March 26, 2007

I'm an idiot

So we went down to San Antonio this weekend for a mini vacation. It was a muti-purpose weekend, as we went for my 30th birthday (which was March 7), our anniversary (which is April 9) and MOST IMPORTANTLY (in Amy's opinion) the Sweet Sixteen and Elite 8 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

I'll be honest, I didn't think I would have as much fun as I did. I don't understand any of the rules and the only time I know when to cheer is when the team you're supporting scores a basket. Other than that I'm clueless. At this point I'm sure your thinking, ok this is the part where Melissa is an idiot. Unfortunately no.

With all the excitement of the basketball games, nice hotel and relaxed atmosphere of the weekend I forgot to pee on the stick for the machine that is tracking my ovulation (idiot!). I realized right a way what I had done and like an idiot (do you see a trend?) I drank a boatload of water and peed on the stick again and now my fancy schmancy monitor has my reading as low. I was high before and had not yet gotten a peak reading, so basically the tracking with the monitor this month is a wash. The only upside is that I did remember to take my temperature each morning so it could be worse. I'm hoping that I'm stacking up these mistakes now so that when we are in the midst of the insemination process I'll have credit with the universe and won't do stuff like this again.

March 17, 2007

Proud Moms

Our dog Campbell and I have been taking classes for the past 2 months in order to get him ready to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. We took the test earlier this morning and...


We can now take the next step in getting him enrolled into a therapy dog program. Today is a very exciting day in our household and someone (I won't say who) will be getting steak for dinner tonight :)

March 14, 2007

Sex Ed 101

One of the most amazing things that I’ve learned so far in this whole trying to conceive process is how little I really did know about my body. Sure I was one of those kids who was separated from the boys in elementary school and sat in a room and taught the birds and the bees but that is nothing compared to what I’ve learned over the past few months.

I’ve not normally been a regular girl when it comes to my cycles but since I wasn’t worried about getting pregnant I didn’t really care (I mean who does get excited to have their period). But now that we are trying to get pregnant I find myself getting frustrated that my cycles are so long.

So in order to learn even more about myself we have decided to use the ClearBlue Easy monitor along with tracking my temperature every morning. Although it is on the pricy side we decided that it would be easier to use the monitor over just relying on the normal OPK sticks. I’ve read a lot about how people who are using these sticks have a hard time comparing if the test line is darker or lighter than the control line. This process is going to be stressful enough and I don’t want to have to worry about line colors.

So for the past 10 mornings I’ve had to pee on a stick and for the past 5 days have had a reading of high. I’m hoping that since this is the first time we used the machine next month it will get to know me better and the machine will get even more accurate. As with everything else in the process, I guess only time will tell.

March 10, 2007

Boy or Girl?

People often ask if I want a boy or a girl. I always reply that I really do not care I just want a child. If you ask Melissa she definitely wants a girl. I think the thought of having a boy scares her mainly because of the lack men in our life. We both have one sister and no brothers and besides my dad and cousin (who live away from us), we have 0 men in around us. Melissa would not want me to say this because of “The Secret” but I believe we are going to have a little boy. I have a strong feeling and I cannot explain why I feel this way.

As the “other mother,” I am in charge of naming our future child. This is difficult because a name is a big deal but the real difficulty is that Melissa is so picky. I have said Melissa what do you think about this name and she says, “I hate it, but you get to pick the name”. It is ridiculous to think I am going to use a name she hates. The name also only comes into play if we have a girl, because we already decided to name our baby after both of our dads. I think we decided this a few years back that our boy would have this name if we decided to have children.

March 1, 2007

My Sister

It has been a while since my last post but life at work has been very busy. Well, last weekend I told my sister about our plans to have a baby. I wanted her to be the next person to hear about our news but it did not turn out that way. Come to find out two of my family members posted comments (thanks for the support) without hearing it from Melissa or myself. I started to panic and having flashbacks about her finding out about Melissa and me (from a 3rd party) so I called her before someone else told her the news.

The Reaction

Well it could have been worse…She thanked me for not being the last to be told and said, “You know I love you and Melissa but you know it’s against my beliefs”. My sister has always been kind to Melissa and myself. Melissa and I both get along great with Jennifer and her husband Chris but there is always that feeling of awkwardness. I love Jenn but knowing she is against my love for Melissa is very hard to ignore. I always fear her rejection of us because of her strong beliefs. But against many odds Jennifer has not shut Melissa or me out of her life. We talk about things we can relate to like movies, old television shows, and Jenn’s addiction to Sonics route 44 Dr. Pepper drinks. It is weird because there is always a big elephant in the room when Jenn and I talk but I am happy that we both try even though we have different opinions. She is my sister and I will always care about her even if she disapproves of my lifestyle or I disapprove of hers.