About Me

I am an insane human being. I have been a wife for 15 plus years, and a mom for almost as long. I had 3 children early on...then struggled with life and IF and loss for 8 years. Thought our family was complete, so I compensated by adopting all the shelter pets. Then we were surprised that our luck changed. Our running total is Parents: 2, Kids: 5, Pets:4. My life is far from perfect, and much of our happiness was hard fought and won, from the death of a parent, job loss and marriage troubles, miscarriage and IF, we have been through it all, and dare I say we made it, with a lot of love and laughter, and not taking ourselves too seriously.

Monday, February 22, 2016

MicroBlog Monday's:Deja Vu

Every since I can remember, I have always counted the month by my cycle days. It has always been on my radar where I am in my cycle. I have never been someone who would be surprised when AF showed up, completely unprepared. Even in my teen years, I was always acutely aware of when that was going to happen. I knew when I was ovulating based on all my signs, especially in my later teens when I had a recurring problem of hemorrhagic cysts, amoung other things. I became familiar with all things cycle and fertility related very early on, and had my first transvaginal ultrasound when I was 16, my first lap at 18. I have been in some form of TTC mode almost continuously for over 16 years now. It is so ingrained that it's almost subconscious in that I probably could never truly cop to a totally surprise pregnancy, because whether I am aware of it or not, tracking my cycle and BDing accordingly likely always happens. I don't know how to NOT be aware of this and shut it off. No, this post is not some sort of weird announcement, not at all.

Now 3.5 months postpartum in my later 30's, waiting for my cycle to return and see what my hormones are going to look like this time, I find myself thinking about whether we will ever TTC again, and if I can handle all that comes with it once more. Only time will tell, which is what I tell all the ridiculous people who feel the need to ask if I'm done having kids. While I am in my own limbo, I still find myself at the lab, getting cycle day 3 bloodwork, along with a host of other labs as well...thyroid and iron panel amoung others, for my teen. At almost 15.5, her cycles have decided to creep closer and closer together, until they are now under 2 weeks apart. She is tired, moody, and just generally out of sorts. She is getting a crash course in all the things women go through just so we can maybe have children someday. And she is silently thankful I insisted on knowing her CD1s so I can keep track for her and know when there is a red flag. We see her doctor Thursday.

It is a really weird place to be, having a child old enough to have the same hormone imbalances as me, and seeing doctors to straighten them out for two totally different reasons. It is also weird to be thinking so much about this at a time when my own body is on breastfeeding hold and the issues at the moment aren't mine. I also have my other daughter who is close to starting her cycles for the first time. So lots of wonky hormones in my house right now.

My teen just wants to feel better now, which I want, too. But I also want to identify any potential issues now, so that maybe when her time comes she doesn't have to struggle to have a child if she wants one. This is really some of the weirdest deja vu ever. We will see what news Thursday brings. I suppose for the next several years, I will be counting cycle days for all of us.

4 comments:

  1. So many hormones under one roof! I dread those years for myself and parents as they go through them.

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  2. You are such an excellent mother to be on the lookout for any abnormalities that could cause issues for your daughter in the future, and inconveniences in the here and now. It's surreal I'm sure, but wonderful to keep an eye on things and have that information early. Stinky to be counting infinite cycle days though...

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  3. As odd place to be in, but I think about this a lot -- will ChickieNob inherit my issues? Good that you're taking care of this and even better that you taught her to track her cycles so she has that information.

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  4. Here from Mel's roundup... it is a strange thing, to be so aware that there is a good chance your child will inherit your fertility issues. My daughter had a stroke shortly after birth, and was subsequently diagnosed with a clotting disorder (inherited from hubby... he had no idea he had it until that point). At the time, her future fertility didn't occur to me- I was more concerned with her potential developmental issues, but nowadays, I am truly afraid for her. Even though she's only 6, I know that having a baby will not necessarily be a simple thing for her.

    Here's hoping that your awareness of your daughter's issues now will serve to help her in the future. At least she will have an awareness that having a baby could be difficult right out of the starting gate- that is definitely an advantage that many of us didn't have. Best of luck getting answers!

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