Friday, May 30, 2014

Life Now

My life is so drastically different than it was 7 months ago before my little crawling, pulling himself up, raspberry blowing bug was born. As a very emotional person becoming a parent has made me even more emotional. And my wife who was once very stoic is now almost as much of an emotional bomb as I am. We have learned a lot about our relationship since we've become parents and I'm sure we have plenty more to learn.

I currently take bug( a nickname T coined for him) with me to work for 50 hours each week. We quickly realized while this was great money wise it doesn't work for our family time. I work quite a distance from home so it's not easy for T to come get him after work and I feel bad that she misses out on so much time with him. Starting in the fall I will only be working three days a week and one of those will be from home. I am so grateful that my current job is allowing me to adjust my schedule so drastically!

That has been one of the biggest issues for us. I work so much and I enjoy what I do and part of the allure of me for my clients is my always open availability. I struggled with being my same available self and doing what's best for my son and wife. My family is the most important thing to me so I have tried to adjust accordingly but it is a process.

Communication is so key in relationships. What we have found is that it is hard for us to both be happy about the extra stuff that needs to get done. Before we had bug we had all the time in the world to grocery shop, walk the dog, vacuum the floor, etc. Not it feels like there is not enough hours in the day. Our bickering consumes much more time than it should! I feel like I'm giving more than I should have to and she feels the same way. Right now we are both exhausted. 
Thankfully both T and I have summers off so that should give us time to hopefully get into a rhythm. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The sweetest boy

Iver joined our family on October 22nd. T delivered him at home with me and two midwives present. We couldn't have asked for a better experience in welcoming our man to the world!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Still here!

It's been 20 weeks since I last updated and it feels like time has flown by.
T will be 32 weeks on Monday. Baby P ( we didn't find out the gender) is a mover and a shaker and puts on a show for his two mommies every night. I can't wait to see my little baby on the outside! Only 58 or so more days to go!

I wanted to share here how happy I am that we are having a baby but also to still talk about how it still hurts in my heart that ill never be able to carry a child. As I've spent the last 8 months watching T's body grow and feel that baby kick and move I can't help but feel an empty space or longing in my body for that feeling. Ill admit that I'm jealous that she can check in with the baby all day long because its in her stomach. I'm jealous that its going to look like her. I'm jealous of so many things.
My mother in law asked me a few weeks ago out of the blue if I wished I was carrying the baby. Immediately I replied with," more than anything" It's something that I will never get to experience and I am mourning that option in my life.
With that being said I am so grateful and feel so lucky to have a Baby growing in T's belly. I can't wait to experience motherhood with her. Being her wife is the best thing that ever happened to me and I can't wait to see her be a mother!
I still follow along on the rest of your TTC journeys and I am sending so much baby dust your way. I feel your pain and heartache and I won't so bad for you to experience parenthood however that happens for you. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

10 weeks and counting

As of Monday T is 10 weeks pregnant. We have huge mouths and have now told the whole world including fb. It has been going by fast but very S L O W at the same time. I wanted to update the blog with the happenings at my house.
-We have picked a fabulous group of midwives here in our town. Unfortunately our original midwife is not licensed to perform a home birth in our state so we had to go with a new group but so far it has been fantastic! We are very lucky to live in an area that is rather progressive and we have access to what some may see as " alternative" care. I have always dreaded going to the doctor. I've felt like I didn't have a choice in my care. I also have felt that my questions or concerns are an inconvenience to them. I have not felt that way even once in visiting the midwives or in emailing. Our appointments have been an hour plus and they have given us much needed info and then allowed us to make the decision for ourselves. Our next appt is the 27th and we will get to hear the heartbeat!
- T has been tired, nauseous, and cranky. She had spring break last week and I think she left the house maybe three times out of nine days. She and I are so overjoyed about this baby so the crankiness and etc are welcomed with open arms.
- my mom and T's mom are both very excited to be grandmas! The baby is the first grandchild on both sides and has plenty of people excited for its arrival.
- We went to the first lactation appointment for me as I am going to try and breastfeed our baby. We are hoping I will get a good supply as after three months T will go back to work and I will take the baby to work with me. I would love to be able to bf at least until a year but we will see where this path takes us. I will be following the  Newman Goldfarb  protocols with some adjustments.
Induced Lactation
The first step was buying some medicine from overseas. I felt like I was committing a crime ( I might have been) but anything for baby P!
I am really looking forward to this journey. The lactation consultant asked us to talk about how that would make us feel and T remarked that she might feel jealous of me. Melissa (the consultant) said this is very  normal and will be something that we will have to continue to discuss.   There may be some protectiveness in T when she sees her biological baby being fed by someone else. We will not have me breastfeed the baby until it is a month old to give T and the baby time to build their nursing relationship. This has not been easy for me because I of course feel sad that T can carry a child and I cannot.  I want to step in as soon as possible but I understand where she is coming from. We will continue to explore these feelings and I think it will be beneficial to us.
-We have a changing table, dresser, crib, high chair and tons of cloth diapers. We both have thrifty parents and so we are similar. If its used, in good condition, and a good price... Then we snatch it up! We also have great group of friends who have given us their hand me downs. We also have cleared out the spare room and moved the bed downstairs to prepare the nursery. T's mom has agreed to make the baby quilt so we know it will be great!
Well that's all for now.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's been a while.

