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  1. anbanan15

    grapefruit / 4681 posts

    What does your user name mean?
    I've used this user name on various sites since I was 15. My friend in HS's name was Anna and our swim coach always called her Anna-Banana which she hated. My name also starts with an "A".
    Describe your family?
    DH and I have a 23 month old son and two 3 year old lhasapoos, Kenji and Ginger. Both our families live close.
    What do you do for "you" time?
    Not really much me time these days so I'm not really sure! HB, does that count? lol
    Fun Fact?
    Nothing really all that interesting/fun that I can think of at the moment. Hmm....DH and I had a semi-destination wedding and every year so far we have gone back around our anniversary, but I'm not sure we will make it this year (it's about an 8-10 hour car ride for us!).

    Is this your first pregnancy/baby?
    No. This will be our second.
    Will you find out the gender?
    Yes...I didn't want to with DS but DH insisted that we know so we can "get the right stuff". He is saying the same again this time and I think we will need the extra time to pick a name if we are having another boy since DH says "no" to everything I ever suggested except DS's name.
    What kind of birth do you want?
    Normal, vaginal birth -- I'm hoping that my body will do what it is supposed to do this time and I can avoid another induction.
    Will you go all natural?
    I would like to try. The plan was to go natural with DS but my induction was not progressing and my OB/GYN would not give pitocin without an epi.
    Are you planning on breastfeeding?
    Yes!!
    Are you going back to work or SAHM?
    I would love to be a full time SAHM, but it's not really an option. I do work very part time where I can make my own hours which helps. I am supposed to be starting nursing school in the fall. I really would like to start as planned and hope baby comes during fall break since I really only need to take clinicals due to my previous education.

  2. ChitownRo

    clementine / 937 posts

    Is this your first pregnancy/baby?
    Yes to both. Please stick around baby

    Will you find out the gender?
    Yes - mainly for the clothes

    What kind of birth do you want?
    Easy with a healthy baby at the end Likely at a hospital

    Will you go all natural?
    I am open to it and will try to learn about methods, but am open to epi.

    Are you planning on breastfeeding?
    Yes!! But I am scared bc I have always had sensitive nipples that do not like attention.

    Are you going back to work or SAHM?
    I intend to work 2-3 days per week but I am not sure if my current job will allow that. If not, I will quit and find something else. The nice thing about being a nurse/NP is that there are tons of different roles/positions out there

  3. Ash

    honeydew / 7909 posts

    So, funny story...kind of.... DH has always been on team green (me, not so much but he talked me into it), Well yesterday we were out shopping and he wanted to look at baby clothes (awe) and it was then he decided we have to find out the sex to "prepare". Bahahaha! Love it!!

    Anyone else feel like we need a general November Mamas board? Hollaaa if you're with me!

  4. ShootingStar

    coconut / 8472 posts

    @Ash: I agree, we need a general board :).

  5. sweetooth

    nectarine / 2705 posts

    Hello November mamas I was planning on waiting until I heard a heartbeat to join these boards, but I got such great news today that I can't hold off any longer!

    Here's a little backstory for those of you that don't know me on HB. My husband and I have been trying to conceive our first child for 20 months. At the 13th month mark we started to work with an RE. During all of the diagnostic testing they found a uterine fibroid and removed it via hysteroscopy back in the fall. Since then, we had a few cycles to recover, and then begin Clomid/IUI. My first two IUI cycles with Clomid were unsuccessful. I am currently pregnant for the first time from my 3rd IUI treatment with the injectable drug, Bravelle.

    I saw my first ever two lines on March 19th. But because of this long journey, I was cautiously optimistic. I had my first beta and it was a 46.5. Positive, but still low. My second, 172. Good - doubling. But back for a 3rd, and it was 470. Ok - doubling. And today...my 4th beta is 2449!!! Wahooo!!!

