My ~Sway~

Just for reference–in case anyone wants to read it (and so I can show my darling daughter how hard I had to work for her hahaha), I’m going to write my sway up, here! (Well, copy it from where I’d already written it :p)

NAME     -wingless
Gender Resulted     -girl
Swaying Attempt – Natural  details?     -uhm.. natural w/shallow penetration & no female orgasm (hardest thing EVER!)

PH
CM Ph     -4.5
DH Ph     -7
Douche type and when     -n/a
Replens and when     -n/a
Big O     -No

MINERALS
Calcium     -12600mg per day
Magnesium     -400mg per day
Potassium     -n/a
Sodium     -n/a
DH minerals     -630mg per day of calcium, 400mg per day magnesium

DIET
Dietary Changes     -IG Girl Diet 3 months (give or take a week)
Did you continue diet after attempt/ how long?     -about 1.5/2 weeks. We weren’t really trying (though we did reamain strictly on the diet), since we decided on IVF/PGD because we though we were out yet again
Caffeine     -n/a
DH caffeine     -n/a

HORMONES
Drinks     -n/a
Supplements     -B6 200mg per day

SUPPLEMENTS
Cranberry     -3360mg per day
Acidophilus     -n/a
Sudafed     -n/a
Others     -Baby Aspirin, Folic Acid 800mcg per day
DH supps     -630mg per day of calcium, 400mg per day magnesium, Cranberry 3360mg per day

TIMING
BD cutoff (# of days)     -Not 100% sure.. either a 3 or 4 day cut-off.  We were moving, so I’m not 100% when I ovulated 😦
BD thru O     -Pretty sure no
O+12     -Think it was more like O+18 or so…
Frequent BD/how many days     -Husband frequent release (at least 2x per day)
Charting O with Temp     -No
Charting O with OPK     -No
Fertility monitor used/type     -n/a
Suspected O date     -June 30/July 3

IONS
Oed in what moon phase     -Full 😦
Changed ions in other ways?     – -ion bracelets, roze quartz, hematite, -ion panty liners, rock salt lamps, fans, rock salt candle holders, beeswax candles, black tourmaline, loads of showers, lavender lotion, lavender shampoo, lavender conditioner, more fans!

OTHER
How many kids do you have?     -5
What sex(es)?     -Boys
# of months TTC     -full on TTC, 2 months. Passively TTC, 2 years
Your Age     -30
BD position     -misc. but always with shallow penetration
Jump and dump     -no
EWCM present/how much?     -very little
DH undies type     -boxers
DH hot bath/shower     -hot shower
OWT – anything under bed?     -embarrassing, but yes! I had a girly outfit under each bed and even under the couch! (just in case hahah)

COMMENTS?        -my biorythms (right for my boys) lined up nicely in “girl” territory, my husband’s were neutral, officially Summer, Sexwizard (right for my boys) says Girl, Chinese Gender charts are in agreement with Sexwizard, So I guess it could be worse… though the full moon really (potentially) messes things up 😦 All in all, it was a decent sway. We didn’t think I’d actually ovulated, so we didn’t do EGS like we’d planned. We also didn’t continue the diet til BFP like we’d originally planned because–well, we thought I didn’t ovulate, and we were going to go straight to IVF/PGD, so it was about 2-3 weeks after I ovulated when we stopped the diet and supplements (did stop cranberry on the 3rd and slowly weaned off the B6 over the past 2 weeks but continued with the rest of the supplements til BFPs then stopped all but baby aspirin and folic acid. If we get a boy, I know that we did all we could and we just weren’t meant to have a girl 🙂 (to be honest, though, I’m already 99% sure we did conceive another boy, despite everything! I will of course update when we know, but if we’re going on gut feeling, I’m going to have to say we got boy #6 rather than girl #1!!!)

I’m still pretty shocked.. but pretty excited!

Please keep in mind–swaying is NOT 100%. There’s no concrete proof that any of the above there actually did manage to help us conceive a girl. Of course, since it’s the first time I did it, I’d like to think it did.. but there’s really no way to tell. It could have just been our turn–or something completely unrelated!

Having said that–I do stress that the supplements and the diet (which drastically changed my pH and my husband’s pH) would probably be most imperative. I also think the B6 helped me in particular. I think EGS would have upped our chances a great deal, too!

For anyone trying this, please remember that even if you have the PERFECT sway, you may not end up having the boy or girl that you want. Even saying that, I still think you should put all your effort into doing it right because–to me, if that had resulted in another precious boy, I would have thought “well, I did everything I could do–I was just meant to have another precious boy”–but if I hadn’t suffered through the diet and supplements, (no need to lie about it–the diet was miserable!) I would have always thought “..what if”.

In the end, sway–and sway as hard as you can (while remaining healthy)–but don’t be crushed if it doesn’t work. The only guarantee is High Tech!

Good luck, everyone!

