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5 Things for 30 Days (Thanks Martha!)

Thank you Martha for this great idea to post in my blog 🙂 Martha is one of the few TTC women who patiently reads my blogs and sends e-mail to answer my comments on her own blog.

Here’s my own list of 5 Things for 30 Days:

1. A serious talk with DP regarding our TTC plans and our lives in general;
2. In case TTC is still in our plans, get on with it the natural way i.e. start taking BBT seriously; OPK and all other fertility gadgets are under our bed, waiting to be used;
3. Watch movie and documentary DVDs;
4. Bring Scotch (our dog) to his vet for some grooming and to buy his Pet Tabs;
5. Get a good massage.

Oh, I hope I can do all these things for a month.

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I flirted late!

I heard that my new sister-in-law (SIL) might be pregnant. My brother said she was supposed to have AF last October 15 but until now, no AF. They got married on September 26 and she was fertile then. Then my aunt told me she saw her looking like she gained weight. I’m not excited with the thought of her being pregnant. I’m not bitter. I just dont like her and her family. You see, after the civil wedding, her family, particularly her oldest sister (OL), said something nasty about me. And I found out about it a few days after my mother and brother left for LA. It has something to do with what I said in our first meeting.

Let me give you a little background of this OL of SIL. She turned out to be my batchmate in high school. She knows me from way before (but I don’t know her). She belonged in the lower section and I belonged to the highest section. Anywayze, she volunteered some info about her, that she’s maried with 3 kids etc etc. Then she asked me if I’m already married. I said no but my partner and I have been living together for a while now. “Do you have kids?” she asked. I said none yet. “Oh why?” I said with a chuckle, “Because I flirted late.” Which is so true. I mean, put in a proper context, had I flirted early in my life, then maybe I won’t have fertility issues at this time. Maybe I’ve got 2-3 kids of my own now. And most especially, maybe age won’t be a factor. You see, this is my standard answer when people ask me why I still don’t have kids. “Late ako lumandi” or translated in English, “I flirted late!” is also meant as a joke of sort and said in gayspeak/ gay lingo manner. Apparently, she didn’t like my answer.

On the eve of my brother’s departure, he went to the residence of his new wife for a last meeting with his new in-laws. It was during this meeting that OL talked to my brother about this “I flirted late” thing. I’m really in the dark as to why she was sensitive about it. My brother just told her that I work in a tv network and very familiar in using showbiz lingo/ gay lingo. Was I so pissed off when I found out about this! The nerve of SIL’s family! I know she wouldn’t marry my brother had he not been a US citizen in the first place (oh yes, let’s not be hypocrite about the whole thing). And when my brother got home to marry SIL, it was only his first time to meet her and her family! Who are they to judge me or my family? My brother and I have been a family since birth so they should not act as if they are already close and can say whatever it is that they want to say. My brother only married SIL. If things don’t work out, he can divorce her anytime. Don’t they know that blood is thicker than water? Am I so bitchy? Well, I am when I’m pissed off. Grr!

My brother just asked us to be broadminded about it, we’re the educated ones, we should let it pass and forget about all other issues involving his new wife. Oh yes, even during the wedding, there were issues at hand. Sometimes, I wish my brother didn’t marry at all. Let alone marry SIL. Good thing I’m in Manila, she’s in the province. I don’t have to see her frequently, even her family. And I don’t think I would even greet anyone of her family when I see them. Where’s the crown of Ms. Congeniality here? I need one…

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I’m a Bitch, I’m a Lover…Lalala…

Just got back from a 3-day Union CBA proposal writing. As expected, I was stressed with all the thinking, computations, debates, writing and revising. The upside is, I got to spend 2 hours in the hotel’s spa: 15 minutes in the sauna while reading a fashion mag and sipping lemon iced tea. And afterwards, a relaxing body massage.

It was videoke/ karaoke night on our last night. Sang at the top of my lungs. Bitch by Meredith Brooks is my fave song. “I’m a bitch, I’m a lover, I’m a child, I’m a mother…” Oops, can I change the lyrics? NOT YET A MOTHER.

Almost everyone of my co-officers were drinking. No, I didn’t drink alcohol. I got a lot of whys of course. Just told them a matter-of-factly that alcohol is bad for fertility, bad for TTC. So is caffeine. I shouldn’t drink Coke, one said. Yes, I know, but what was I supposed to drink then? *SIGH*

Anywayze, I still drank Coke, ate crispy fried pork, dipped in a spicy mix of vinegar and soy sauce and all other junk foods available that night. Yummy! So in between eating and drinking, I sang my fave songs. Lights out by 1:45 am. All worth it.

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Going Gaga on Fertility Monitoring

Yup, I’m beginning to be just like everyone who’s trying to conceive. Going gaga over fertility monitoring. Actually, I’m still in its first phase. What have I done so far? I’ve researched on Ovulation Predictor Kits, Basal Thermometer and Pre-Seed Intimate Moisturizer.

The downside is, all are not available in my side of the world. Great. I thought of asking my older brother (who’s based in LA) to buy all these fertility stuff for me, since he and my mother will be coming home next month. But then again, I decided against it because he might be busy and all. Called my sister (who’s based in Montreal) instead and asked her to buy Pre-Seed for me. She said it might not be available in Montreal. I even e-mailed Pharmaprix and Shopper’s Drug Mart to ask on its availability. Bad news, they don’t carry Pre-Seed.

So what did I do? I went to Pre-Seed’s website, ordered it online and had it delivered to my brother’s address. Cost me $18.99 including shipping and I used my credit card. Huhuhu!!! On YM, my brother told me my package has just arrived. But the upside is, my brother told me to research if Pre-seed is available in Rite Aid. He said shipping is quite expensive, he could have bought it for me in store. Yehey!

Seeing that he was in the right mood to help me out, I had the nerve to ask him also to buy me the following: Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor, Clearblue Easy Fertility Test Sticks, Ovitrack Basal thermometer and another pack of Pre-seed. All are available in Rite Aid for a total of $220.76, sales tax not included! Whew! I didn’t tell my brother the total cost but I told him these could be quite expensive. I just explained to him the importance of these stuff to my TTC mission and thank God, he did understand. How generous of him indeed.

So there, next month, once I get these stuff, I will surely be more gaga over fertility monitoring. Will keep you posted on my second phase.

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