Don’t mess with the Fur Mama’s!

Excuse me while I rant... A while ago, in the midst of what would become several months of experimenting with fertility treatment, our two cats decided to devour the decaying, fly-ridden carcass of a frog they'd found outside. It made them ill - a "coming out of both ends" kind of ill which lasted for... Continue Reading →

IVF Round 1 = fail. It’s over. And the feeling was not mutual.

It's over. And we weren't ready for it to be. We didn't get to experience the sense of completion that follows an embryo transfer or the closure that comes with a negative test result. We simply didn't get that far in the process. Our only 2 embryos stopped growing after just 3 precious days and... Continue Reading →

A tale of two Sumo’s

This is kind of a long story but I wanted to share because I think it could be useful to someone, somewhere, someday... Rewind just one week and I was in the kitchen administering my first IVF stimulation injection with nothing but quivering hands and total optimism for some good ol’ text book follicle growth.... Continue Reading →

How to be Zen AF

Anyone who has so much as dipped their little toe in the ocean of infertility will have been told, at one point or another (but most likely several hundred times), that they need to “just relax”. Given that the reason for mine and Simon’s infertility is a lack of motile sperm (which is quite obviously... Continue Reading →

Lights, camera, ACTION!

I saw a solitary magpie this morning. One for sorrow. I never used to be one for superstitious tendencies but I'm not taking any chances these days. You think I'm in any sort of position to turn a blind eye to one of those thieving little monochrome bastards? Think again. I did a small head... Continue Reading →

IVF countdown: thoughts at 1 month to go

Our first IVF cycle begins in January and despite the fact that it’s taken 812 days and 29 sad, unfertilized eggs to get to this point, I’m still in a state of total disbelief that we’re here. But we are here and this is happening. [For any fans of The Office (US version) – that... Continue Reading →

NHS vs Private: the battle for the bump

Paying for private fertility treatment is a luxury (and I use that word lightly) that not everyone can afford. On the flip side, access to free fertility treatment on the NHS is a luxury that not everyone can take advantage of. The “postcode lottery” in the UK means that, essentially, the street you live on... Continue Reading →

Let’s not beat around the bush

As featured on Scary Mommy. Fertility doctors don’t “beat around the bush” and this expression, so apt and so full of innuendo, is the most perfect way to describe every single conversation we’ve had regarding our fertility. I’ve become so accustomed to speaking openly about this sort of stuff that my sense of normal conversational... Continue Reading →

What the BLOG am I doing?!

This is my first proper blog post. I suspect that I’m supposed to open with something profound and philosophical but the truth is… I’m just a bit lost. I don’t mean in terms of the blogosphere – sure there’s that too – but I’m lost trying to navigate my way through a journey I never... Continue Reading →

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