Sorry for the delay – after all the excitement (and I mean excitement!!) of November 4th I’ve been feeling exhausted and a bit muted.
Where was I? Oh – November 4th, 2008 – election day and insemination #2.
The morning started out horribly – basically a disaster. We’d arranged for C to take his sperm to the clinic at 7:30am to be washed and I was to show up at 9:30am for insemination. At 7:50am C told me that the task was impossible….there was no way he would be able to produce another vat of semen. He tried and failed. I started to google “life span of washed sperm” and the results were confusing – it seemed that 24 hours was the maximum …and I was due to ovulate SOMETIME that day – if we didnt’ have another batch to greet these eggs on ovulation – the entire cycle might be a bust. I started to get a bit hysterical but caught myself. Poor C did not need the added pressure…and so I told him to go to work, get a few things done and return around 10 to try again. In the meantime I prepared myself to vote. Lines were long in Atlanta and I didn’t want to get stuck in a five hour wait. My friend Amy and I went together with Alex in tow. As we voted, C returned and worked on getting a sample…
Voting was a great experience – never before have I been this excited about a candidate. I worked hard to get Barack Obama elected – talking to just about everyone I met, haranguing our Republican handyman and all of my Republican friends.. I registered about 20 people to vote and worked on the phone banks (very not like me). By November 4th I was ready for this election to be over.
When I returned to the house C informed me “I was able to get some sperm for you but it was very difficult – in fact, I think I’ve bruised myself” which made me laugh.
Two hours later I went to the clinic and was told that C’s specimen was over 80 million sperm – which is just amazing considering he had similar numbers the day before. In they went….and now we wait. I think I did ovulate later that day….on election day. If this did work – what an amazing day to be conceived!
So far I don’t have many symptoms – which is natural you might say but every single time I have been pregnant I’ve felt certain things early on – from the day after conception. I do feel like my uterus has something in it – a certain fullness…and my breasts are killing me but that could be the side affect of the progesterone.
Anyway – muted post but I’ll write more when I am less tired (hey, good sign!)…and tell you about my amazing election night party – and the break-in we had at the house this week (while C was away in California and I was alone with our son).
I’m still pissed off about Prop 8 and feel like it is time to get more involved in helping my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in their struggle for equality.