PLEASE NOTE: If you are struggling with infertility or are currently trying to conceive and you DON'T want to read about my pregnancy (which I totally understand), I recommend starting at the beginning of the blog (March 2010) and reading from there. I find out I'm pregnant in June 2011 so there is a lot of trying to conceive posts in between that you might find funny, helpful or relatable. Wishing you all the luck in the world!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Me, Myself & RuPaul

Today is Day three of both my current two week wait and resting after my IVF. Resting + Waiting = Feeling like I’m in the movie, “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” (although my makeup looks way better than Bette Davis).

One of my greatest comforts and distractions in the past few days has been watching “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on the LOGO channel. In particular, RuPaul’s recurring catch phrase, “Good luck and don’t f*ck it up.” truly speaks to me. It pretty much says it, doesn’t it? We hope for luck and we strive to do our best.

There’s also something to be said for watching the gay channel during this time as, like it or not, there are no commercials for pregnancy tests, diapers or maxi pads. They do however have a lot of commercials for pet and plant care products. I’ve also learn more about “throwing shade” and what “tucking” than I ever thought possible. It’s all an incredible distraction and I love it.

While staying glued to RuPaul’s fabulous dresses and challenges such as “The Snatch Game”, I’ve been avoiding chat rooms all about trying to conceive. It’s not the people, or the postings or that I don’t adore the support... because I completely do. What I can’t stand are the acronyms. For those of you who don’t know what I’m referring to, here are a few straight forward examples:

TTC – Trying to Conceive
BFN – Big Fat Negative (meaning a negative pregnancy test result)
DH – Dear Husband
OPK – Ovulation Predication Kit
DPO – Days Past Ovulation

So, if it’s your first time checking out one of these chat rooms, you might see a sentence along the lines of: “DH and I have been TTC. We used an OPK but still, I was 10 DPO when I got my BFN.” The first time I read something like this, the acronym that came to my mind was “WTF!?!?

Then, there are also a few acronyms that seem either odd or unnecessary such as:

VBAC - vaginal birth after cesarean section
BM - This can either stand for breast milk, or bowel movement – a dangerous similarity, don’t you think?

And then the one that annoys me the most is when people use either “BD” – Baby Dance or “DTD” – Do The Deed.

Look, we’re not living in Victorian Times and we’re all grown-ups here. We all know where babies come from and how they are made. We can use the word “SEX”. Plus, sex is only three letters, so using either one of those acronyms only saves one letter at most. How much time then are you really saving???

I just can’t take the Trying to Conceive Alphabet Soup. I’m a writer and I’m hormonal. I need full sentences with structure that I can quickly decipher people.

I don’t mean to dismiss the benefit of chat rooms as it’s a huge comfort to know there are others that are going through this. So many of you who read my blog have either commented or emailed some of the most kind and encouraging sentiments. You’ve also shared some of your own experiences, which has been sincerely inspirational.

To those who read my blog and comment, to those who read the blog and chose not to comment, and to those who are currently in your two week waits as well, I’d like to take a moment to say thank you and again quote RuPaul when he/she said, “Doing what I do has never been easy. I've had to fight countless battles in this game that the public has no idea ever happened. But, I just pick myself up and carry on. I Carry On."

It was either that quote or, “We can expect a high-pressure system, followed by storms of ‘Hell no!’ ‘Oh no she didn’t!’ and ‘What you call me bitch?!’

You pick the one you find more inspirational.

11 comments:

Secret Sloper said...

I share your hatred of the dread "baby dance." Vomit. I've also taken a wee break from message boards (Though not from my blog. And I've apparently joined twitter. Oy.)

I hope RuPaul can keep you sane for the next week or so :)

Al said...

I also hate "BD." I have never used that phrase...it's just so...obnoxious for some reason.

Hope the rest of the wait flies by.

Anonymous said...

Don't be jealous of my boogie.

the2weekwait said...

Oh my god -- Anonymous! I've been singing that song all week!!!!!

And relieved to know others hate the "BD" thing. I felt like such a grump about it but really, it's just silly.

Silver said...

I'm half way through my two-week-wait on a donor egg cycle (look - no abbreviation!)so, much sympathy for you. My personal most-hated is PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise) for the state between embryo transfer and testing. As I've been pregnant and lost the pregnancy 6 times, never mind the failed cycles, it comes across as presumptuous and arrogant. I visit a message board, where I've made some good friends over the years, and I've banned them from using PUPO in relation to my wait!

Fox said...

I <3 RuPaul's Drag Race. I'm in the 2ww now also so thanks for reminding me that that is a great distraction.

BD is such a silly term. And although I can't help but wish it on everyone, where the hell did the term "Baby Dust" come from?

foxinthehenhouse said...

I've never understood the terms "Baby Dance" or "Baby Dust." At least I can see where Baby Dance came form but what the hell is "Baby Dust"? Mind you, that doesn't stop me from wishing it on people...

I'm in my 2ww also so thanks for reminding me that RuPaul can take my mind of it. I <3 RuPaul's Drag Race.

meganhoeksema said...

yes, all of the acronyms are RIDICULOUS! I hope your wait goes by quickly. I will be joining the two week wait in about a week!

Erin said...

I hate the acronyms!! Hate them. BD is my least favorite, but I also can't stand DH. My husband has a name. It's Ted.

IncrediStepMom said...

You rule girl. I hate the friggin' dancing emoticon smileys and flashing HOME PREGNANCY TEST results "BFN" and "BFP". They look like band aids. I'm also a writer and halfway through my 2ww. I need substance in words AND food lately!! Finding my distraction in HGTV (a standby for me) and "One Born Every Minute" series on TLC. It's the Bridezilla of the baby scene and very entertaining. (also see "how not to be" in delivery room) Keep the blog entries coming, you're great!

greenfoley said...

Haha ok so I admit to being an acronym junkie. DH is too (oops). In fact during fertile times his way of initiating is to ask me if I want to dance lol. Sorry :)

Michelle

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