Friday, October 02, 2009


To all men who read here: warning, there is going to be period talk and if you don't want to read it, you may want to go elsewhere for a while.

Since my weird health mystery started last February/March, my periods have been very irregular; mostly short. So short that some cycles were 19 days long. And take it from me, that really sucks. That isn't even three weeks between the start of one period and the start of the next. And so, I started tracking the length of each cycle just so I could see if there was any consistency.

There wasn't. Some cycles were 26 days, most were around 22 or 21 days. Sometimes I ovulated and sometimes I didn't. This was weird for me because I was always a consistent ovulator. A few pap tests and a pelvic ultrasound or two only resulted in doctors scratching their heads and shrugging their shoulders. "I dunno. People have irregular periods, you know." Very helpful.

And then we moved to Waterloo and I don't know if there is something in the water but all of a sudden I had two cycles that were 27 days long. Bliss! And a big money savings on tampons.

I figured things had changed, I was back to "normal" or as normal as I can be with still no diagnosis and nothing on the horizon that would lead me to believe I'll be getting one anytime soon.

And then it was Day 30 and I told John that it was Day 30.

And then I peed on a stick.

Surprise! Yup, we're having another baby. We're going to be parents of THREE children. THREE!

Holy Hannah.

Yes, we're excited. But, wow, we're still getting used to the idea two weeks later (almost), revelling in the joy of it but also the whoa-ness of it and all the stuff we have to do/consider/think about when we are away from home, our midwives, our normal stomping grounds.



little b said...

Yay! I'm still super excited. Especially because your #3 and my #2 will only be a few months apart. Yay.

Anonymous said...

When you told me "Day 30", I thought you were speaking of either: a) the progress of my Grapefruit Diet, where I only eat deep-fried and chocolate-covered grapefruit or; b) some new reality show where socialites from Manhattan live with hillbillies in the Ozarks and the cameras follow them for a month as they look for Botox clinics, Sushi houses, and Prada stores ... hilarious!

I was very excited about both possibilities. And I thought the peeing on a stick was a byproduct of your excitement, too.

You are pregnant?! This is exciting, too. I just don't think I will pee on a stick because of it.

Julie said...

so when are you going mini van shopping? ;-) let me know if there is anything we can do from our end.

Julie said...

OH, and CONGRATS Beth!! that's awesome news!!

Karen said...

Julie: Beth is due in February so our kids will be just 3 months apart. It is awesome!

Also, there is no minivan in our future. We'll be sticking with the Hyundai Elantra. I plan to defy all those people who say 3 kids demands a minivan :).

little b said...

I will support you in your mini-van defiance. People here seem to think that two kids requires an SUV. We will be defiant together.

Lynn said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting. Can't wait to read all about the growth of the little one!

andrea from the fishbowl said...

CONGRATS! I'm thrilled for you!