Thursday, March 13, 2008

What's in a name?

Alex and I constantly talk about baby names. Well, let me rephrase that: I constantly talk to Alex about baby names. You see, he likes names like Sarah, Sydney, Joshua and Brian. There are nothing wrong with these names really, they are all nice, regular names. However, I like names like Gisele, Greenlee, Coleman, and Maren. Names I consider to be a little bit more unique. Not outrageous mind you, but spicy.

I ran across this blog about famous baby names. Talk about some crazy names. Maybe if I show this to Al, he'll think my names are a bit more mild.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Waiting

Not much to blog about today. We're in the waiting period. It's kind of like after you take a test in school. You study, you get prepared and then you go in and take it. It's kind of a relief after you've completed it, but then you have to wait on the grade. You may think you did well on the test, but you never really know until after the grades are posted. I feel that way. I've done all I can do, and now I just have to wait.

My sister-in-law is having a baby. We just found out she'll be induced on April 4th. She asked us to watch her 3 children that day. I was very excited that, out of the multitude, she chose us! I'm really looking forward to hanging out with my nieces and nephews. They are really cute and fun. How neat will it be to bring them up to the hospital to see their new baby sister?

Friday, March 7, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Daddy-to-be Health

I always have known that my health was important for me and important for our *hopefully coming soon* little one. I never thought, however, that it would be important for Alex to be extra-healthy too.

That was until I read this article online about Daddy-to-be health. To paraphrase: Men's health can drastically affect ability to conceive. Here is a quote from the article--

Nutrition has a direct impact on the potency of your sperm. Research shows that poor eating habits and regular consumption of alcohol, for instance, can lower the quality and quantity of sperm, making conception more difficult. And since infertility is nearly as much a man's issue as a woman's — up to 40 percent of fertility problems can be traced to men — eating healthfully now will boost your chances of conceiving a child.

I also learned that men need vitamins also. They need plenty of Vitamin C and antioxidants. It is also important for them to take folic acid also! Zinc, calcium and Vitamin D also play a role in sperm count and sperm mobility. Crazy!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Ovulation Calendar

If you are trying to get pregnant like we are--go check out babycenter.com . I'm in love with this site right now. I was browsing around and I found the ovulation calendar. I've done some research on the matter. While I wasn't surprised by the results I found, I was really impressed with the report that was generated. It gave me statistics and information about fertility and a list of fertile dates over the next 5 months.

Webmd also has an ovulation calendar that you can access. It is neat because you can choose "trying for a girl" or "trying for a boy" and it will give you specific information on when and how to increase your chances for your preferred sex. The only downfall to webmd's calendar is that you have to be a member.

Monday, March 3, 2008

No more Pill!

It's official: I'm not on birth control anymore. I didn't start my new pack last night. It is a little bit scarier than I expected. Alex bets that we will be pregnant before the end of next week. Somehow, I just can't see things happening like that, but it could be true. It happened to my sister-in-law. Other than her, however, I've never talked to anyone who got pregnant that fast. Everyone else tried for 2 to 5 months and longer.

I think the hardest part for my have-to-control-everything personality is that I have very little control over when it is actually going to happen. I would also include impatience as one of my vices, so it's like a double whamy. I'm trying to just "go with the flow". Wish me luck.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

No More Cell Phones for Alex

My mom sent me an article recently titled "Fertility study builds buzz around cellphones". To paraphrase: Cell phone usage could have potentially negative effects on sperm activity and count. Ack! Scary.