so this is all new to me. we'll see how it goes.
i've created this blog as a spot to put everything about anna and my adventure in making a baby. i think it will be helpful to me and potentially to other women trying to created a family in a non-traditional manner.
here's what we've done so far:
i've talked to my nurse practioner about various testing and preparation for conception. she was encouraging, albeit not extremely helpful. i don't think it was because she didn't want to. i think it was more she wasn't entirely sure how to proceed. and i'm feeling just as clueless.
i have a book called "lesbian guide to conception, pregnancy, and birth". great book given to us by good friends. it can be a little overwhelming. i'm trying to pare it down. i feel like i need a specific checklist of "to do's".
i am taking my temperature every morning when i wake up (suggested in the book and lots of other places). i have a basal thermometer, but i don't think it's necessary. i think you can just use a regular digital read therm. with a memory. it's suggest to to a temp. reading for three months in order to figure out your ovulation cycle. i'm not sure if it matters what time you do the reading. i don't exactly wake up at the same time every morning :)
i'm keeping a journal with my temp. and details about my day and body. you are able to tell when your ovulating by being aware of physical changes. like any changes down under (i'm not even sure how much i can talk about this on a blog ???). also sleep patterns, sex/desires, food, dreams- all interesting stuff. it's amazing what your body is telling you, we just need to tune in.
to do next:
talk to our friends that had twin boys a couple years ago (lesbian couple) for local connections and advice.
find a midwife. i'd like to do a natural birth, possibly at home. i'm getting a little nervous about the home birth part. we'll see about that.
find a bank.
keep saving our money!
phew, well here's to a new year with new experiences!