yay for your lodge!
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
Welcome to your lodge, Darci! We July ladies are just dominating, LOL.
Thanks guys! I was so excited this morning when I realized that I'm down to just 4 more weeks -- 28 days! And now I'm all excited again that I finally get my birth lodge! I remember when I first started coming to this board at around 20 weeks, thinking of how exciting it would be when I was actually close enough to delivery to get a lodge, and now here I am!
So I guess I'll start with a little background:
I'm Darci, just turned 30 last month. DH Brian is 31 and DS Kevin turns 5 this weekend. We started TTC this one in August of 2007. When I still wasn't pregnant in July of 2008 I talked to my doctor about my difficulty conceiving, and she suggested Clomid. I thought about it, but DH and my mom were really worried about the emotional side effects of Clomid since I've had issues with depression before. Plus, I had been charting for nearly a year and was certain that I was ovulating, so I didn't know if Clomid was really what I needed. So we decided to give it a few more months and see what happened.
Since my bloodwork all came back normal, the doctor suggested that stress might be a factor. Having that in the back of my head made the decision to quit my job a little easier when things at work got difficult in September. (I worked for 12 years as a figure skating coach. I loved my job, but not so much my boss and the whole coaching situation in Indy. Coaching here had been a constant struggle ever since moving from Minnesota 2 years ago.) I saw the doctor again in October, and the plan was for me to schedule an HSG right after my next period to check for uterine abnormalities or tube blockages. But I never got my next period -- I got a BFP on Oct. 30 instead! Maybe it was just stress after all! Getting pregnant in my first cycle after quitting made me feel a lot better about my decision to quit working.
So far this pregnancy has been easier than my last one -- less morning sickness, no food aversions, and so far *fingers crossed* no crazy rash. In my last month of pregnancy with DS, I developed cholestasis, which causes an insanely itchy painful rash. It's caused by a build-up of bile and can be harmful to the baby, causing stillbirth if it goes on too long, so my doctor wanted to induce me. Luckily, I went into labor all on my own two days before my induction date (39w2d)! 36 weeks is right about the time that I first noticed the rash before, so I get a little nervous now every time I feel an itch! If I can make it to the end of this week without the rash showing up, then I think I'll be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Not only was the rash nearly unbearable, but I don't want to give my doctor any reason to want to induce me.
I've always envisioned having two kids - one boy and one girl. So I was thrilled to find out that I'm having a girl. But as Beverly mentioned in her lodge, the end of this pregnancy is really bittersweet because while I can't wait to meet my baby girl, I'm one of those people who really likes being pregnant, and it's kind of sad to think that after a few more weeks, I'll never feel a baby wiggling around inside of me again.
I'll be back later to post about DS's birth story.
Darci, I love your intro! I totally believe that quitting your job and reducing your stress is what resulted in that BFP. Our minds and bodies are so closely linked together, it's crazy sometimes. Must have been so difficult to wait over a year to get that BFP, but soon you'll have your precious little girl! My little sister and I are five years apart, just like Kevin and your daughter will be, and I remember being really excited to greet her when my parents brought her home from the hospital. I loved being an older sister (well, until I hit my teens ... then there were a number of years when my sister was annoying to me ), and in a way I envy you, because Kevin is old enough to understand what being an older brother is, and Jack isn't! Can't wait to hear how their relationship develops.
Fingers crossed for you to not develop the rash again. Yikes! Seems like you're good this time, though. Looking forward to counting down the rest of your weeks w/you!
Hey Darci! Welcome to your lodge! I love reading everyone's background stories!!
And good for you for resisting Clomid and trusting your body instead! My doc had said the same thing to me when we were TTC #1! Oh, just take Clomid - so what if you end up with multiples... there are drugs and interventions to help with that too - bandaids bandaids bandaids!!! Kudos!
Can't wait to share your journey!
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I hope the rash stays away this time
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
Welcome to your lodge! We TTC'ed for over 2 years before finding out I was anemic. Once I started iron supplements, I got a BFP my next cycle! I know how hard that long journey is...
Great intro, Darci. I'm glad you were able to find a natural solution to your fertility problems. I hope you don't get that rash again--I understand why you would be worried about that.