Saturday, February 28, 2009
i'm on cd6 now. still thinking that next weekend will be ovulation time. i've sent in our paperwork to the cryolab. i also sent in request for the adult photo of three of our top candidates. we have 4 that we are considering. we just discovered last night that donor #1 is now a "please call" for sperm. anna was disappointed because she really likes him. :) i'm leaning more towards #2 anyways, and he's still available.
our midwife center was supposed to have sent in their paperwork. i haven't checked with them yet. that's on the list for monday. they need to do the actual ordering of the sperm, and must have a registered account with cryolab to do so. after i check that all the paperwork is done on monday, anna and i are going to probably put an order in. i don't want to do it too early though. if it's delivered on thursday and it lasts for a week, we should be golden. come on egg-ey do your work! :)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
fyi- we might be ttc in a week and a half!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
so what the heck. i really believe that i ovulated on cd 12-13. why haven't i gotten the little crosshairs? :( i'm a little frustrated. i wanted this cycle to be nice and clear so we would know what to expect for next month -sigh- i guess i just can't get what i want.
on a positive note, anna and i are going to see my mom, sister and friends tomorrow! yeah!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
the cryolab has a lot more with the qualities we're looking for in a donor. basically we want a male anna:) we're going to see my mom and sister this weekend and i'm going to try to get their input.
any insight out there? i know a number of people are reading this cause you tell me:) i'd love to hear from you. you don't need to sign up on blogger to leave me a message.
acupuncture is going well though. today was my fourth visit in two weeks. i've been getting needles in pretty much the same spots each time. he'll add some if i have a complaint (back issues, etc.). today he went to put one in the side of my left hand and it hurt like hell! immediately it was on fire and felt bruised. he took the needle out right away and rubbed at it with a cotton ball. even that hurt. i knew it wasn't hurt by the needle (like a regular pin prick). it was totally different. he told me this meant that the qi was flowing well there. this is what i found out about the spot online, called hou xi (si3):
SI3: HOU XI
Location: At the end of the transverse crease proximal to the 5th metacarpo-phalangeal joint when hand is half-clenched.
Indications: Stiffness or rigidity of neck, tinnitus, deafness, occipital headache, lumbago, paralysis of upper extremities, night sweating, epilepsy, malaria
the purple writing are things i have. i'm going to ask him more about this next time. i really want to know how this works exactly. i haven't had night sweats for a few days now (since last acu. visit). could i have been helped by the acu., the supplement i'm taking, or is my body just doing it's own thing right now? the spot didn't hurt anymore by the time my session was done. there's no indication at all that i had pain there. crazy.
i started taking a chinese herbal supplement on monday, prescribed by my acupuncturist. it's called jia wei xiao yao wan, or free and easy wanderer plus :) here is what the website for the company that makes the supplement said:
Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan has helped countless women relieve anger, irritability, stress and excess heat associated with premenstrual syndrome and monthly menstrual cycles. This special herbal formula regulates qui, nourishes the blood, clears heat/excess yang and generally harmonizes the body. ...help alleviate excessive heat/yin deficiency and sweating.
i have to take 24 of these little ball shaped pills a day (12/am, 12/pm). the are maybe 3/16" in diameter. pretty small. they are black and remind me of onyx. the reason why he prescribed these is due to my trouble with controlling my emotions sometimes, mostly with pms. i have night sweats, like i mentioned. also, he believes i have stagnant blood. i knew i "ran hot" compared to other people. i'm usually warmer than anna, and she calls me "furnace" when we cuddle. i also get annoyed very easily around my period. i've learned how to deal with it mostly but it boils over sometimes. anyways, i'm curious how these little pills with help when i'm pmsing.
i'm pretty positive i ovulated on the 10th. i'm waiting to see how high my temperature rises before i'm totally sure. i had a positive opk (ovulation predictor kit), ferns on my ovulens, low temp (with a spike the next day), fertile mucus, along with secondary conditions. this means we are less than a month from trying to get pregnant. eeeee! :)
i was looking at the calendar to see when this could be happening. if i have a luteal phase of 12-13 days again, and my follicular is about 13-14 again. i could be trying to get pregnant the weekend of my birthday!! holy crap. that would be a great birthday present.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
we decided to not go out to celebrate this year since we're saving for a baby. we decided to make a french dinner, and that theme kind of carried out through the day.
we got up at a semi-decent time yesterday morning and headed to bellevue for french pastries and coffee. we shared a ham and swiss croissant. i had a pain au chocolate, and anna had a cream cheese and raspberry croissant. i had a decaf americano as well. oh man was it all good. i've been craving a pain au chocolate since i saw that we could get them from our produce delivery company. it wasn't as good as what i had in france, but it hit the spot. and the coffee was yummy too. i've been missing it lately, not for the caffeine aspect, but the flavour.
after breakfast, we walked around and got anna's hair cut. then we went to whole foods. man i love that place! i could spend the whole day in there! i loved how they had fruit test-tasters, and brie, and veggie chips. it was likely a healthy version of costco, haha. we bought all of the ingredients for our dinner, after wandering around like dazed neophytes.
we went home and had ginger chicken noodle soup from a local organic company called "eat local" with a bit of the baguette we bought at breakfast. we lazed about for the rest of the afternoon until we started to get hungry again.
