Ahoy hoy and welcome to my baby makin' adventure! Right now we're still hanging out in the waiting room, but come January 1, 2009 we officially set sail!! Until then, join me in my preparations for trying to conceive!
I suppose I'll get this party started by giving you way too much information about myself! I'm a rambler and I sometimes lack that little voice inside my head that tells me when I should stop talking (or, in this case, typing).
My name is Lauren and I'm 27 years old. I was born and raised in Northern Illinois (with a short stint in Texas) but I moved to Western Illinois in 1999 to attend college... Well, graduation came and went - but I did not. I'm still here!!! D'oh! DH ( Jeremy/28 ) also moved here in 1999 to attend college. We had been dating for one year at the time. Yeah, he followed me. lol. Currently, we both work for the University here and make a pretty decent living for ourselves. We own a townhouse, a crappy 1999 Toyota Corolla, and a bunch of other junk that I don't feel like listing. We are also the proud furparents to two dogs - a 5 year old bichon frise named Brodie and a 2 year old pekingese-mix named Zuul (yes, from Ghostbusters). They're a complete and total pain in my @ss, but I love them... Except when they pee on the carpet. A lot.
Anyhoo, Jer and I got married on July 31, 2004 and for whatever reason the topic of children never came up. We both knew we wanted kids "someday," but that was the extent of that. We've been going about our lives since then just enjoying each other, I suppose. About six months ago it got me. It got me REAL bad! Y'all know what I'm talking about....... Baby fever! I blame our friends. They adopted the most adorable little boy that just makes your heart melt. It was a few months after that that I'd had enough. I wanted to be a mommy! I didn't know how to talk to Jer about this, since communication is not something I excel at. Well, until I have a bottle of wine in me. lol! Yes, this is when I confronted my dear husband about having a baby - while drunk! :eek: But I got it out and that's the push I needed... The next night we talked about it more seriously (and not drunkenly) and it turns out we're both on the same page! We were just too scared (or something) to talk to each other about it... Being that my husband is one of those people that is easily stressed out and needs everything just perfect before any change can occur, we decided on January 2009 for our TTC date. This way we could save up more money (which would make him feel better) and I could go on a research rampage in order to feel like somehow I had control over this situation. I also wanted to go off of the pill (Yaz) and knew my body would need a few months to snap back into shape.
This all took place almost three months ago. After some research I discovered FAM and immediately went out and bought myself a BBT thermometer and set up an account at FertilityFriend.com. I was still on Yaz for my first month of charting, but I counted it as my practice month in order to train myself to take my temp every morning. I even got Jer on board with this by having him hand me my thermometer every morning... This way I don't move too much and mess up my temp. I'm actually surprised he went along with this, but I guess when I whine enough he'll do anything. Plus he's the only one with a nightstand, so I'd have to lean over him every morning to get my thermometer anyway! lol. I finished up that month of pills and decided not to refill my prescription. Jer seemed weird about this at first, but after I explained that it was going to take my body awhile to adjust and that we'd use condoms in the meantime he seemed okay. It's strange how he's okay with conceiving a baby in January, but the thought of conceiving one a month or two earlier is just too much for him to bear! ha ha ha. That's my DH. Oh, and he was really happy that we were going to save $40 from my pills. Again, that's my DH.
My first cycle off of the pill was surprisingly normal-ish. I ended up with a 30 day cycle, which was only a day longer than my cycle while on the pill. However, I didn't ovulate until day 21 and I only had a 9 day luteal phase! I know that was just because it was my first month off the pill and that it should even out in a few months (or I hope anyway). I'm currently midway through my second cycle off of the pill. It's been a bit wackier this time around, so I'm not sure what to expect when all is said and done... I guess we'll just wait and see! Expect to read all about it here!!
I guess that's as good an introduction as any... I'm super excited to start trying to conceive! My baby fever is SO bad and I'm hoping the next two months fly by and that I am one of the lucky ones that is able to conceive quickly (fingers crossed). I'm ready to be pregnant. I'm ready to be a mom. I'm so insanely happy now that I don't even know how to explain it. I'm sure most of you know what I'm talking about... Thanks for popping in!
Oh, and for a little context here is a goofy picture of Jer and I...
Sorry, we rarely take a serious photo. lol.