500 posts deserved something away from the crazy of my life right now. I have been sitting on this waiting for a time to do it, so here we go!
ABC's of Me
(A) Age: 34
(B) Blog Title Inspiration: I kept saying that I needed to be "sperminated" so I had to find some catchy way to incorporate that! That was when it was "Spermination Station." Last summer I was, I think, listening to Meatloaf. He has a long called "Out Of The Frying Pan." It came to mind. It reminds me of parenting. But in my case, it began, sort of, in a petri dish. So, there you go.
(C) Chore You Hate: Folding socks. They pile up for months and we have to dig through the pile for pairs, LOL.
(D) Dream Job: There are a couple - National Geographic Photographer, or Travel Journalist.
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: Large, strong cup of black tea when I am allowed.
(F) Favorite Color: The rainbow! I hate picking just one.
(G) Gold or Silver? Silver
(H) Height: 5'4"
(I) Instruments You Play: Well, I started on French Horn, but it died, then trumpet. But honestly I don't do practice. Bores me silly. So...nothing really. I like to bang on my djembe!
(J) Job Title: Super Mom.
(K) Kids: Our little miracle, Phelan (aka Peanut); Furbabies: Buddha (dog); Cleo, Frida, and Oreo (cats); Crush (tortoise).
(L) Live: Pennsylvania in the Slate Belt.
(M) Mom's Name: Cindy
(N) Nicknames: Gevvy, Gev, GV, Vieve, Troll, Rainbow, Iron Chef, Attila the Hippie, Ben, Ben Dover, Naked Bubble Girl -- and there have been many many others.
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? Exploratory Lap in college; 3 times during pregnancy. Once for delivery. So that makes 5 times, 4 due to baby boy.
(P) Pet Peeve: Ignorance by choice - i.e. beliefs or ignorance bred by not learning things on your own. The material is there. Don't take a stance just because that's what Mom and Dad said.
(Q) Quote from a Movie: Oh, man...I have soooo many favorites. One of my all-time favorites has to be, "Oh Captain, my Captain." Absolutely one of the most moving moments in movie history as far as I am concerned.
(R) Right or Left Handed? Right
(S) Siblings: 3 sisters - Sister is 33, Lil Sis is 26, and Littlest is 20
(T) Time You Wake Up? My bladder tends to wake me around 6 am; if not then, my 13 month old alarm clock tends to go off around 6:30 am.
(U) Underwear: I didn't used to wear them regularly at all - living in Africa and at a camp and needing to pee in nature a lot led me to wear regularly. Drip dry without undies blows. I have all kinds...depends on my mood.
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: Brussel Sprouts, Lima Beans, Eggplant, Beets, and Radishes...alright, I am wicked picky about my veggies.
(W) What Makes You Run Late: Right now, Peanut. Or Hubby. I never used to be late. LOL
(X) X-Rays You've Had Done: Feet, knees, back, neck, left wrist, right thumb
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: Shrimp and asparagus risotto, corn and crab chowder, spicy peanut and sweet potato soup.
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: giraffes!
ABC's of TTC
A. Age when you started TTC: 30
B. Baby Dancing or Sex: Sex.
C. Children wanted: 2
D. Dogs/Cats/Fill in Children: See above!
E. Essential Oils/Vitamins/Snake Oils: I didn't take anything really for TTC. Did a lot of pineapple and pomegranate and wheat grass during our IVF cycle.
F. Fertility Meds I’ve taken: Lupron, PIO, Gonal-F, HcG, Ovidrel
G. Gain: Didn't gain while TTC...in fact, the stress made me lose weight.
H. HSG (Hystosalpingogram): yes...and Fate willing, never again! It was horrendous. Both my tubes are blocked.
I. Infertile Pet Peeves: Assvice
J. Job title: Technical Care Specialist
K. Kids' names you’re afraid will be taken by the time you can use them: So not worried about that.
L. Length of time TTC: We spent 15 months trying before seeing an RE. 2 years 3 months before our BFP.
M. Miscarriages: No, thank goodness!
N. Number of times you’ve switched OB/GYNS, REs, FSs: NONE
O. Ovarian quality: Fantastic, thank goodness!
P. POAS or wait for AF: I POAS at first. Then I just stopped. My rule was 5 days late. Unfortunately, sometimes that is a normal cycle for me. Now...never, LOL.
Q. Quote from an obnoxious fertile: Upon hearing I was undergoing IVF: "What, you don't like sex?"
R. RE, OB/Gyn or other? RE
S. Sperm: What sperm? No sperm here.
T. Time you tried naturally: 5/08-9/09
U. Uterus quality: According to all tests, good. However, it doesn't apparently like keeping baby in full-term.
V. Vagina: Well, now, I've had quite a few compliments...oh, medically? Good.
W. What baby stuff do you already have? We became the hand-me-down king and queen. There is stuff EVERYWHERE.
X. X-tra X-tra Hear all about it! How many people know the ins and outs of our crazy TTC journey? I think the mailman might be in the dark...but that's probably about it.
Y. Yearly Exam (do you still go in even though someone sees your lady parts most months?): Yup, and must go next month. Sigh.
Z. Zits: Got tons of them during BCP and early pregnancy. Otherwise they are rare.