Thank You, Thank You

When I was planning our wedding, I had a visceral reaction to all things ‘wedding industry’ – including websites that rhyme with The Snot and ShmeddingMannel. I couldn’t buy into the fairy tale, already done wedding. And just like with getting pregnant, the resources for people like me were far and few between.

 

One site I visited religiously was Offbeat Bride. It was amazingly well written and featured all things non-traditional that people had done before. I loved the whole ‘own-your-wedding-make-it-what-you-want’ attitude. Thankfully for me, April, the founder of the blog found out she was pregnant while I was honeymooning and Offbeat Mama was born! And what was the first post I stumbled on? The No Acronyms Rule. Thank you, thank you! Of course, it is a lot of post-pregnancy stuff, but also a lot of Q&A about what mamas with they did differently and experiences I can use.  I look forward to being an Offbeat Mama.

 

In baby makin’ news, it’s my 3rd night of Prometrium (which is supposed to make Aunt Flow … I mean my period … start). So far, just mood swing (sh*t, what if this is just me off birth control) and really painful boobs. Like I can’t lay on my stomach painful.

 

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It Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Have you looked at Trying to Conceive (TTC) blogs or forums lately? Talk about an assault on the senses. Ads for fertility drugs, pictures of smiling babies and yes, even erectile dysfunction pills.

As a newbie to the TTC world, I keep looking for support through this weird, confusing process. I want to ask simple questions like drug side effects and when I can have sex with my husband. But instead, I am flipping between two screens;  one screen is a message board, and one is a long, VERY long, list of acronyms specific to those TTC. I get LOL and OMG, but it seriously took me a good 15 minutes to determine what AF means. I pride myself on being pretty quick on things like this – American Flute? Always Funky? I finally had to look it up.  AF = Aunt Flo. Which is what my friends called a period when I was 14. “Aunt Flo is coming!” “Aunt Flo is a pain in the butt” … get it? Har, har.

In all seriousness, we are adults trying to do adult things – why are we using middle school slang and then dummying it down even further and making it an acronym? I have a full time job, a clothes to iron, bills to pay and a baby to make. Why am I spending time figuring out what AF stands for?

This blog is for no one but me, chronicling my potential long journey to motherhood.  I might get there next month, or 6 months, or 6 years, but I am not finding what I need on sites with stupid acronyms.
HABSBTHR? (Having a Baby Shouldn’t Be This Hard, Right? – duh!).

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