    I feel like I can finally breathe. And finally join you all during this exciting, crazy time

  6. Turd Ferguson

    pomegranate / 3160 posts

    @sweetooth: Oh hell yeah!!! Congrats lady!!! I just want to say thank you SO much for your back story. I will be the first to admit that I reeeeally don't know much (at all) about what can really go into TTC, so I really appreciate the insight! If you don't mind (and totally just ignore if you do!), a couple questions just so I can try to understand more!

    IUI= in-uterine insemination...right? How long does an IUI treatment take/last?
    Clomid, mediation to help with ovulation...? Maybe?
    What is Bravelle?

    But seriously, SO happy for you and DH!!! I can't imagine going through what you have--you're freaking incredible! When do you hear a heartbeat/go for ultrasound?

  7. Ash

    honeydew / 7909 posts

    @sweetooth: so so happy to have you here!! :)) congratulations!

  8. FarmWifeGina

    pear / 1571 posts

    @sweetooth: Oh my gosh, that's so awesome! Congrats!!!!!

  9. sweetooth

    nectarine / 2705 posts

    @ms.janedoe: No worries, I'm sure I wouldn't know anything about these treatments if I hadn't experienced them first-hand.

    IUI is intrauterine insemination, yes. The procedure itself is a lot like the annual pap smear you get, very quick and not too painful - except for the dang speculum The overall process begins when you have your first day of your period. On day 3 you have bloodwork and an ultrasound to see how many follicles you have in your ovaries and the bloodwork indicates your baseline numbers for estrogen. They also check your uterine lining thickness. Then you usually begin taking clomid (an oral medication to help with ovulation) on days 3 - 7.

    After you finish the medication around day 10 or 12 you come in for more bloodwork and an ultrasound. They take a look at how you responded to the medication and count the follicles again. Depending on how you respond, you schedule the IUI appointment and have to give yourself a trigger shot 36 hours before the procedure. This shot is taken in the stomach, and the needle is really small. So even though I was initially freaked out - it's not too bad.

    The day of the IUI your husband has to deliver a specimen 90 minutes prior to the IUI appointment. It's washed and prepared. And then you show up, they tell you how awesome your husband did and then you receive the specimen and lay there thinking super good, positive thoughts.

    Bravelle is an injectable follicle stimulating hormone that you inject into your stomach. While I was on clomid I wasn't producing enough follicles, and I was ovulating too early. Using Bravelle allowed my doctor to monitor me more closely - with a LOT more bloodwork and ultrasound appointments - but I think ultimately all of the timing worked out a lot better.

    Too much of an essay? Hope not It's kind of hard to explain it in a short and sweet manner. Everyone reacts differently to all of the different fertility treatments that are out there. I'm so thankful that we were able to find one that worked for us. Is it how I imagined getting pregnant? No. But am I happy that I'm pregnant? Hell yes First ultrasound is this Friday.

  10. sweetooth

    nectarine / 2705 posts

    @ms.janedoe: @Ash: @FarmWifeGina: thank you all I'm so happy to join you! I'm been following along silently until today!

  11. Turd Ferguson

    pomegranate / 3160 posts

    @sweetooth: Thank you so much!!! I sooo appreciate you taking the time to try to educate my toootally uneducated butt! It just helps me to realize so, SO much more how much (emotionally, mentally, physically) you really put into it! You and DH kick ass for...everything! Hopin' Friday comes quickly!!!

  12. DigAPony

    pear / 1787 posts

    @sweetooth: congratulations!

    @Ash: I agree, I'm not a fan of all these separate boards.

  13. sweetooth

    nectarine / 2705 posts

    @ms.janedoe: You're welcome I know there are a few of us in the November mama crew that worked with an RE to get pregnant. @MrsCB and @hispj324 probably went through their own emotional, mental, physical and financial journey to get here too. Thank you for recognizing that - I appreciate it.

    @DigAPony: thank you

  14. FarmWifeGina

    pear / 1571 posts

    @sweetooth: I was thinking the same thing as @ms.janedoe:, wow, just, wow!

    ETA: Your story humbles me a bit when I think of the way I *curse* our super fertility.

