Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Why I Keep This Blog Public

It's tempting to go private with this blog. I'd love to be able to share pictures of my daughter and family, but wouldn't risk doing so unless the blog was restricted. And I love being allowed the privilege of reading your private blogs, and sharing in your lives in a more intimate way.

However, from time to time, I receive emails from folks who've read my blog, can relate to it, and are in a similar situation. They ask me a lot of the same questions I had when I was first faced with the grim reality of azoospermia. They also ask me lots of questions about what to consider when going the DI route. Sometimes they just need a friend who understands what they're going through. It's amazing to me what the blogosphere has done for me, and what it allows me to offer others. This is why I keep my blog public, for all of you gals who might need it as a reference for your own lives, and who might get just a little bit of comfort knowing that someone else has gone through the same thing and come out the other side a pretty darn happy person. So please feel free to email me with questions. I don't check this account every day, but do check it regularly. I will respond to your email.

I'm glad to have gotten that off my chest. It's a topic I haven't really touched on during the lifespan of this blog, but has felt like a private side thing that I wanted to acknowledge.

In other pregnancy news...I'm still very tired and queasy. I'll be 11 weeks on Friday, and had my first OB appointment this week. It went well - they even did a quick ultrasound, and everything looked good with the baby. It's tough to juggle work with first-trimester pregnancy symptoms, but I get by. Luckily, I have a very supportive boss who I also consider a friend. I can't believe how much I'm showing already, but my OB assured me this is normal for a second pregnancy, what with the stretched out stomach muscles (lovely).

Question (please don't judge me) - is it possible to get a tummy tuck/lipo right after a c-section? I figure if I'm on the operating table anyway...would be fabulous to be able to get my tummy back in order!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

A Good Update

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted. After 2 unsuccessful IVF cycles to conceive with the original donor sperm that gave us our lovely daughter, we cut bait and switched donors.

The first time I purchased donor sperm, I only purchased 6 vials, and it took me 5 vials to get pregnant. I foolishly didn't think about purchasing more, and got screwed when we wanted to TTC again and I learned the donor had retired.

This time, I purchased 8 vials, and took 1 IUI cycle and 2 vials to get pregnant! Yes folks, I am 6 weeks pregnant as of last Friday, and we saw/heard the heartbeat at the RE's office yesterday.

I have all the usual symptoms I had last time...HUGE mood swings ( minute, my husband is a complete buffoon, and the next minute, all is fine...), very sore boobs, sudden hunger attacks, morning/noon/night sickness. This time around, I also have an energetic toddler underfoot (she's 2.5 years old now - how did that happen??), and I am trying to teach her it's not ok to kick/head butt, or otherwise bring any force to Mommy's tummy. Wish me luck on that one. Otherwise, just color me tickled that we are on this journey once again, albeit the path was not a "typical" one.

Hope everyone is well.