Tuesday, 28 May 2013

A Watched Kettle Never Boils....

The time period between ovulating, conceiving and then receiving a positive pregnancy test can be a long and drawn out process for most women. (Especially if your anything like me i.e v.impatient). However as they say 'a watched kettle never boils' maybe the same thing can be said about trying to conceive 'a watched pregnancy test is never positive'!

I know it's often easier said than done when your desperately trying for a child but it has been stated that stressing about things can often make things worse. There is on average around a two week wait before you should receive a positive on that little stick (Although it can often seem like a lifetime).

So I've come up with a few ideas for you to try out if your stuck in the 'waiting' rut, which should hopefully help time to fly by!

1. Pamper Yourself

This could range from a full on session of retail therapy to a 15 minute break painting your nails. Pampering yourself allows your body to fully relax and recharge its batteries as well as making yourself feel amazing!

2. Move a little

A little exercise never did anyone any harm. Being cooped up is enough to drive anyone up the wall (never mind a woman who is hoping to find out she is pregnant). A quick stroll around the block or a walk with the dog allows you to get out into the fresh air and relieve all the stress or worries that come with trying to conceive.

3. Lose Yourself

In a good book or your favorite film. Curling up under the duvet with a hot cup of tea (or whatever floats your boat) and your favorite book can easily help time to slip away. In the same way putting on your favorite film (and drooling over a good hottie) can help to pass the time. Why not make a night of it and invite over some friends for a film night and a good old gossip. 

4. Make A Night Of It

Spend some time with the person you love, catch a movie or cook a meal together. Try not to talk about babies and pregnancy (as hard as it may be) and just be happy in the fact that you are spending some quality time together (you wont get much of that when baby comes along)

5. Organize 

It's never too early to have a clear out. Sorting out your things can be very rewarding and satisfying. Having a clear out or even just making lists of things that need to be done can help to sort out a boggled brain.

Me personally, I've been finding ways to make myself busy. However I haven't found making myself busy to be too much of a challenge between a 40 hour job and being a domestic goddess I can honestly say the week has flown by. However there have been a few things that I have done. For starters I've made this blog and have been engrossed in internet forums (Finding people who are going through the same thing as you really does help). I've also walked the dog for a much more lengthy period of time than I would have normally (Christmas come early for him!). I've also tried to spruce up my pitiful excuse for a back garden by introducing some flowers and hanging baskets now that the weather is trying to get better!

How about you guys? What tips have you got to share to help get through the grueling two week wait?? 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Decisions, Decisions....

It's official, me and my partner have decided to try for our own child. It will be our first baby and we are both extremely excited!! (However it wasn't a decision we made lightly) 

We took everything into consideration and wrote our own pros and cons list. on this list were things like;

The financial pressure a baby will bring

Lack of sleep
Dealing with the stress of a new baby

There were also issues such as our age (we are in our early twenties) and how a baby would affect our work life. (could I go back to work full-time or part-time? who would look after our child? would we need childcare?) Also I personally thought about how our friends/family would react to us telling them. (My partner doesn't worry about this kind of thing like I do).

After taking all these things into consideration we decided that we could bring a child into this world and live comfortably. We have the spare finances and room in our house for an extra addition. 

We are currently in our first month of trying to conceive and if i'm honest I found the whole thing quite daunting to begin with. Things such as finding out ovulation dates, luteal phases as well as recording body temperatures, for me personally made the whole experience feel like a military operation. (Don't get me wrong, I know that these things are needed for some people it just isn't for me quite yet). So this month we just 'did the deed' as we would normally and we are just waiting to see how it works out for us. Aunt flow is due soon so I suppose i'm just going to see if she makes an appearance and go from there.

I would love to hear how you all made your decisions to have a baby or if your child was a happy surprise......

Little Bit Scared....

Okay, so i'm completely new to the whole blogging world so i'm hoping that people will go easy on me. (please).

Anyway I've started this blog as a way of venting and discussing things that I would like help with/peoples opinions about. This blog is going to start off as a trying to conceive/pregnancy/baby blog (but it could end up going anywhere). 

I've started this blog as I wanted a way to write down and relive my journey through my pregnancy, I haven't started this blog as an attention seeking kind of thing but just for the support and help from others who may be going through the same thing I am. In the same way I would like to offer some kind of help and support to those who may need it.

So with that lets begin......