I had a draft waiting to be uploaded to all the reasons I've been sad. I started it three weeks ago. T and I had inseminated on the 11th early in the am and we were both exhausted. The OPK line wasn't very dark that morning and we were both just a little stressed out about baby making.  We decided not to inseminate the next day as both of us were just done for that cycle. The next week we went to meet T's cousins new baby and she remarked that she could hear my ovaries screaming when I held her baby. She didn't know that T and I were TTC so it wasn't as rude of a comment as it seems but boy did it hit me. But the blog was never posted I was just in a funk.......
I walked around in a funk until Friday when T called me (I was at the zoo with friends and my nanny kids) to tell me that and I quote " I think we're pregnant". I immediately asked her " who's pregnant?" "We are!" She sent me a text of the pregnancy test and it was indeed positive.
I was crying and shaking so much I couldn't believe it. 
I still had an hour left of work and a long car ride home ( which I spent on the phone with my wife).  When I finally got home I ran in and hugged T and cried! So we are pregant! T is five weeks along with a estimated due date of nov. 4th which is our dating anniversary! Right now we are just thanking our lucky stars everyday and hoping for the best! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

nope not pregnant

This cycle was one of the hardest we've had. T spent the week before we could test laid up in bed. She couldn't eat, she couldn't move, she was wiped out and although we didn't logically think she would have morning sickness being one week pregnant we still got our hopes up. We took a test last Thursday am and it was negative, we both  tried to sort of shrug it off and went to work as normal. Bad Idea. By the end of the day both of us were a mess. When I got home T had made dinner ( a new recipe) that was disgusting so we opted for fast food and ice cream. We talked a bit about how we were bummed but then proceeded to watch a reality TV show about babies being born in the hospital (another terrible idea!).  I cried a little during the show but when the baby was born (It was a show on the BBC so it literally showed everything) T burst into tears and we both had a little cry. I think I did a good job of comforting her that night and not making it about myself. I know we both had gotten our hopes up and it just seemed right. Well we are on the other side again and will inseminate again this weekend. At this point we are on cycle number three so after this we only have three more months of at home insemination's and then we will probably be going the IUI route. 
Another thing I've been thinking about lately is how much the Internet makes everything seem perfect these days. I know at least on my fb I only post happy stuff, cute pictures, or special occasions. If you read my fb it would seem as if I am the happiest person on the planet. I had a friend (who I use to talk to in real life but is now only a fb friend) call me the other day and tell me how she is now in a lesbian relationship. This is not the first one of our friends to come to us when they have become "gay" or decides to date a woman for the first time. We often come in contact with these friends that think just because you are with a woman life must be great. You will communicate so easily with each other. You will have your best friend with you all the time. This friend in particular wanted me to help her with some relationship issues (these were not issues that were typical for just a lesbian relationship). I found this laughable because I have only been in one relationship my whole life and I am really the wrong person to ask about dating and the ins and out of dealing with exes, but apparently because I am gay I should have some insight on this.  And although T is my best friend, I don't think our relationship is any different than any other couple (heterosexual or not) that has their ups and downs. It takes a lot of work and a lot of communication to make a relationship work. Struggling down this road towards parenthood has been trying and will continue to test us. We are not any happier because we are gay. Life is Hard and it takes work! There are good days, great days, sad days, and really bad days.  I don't want to seem ungrateful when friends come to us for advice because that's what friends are for. I just have such a hard time with people (friends) pigeonholing me because I'm gay. 
In other news my counselor said that I am a little more sensitive than the average person. Not that I didn't already know this but boy was it a relief to have it confirmed! She also said there is nothing wrong with that! Woo-hoo!  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Liebster Award!

