March 26, 2013

The Ultimate DIY Project

I wrote this post on January 14, 2013.

We just embarked on the biggest adventure of our life, and I am over the moon!


I can't believe it finally happened, but the proof is in the pee stick pudding. A week ago we found out that I'm pregnant!

I'm still a bit in disbelief because the journey to that little word was a bumpy one. People always tell you that getting pregnant is the fun part, and it certainly was in the beginning. But when all that fun was not resulting in a pregnancy, I began to worry that something was wrong. After several months of disappointment, I bought Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler (I highly recommend this book) and started learning about my body. And boy, did I learn a LOT.

Some things my body was doing right, and some it wasn't. I turned the conception process into a science experiment, me being the primary guinea pig. Every month, I tweaked a variable and noted observations. Every month, my hypotheses failed. Until now. This month, I threw scientific method to the wind and changed a whole bunch of variables at once. You could say that I was getting impatient. The details of this "experiment" are not fit to print on this blog, but if you are trying to conceive and would like to know what worked for us, feel free to email me and I will happily divulge all the TMI bits.

I don't know which one of the new things we tried this month made a difference, and I don't care. Something worked, and that's what matters!

I am hoping to document this pregnancy on the blog periodically, starting at the beginning. Here I am at four weeks:

4 weeks

I'm not showing yet (that's just folds in my shirt...), and don't have many symptoms yet. My biggest symptom so far is constant hunger. Oddly enough, I am mostly craving protein. Otherwise, I am feeling mostly normal, which results in a bit of a disconnect between the pee stick result and my mind. I keep wondering if there is really a baby growing in my belly. My first appointment is scheduled for eight weeks, so hopefully the ultrasound will show a tiny blob that will one day become our adorable baby.

I've written several pregnancy posts during the first trimester. My plan is to post them periodically over the next month or so, until I catch up to real time (right now, it's the beginning of the second trimester). Feel free to follow along or skip these posts if pregnancy is not your topic of interest. But it is part of the reason for the silence on the blog lately.

11 comments:

  1. Oh wow congratulations, you lucky, lucky girl. I might email you for the TMI, you know, at this point I will do and believe anything, if only it will get us there.
    I know all the science behind and I know my body but yeah, I am still not getting the miracle to happen so... any info can help.
    I am so happy for you and looking forward to reading about this new and huge adventure.

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    1. Thank you so much! I have been thinking a lot about you lately. Although I don't presume to know exactly how you feel, I do realize that our "bumpy" road was nothing compared to your journey (though, honestly, I was trying to mentally prepare myself for the long haul), and I know we got incredibly lucky. Maybe it doesn't help, but I am always sending good thoughts your way and hoping that you will get your wish very soon.

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    2. Thanks so much, I strongly believe all those good thoughts help, and I really hope it will happen soon. Having gone through this for a while yourself you can get an idea of how it is... in the end, every month you hope, and every month is a disappointment. Of course the longer it takes, the harder it gets because it is difficult to bring yourself to hope every month, and you really wonder if there is something wrong (with both of us all the medical tests have turned out OK).

      Normally after 1 month of trying to conceive only about 30% of women get pregnant, after 6 months it's 80% of couples and at 12 months this percentage goes up to 90% so it is normal that it takes a while. It's just the media, and the instant-satisfaction society in which we live in, together with MTV and comedies that had us all believing you could get pregnant just by willing it... in one month. And well, the biggest lesson I have learnt is that we don't have any control in this, no one has... Life really, truly, is a miracle.

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  2. Wow congratulations!! I'm so happy that your patience-testing journey became a success! I am excited to hear more about the journey.

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    1. Thank you so much! More coming soon. :)

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  3. Congratulations!!! This is so exciting!! And you look marvelous! I can't wait to follow you on your journey!! :) :)

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    1. Thank you! I look a bit different nowadays :)

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  4. Yay, congratulations! :) Wishing you a fun journey!

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    1. Thank you! Some parts of this journey are definitely fun...

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  5. Congrats, Anna!! I'm so happy for you, and I can't wait to read more about your new (and very exciting) adventure!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! Stay tuned for more on this adventure.

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