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!

Ok.

So we’re going to do EGS. We’re only doing it for 2 months and if we don’t get pregnant, then we’re definitely sticking with IVF/PGD mid January.

If I do get pregnant, we will hope it’s a girl. (Which it won’t be, of course, but I’m going through the plan, so bear with me :p) IF it’s a girl, then we cancel our IVF/PGD plans.

If it’s another boy (which it will be, of course), then we schedule IVF/PGD for early 2012 (as soon as my cycles are regular again).

I can live with that. And I can be happy with that.

Guess it’s a good thing that I stayed on the diet, huh? hehehe. Since af is gone, we’re taking supplements again now. My pH seems the exact same (hovers between 4.5 and 4.9) as does my husbands (7-8).

So I don’t lose, either way 🙂 I mean, short of being pregnant twice rather than just once if EGS doesn’t work (which it won’t–let’s be realistic…) unless, of course, I don’t get pregnant from the EGS attempts and we just go straight to IVF/PGD in January.

Ok. Phew. Got that all out.

Now–I’ll be updating this more often and I’ve got a tiny little camera so I can take slightly better pics 🙂 We’re going to be doing SU/TBM daily between today and the 4th of July. Fun times! I’m actually contemplating doing it every other day though… hmm..

Anyway, yeah–I’ll be taking some pics of tonight’s “experiment” and will post them either tonight or tomorrow. 🙂

Meh

So dear Aunt Flo is here. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised… or upset…

Yes, we did have unprotected sex twice (the 12th and 13th–but at that stage, I already knew I hadn’t ovulated so I knew there was absolutely zero chance for me to get pregnant)…

And I knew we stopped TTC for a bit (though good news, we’re going to start again as soon as my period goes away)…

But it still really sucks 😦

We’re going back on the supplements as soon as AF goes away. I’m supposed to ovulate–hypothetically–the 28th. Yeah. I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m trying to stay positive… but it’s just so hard to. 😦 I didn’t ovulate! June was perfect. Everything was lined up so perfectly! Now… now, it’s too late. It’s too late and things won’t line up as smoothly as they were lined up for the 12th for ages 😦

So let’s see where this “early” period will leave me.

  • I should be ovulating between June 28th and July 3rd.
  • June 28th, my biorythms line up nicely in “girl” territory, but leave there and go into “neutral” July 15th, at which point they move into “boy”.
  • June 28th, my husband’s neutral until July 3rd, short girl period until July 7th, then neutral again until July 19th where they’re “girl” for one day and swing directly back to neutral.
  • FULL MOON. Ugh. Boy swayer, right there. No idea when the next New Moon will coincide with my hypothetical ovulation. It’s too “all over the place”
  • It will be Summer (officially)
  • Sexwizard says Girl for conceptions from June 28th through July 16th.
  • Chinese Gender charts are in agreement with Sexwizard.

So I guess it could be worse… though the full moon really messes things up 😦 And this is, of course, assuming I ovulate at all. 😦

My husband is going to try really hard to abstain for 7 days prior to our attempts. And instead of just doing O+12, we’re going to be doing SU and TBM every day between the 28th and the 3rd.  This is going to be tricky–as we’re hypothetically moving that week… but we’re going to give it a shot. My husband abstaining is a HUGE deal. He never has. I joke that he hasn’t abstained for more than 12 hours since he hit puberty 😀 (and hey, it’s probably true! hahah) If he can actually pull it off, we will both be amazed 🙂 There’s really no pressure, though. If he can’t, he can’t–no big deal. Hopefully the SU/TBM will help tip the odds in our favor a little bit.

Ah. We’ll see. I really just kinda want to be pregnant at this point. Getting my period today was crushing–even though I knew it was impossible for me to be pregnant.

I guess getting it so “early” is a blessing–as we have another chance for June, now. I hope it works out.

An early morning sort.

So my darling husband provided me with a sample this morning and, of course–despite my general “blah” feelings toward TTC right now because I can’t seem to ovulate–I put the sample in the test tube, made sure my EW wasn’t too cold (room temperature in my house is 68 degrees, so yeah…) added the EW on top of the sample (and here’s where it gets weird–it stayed on top the whole time–I could see it–but when I was staring at it, either my vision is all blurry because I’m so tired or everything turned the same color. Honestly. I blame being tired, though. I feel like I haven’t slept for a week 🙂 Good times!

So we’ve got 45 minutes left to see if the sort was successful. I’m starting to think I’m going to need to pasteurize some more eggs the rate my husband going 😀 hahaha It’s cool, though 🙂 At least this part is fun. No one else to fault for my body betraying me 😦 (yeah, I know–I’m probably being melodramatic and I’ll probably Ovulate soon.. I hope.. but ARGH the timing will be all off 😦 So sad.. so I’m going to vent about it)

…or not.

So I’ve apparently been fooling myself. The line isn’t getting darker, at all! In fact, I’m almost positive that it’s getting lighter!!! Seriously–it was so faint every time I tested today. Much fainter than yesterday. And I know I didn’t miss it–I’ve seriously been testing every time I use the bathroom at this point. This is so disheartening!

Honestly, I will be so sad if our O+12 attempt isn’t the 12th. Everything was “lined up” for a girl conception! That, and if I ovulate “late”, my fasting will have all been for nothing! Ugh.

But I’ve got to stay positive. I can’t stress out. Stress sways boy, after all 😉

We did another trial run of SU tonight! With a condom this time instead of the cup! Still wasn’t perfect, but it was a LOT easier with the condom than with the cup! I’d have pics to share, but you know, my camera being dead and all.. well.. the cell isn’t good enough to really show anything 😦 I miss my camera 😦 I wish I could figure out what’s wrong with it… sigh.

But I digress! The point was that it seemed like a successful test! Huzzah!

In other news, my husband’s pH is around 8 and mine hovers between 4.5 and 5 😦

Maybe I just wasn’t meant to have a girl!

The line is getting darker!

So I’ve been testing for ovulation pretty much constantly since the 6th. Well, no, that’s not entirely true… One the 6th I only did one and on the 7th I did two. The 8th I did three 😡 The positive line is still way too light, so it’s still negative–but it’s there! The first 2 days, I had nothing but the control line. So yay! So stoked 🙂 Basically from now until I get a strong positive, I’m just going to be testing every time I have to go to the bathroom (Ok, well maybe every other time–this liquid diet has me in the bathroom pretty much constantly! It’s almost like being pregnant already x))

The first experiment was a total flop, by the way–I had my husband give me the sample in a cup. Which was great. BUT getting it OUT of the cup was pretty much impossible. And while he gave a very large sample, most of it stuck to the cup. So I ended up with less than half of what he gave me with no way of getting the rest out 😦  Regardless, I was prepared to have a go with the little I’d retrieved–until I dropped the tube and that spilled out everywhere. Honestly–I’m starting to wonder if I’ll be able to pull this off, at all. How on earth does one transfer the sample to the test tube without losing half (or more!) of it? I know some people use a condom–but I can’t see how that would be much better, at all 😦 I don’t know… I guess I’ll give it a shot… but really, at this stage I’m just feeling kinda “bleh” and completely worried that I won’t be able to do it, at all. I’d have him just deposit the sample straight in the tube–but it’s far too narrow (and also far too tall–I actually have to cut it so that I’ll be able to get the syringe down there to suck off the egg whites…) Sigh.

Oh, well–there’s always tomorrow! I will have to pick up some condoms at the store (also need garbage bags hahaha) and we can try it that way tomorrow 🙂

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!)

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