My blogger buddy  Risa from Who Shot down my Stork? nominated me for Liebster award!  I am very excited to share a little bit about myself and to nominate other bloggers. Thanks Risa! 

Here are the LIebster details! 

This award is given to new or up-and coming-bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another. What a fun way to get to know other bloggers!

If you receive a nomination, there are a few rules to follow:
1) Each blogger nominated must post 11 things about themselves.
2) Then answer the 11 questions the tagger has asked
.3) Blogger must then create 11 questions of their own to ask the bloggers they decide to nominate.
4) They must choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate and link them on their blog post.
5) Bloggers must be notified of their award!
6) No tag backs!

So here goes nothing! 

11 things about me

  1.    I am really looking forward to the hot date night that my wife and have planned for this Saturday night. What does it include? A movie and a trip to the mall for new socks and underwear. Not like sexy underwear just regular underwear. We really know how to live it up!
  2.          My wife is a vegetarian so we eat vegetarian at home but one of my most favorite foods are hot dogs.
  3.         I played the clarinet for 7 years growing up. I am still not sure I actually was playing it the correct way.
  4.    For the first six years of my relationship with T I never did a load of my own laundry, not even once. I now help fold it and put it away.
  5.         I have not put a relaxer (chemical straightener) in my hair since July and I am hoping to never do it again. I am embracing my curls!
  6.    I have seen every episode of Law and Order SVU at least 5 times. I am obsessed with that show and it has now transferred over to both regular L&O and Criminal Intent.
  7.     I am obsessed with nail polish. I only purchase Essie and Opi and have over 75 bottles. I probably paint my nails at least 3x a week.
  8.     While at counseling last week I couldn’t remember the last time I cried. Which for me means it was at least a week before! I was so proud of myself.
  9.     Three years ago I “broke up” with a best friend of mine for dumb reasons. In the last year I have reconnected with her and am so grateful that she didn’t shrug me off for my stupidity.
  10.         I am in love with Mt. Dew.
  11.           I want to be a spy when I grow up. Like Alias or Nikita. This is not a joke.

My questions from Risa!
1. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas! I love how everyone is so cheery around the holiday season.
2. Are you a morning person or night owl? I want to say night owl just because I love owls but I think I’m more of a mid day person. I don’t like the extreme either way.
3. What was the greatest moment of your life? The greatest moment of my life was watching my wife walk down the aisle to me. I burst into tears. I literally thought I was unlovable for many years and I think that moment in front of our friends and family I felt so loved!
4. Why do you blog? I blog to get my emotions about this crazy baby making journey out. It has helped me tremendously in even this short while!
5. What is your favorite waste of time? P*nterest!
6. What is your favorite book or movie? Favorite book is “She’s come undone” by Wally Lamb and Favorite movie is “The Bodyguard”---I’m not really a movie person so that’s just been my go to for the last fifteen years or so!
7. When was the last time you cried?  Last Friday when I realized with my schedule I won’t be able to see my counselor until March.
8. What causes are you passionate about? Gay rights
9. What did you want to be when you grew up? I really wanted to work at McDonald’s! And then a lawyer and a teacher and if you read my other answers I still want to be a spy!
10. Beer, wine, or hard liqueur? Neither. I probably drink twice a year so Mt. Dew it is for me!
11. What was the most important lesson you have learned in life? Don’t be ashamed of your feelings. It takes all kinds of kinds to make up this world.

Here are my 11 questions for my nominees!

  1.       When was your first kiss and who was it with?
  2.        Do people in your “real” life know about your blog?
  3.        What is your favorite sport?
  4.        What is your favorite TV show and why?
  5.         If you could be any fruit what would you be?
  6.         What does your best day look like? (money is no object)
  7.          Top three songs
  8.          What would you say is your most annoying habit?
  9.       Sun or Snow?
  10.        What have you done that you are most proud of?
  11. .      Favorite breakfast food?
   And my nominees are:

    That's all the bloggers I can think of right now but I will keep my eye out for more. 
     We are still in our 2ww over here so send us all your good vibes! 


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