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Obligatory TTC Baby #2 Update

Yep. We’re doing it. No idea how we’re going to pay for childcare for two littles, but we’ll figure it out. We want another tiny human!

Our fertility clinic makes you have blood work done before you can see someone in person. So they put in the lab orders for me to go on either Day 2 or Day 3 of my next cycle. I totally thought we’d be in Texas for it visiting family and figured I’d just do it during my January cycle. Lo and behold, Aunt Flow arrived a tad early. So off I went this morning to the lab. I had forgotten how much blood they require. 12 vials!

I should get MOST of the results on my online patient portal this week. But a few they only tell you in person. Now I just have to call and schedule my first appt for sometime in mid January or early February! Excited, but also nervous. I’m 38. I was 35 when we were trying for Mabel. I’m a little nervous to see the comparison between my blood work now and 3 years ago. Hopefully my eggs have aged well.

While we’re on this subject, did any of you notice a change in your cycle length after having a baby? I used to have a solid 28-30 day cycle. I now have a 25 day cycle. Huh? Granted, I only start really tracking it and paying attention the last few months as we were discussing TTC again. But it’s been consistent these last 3 months. Exactly 25 days. Never had a cycle this short before. A little worried because my luteal phase is only 11 days. But my acupuncturist has once again armed me with disgusting herbs in the hopes of getting everything primed and ready. Fingers crossed they help lengthen my luteal phase.

Now off to sleep for a few hours before we hop on an early morning flight to go see my family for Christmas. Happy holidays everyone!!

Motherhood: 18.5 months later

Not sure if anyone will even read this, it’s been so long since I posted. 

Life has been exhausting, thrilling, sleep deprived, fulfilling, joyful and everything in between. I love being a mom. I am here on earth to be Mabel’s mom. And I can’t even really remember what life was like pre-Mabel. 

So what is Mabel like now at 18.5 months old? Resorting to bullet points here.

  • This kid needs the freedom to run around and blow off steam. She needs time outside every single day to run, jump, dig in the dirt, and turn over every rock and if she doesn’t get it, I pity the people around her at the end of the day. (Hint: that’s me and S)
  • She is saying new words every day, including various body parts, “tickle tickle tickle” to the baby she shares a nanny with, “EIEIO” when we sing Old McDonald Had a Farm, and she tries to sing “no more monkeys jumping on the bed” but just ends up wagging her finger and saying something along the lines of “mo mo monies mum mo med”
  • She eats pretty well. We have to chop things like broccoli up really small and hide it in pasta sauces, but she gobbles up her food and sometimes when she’s hungry she’ll just start listing all the food she knows. Which leads to her asking for a waffle at 2am. 
  • She calls herself MeMoo. Which means we now call her MeMoo more often than Mabel.
  • She loves looking at herself in the mirror. She’ll slowly walk by the mirror and nonchalantly watch herself. And then turn around and walk by the mirror again. She also likes to kiss her reflection. It’s adorable.
  • We’re reached the stage where she’ll randomly walk up and kiss us. And it melts my heart every time.
  • If you cough, Mabel will drop what she’s doing and walk across the room to pat your back and make sure you’re ok.
  • She’s a passionate girl and lashes out easily. We’re constantly saying “No hitting” and “we don’t hit people” and removing her from situations. She’s definitely in that boundary pushing, not-able-to-express-herself-verbally-so-she-gets-frustrated-and-throws-toys phase. We even spoke with her pediatrician about it and she said to just keep doing what we’re doing. M, her nanny, sometimes has to take Mabel into the kitchen away from the other kid M watches and sit with her until Mabel calms down. It’s a process.
  • She loves making people laugh. If she does something that makes us laugh, you can almost see the lightbulb go off in her head and she’ll keep doing it over and over. And over. 

So right now life is great. As soon as we get comfortable, Mabel changes it up on us, but each month we keep saying, “This is my favorite age.” 

I’ll try to be a bit better about posting updates. I do still read your journeys and it makes me so happy to read about the sucesses and the 2nd babies that are arriving for some of you!