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fet status

I had an ultrasound with my RE today and all looked great. It still cracks me up to hear all of these compliments about my uterus and ovaries. HAHAHA! Lining was good and we’re on track for our transfer next Thursday at 4PM. He asked how many embryos we’re planning to transfer and when I told him two, he said he was glad. Knowing him, he’d like to do 3-4 so that single embryo last time must have been killing him.

In terms of meds, I’m still doing my Vivelle patches every three days and we start PIO shots tonight (yay). I start my Medrol dose pack tomorrow. It is hard to believe that we might be pregnant before the end of the month.

In house hunting news, nothing really new. There is not much inventory out there as nobody seems to want to list their house in this economy. So we see ho-hum properties that have bids and are like, “What?” I think it is going to take some time to find something. I’ve seen two houses that I really loved but one needed a TON of work and was at the top of our price range. The other was super adorable, great location, all redone but tiny and overpriced. Like we would already be out of room if we moved in. It was so cute, though! Got to get it out of my head and move on to the next.

Sleep is back to normal, thank the Gods. Monkey starts pre-school next week (!!!!) and we are still working on potty training. They said he can come, but they expect him to be in underwear and if he has accidents, oh well. Not too stressful… Still, he’ll love school we are sure so we’re going for it. Wish us potty luck!

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school

We heard a couple of weeks ago that Monkey has a spot confirmed at the co-op preschool down the street. Yay! He will start in the fall along with his buddy N who is 10 days younger than Monkey and is also from a two-mom family. We also heard that there is another two-mom family starting in the fall – how cool is that? I’m so glad to know his first school experience will be alongside other kids from families like his own. I also like the fact that parents are extremely involved with the school. Parents are required to work 1 day per week at the school, so we’ll be very active and get to know everyone there. School is in session Mon-Fri from 9AM-12PM. It is super inexpensive (see parental involvement piece above) and we can walk there from home. It is all outdoor with a few covered areas, so when it rains (a rarity here in SoCal), school is held in one of the parents’ homes. It seems like a very close-knit community and it is play-based, which I think is perfect for pre-school. They have several activies set up each day and kids can choose one or just play on the gym equipment or with blocks, read books, etc.

I feel like Monkey is doing so much lately that it’s hard to get it down in blog posts! He is talking a lot more, continues to be super cuddly and sweet, and is still an early bird (oy). Even though he’s up early (usually 4:30-5:00AM), he is sleeping through the night now that he’s weaned. He likes talking on the phone (especially FaceTime with Granny and Papa). This morning he cracked us up when he grabbed the phone and said, “Hello? Yes. [pause] Yes. [pause]. Fine. [pause]. Bye-bye!” BWAHAHAHAHA! His favorite book lately is Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See? He is really into numbers and can count to 20. He knows a lot of letters and colors. Monkey is just cruising right along with his 2-year-old self.

 

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nablopomo: education

DW and I have been talking a lot lately about where we will send Monkey to pre-school and eventually elementary school. In terms of pre-school, we have looked a bit at various options in our area and are leaning toward the co-op that is walking distance from our house. Pluses include the closeness to home (duh), the fact that there is another two-mom family sending their older child there (younger child is Monkey’s age and will be there when Monkey is old enough), and the good reputation it has. The biggest drawback is the amount of parental involvement required. We are good with being very involved in our child’s education, but coming up with lesson plans and actually teaching the class? Kind of a scary proposition. Of course, this is pre-school, so it’s not like you have to come up with some complicated plan to address standardized state testing. Still, it’s a bit daunting to think about.

In terms of elementary schools, I know that the local public school where Monkey would go if we choose that route has a good reputation and seems to be a good school. That said, I’m not sure I want him to go to public school – California has no money and I fear what the public school system is like and what it will be like in a few years when Monkey is of age. Problem is that private schools in our area (Los Angeles, CA) are crazy money. I’m talking $15-$25K per year crazy money. I just can’t stomach spending that kind of money on elementary school. Hell, I didn’t spend anywhere near that on my graduate degree at UCLA! It’s unfortunate that you can’t send your kid to a religious school but keep them out of religious classes 🙂 That seems a bit more affordable and I know that I got a good education at the various Catholic schools I attended as a child. DW would never go for it (totally anti-religion) and I’m not really comfortable with it either. Would he learn in school alongside his classmates that God hates the gays? Kinda awkward, no?

I like the Montessori style schools, but those seem to be the super expensive ones in our area. Now, should we move as we’ve discussed, it would be far more doable. This is another plus in the “get out of California” column. Right now, I’m leaning toward the public school option. I figure we plan to be very involved in Monkey’s education and the learning will keep on going at home (museum visits, reading, other educational activies), so does it really matter if he’s not in the elite private school? Guess I’ll know more when we get to that point and actually tour the school and see what we’re talking about.

This part of parenting seems hard and so important! Any of you readers have kids in school? How did you make the decision where to send them? Those that have pre-school aged kids, what are your thoughts? Am I thinking about this way too early? Monkey is 22 months old and we plan for him to start part-time pre-school at age 3…

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june non-challenge: college & friends

Day 15 – What was your college experience like? Were you involved in any clubs, groups, etc?

My college experience was loooooonnnnggg. I applied to schools in South Carolina and none in California as my plan was to go back “home.” Of course, by the time I was accepted into a couple of those schools, I considered CA my home. So I unhappily went to our local community college. After a year, I transferred to another CC down in San Diego. Then I transferred to SDSU, where I was completely miserable. So not my scene – blonde Barbies and frat boys. I dropped out and lived by the beach in SD for about a year. Then I moved back to LA and decided I didn’t want to be a receptionist for the rest of my life and got back into school. I finished in a couple of years at a local state school where I met my lovely wife.

I so hope Monkey gets the true college experience as I feel like it’s something I missed out on (dorms and the like).

Day 16 – How many friends do you have in real life that you talk to regularly? How many friends do you have that you feel are ‘true blue’ and how long have you known them?

Maybe it’s not that healthy, but I don’t really have any super close friends outside of DW. We are best friends and have been for 15 years. I wouldn’t want to travel or go out with people without her there. It just wouldn’t be as fun to me. We have several couples that we are friends with, one that we are pretty close with. I moved a lot when I was a kid, so I don’t really have long-term friends. Is that weird?

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