An unconventional journey through assisted reproductive technology (and hopefully pregnancy and parenthood.)

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They say 30's are the new 20's. My wife and I have been together for over a decade now. We both work in the fast paced world of academia. Our state (and recently all others across the country) have finally allowed all marriage so we made that happen October 2014.

I'm a pretty big nerd, I'll be the first to admit. I love video games (yes, as a girl and yes, at my age). I have lots of other nerd hobbies and since I was unceremoniously banned from RuneScape, I've been playing Civilization and Skyrim. My real first nerd love is Magic the Gathering. 10,000 cards and growing, but that's an expensive hobby when you have two babies.

I have other grown-up interests too, especially reading. I like reading so much I have 3 Kindles and I also used to be a martial artist (one belt away from black belt. I'll finish someday.)

But now I've got twins and I have a feeling a lot of those hobbies are going to change.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

With the exception of a few circumstances, most women don’t look exactly forward to their period. I am in one of those special circumstances right now in that when I get my period that means we can finally start the next step in our baby-making journey. But until then I thought I would start my blogging with some memories of our adventure last year.

I have to admit, when my girlfriend first suggested doing a blog I was pretty meh about it.  But I thought about it some more and here we are now.  I do enjoy writing and I fancy I’m pretty fair at it and I’ll try to make this interesting.  This is my first blog so I know it's not great, but it will get better. I also know very few people will probably actually read this, and that’s ok too.  This is mostly so I have a narrative for myself. Now that I’m doing it, I wish I had blogged when we started last year because there was so much that happened and it’s only in the jumble of my memory now. But I’m also going to try to unscramble those here too.

The Fertility Seminar – February 2011

When we were doing research on doctors, one I came across offered fertility seminars, which is right up my alley.  So we signed up for one and set out one Saturday morning.  We live in the southeast part of town and we knew we were going to the west so we left in plenty of time.  We even Mapquested the route, which turned out to be a big mistake. Mapuest told us to take a street that does NOT go through to where we needed to go so the actual trip took about twice as long as it should have. We had to make some crazy turns and backtracking, but we finally got there with about 3 minutes to spare. Thanks for nothing, Mapquest!

When we walked in, the lobby was packed and we were a little surprised. Could that many people really be looking into IVF? It was literally standing room only, but we finally found some chairs way in the front.

The seminar itself was basics of fertility, IUI, IVF and what the clinic can do and so on. We got to talk to the doctor and ask questions. When some of the other people started asking questions we realized why it was so packed. Turns out that one of the nursing instructors at the local community college was there with her class on a field trip! That made me feel a little odd, but then they said that we were going to tour the clinic, so I was excited again. I love tours of stuff.  Factories, museums, you name it. Anyway, we got to see the exam rooms, all the equipment and stuff. They have something called a 'class 6 clean room' and that reminded me of Runescape (class 5 sacred clay...). At the end we made an appointment for a consultation and that is where I will pick up in my next post.

When will that next post be? Hard to say. I don't want to lock myself into a posting schedule, but I'd hate to leave you hanging too. It will be soon, though. In the meantime, I've heard that blogs need pictures to be interesting, so I leave you with my two cats. Don't let their cute posing fool you. They can be the biggest pains this side of the Mississippi, but since they're so damn cute, we keep them around.

Still working on my HTML for actually having the pictures where I want...


  1. Hi Jane: My name is Marsha and I'm pretty familiar with your SO from the places she hangs out. I've known so many people who have gone through what you are going through. Please know that my thoughts will be with you two whatever you choose to do, and I hope you are happy with the end solution.

  2. Thanks. I'm pretty much in shock that anyone cares enough to read this (let alone follow in the hopes of reading more) so I appreciate your words.