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Quick update…

As you are all aware–we’d decided on saving up for High Tech (IVF and PGD) to ensure that our next pregnancy would, in fact, be the girl we both are desperate for, since I am not 100% comfortable with EGS and even Microsort doesn’t have high enough odds for me.

Some things are changed–some are the same.

We’re still planning on IVF/PGD. But it’s been brought to my attention that trying again after an EGS attempt would be something to consider. The only thing is me. My husband would love to have 100 kids. I wouldn’t mind that, either–aside from the fact that I’m really not a fan of pregnancy (childbirth is different–that’s “easy”–pregnancy kicks my ass, though) He said that he’s really not as comfortable with IVF/PGD (the “extra” embryos) and that he would like to try with EGS first and, if it ends up giving us another boy, then without question, we would 100%, no questions asked do IVF/PGD as soon as we were able to after our 6th son was born.

I can’t see where I would really lose in that situation… aside from having to be pregnant one more time than I’d wanted to. I’d get another son, which would not be bad at all if I could be guaranteed a girl after him. (And hey–I’m the one who wanted twins–a boy and a girl ideally–so I’d get that.. sort of ;))

I realize I’m probably being sort of anti-feminist, my body, my choice, etc. etc. But his concern about the “extra” embryos is a very valid one to me. Mainly because it also is a concern for me–just to a lesser degree than it is to him. I would rather not have to go through all that (not even considering the monetary aspect–just all the shots and drugs etc. etc.)

So I’m going to think about it.

I’ll give it a week or two. I’m still on the diet (why, I do not know) and everything (just not taking supplements since I’m still having af visit urgh!), so we’d be able to “try” as soon as I ovulate again. I guess I just–at this stage–have to decide if having one more pregnancy or two for the comfort of our collective conscience verses the physical discomfort. I would like to figure it out before af stops… just to maximize everything and because I’d have to start taking the supplements as soon as she leaves.  I’m guessing I have 48 hours before she’s 100% gone… let’s hope I have come to a decision by them.

Thoughts?

It’s been a while

I know it’s been a while since I updated–tsk! Haven’t had much to report, unfortunately–or fortunately, depending on how you look at it 🙂

I’m fasting right now. A 7 day fast. It’s driving me nutty! But if it increases my chances even slightly, I’m game 🙂 (For the record, this isn’t just some crazy insane theory–I don’t do those so much, regardless of how “desperate” I am–you can read some details here, but here’s a neat little excerpt:

AbstractFood restriction or decreasing the ratio of [Na+, K+] to Ca++, Mg++J in the diet of female rats before conception favoured the production of female offspring. Seven days of food deprivation decreased uterine fluid GPC diesterase activity in female rats, whereas long-term food restriction (21 days), rather than decreasing the enzyme activity, apparently stimulated it. Dietary Ca and Mg supplementation, likewise, produced significant decrease in GPC di esterase activity. A significantly positive correlation was observed between the levels of uterine GPC diesterase and secondary sex ratio change, which indicates that these dietary techniques of sex-ratio manipulation may modulate the uterine fluid GPC diesterase activity and influence sex determination in utero.

So yeah.. I’m giving it a go and hoping that helps. Even slightly. And hey–it’s only 7 days, right? People fast for a month. I should be able to handle at least that!

Anyway, our first experiment is tonight! We will basically be doing it every day between now and when I ovulate so that we kill two birds with one stone (frequent release as well as becoming adept at the processes involved). I will be posting pictures (though keep in mind, some will “feature” semen, so it could quite possibly be TMI for some!)

Oh, and totally random..

…but I finally sat down and calculated my exact intake on a high intake day (talking food, here!) and I think it looks pretty good…

On average, I consume 1500 calories a day (give or take 200)

Then there’s this…

Unit Actual Intake Min Budget Max Budget %-RDA
Sodium
mg
1,113.5
400.0
1,000.0
74
Potassium
mg
2,892.1
1,000.0
2,500.0
62
Calcium
mg
3,068.5
1,800.0
2,200.0
307
Magnesium
mg
199.9
300.0
300.0
64

Now, potassium is way off and I can’t seem to find what’s adding it 😦 Unless it’s the milk.. hmm.. but this was a “high” intake day for me. Still, I don’t like it 😦 It’s supposed to be lower 😥 I can’t figure out the sodium, either. Honestly, it’s crazy! The only thing that these two numbers could possibly be from is the milk.. I guess I will decrease my milk intake by a cup or two a day and see where that leaves me.

This also doesn’t take into consideration my supplements.  And of course, that’s only the ones I have it specifically “watching”.

Let’s talk about “bland”, shall we?

Cuz seriously, this girl diet is just.. blah.

