Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Cycle, New Me

I'm very anxious for this cycle and I don't know exactly why, there's really not a whole lot different that's going on right now. Maybe this will be my month.

I'm in a holding pattern right now, and thus haven't really had anything to blog about. I'm to take my thyroid medicine for six weeks and then go back to see Doc with new blood work. Every time he sees me he says, who knows maybe next time I see you you'll be pregnant, like it's just going to magically happen. He really seems to think this thyroid thing is all that's holding me back. Given my that my HSG went ok, that H's SA looks ok, that the post-coital test looks ok, that I actually seem to ovulate and have regular periods every 29 days, maybe he's right! I've allowed myself to de-stress a little given that most things look ok.

I am trying a few new things this month though just to see if anything might help. I'm trying to improve my overall health even though,  in general, I live a healthy lifestyle.

1. We are having salads for dinner and fruit for desert multiple nights a week and not going out to eat at all. If we can't do yet another salad, I simply try to incorporate more fruit and veg (blueberry pancakes count right?!?!)
2. I am drinking 2-3 cups of herbal tea a day, it decreases my need for soda and caffeine and increases my water intake. However, I refuse to drink only red-raspberry tea (a girl can only drink so much before she actually turns into a raspberry) and include echinacea for immune system support and a nighty-night tea to help develop a routine so that I can get more sleep.
3. I'm also taking more baths, it relaxes me and allow me to soak up some dead sea salts which are supposed to help with hypothyroidism.
4. I'm trying to exercise more often, if I don't make it to the gym that day we walk the dogs instead. They love it and we love it and it leads into my next point...
5. I'm trying to enjoy being out doors more often and getting more sun.  Now I'm not talking about sun-bathing, but rather just getting a little light and a little vitamin D, you know a little tan on my skin instead of my regular glow-in-the-dark skin. I water my plants and take more walks and go out in the yard with the dogs. This will be more and more difficult as it's already in the 80's most days and I tend to burn before tanning.
6. I've also out-ed myself (Infertility-wise) at work and to a few random people. My boss already knew we were trying and also knew that I had missed work for Dr's appts. so she already had a good idea of what was going on, also back in October on a business trip (where she and I were forced to share a room...I know awkward right?!?!...I had already alluded to the fact that we were having problems). I also accidentally brought it up with the girl who does my nails (turns out she did several rounds of Clomid a few years ago without success...secondary infertility as she has a son...and is about to try again). The students I supervise already knew we were having trouble and one or two actually follow this blog....Turns out that I might not have been as "in-the-closet" about this whole thing as I though...and it feels good to tell people, they don't react as poorly as I thought they would, but maybe it's how openly I broach the subject. I have yet to tell my family although H's parents know.

On a TTC note, we are trying the SMEP (sperm meets egg plan). I've read about it several times and even if it makes no difference it keeps me to a schedule. So we are...

1. Taking BBT every morning
2. Monitoring CM
3. Started OPKing yesterday
4. Taking an expectorant (not the brand name one) to facilitate CM production...Started today, whoopie<---That's me so excited...can't you tell?!?!...Yay, another daily pill, can't wait to see if there are side-effects to this
5. Having sex every other day until OPK is positive then it will be every day, and H isn't allowed to "relieve" himself on the off days. Come on guys...I let him know what I REALLY mean
6. And of course this will be the first full cycle on thyroid meds.
7. Also, I'm continuing weekly chiropractic care

Even if this plan doesn't include true medical intervention, it is still a plan, and I won't have any of you telling me otherwise.

***whispers***: "This does sound like a plan to you too, right?"

Side note: Although I'm on a healthy kick, it still counts if I take my friends kid for a walk even if it is to go to McDonalds to get ice cream...right? He knows how to model for a picture so I had to post.

Mary's son Wyatt and I on our way back from McD's (Mary and Junebug not pictured)


  1. Sounds like a great plan you have going this month-will be keeping fingers crossed for you that it all helps you get your BFP!Lovely photo with your friend's son too, and thank you for your nice comments on my blog-I appreciate it! :)

  2. I think this sounds like a GREAT plan of attack. I'm excited for you this cycle!!

    It's already 80 most days where you are? Holy crap. I'm ready for summmer.

  3. Totally off topic- I was just looking at your background and noticed an item that gave me a good that really a condom peeking out on the right side of your IF blog?!?!

  4. Sounds like a great plan. Any plan to improve your overall health physically AND mentally is going to help you in this journey. Just remember to try not to FORCE all of those things upon yourself at once. Keep in mind the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you are sticking to the plan and 20% of the time you allow yourself some flexibility. Hang in there and I hope this is the cycle for you!

  5. It sounds like you've got all your bases covered! I hope your instincts are right, and this next cycle is THE ONE :) You look great btw!

    So jealous of your weather right's -15 where I am!

  6. It sounds like a very good plan. And everyone needs ice cream once in a while.

    I need to kick myself into some of these routines as well to feel more energized!

  7. I think this is a great plan- good for you!! Oh how I would love to get some sun right now, it's so cold where I am!! Best of luck this cycle!


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