Thursday, January 18, 2007
Mah Jongg Is the New Black
So, I have to admit, that I was pretty pleased with my Sperm Emails post. I feel like I've been a big downer post-wise (and in real life) for a while now, and I enjoyed that the Sperm Emails post was light and silly.
What truly surprised me though was that so many of you commented about how much you love Mah Jongg. Who knew?
So Monday night, we had our first Mah Jongg lessons with the girls (all of us in our late 20s-mid 30s). Between our bams and our craks and our dots and our dragons, we talked about how Mah Jongg wasn't just for little old ladies any more. My friend LM drew a parallel between Mah Jongg and knitting... how when we were growing up, we'd be most likely to associate knitting with our grandmothers and Great Aunt Antoinette, but now it's downright trendy to knit. I remember years ago finding it weird that amidst the pricey boutiques, coffee houses, and hip bars in my neighborhood, there were suddenly new, small shops opening up with yarn from floor to ceiling along every wall.
Mah Jongg was fun. Next game in two weeks.
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In TTC news, our sperm is still in the living room and we are waiting for ovulation. It's CD19 and I haven't ovulated yet. I typically ovulate between CD17-20 without a trigger shot, although I have ovulated as late as CD23 and CD24 before. Based on my chart so far, I see no reason to think that I won't ovulate very soon. But I did have delayed ovulation the time we tried with KD-barely-in-the-country, so I'm aware that nothing is for certain.
When Lo and I were trying to decide if we should go ahead with an at-home insem, I had one requirement. It was that if my body doesn't do what we want it to do (ovulate before the liquid nitrogen tank runs out), then so be it. This is still my break. Next month I'll be under the microscope with Dr. Quick and Nurse Poker Face and who knows who else peering into and critiquing my insides. This month, I need a break from that. And even if my body doesn't do what I want it to do, I need to feel that that's okay. I need to not feel anger toward my body this cycle.
Speaking of microscopes, we have one of those fertility microscopes that helps you detect ovulation by looking for ferning patterns. I assume some of you have used it. I tried using it for the first time this week, even though we've had it for some time. Geek that I am, I thought it was pretty cool. But I haven't quite figured out how to interpret it yet, and I keep forgetting to do it first thing in the morning. It's reminding me of how hard it used to be for me to take my temp every morning. Now, it's so routine and I'm so in tune with my body that it is just something I do. It's interesting to look back at how hard it used to be now.
I've also finally convinced Lo to start charting, which is a huge relief for me. I think some of my angst has centered on the fact that even though we technically have another uterus (one that wants to be pg some day), since Lo has never even charted, all of our hopes really are riding on me. I have been feeling like if we need to jump to our second uterus, we're completely unprepared to do so. So, I am glad she has started charting. For the peace of mind, as well as because now that's something we share, too.