I never liked salt.. never added it to anything.. just never had to.  But now that I simply cannot have any, I find myself missing it–or, at least missing the things I used to eat. Now, everything I put in my mouth has zero sodium. I suppose that wouldn’t be so bad.. if I were able to have some sugar. But I can’t even have sugar! All I can really have is Equal. And.. just.. ick 😦  Basically, my day goes a little something like this:

  • No breakfast (just water–Dasani)
  • No snack (another bottle of Dasani and sometimes I’ll have some sugar free gum, actually, if that counts for a snack)
  • Lunch I have had a bowl of white rice with a smidge of unsalted butter & some (GOD AWFUL) Crystal Light (seriously, this stuff just turns my stomach and leaves the nastiest taste in my mouth…)
  • Snack strawberries and more dasani
  • Dinner, I have grilled chicken (2 small boneless, skinless breast tenderloins seasoned with Mrs. Dash) and either pasta or rice (pasta or rice with the addition of a tiny bit of unsalted butter)
  • Snack, fresh strawberries again or a bowl of Rice Krispies with a packet of Equal. Both, depending on how hungry or full I am…
  • Oh–and I do drink a lot of Fat Free milk during the day. Seriously, we go through a gallon a day and it’s mostly me (but to be completely honest, I’ve always been like that :))

Seriously–you see my point?  So boring. And repetitive. There are other things I can toss in there–like yogurt–but I don’t particularly care for the type of yogurt that I’m allowed to have on the girl diet 😦 So I’m basically stuck with that for.. well.. until I manage to get pregnant! (Oh! And I can mix strawberries and milk into some sort or milkshake deal.. we’ll see how that actually works out–I’ll make one tomorrow and let you know 🙂

I was telling my husband that as SOON as we get a positive test, he’s buying me a nice, juicy steak. Mmmm.. steak. And a milkshake. A thick, creamy one. Yum. But really, I need to stop talking about that.. because I’m just making myself hungry x)

Other than that–I’m just twitching with excitement!!! Most of the supplies are ordered and we’re just kinda waiting on the others! My darling husband will be putting together the incubator either next weekend or the one after. Things are starting to come together and I’m just.. ridiculously excited!

I had the most bizarre thought earlier.. I was wondering about actually having a girl. It would be so different.. I almost found myself hoping we got another boy, instead–just because, you know, we know boys hahaha. This thought was jokingly shared with my husband then quickly banished, of course–but it made me realize that having a girl is extremely important to me–but having another boy would be, too. I guess it’s all in how you look at it. 🙂 Of course, obviously, we’re trying for a girl–trying very hard for one–so we obviously want one–but yeah. A boy would be awesome, as well 🙂 I know I keep going on and on about this here in the blog–it’s mainly because I want my readers to understand that even though I’d be sad for a little while if we didn’t get our girl, I’d get over it and be just as excited to add another baby boy to our family. Who knows–maybe 6 boys is the ideal family for us 😉 I guess we’ll find out, soon enough x)

Ok. My husband talked some sense into me…

…and by “talked some sense into me”, I mean he pointed out how absolutely ridiculous my latest theory was x)

Not to say that the crazy “accuracy” of my latest.. thing isn’t something that’s impressive to me–because it still is. He just reminded me of something I already knew (yet was somehow ignoring).

Not only girls were conceived in certain months.. and not only boys in others. Duh. And since I don’t have the exact date (or, really, anything close–I was never one for temping and I’ve never taken an ovulation test in my life), my estimates were always that–estimates. And so.. without that “exact” data, there’s no way I could be accurate enough to feel comfortable scrapping my June plans. Because, really–I really hope we conceive (*cough*a girl*cough*) in June–all my other crazy theories line up perfectly. So yeah.

Next time I go off on a crazy tangent like that, smack me a few times :p

Now.. today I cheated 😦 Mashed potatoes. Ugh. I couldn’t pass them up. But SERIOUSLY, that’s GOT to be the last time I cheat. I’m getting close to “The Big Day”, so I’ve really got to be more careful and more precise. (For the record–I only sort of regret the mashed potatoes. They were really freaking delicious…)

Now hopefully, the pH testing strips will be here soon… along with a few things I’ve gotten to address my ion issue (I finally found a post that described it really well!)

And with that, I’m off to clean house while I have a chance 🙂

(Almost) All Signs Point to Girl!

So I checked when I’m supposed to be ovulating in June… between June 10th and June 15th…

Then on a whim, I went to check the new moon phase for June.. it’s supposed to be a new moon on June 15th…

Biorythms (which–like ions–are totally confusing to me…) for my husband June 15th are all in the negative…

Biorythms for myself on June 15th are all positive (a low positive, but still positive)…

It will be “Summer” June 15th…

Sexwizard says Girl for conception on June 15th…

Chinese gender chart says “Girl” for June on all of the ones I checked (and I checked at least 15 of them…)…

And–just in general–I’m feeling June for getting pregnant. (I’m just full of Famous Last Words lately, aren’t I?)

So.. hypothetically, conditions are almost ideal for making a girl. I probably should have more time under my belt with the supplements… (the correct supplements. Ugh.) but maybe with all the pH adjusting and the diet and the other supplements.. maybe that will give me the “push” that I need.

Regardless–I’m so excited!

I need to order my pH tester and my Diva Cup. I can’t believe I’ve put them off for so long 😦

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