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Welcome to my blog. I'd like to thank you for taking the time to visit! The support this community has offered me has really made a difference in dealing with IF.

In short (let's see how short I can make it) I'm 27 DH is almost 27 and we've been married for four years together for eleven. We've been trying to conceive our first little bug for 19 cycles now. We both had testing done in February and everything came back looking normal.

Well this journey has not been so normal for us and were learning how to live in this akward phase. It's tough but we get through cycle by cycle.

The doctor wanted to put me on clomid and I didn't feel good about that. Instead i decided to go a bit more natural. I had been seeing a traditional Chinese medicine doctor for stomach ailments which he had cured. He happens to be a fertility specialist. We decided to give him a try and both DH and I are getting acupuncture twice monthly, daily herbs, vitamins and a more active lifestyle with an improved diet. We've both been feeling great. Last weekend I was wrapping up my second cycle on this new regimen.

I took A test last weekend and it was a faint positive! The next day I took another one and it was even lighter. Long story short doctors confirmed a chemical pregnancy.

I'm bum but at the same time I see this as a small victory. This is the farthest I've ever gotten. As one blogger friend commented things can only go up from here (I hope$.

Our planned weekend getaway coincided this weekend and it couldn't have been better timing. I'm truy enjoying the fresh air and the beauty that is nature.

Again thanks for stopping by and I hope you stick around. Sorry for typos. We have no I termed connection so I've been blogging from my iPhone.
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What to Believe?

The doctor determined I had a chemical pregnancy.  As devastating as this has been for me I also see It as a small victory. This is the farthest I’ve ever gotten and I have to believe it happened because of all the positive changes I’ve recently made. I’m not going to lie, it’s been a tremendous amount of work. I think it has all been well worth it because not only am I hopefully getting closer to my end goal I feel (and the hubby feels too) in the best shape of my life! 

Giving up the coffee and for the most part caffeine has really made a significance difference in how I deal with stress. I’ve had quite the stressful summer at work and going through all of this in general but I feel I’ve been handling it pretty well. 

My life has been less than perfect in the last several days nearing weeks. 

To begin with as you all know my cycle was so wonky. I expected it though, exercise every day, improved diet, herbs, vitamins acupuncture my body is in total shock and I think trying to find some new balance. I ovulated very late which I knew the egg would be old and I didn’t expect it to take.  I started spotting for several days before AF’s due date. I never spot I usually just start my flow. So that was odd but because I really don’t like to read too much into things I didn’t. The day AF was supposed to arrive I tested just because I wanted to double check. Negative – well I’m used to that so on with life!

Meanwhile I woke up one morning with the worst pain in one of my breasts. It’s hard to even explain the sensation but I had never felt something like that. Again not reading into thinks I made a mental note to watch out for that in case it was something else. That same day I went to get frozen yogurt. I got a yummy raspberry flavor. I had one lick and it didn’t taste like anything at all! Refusing to think it was just me I had hubby try it and he said “No, it’s you.” Okay again brush it off. 

Friday was our biweekly appointment with Dr. J. I told him about the negative test and then everything I had been feeling. He noticed my pulse was different. He determined I was either pregnant or my body was regulating itself. The whole time inside I was getting a little just a little bit of excited but I know too well and I was like okay. 

Saturday rolls around . . . I’m out running errands with the hubby and I just totally broke down (I blame it on the hormones) but when I cry I cry with so much emotion. I was just frustrated that I hadn’t gotten my period and just wanted it to come instead of playing games with me. Every time I was going to the bathroom I was checking and nothing. I was going crazy. It was him who convinced me to take another test. 

We get home from errands and I take the test. I usually watch as the urine streams through the test and as you all know the control line shows up immediately. I always imagined if I had a positive that it would show up immediately too. It didn’t so I just set it down while I finished my business. When I got up I saw this something I never had seen before. A shadow maybe? Then I held it at all angles and I could see it. It was faint but it was a second line! I called hubby in because I thought I was crazy. He saw it too, so I decided to take a second one and it showed up again!

If you follow my posts you’ve seen the pictures of the test. I didn’t know what to think or how to react. The fact that it was light concerned but it was still positive! Then I was bummed that I couldn’t hold it in because I always had big plans for the big reveal to the hubby and that was the last way I expected to spill the beans about the bean :-)

To top it off my little sister (15 years old) is visiting so she heard all the commotion and found out too. We were on our way out to see Harry Potter and as excited as I was about the movie I couldn’t get over what had just happened. I was cautious about the whole thing but I was still excited I’m not going to lie.

