Thursday, August 13, 2009

Been Doing Some Reading

Last year when we entered the Full House Lottery we won a gift certificate to Chapters (which is a national bookstore here in Canada). While we didn't win our dream home we were happy to get something. Of course, I used up the $125 of that gc pretty quick. So, this year we were hoping for....well the dream house, or even the porsche for my husband (his dream car). And what did we get --- bubcus! But, there is always a silver lining or so I try to convince myself. My Dad had also bought some tickets this year, and what did he end up winning..... Chapters Gift Certificate. And he gave it to me. See my Dad is not much of a reader, neither is my Mom (except the newspaper) which is kinda sad but in this case beneficial to me.

A couple of my book purchases have included these two infertility gems:

Infertility Survival Handbook by Elizabeth Falker
I highly recommend this book. Its goes in depthly through all the treatments of IVF and IUI but explains it to you as a friend would, not a doctor. Its a great book from someone who has been there and done that (ten fold)! If you have no one you can talk to about your IF this a great book to feel connected to someone who has gone through it. Also gives you suggestions how to deal with emotions, costs and physical demands of IF.

The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies by Randine Lewis

I haven't totally finished reading this one yet, so this is a premature review. Its about how chinese medicine can enhance your fertility when modern medicine may have failed you. I like most of the suggestions so far - eating well, yoga, vitamin supplements, stress management and acupuncture but have yet to delve into the herbal chinese medicine part. Will keep you posted in what I think and if I incorporate some of these suggestions.

So, some late summer reading for any of you still on road to fertility land.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Old Mom Worries

I am getting closer and closer to my goal of getting some assistance in this whole gettin' pregnant thing. It's amazing how as soon as one of your worries is taken care of, a million other ones pop into your head. One is the fact that I will be 38 soon, when hopefully I DO get pregnant. I worry will I still have the energy to chase after this little one? I know Moms just find the energy but it worries me a little. DH and I have both been feeling the aches and pains of getting older - the creeky knees and not so strong backs. We are overall very healthy individuals, who have been blessed with no chronic conditions thank goodness. But is it fair to have a kid so late, to the child I mean? Any child who is raised in a loving home, would probably not care how old/young their parents are. Maybe kids who come after a bought of infertility problems our the luckiest kids on earth, what children are wanted more? Well, I read this article online today about how you can live to be 100, and one of the reasons was 'having a child later in life'. That definitely brightened my day, that having the child later in life keeps you young and promotes your longevity... you want to be around to see the grandchildren, right? So here's to the older moms out there, may our decisions to have our kids late in life be the reason we can make it to be centenarians.

12 Surprising Signs You'll Live to 100