allow me to introduce baby narwhal!

so. the last time i updated this thing, i was all sad & confused because i was getting positive home pregnancy tests (on the el cheapo wondfo brand i recommended in my “getting pregnant on the cheap” series), but my quantitative blood test, supposedly infallible, had come back negative. the day after i got theContinue reading “allow me to introduce baby narwhal!”

positive home tests, negative blood

so. i am having a completely rotten TTC week. a few days ago, at six days post-ovulation, i took a home pregnancy test. i definitely wasn’t expecting anything that early–usually implantation doesn’t happen until at least 7DPO, & it takes a few days after that for enough pregnancy hormone to build up in the bodyContinue reading “positive home tests, negative blood”

saving your budget & your mental health while trying to get pregnant, part three

all right, here’s where we get to the good stuff. pregnancy & pregnancy tests. i have a lot of feelings. chemical pregnancy a chemical pregnancy is a very early miscarriage. these are incredibly common & are usually due to a chromosomal abnormality in the blastocyst which prevents it from developing properly. basically what will happenContinue reading “saving your budget & your mental health while trying to get pregnant, part three”

saving your budget & your mental health while trying to get pregnant, part two

semen analysis if you’re not getting pregnant & you don’t have any known issues that could be compromising your fertility (or even if you do!), it’s important to get the sperm checked out. if you’re using donor sperm from a clinic, it’s already been checked for quality, but if you’re using a known donor orContinue reading “saving your budget & your mental health while trying to get pregnant, part two”

saving your budget & your mental health while trying to get pregnant, part one

okay, i am not pregnant yet, but i feel like i know a lot of stuff about trying to conceive at this point, & maybe some of it will be useful to others. i’m also going to write about all the different stuff i have tried so the next time someone says to me, “youContinue reading “saving your budget & your mental health while trying to get pregnant, part one”

opting in…by co-opting the original research & writings of other feminists

well, this book could not possibly have been more disappointing. the subtitle is “having a child without losing yourself,” & based on that & the back cover blurb, i guess i was expecting a book about balancing motherhood with one’s feminist principles, & trying to create a society that values the contributions of mothers asContinue reading “opting in…by co-opting the original research & writings of other feminists”

enter the blunderdome: HSG edition

well, i took jared to the airport on thursday morning so that he could fly off to massachusetts & present his research on historical responses to flooding in the connecticut river valley at a conference called “riverscaping”. his flight left at 7:30am, which means he had to be at the airport at 6:30am, which meansContinue reading “enter the blunderdome: HSG edition”

are you fucking with me?: a guide to modern manners

sometimes i really wonder what in the hell is the matter with people. i’ve had a few brushes lately with staggering (if unintentional) rudeness. it started with a comment on this very blog. so, it’s not a secret that i have some physical disabilities. i was born missing some of my lumbar vertebrae, which ledContinue reading “are you fucking with me?: a guide to modern manners”

how i started to worry about my consumer choices

this is kind of a scary article. i have never been a fan of amazon. in 1999, i moved from ohio to portland, oregon, & immediately landed a job in the genre room at powell’s books, one of the world’s largest independent bookstores. i headed up the romance, thriller, nautical fiction, & books on tapeContinue reading “how i started to worry about my consumer choices”