The Balloon Analogy

This month, we decided to try letrozole, which like Clomid (clomiphene) is another ovulation induction medication.  In other words, it also helps one ovulate more than one egg per cycle.  For someone like me, whose aging eggs aren’t as fertile, it helps to potentially have a few eggs at a time instead of one, to provide more chances of conceiving.  For some women who don’t ovulate regularly on their own, these medications are also useful.

My doctor said that letrozole can be less harsh on the endometrium (uterine lining) and cervical mucus compared to Clomid, so he thought it would be worth a shot.  In other words, Clomid can sometimes thin the uterine lining too much to make it hospitable for implantation of the embryo.  And if the cervical mucus is not right, it can prevent the sperm from making it to the egg.

As I mentioned before, there is a wait time to get in for IVF at my fertility office.  Apparently right now there is even more of a backlog since they are short on embryologists, who are critical in the process.  So they gave me a date in late November.  It’s possible that if something opens up sooner, they’ll be able to move me up.  But that’s what I’ve been given thus far.  I hope it ends up sooner.  And I also hope that I get pregnant on the medications before then.

I have some random parenting advice to share today.  Back when I was pregnant, I started subscribing to Parents magazine because of a promotion, and then they hooked me and I’ve continued to subscribe because I found the issues helpful.  Recently, there was an article about explaining death to children.  The gist was that it’s better to explain it in a concrete way, in an age-appropriate fashion.  Using euphemisms like, “They are in a better place” are not a helpful way for explaining loss to children.

Not too long after reading the article, my friend posted a picture of her toddler, so happy with his balloon.  Her husband commented, “Until it popped.”  It dawned on me that it would be a good analogy for death for children- a balloon popping.  Perhaps there are some situations where there is a small leak and it’s reparable.  But in most cases, the popped balloon is beyond repair.  Thankfully, we haven’t had to explain the loss of a loved one or pet to WZW, but the day will come.  Maybe this will help explain it better to him.

On parenting trick that we heard from a friend that has been really helpful with transitions is counting down.  Since toddlers often have a hard time with switching tasks, like stopping playing to do something else, it helps to give them a little warning.  I tell him, “You’re gonna be done with [whatever activity] in 10 seconds!  10, 9, 8…”  Now I’m constantly counting- “You have 10 seconds to get into the car seat!”  Of course, it doesn’t always work, but it definitely helps.  For us, it’s been a high-yield toddler parenting trick.

Another time-saver I learned from Parents magazine is that for young children, you can forgo the pajamas and put them in their clothes for the next day to sleep in.  That way, it saves the effort of changing them in the morning, which is usually a battle.  I forgot and put him in pajamas last night.  This morning, when WZW got up and the first thing he said was, “I’m ready to change!” I was incredulous.  That NEVER happens.  Only thing with this hack is that if he pees too much and leaks through his overnight diaper, then we have to change his clothes anyway.  Good thing that doesn’t happen too often.