  15. mrsmacandcheese

    blogger / clementine / 985 posts

    @sweetooth: Thanks so much for sharing your story! It's great to hear it from someone who went through it -- I really admire your strength going through your journey!

  16. anbanan15

    grapefruit / 4681 posts

    @sweetooth: Congratulations!! I'm super excited to have you here and can't wait to follow your journey! Thank you for sharing your story. I'm so happy for you and your DH!!

  17. Mrs. J

    pomelo / 5132 posts

    @sweetooth: Yaay! Congrats and welcome!

  18. sweetooth

    nectarine / 2705 posts

    @FarmWifeGina: "super fertility" would be crazy to deal with too, in my opinion. I'm not sure how I would have handled it if I had gotten pregnant quickly. But something in between would have been nice

    @MrsDragon: Thank you I look forward to when my stories are filled with cute little kids - instead of all of the craziness of infertility.

    @anbanan15: Thank you! My husband has been so great through all of this. It has made our relationship even stronger than it was before we started trying to have kids.

    @Mrs. J: Thank you Yay indeed

  19. Cara M. 17

    clementine / 825 posts

    @sweetooth: Welcome, I am just now seeing your first posts. Congratulations on your pregnancy, it sounds like it was a long journey for you. I hope everything continues to go well for you! Thank you again for your kind words earlier today.

  20. sweetooth

    nectarine / 2705 posts

    @Cara M. 17: Thank you And good luck at your appointment tomorrow!

  21. shellio

    pear / 1614 posts

    Hello all! I have been laying low... started to feel a little superstitious or something, and was afraid to post again until I saw a tiny heartbeat. But that happened today, so I'm happy to start catching up again!

    Is this your first pregnancy/baby?
    This is #2 for both DS is 15 mos old. They will be just under 2 years apart.

    Will you find out the gender?
    Definitely... can't wait!

    What kind of birth do you want?
    I had a C section for my first baby, because he was breech. I'm going to try for a vaginal delivery but am open to whatever happens because I had a fabulous experience the first time around.

    Will you go all natural?
    No.

    Are you planning on breastfeeding?
    Yup!

    Are you going back to work or SAHM?
    I will be back at work, hoping to take 10 weeks off but not sure exactly how it will work out. Hubby is a SAHD though.

  22. Mrs. Pink

    GOLD / kiwi / 605 posts

    Yay! I'm late joining because I was keeping it so hush hush but here goes!

    What does your user name mean?: I initially was a TTC blogger before we took an extended break... so I chose a color for my handle!

    Describe your family? hmm... exciting? We have a pretty big extended family, both hubby and I are 1 of 5 kids so we have lots of siblings! His are older then mine in general so we also have a lot of nieces and nephews as well as some great nieces and nephews too! We also have a "thing" where we have babies in twos or more....

    My brother's girl friend is due at the end of this month and I'm due in November A few years back, both of my sister-in-laws on hubby's side had babies within 3 months of each other too.

    What do you do for "you" time?

    Watch Netflix, read YA books (no judging) and excessive window/real shopping!

    Fun Fact?

    I was in London and Cape Town, SA within a same 24 hour period, which was pretty cool. I also had my photo taken with a random stranger on the Great Wall of China-- so that was kind of fun/weird/awesome

    What kind of birth do you want?
    One that includes some drugs... and preferably a quick one without to much craziness

    Will you go all natural?
    NO WAY. I just can't imagine the pain and I don't really want to...

    Are you planning on breastfeeding?
    absolutely, but I won't beat myself up if I can't. I know people who have done that and it makes me sad.

    Are you going back to work or SAHM?
    I will be back at work, hoping to take 12 weeks off but not sure exactly how it will work out financially.

  23. sweetooth

    nectarine / 2705 posts

    @Mrs. Pink: So happy to see you here on these boards! I remember reading your TTC posts when I first joined Hellobee. I'm so glad you're on the other side.

  24. Mrs. Pink

    GOLD / kiwi / 605 posts

    @sweetooth: Oh me too!!! and thanks!

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