temp shift

DAY 30:  After a month of infertility talk, we need a distraction.  Give us a link to one of your favorite non-infertility-sites, or tell us about your favorite distraction activity/book/feel-good movie.

This is the perfect question for today, because my temp shifted this morning.  And this was the longest day. Ever.  I kept myself distracted, but time seemed to stand still.  I feel like it should be midnight, and it’s only 6:30.  I did make a list of all the things I’m going to try to do to keep myself distracted in the next two weeks, and I’ll be sharing them in this blog until test date.  Anyway, here are a few links to my favorite sites:

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A simple update

I’ve had a week full of kitchen time.  I have enjoyed the stirring, the heating, the slow cooking, the baking…Better than therapy.  Today I made my second batch of gluten free amish friendship bread, but I added some banana to it and omitted the cinnamon.  Since we have church in our home, I sliced it up and shared it with my church family.  Everyone loved it!  The only thing more fun than the actual baking was the joy of everyone enjoying it.

And, tomorrow, I MUST tighten up my diet.  I have been good during the week, but one or two meals or snacks this week have been more of a phase 2 of perfect 10 than staying on phase 1.

Still haven’t O’d.  All signs pointing to it, but no temperature shift yet.  CD 21.  This is typical of my cycles.  Unpredictable and many days of fertile signs.  Ah, well.  Waiting waiting.

Day 29:  What is your favorite book?

Oh, I have so many.  I can’t narrow it down to one, but I can tell you that I just read the Hunger Games series and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I loved the ending and will definitely read it again sometime (probably before the next movie).  Among some of my other favorites are Les Miserables, Redeeming Love, and anything by Robin Jones Gunn.

Bloom Asia

Tonight, I was involved in a lovely benefit concert for my friend in choir.  She is 14, but you would never know it.  She acts like someone much older, and I am honored to know her.  She is moving to Cambodia for 6 months toward the end of this year to work with Bloom Asia, a ministry her aunt created.  I am impressed with the concept of this ministry.  They took cake decorating and made it into a ministry that gives abused, trafficked women an opportunity to feel valuable, to gain confidence and accomplishment…If you have a moment, take some time to read about them and what they do on the website.

Along with that, I can truly brag on Courtney’s singing ability.  She has a clear and beautiful voice and it was a pleasure to attend her concert.  I also got to sing with my small ensemble as a contribution to her trip.  

DAY 28:  Have you ever done something “non-traditional” in order to help you conceive?


So far, not really.  I guess changing my entire diet to gluten/soy free isn’t exactly traditional.  I’m hoping we won’t have to resort to non-traditional methods in this journey, but you never know…

Nursery

Sorry I don’t have more to say in this post!  Read my previous post to catch up on ttc.  🙂

DAY 27:  What do you use the “nursery” for right now?

Right now it’s a “reading nook,” a.k.a. where we put our book shelf and any other crap that doesn’t have a place of its own yet.  I am slow to organize a space, but I have a plan in mind for everything in that room to make space for baby.  

A little TMI and the upcoming 2ww

****WARNING: this post is a bit t.m.i!!! Approach with caution!*****

The last few days, I’ve excitedly noticed that all signs are pointing to O.  Well, to my delight, this morning, my cervix was HSO!!!  So high I could hardly reach it!  And I have the fertile cf.  The only thing I’m concerned about is my cf is usually more of a blob than stretchy like it should be.  So, I’m going to take some mucinex and hope that corrects the problem (and drink more water–could just be dehydrated?)

So, soon, I will be forced into my 2ww–the exciting and yet painstakingly slow time before finding out whether or not I’m pregnant.  I was thinking about limiting my time online during the 2ww just so I’m not driving myself crazy researching every symptom and focusing on the matter at hand.  I think the best thing would be for me to do some relaxing activities and organise my house a bit.  Of course, it will be next to impossible NOT to think about what it will be like to organise and get a nursery ready, but some of those thoughts are inevitable.  

Ttc is really just a waiting game, isn’t it?  Waiting for ovulation, waiting for af or a positive test and then waiting for ovulation again.

Any advice for my 2ww or activities you keep yourself busy with?  I know I haven’t O’d yet, but it should be coming any day!  😀

Autumn

Today was one of the first days that (finally) felt like Autumn.  I love Autumn.  Apples and leaves changing colors…sweaters and blankets.  Hot chocolate.  Pumpkin muffins.  Aaaah, I love it.  I celebrated by cleaning, doing laundry, and making apple butter.  When you live in another country and can’t get certain things, you learn to make it yourself.  Enter apple butter.  It turned out very nice.

Another good thing about today: Public holiday.  Today was ANZAC day in Australia.  This is similar to Veterans day in America.  It’s a day where we remember the men and women who have died to give freedom to the country.  I am thankful for them, both in Australia and America.

And another good thing: All signs pointing to O!  The only thing not working in my favor is the fact that my husband is sick.  Makes the whole ttc thing a bit more difficult.  Hoping O happens in the next few days so he has a chance to feel better.  

 

DAY 24:  Does your religion (or lack of) help/hurt/affect your infertility journey?  Have you found religion?  Lost it?  Does it affect what treatments you do?

If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you’ll know the answer to this question already.  My relationship with Jesus affects everything…especially this time in my life.  His timing is perfect, and I believe in His promises.

DAY 25:  What was your first baby or pregnancy-related purchase you ever made?  Was it before or after you started trying to conceive?  Or was it after you were already pregnant?  Why did you choose that particular item to buy first?  If you haven’t purchased anything yet, why not?

I finally broke down and bought some onesies while in America.  They’re blank, and I’m looking forward to decorating them once I get my bfp.  I did this just before we started ttc.  I thought it would be a good item because it’s gender neutral and will be a fun way to celebrate the good news.

The first step to recovery is admitting that it sucked.

Okay, I’m just going to admit it: My trip to the U.S. was a disappointment.

My expectations: A leisurely trip filled with shopping, good company, and plenty of spending money.

Reality: An incredibly “full on” busy trip in which my connections with friends, apart from one (Hi Leah!) was lacking and I ran out of spending money much quicker than I wanted to.

I just had to admit that to myself.  It wasn’t all bad, though.  My favorite part of the trip was my time with Leah, which I’ve already written about.  I did cherish the time with my mom, too.  She is amazing.

Here are some photos:

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Me with the Leggo snow white display

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Totally made out of Leggos.

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I think I’ve been spelling Legos wrong. Oh well.

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Another display from Snow White. The seven dwarves!

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Some FL landscape

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That log looking thing…in the distance…yeah, totally an alligator. Android cameras don’t have zoom, apparently.

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Sunset.

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Another view of the sunset.

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Enjoying a cuppa tea.

Shuffle

Have any of you heard of lunaception?  I was reading this article about balancing hormones naturally with PCOS and read number 10.  I’m going to try it.  I’ll keep you posted.

No news on O.

DAY 23:  Put your iPod on shuffle.  List the first 10 songs that play.

1.The Music of the night- Phantom of the Opera

2. Love Song– Sara Bareilles

3. The Beautiful Letdown– Switchfoot

4. Gone are the days– Nichole Nordeman

5. November– Azure Ray

6. Never ask us to play this– Five Iron Frenzy

7. Goodbye My Love– Ragtime

8. Fred Jones Part 2– Ben Folds

9. The Luckiest– Ben Folds (this is the song Hubby and I danced to at our wedding). 

10. Deserve it–Madonna