so what was the plan for dinner?? a five course french meal. we started with a yummy butternut squash and apple soup paired with a chardonnay. mmm-mmm. (ps this is the first alcohol i had had since the 30th, i decided that a special event was an exception to the no alcohol rule) of course we ate the soup with the baguette. next was a roasted rack of lamb, made by anna with bread crumbs, rosemary, and garlic, and my risotto with asparagus. that risotto took forever! it was a really large batch and i had to keep adding broth a 1/2 cup at a time. worth it! we had some zinfandel with this course. that was followed by a simple spinach salad with our homemade olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. then, we had a cheese plate. we talked to a cheese guy at whole foods that helped pick out some yummy little treats. we had a gruyere, a double cream brie, a chevre, and some peppercorn white cheese. we paired these with table water crackers, baguette, apples, and grapes. we drank which ever wine tasted the best with the cheese we ate. it was so decadent. the grand finale was...... mint chocolate chip gelato from caio bella. oh. my. god. this is our favourite. it tastes like you are chewing on cool mint leaves with a bit of cream and chocolate. you can't help but savour every bite.
we were full but not overly stuffed by the end of it all. we made dinner last an hour and a half. wonderful. it was so nice to just sit there and take our time enjoying each others company. i took photos of each course. i'm going to try to figure out how to attach a slide show to make it easier for people to see.
oh yeah on the baby front:) i'm getting close to ovulation again. i'm kind of nervous because this is the last cycle before we ttc. my temperatures have been higher than last month. i don't know what's causing it. the fertility tea? the acupuncture? deep breath. wish me luck.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
from www.calvindate.com/treatment/menstruation.html :
The menstrual cycle is a good indicator of a woman's general health. A cycle that is regular with a flow that is adequate and without discomfort indicates that blood production and circulation are healthy.
Poor eating habits, lack of exercise, a stressful lifestyle and emotional upset may encourage blood deficiency and the obstructed circulation of blood and Qi (vital energy), leading to irregularity, pain, mood swings, headaches, or fatigue.
Acupuncture and herbal therapy, as well as changes in lifestyle and diet, can alleviate the underlying deficiencies and obstructions, as well as addressing concerns such as endometriosis, fibroids and cysts.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Menstrual Irregularities:
If your menstrual cycle is associated with feeling cold, depressed, a low libido, and fatigue, especially after your menstrual flow, you might have an internal cold condition and/or deficient Qi and blood. Poor dietary choices, a lack of exercise, and anxiety/depression are often contributing factors. Acupuncture and moxibustion are used to warm and encourage Blood and Qi in the lower abdomen. Tonic herbal formulas are used to build adequate Blood and Qi. Three formulas in my dispensary have proven useful for this presentation: "Tang Kuei and Peony Formula", "Women's Precious", or "Astra Essence".
If your menstrual cycle is associated with irritability, breast tenderness, mild cramps, abdominal bloating, migraines and/or excessive sugar cravings that come a few days before your flow, and are generally relieved with the onset of flow, you probably have PMS. This translates to a condition of stagnant Qi and/or Blood in Chinese medicine, and a disharmony in the Liver and Spleen energetic organ systems. Contributing factors include living with consistent frustration, anger and/or anxiety, and possibly a lack of exercise and poor diet. In Western medical terms, PMS is a hormonal imbalance in the endocrine system. Acupuncture can influence the hormonal imbalance to restore harmony and smooth the flow of Qi and blood. Herbal formulas work at a deeper level to unblock the Qi and Blood, helping to foster a cycle that unfolds gracefully and moves gently. Herbal formulas in my dispensary that have proven useful, include: "Free and Easy Wanderer", "Women's Rhythm", and "Women's Balance".
If your menstrual cycle is associated with painful, difficult periods, with more severe cramping, and you have endometriosis and fibroids, you most likely have a more advanced form of Qi and Blood stagnation in the pelvic region. Again, this is often associated with a very stressful lifestyle and living with consistent frustration, anger and/or anxiety, and may affect the ability to conceive. Acupuncture is excellent therapy to help remove the blockages in the affected meridians. Herbal formulas promote blood flow in the pelvic region to disperse the blood stasis, and can eliminate pelvic masses. A number of formulas in my dispensary are useful for this type of presentation: "Women's Rhythm", "Women's Precious", "Cramp Bark Plus", "Unlocking Formula", "Bupleurum Entangled Qi Formula", "Women's Chamber".
The above are the most common menstrual irregularities. PMS alone is estimated to affect more than 50% of women in North America, with 5% suffering so severely that their lives are seriously affected.
Treatment for menstrual irregularities is generally carried out over three to four menstrual cycles. During this time, acupuncture is suggested 1-4 times per cycle. Herbal formulas are individually selected: you may be asked to use one or two of the above formulas at different times in your cycle: two tablets taken three times a day, seven days of the week, is the usual dosage.
If you do any menstrual irregularities, you might consider acupuncture and herbal therapy as a safe and effective form of treatment.
For studies on the effectiveness of Chinese medicine for menstrual irregularities:
www.acupuncture.org.uk Press "library", press "research", press "gynaecology".
Monday, February 2, 2009
serving suggestion! :)