It all started in July of 2014. I hopped on Pinterest and saw something baby related. Probably some cute picture of a baby with a pink striped bow on their head. (Just checked my board right now and I had to scroll down for a few minutes until I saw my first pin: a pink and gray nursery, complete with a crystal chandelier, wood floors, and a lounge chair with an ottoman. In. My. Dreams!)
I always thought we would wait a couple years after we married to try and have kids. I think I even told someone we would at least wait three years. Then last year, in our second year of marriage, I had this natural urge to be a mother.
I talked with my husband and asked him what he thought. At first, he was a little unsure that we were ready (or perhaps he was scared to death and didn’t want to tell me). We decided to wait a few months until we went on our first real vacation as husband and wife to begin having sex. Just kidding. To begin having unprotected sex.
Trying to Conceive (TTC) is a lot more difficult than one would think. It’s a journey and a process. Some lucky girls only have to TTC for a month or two, and they get their bun in the oven. For others, it takes a little bit longer for that bun to arrive.
No matter how long it takes, if you have been on the TTC train before, you can relate to the crazy things you end up doing along the way. I have compiled a list of some of my laughable moments during our journey. If you’ve been here before, perhaps you can relate.
1. When you first begin, you do not think it will take that long. You think you will be one of the lucky ones and get pregnant in your first month. You go on vacation and daydream about telling people that your baby was made in Mexico.
2. You spend a butt load of money on pregnancy tests. You even have a system when you go to Target. You grab a basket and stash the tests at the bottom, just in case you run into your neighbor at the checkout. You find the tests that have the coupon stickers, so you are able to justify spending millions on plastic sticks.
3. You read into every sign and symptom. Your boobs ache. You Google it. You have some cramping. You Google it. You are super moody and cry at anything. You Google it and take a pregnancy test.
4. Cervical mucus (I know, gross?), sore nipples (yup) and cervix position (huh?) are everyday vocabulary for you.
5. You promise yourself you will only take a pregnancy test the day your period is due. The funny thing is, you don’t know when your period is due, because you’ve been so irregular since going off birth control. You end up taking a test anyways.
6. At the beginning of each cycle, you figure out what your due date would be if you got pregnant that month. You imagine having a Christmas baby, complete with a stocking, milk and cookies. Or perhaps you will have an Easter baby, who will listen to “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” on Easter morning and wear an adorable yellow bonnet to church.
7. Not only do you imagine when your baby would be due, but you wonder when you would hit the three month mark and daydream all the ways you could announce your pregnancy to the world. (My personal favorites include: October, in which you and your spouse pose with pumpkins and a sign that reads, “Adding a Pumpkin to Our Patch!” or December, when you could tie a bow around your tummy and attach a sign that says, “Don’t Open until 2016!”)
8. You have a secret Pinterest board for your baby. It is here where you pin about morning sickness cures, the 10 things you MUST bring in your hospital bag, and how to prepare your dog for a newborn.
9. At the beginning of the process, you hide the testing from your significant other. You want to surprise them when you find out you are pregnant by tying a ribbon with the words “baby coming soon” around your dog’s collar. After months of TTC, you openly pee on the stick in front of them and watch the line show up together during the three minute wait.
10. When you end up getting your period, you get frustrated and feel like life isn’t fair. But then you realize, it’s only the beginning, as it’s the first day of your cycle and you start all over again.