ICLW Welcome!

This is my first time participating in International Comment Leaving Week (ICLW), and so far, I’m loving it. I understand its only Tuesday, but already I am amazed at the love and support coming from my fellow infertility/loss/adoption bloggers.

For all of you who are visiting for the first time thanks to ICLW, here’s a little introduction; who I am, and what I’m about!

My husband, J, and I were married just over two years ago at 20 and 21 after five and a half years of dating (yep, high school sweethearts). I instantly caught the baby rabies, though understood the importance of having at least a year of marriage under our belts before diving into babymaking.

After eight months of marriage, I ditched my hormonal birth control, and we decided to throw caution to the wind, fully expecting to be knocked up by the time our first anniversary rolled around.

No such luck, as you can tell.

We’ve been through a whole host of testing, appointments and consultations, and physically, we’re both fine. Great numbers, excellently-shaped uterus (this was a concern, due to family history), and no indication whatsoever that we should be having problems. It was dubbed primary infertility, and we were given the choice to jump straight into IUI, or try a few monitored cycles without IUI.

In a heartbreaking discussion, J and I decided that after 16 months of trying to conceive, we were going to chuck the thermometer, ditch the OPKs, and try a few cycles of sex because we want to.

So that’s where we are now. Not paying attention to where I am in my cycle, trying to relax amidst the other stresses in life. And commenting up a storm on the whole list of ICLW participants.

Welcome! Enjoy!

13 thoughts on “ICLW Welcome!

  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂 This IF road is a difficult one… but here with you to share it and hopefully our BFP is around the next corner. Love always xoxo

  2. Hi, happy ICLW! My husband and I married and began TTC young too, I’m always a bit relieved to see I’m not the only “young” woman going through infertility (though I wish we weren’t in this position of course). I hope that this cycle is the magic one for you two.
    Also I love your blog title. My husband is a professional baker. 🙂 I keep trying to talk him into posting some tutorials on the blog. Perhaps he’ll do it one of these days.

    • I feel like I would be as big as a house if my hubby baked. At least when I’m baking, I’m moving around, haha – if it were hubs, I’d just sit on the couch and make him deliver me brownies. Best of luck to you!

  3. Hey from ICLW! No matter how we all end up here, no matter how young or old it’s a total Arse that we have to even be here in the first place! It is however a wonderfully supportive community 🙂 I Look forward to following you!

  4. Happy ICLW!!! Love your plan! I hope it is going well for you guys! I find it so hard to put behind me all the IF stuff and try to be present in the moment! Glad to find your blog and look forward to reading some of your recipes. I LOVE to bake! SO, so good!

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