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BFN: Tryin' to Be Positive About Being Negative

So, in all honesty, we couldn't wait to test.  We tested Saturday morning and Sunday morning.  Both were BFN, or to translate, Big Fat Negative.  But we've talked to friends who experienced the same thing and when they took the blood test they were, in fact, positive.  So, aside from the fact I was late (my cycle was late I mean) I was hanging onto that.  The TWW (two week wait) is one of the hardest things to go through....more

TWW From a Wife's POV & Why Craft Store Stocks Shot Up

Now that our first two week wait (TWW) is almost over, I thought I would share what it’s like from the partner’s perspective. Though we’ve been approaching this process and this blog with levity, this stuff ...more

It's All Sequins & Legs In the Air: Surviving the Two Week Wait

I now get the things my friends talked about when they were trying to conceive.  I understand how it seemed perfectly rational to "feel" something 24 hours after being inseminated. Medically impossible?  Yes.  But you know what?  So was Michael Jackson's nose and that was a real thing....more

My First Insemination: It Only Felt Like a Little Prick

Hey team.  So after seeing our positive ovulation predictor test I called the clinic immediately (Saturday at 7pm).  They are "open" 7 days a week, but over the holiday weekend they had someone (wo)manning the phones that are checked periodically.  We waited and waited and didn't hear back until 10:30 Sunday morning.  Which, in reality, is fine because you have a 24-36 hour window of time to inseminate after getting a positive ovulation test, but in medicated/trying to conceive land you are Whitney Houston/Alice Ripley/Kirk Cameron crazy....more

OPK Testing: The Rubix Cube of Your Lady Parts

Starting on day 3 of my cycle they had me start taking Clomid (what that experience was like):...more

Weight & Pregnancy, or The Curse of the Junk In the Trunk

So as we have discussed before weight is a factor in a successful pregnancy (duh).  So with me "passing inspection" this is the last hurdle.  Fertility clinics have strict rules about BMI (this was one of the 'rules' clinics have accepting you as a patient) and, despite the fact you can be in pretty great health- weight withstanding, they can decline to inseminate you if you are not at or under the BMI cap....more

The Great Debate: Only Child Syndrome v. Stop Touching Me!

So I grew up with an older brother.  He majored in teasing me.  I minored indoing better in things he enjoyed and subtly boasting about it.  I feel like siblings gear you up for politics.  We didn't get along and we rarely talk now.  My wife was an only child and now gets mad if one of her 5 yogurts she bought for the week is gone because I was hungry.  Although one of the nicest people I know, she never learned to share....more

So This Uterus Walks Into a Bar...

It's been a hard couple of weeks with PCOS scare and potential uterus issues.   But today we got great news to keep moving forward.  After the doctor  Jacques Cousteau-ed my uterus (they take a camera up there and play paparazzi) he says, "Everything looks great.  You've got a beautiful uterus.  Perfect for hosting a baby."...more

I Would Have Bought Your Donor's Voice Recording, but I Spent All my Money at the Whole Foods Salad Bar

We have one last hurdle to get through before we can official pick our donor, but is has also given me time to think about the financials of this baby makin' process.  I'm cheap, but I'm also a tech nerd.  I bought the iPad when it first came out and bought little accesories via eBay over time and it wasn't until I went to sell my iPad to upgrade that I added up what all those little things cost.  Ugh....more

The Internet: Cheaper Than Therapy

So.  My latest test (testing my testosterone levels for PCOS- Testosterone-y, the Real San Francisco Treat) came back normal- YAY, but now we are waiting for the next test.  When I had my HSG test my doctor saw something he wants to double check.  So I'm scheduled to have a hysteroscopy a week from Friday....more