Thursday, August 23, 2007


I don't think that we did it this month either. I don't know why I think that, but I do. It's just a feeling I have. Of course, I won't know for sure for another couple of weeks, but I am pretty certain that no baby was made. We'll just move on to next month.

Erin is coming in tonight for "Mark Grace weekend". We're going to two D-Backs games this weekend - Saturday (for bobbleheads) and Sunday for "Grace's Place" where she is hoping to meet him. We'll see. It'll be fun.

I'm getting really excited about the shower weekend in September. It has been a while since I've seen my entire family so I can't wait. And I can't wait to see Noel's pregnant belly. My mom said that she almost started crying when she saw her a couple of weekends ago.

Maybe I should hold off on writing on this thing until I have actual updates. =)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Keepin' on

My mom sent my sister and I a picture that a friend of hers had sent from when she and I were little. It is so cute. What happened to us? And what's with Erin's mouth? =)

Things have been quiet in the Dickey household for the last couple of days. LH is still surging, although I didn't think it would last this long. We will see what happens.

I am not a patient person. You all know this about me. So now that John and I are actually in the process of trying to have a child I just want to get it done and get on with it. It still scares the crap out of me, but I'm ready. It's been worse since we found out about Jason and Noel are having a baby. I told Jason on the phone when he let me know the good news that just that week John and I had been talking and I mentioned that I was okay with waiting a month to go off the pill because Jason and Noel weren't having kids yet. I want our kids to be close in age because growing up I didn't have any cousins that close in age to me. The closest were Luke, Price, Brad, and Erin who were 2 years younger, and then Jason was 3 1/2 years older. It would be nice for our kids to grow up together. I want them to be close like I am with my cousins.

Anyway. John and I went to the concert on Monday, that I mentioned in my last post. I went to see Daughtry. I was indifferent to Puddle of Mudd and Nickelback. But once Nickelback came on stage I was hooked. They are so great in concert! Total rock stars with pyrotechnics and everything. Their drummer used to be with 3 Doors Down and his drum solo was incredible. I wish that I had that kind of talent. They are playing at The Woodlands pavilion tonight. I wish I could go. But no. I am stuck in 110 degree Phoenix. Of course it's probably pouring rain there right now. Not fun.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Month Two

This is my first attempt at an actual blog so technically my title is a little misleading. But this blog thing came from my reading Amy and David's blog as they went through their adoption process. I thought it was pretty cool so I decided to copy them.

The title Month Two refers to the second month of Operation PAKO (Operation Pop A Kid Out), aka Operation Little Dickey, appropriately named by my sister's boyfriend Ryan. Erin tends to be our biggest fan when it comes to our little project so it's no surprise that she and Ryan have come up with a name (or two) for it. This is the same girl that sent me a University of Texas onesie for my birthday back in March, before I even came off the pill. To say she's a bit anxious is an understatement. I figured that keeping a blog would be an easy way of keeping her, and everyone else, informed of the status/progress of the operation. Although, this may also be a little bit of a self-indulgent project because it is the sort of thing that allows me to indulge in my love of writing. It may not be the Great American Novel, but I'm going to try to make it as entertaining as possible, and I know it will be something that I enjoy doing.

Once John accepted his position with the Coyotes back in June we knew we would be here in Arizona for several more years so we decided it was time to think about the whole baby-making process. He was getting a little anxious about getting started on having kids because he has said that he doesn't want to be an old dad, and at 32 he felt like he was getting there. As many people know, for a long time I had been set against having kids, but things had changed. I don't know what and I don't know when, but something did. I can't explain it. I can narrow it down to after Amber had Austin and before Sara got pregnant with Mia which spans a period of a little less than 2 years between 2004 and 2006. Other than that I guess it was just a change of heart, a maturation or something along those lines. For a long time I didn't want to share John with anyone at all. Now I think I can do that.


So here we are. August 2007. I began taking prenatal vitamins in June and quit taking the pill at the beginning of July, much to JB's dismay. I did give her 30 days notice though so she can't complain too much. =) But of course she still will. I visited my new Dr. on July 26 for an annual exam and to discuss that John and I were going to start trying for a baby.

Here is probably where I should back up a little bit - prior to going on the pill I had kind of irregular cycles and my hormones were out of whack and I was told that I was low in one of the hormones that is involved in getting pregnant (I can't remember if it was the LH or FSH), but anyway, I was informed that it may be a problem later on when I was trying to get pregnant. But at that stage, and that age (21), I didn't really care.

I discussed with my doctor that I didn't know what my cycle was, etc. and he said that it could take up to 10 months before I got anything resembling a normal cycle and to come back and see him if I wasn't pregnant in a year (standard time frame). He recommended Ovulation Test Kits and as ways to help figure out when I am ovulating.

To my surprise my next period started sooner than I expected. I might actually have a 30 day cycle. But I have to see how this month goes. Of course I was a bit disappointed when it started too because obviously that meant that I wasn't pregnant, even though John and I definitely tried at what I figured were the right times. Oh well, the fact that I could possibly have a regular cycle is a start.

Back to present day. I started using the Ovulation Predictor tests last week and today it came up as positive for the LH surge, which indicates the onset of ovulation. So that means it's time for another round of kind of tiring attempts at babymaking. Don't get me wrong. It can be fun, but it can be exhausting too. And, on a side note, John and I went to the Puddle of Mudd, Daughtry, and Nickelback concert last night (P.S. It was awesome!) and didn't get back until late so we're extra tired. I did warn him this weekend though that he needed to get some rest because the particular time of the month was coming up.

So that's where we are. More to come!