I knew to test the next morning and expect a darker line then I would feel really good. That’s not what happened. I woke up so excited ran to the bathroom took the test and the line hardly showed up anymore it was so faint! I walked into my bedroom hubby so anxious it broke my heart to tell him. At the same time I had started bleeding a lot more. 

I called the doctor’s office because I wanted a blood test to confirm I wasn’t crazy and this had really happened. I call at 8:23 and they didn’t call me until 4:17 p.m.! I was so upset! I knew the longer I waited to test the harder it was to catch the hormone in my blood stream. Thankfully I made into a testing center on time! 

I got a call the next morning (yesterday) telling me that there were no more hormones left and either it was a faulty test or early miscarriage. I refuse to believe that three tests could be wrong.

All of this is going on and rewind several days back to last Thursday when I discover my five year old poodle’s dewclaw is growing back! He had gnawed at it so much it was swollen and pussy. I knew that wasn’t going to be good. Took him to the vet and sure enough he was going to need surgery but the earliest that could be done is Tuesday! That meant four more days of constantly watching him because even with an e-collar and a gauze wrap he was managing to remove the gauze and go at it with his leg. Thankfully his surgery went well; no more dewclaw and I get a nice bill for $570 I wasn’t counting on! Wonderful! 

It gets worse! 

Monday when I’m going through all of this torture and hurt I’m outside watering my tomatoes when I slip, roll my ankle and fall flat on the ground onto my tomatoes into the mud (since I had just watered). All I could think was REALLY YOU’RE FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME! Then the second round of waterworks came. I was wet, muddy and devastated and no one literally around to pick me up. I cried like a big baby and I felt like one. I tumbled and my world came tumbling with me. 

Yesterday I decided to get over myself and move one. So I went for a nice long bike ride. It was amazing and I’m so glad I did it. It felt great except my butt would tell you a different story.

I woke up this morning with an extreme irritation in my whoha. I’ve had this feeling before. It itches like crazy! Last time I had my pap they called to tell me I had BV (Bacterial Vaginosis). I had no symptoms but apparently I had it. I got pills and since I didn’t have symptoms I really couldn’t tell if I got rid of it. Come May I had this awful itching and I felt like I had a UTI. I go to Urgent Care and sure enough UTI and apparently the BV was back. This time the doc said it could be that the hubby and I are just passing it back and forth so he got pills too. It went away and so did the itching but suddenly the itching is back!!!! So I go to the doctor today which was nice because I actually got some face time instead of the nurse on the phone.  Pending test results we’ll see if I have BV again, and she told me no you don’t pass BV back and forth with your partner. She talked about clomid again and she said whenever you’re ready take it. I talked to her about my concern with clomid and the side effects including the thinning of the lining. She said that would be counterproductive to trying to get pregnant so no, that’s not a side effect.

Honestly I don’t know what to believe anymore. I had also read that BV can affect your fertility and she said no that’s not true either. Okay . . . I don’t know if I feel more comfort or more confused now but I have to believe these people know what they’re talking about.

She was happy to hear about my progress health wise and the herbs and acupuncture. She said whenever I want to try clomid to just let them know. So for now that’s in the back of my mind. 

Hmmm so here I am dumping all of my thoughts on you. Again I feel okay but some random act of something makes me breakdown. Today when I was at the doctor office my eyes started to water bad! There were nothing but couples there, one very pregnant and happy, one you could just tell found out, and here comes another happy lady with her belly. Then I look down and see parenting magazines. I felt attacked and vulnerable. So I expect to feel vulnerable for a while until I return to my chipper self. I can’t wait to get there.
We’re going up to the mountains this weekend and staying in a cabin next to a lake. We’re meeting my parents up there so I’m really looking forward to getting away from it all even if it’s just for a few days.

Thank you all for your support. You know it means the world to me.

I Need Someone to Keep Me Sane Right Now!

Do you see the faint line?

Am I crazy or is there a faint line? I'm so afraid to be excited right now. I took a test three days ago and it was negative. I've been spotting very light pink here and there for the past five days. Look at my chart below to see my temps.

Please give me your feedback. I feel like I'm crazy right now. I have so many emotions right now I don't even know what to think or feel or how to explain it all. I really hope this is real.
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