As the one year mark of trying to conceive came and went, I got to thinking about how much I’d learned about this whole process in the last 12 months. I laugh at how naive I was, assuming that I could just pitch my pill package and a magical one or two months later, I’d have some joyous news to announce.
Its been sixteen months, and I’m still waiting on that news.
So what have I learned? What have the last 16 months taught me? More than you could imagine.
I could wax poetic about the trials and tribulations of taking temperatures every morning, checking out all sorts of ridiculous signs and symptoms, peeing on sticks of every size and colour, and “practicing” on a schedule. And one of these days, I might just write that post. But for now, I bring you….
The Top Five Things I Never Thought I’d Learn (while TTC, or otherwise).
1. Taking your temperature numerous times in a row might change the number. It doesn’t change the truth.
2. That cervical mucus can be exciting. No really, I promise it is.
3. Discussing ovulation, periods, temperatures, etc. with your husband will become a non-chalant, dinner table conversation.
4. I can now read you off a list…from memory…of common herbal remedies that will both increase and decrease your fertility. Who’d have thunk that I would ever know the importance of red raspberry leaf?
5. Some of my best friends, the people that really “get” what I’m going through, would be people I’ve never actually met in person.
What about you? What lessons have you learned through this whole process?