month, pregnant for 9 weeks, tried on our own for 3 more months before we started having problems. We have tried on our own for a few months here and there with no success. Now we have been advised NOT to try on our own.
U. Uterus quality: It's good except for my lining thinning due to fertility meds.
V. Vagina: I have NO shame any more. More doctors and nurses have seen it in the last 5 years than I ever would have imagined in my life!
W. What baby stuff do you already have?: too much
X. X-tra X-tra Hear all about it! How many people know the ins and outs of our crazy TTC journey? My mom and mother in law are the only ones we call about everything. A few close friends know some.
Y. Yearly Exam (do you still go in even though someone sees your lady parts most months?): I do, and it is probably time. Need to make that appointment!
Z. Zits: If my PCOS is messing up, worse than when I was a teenager.
I hope this wasn't TMI and it helped you learn a little more about our TTC journey!