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I can’t believe I’m writing a blog post on family planning! For as long as I can remember, I have wrestled with the idea of having children. I’ve never felt that urge or tug on my heart to become a mother until after we got married. And when all of our friends started having children, something changed for me.
With every pregnancy announcement and new baby welcomed into the world my thoughts about becoming a parent became more and more conflicting. All of a sudden, I could picture a future with littles running around demanding milk and snacks.
Dreaming of the Future
During quarantine, we found ourselves with copious amounts of time for conversation and dreaming about the future. Andrew has always wanted children, so the decision to start trying to have a baby really weighed on me once we were married.
At first, the quarantine conversations were about IF I wanted children and for the first time ever, I truly felt that the answer was, “yes.” I decided the best way to solidify that feeling was to take a step of action. I made an appointment with my doctor to have my intra uterine device (IUD) removed and started taking prenatal vitamins.
Knowing that we want to have children, as time went on the conversations started to revolve more around timing and planning. The removal appointment was scheduled for a couple of months in advance, so I had plenty of time to “think” on it.
I ended up getting cold feet and cancelling the appointment two weeks before it was scheduled to happen. I texted Andrew seconds after I cancelled the appointment and he replied, “I feel a little sad.”
We were in flux during that time (moving from Michigan to Indiana), and it just didn’t feel right. Flash forward to 4 months later, we completed our move, got settled into our new home and started talking about our timeline again.
I recently made another appointment to have my IUD removed in late August, and I fully plan on attending this one! We both talk about it nonstop and look forward to the process.
Cycle & Fertility Tracking
Moreover, we ordered the AVA fertility tracking bracelet and plan to use it for natural family planning once I am off of my birth control. You simply wear it when you sleep and it helps you track everything, I mean everything, about your body and cycle.
Ava completely takes the question and hassle out of trying to get pregnant. There are six days a cycle when it’s possible to conceive, and Ava is clinically tested to recognize five of them. No peeing on strips! All you have to do is wear the bracelet while you sleep.
I have NO idea what my cycle is going to be like once my IUD is removed. I haven’t had a period in five years (crazy I know)! There is a good chance that it will take a few months for my body to adjust and get back on track.
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We aren’t in a rush and know that everything will happen in God’s time regardless of our planning and preparation! We also know that there may be challenges and hills to climb when it comes to our fertility. Thankfully, we have each other to lean on through this journey.
It feels so good to be on the same page about growing our family! We are over the moon excited about the thought of being pregnant in the near future. Please say a prayer for us! I have a feeling this is going to be a wild ride.