#nature

Il est de ce monde, des scènes tellement émouvantes que les mots échouent à décrire. Une étoile scintillante, la constellation d’Orion, un mouvement d’entraide, un ruisseau lumineux, le rire haut-perché d’une vieille qu’on affectionne, le gros-colleux du petit dernier, la bouffe de grand-maman, un souper de famille, notre potager en pleine croissance, nos enfants qui nous épatent.

La vie se livre à nous a petits pas, sans flafla. Elle est vraie, elle se compose de tout ce qu’on aime, tout ce qu’on attend, tout ce qui nous rend vulnérable. Elle est merveilleuse et magique. Elle est douce et rude à la fois. Elle est roses et marguerites, pivoines et muguet.

Elle se livre à nous comme on lit notre roman préféré, comme on dévore une série qu’on découvre, comme on embrasse un amant. Tranquillement, avec force et passion, comme un bon feu qui crépite. Elle est délicieuse et sait se faire attendre. Elle est audacieuse et retrousse les filtres un à la fois. Elle devient coquine quand on espère, quand on fume de l’intérieur, quand un mot nous chavire, quand des yeux nous appellent.

Elle est de terre lorsqu’on nous rappelle au cycle et à l’ordre des choses. Lorsque notre hiver est arrivé porté par l’immaculé et qu’il s’allonge sur nos flancs savants, dans notre dernier lit blanc. Il nous rejoint telle la douce neige qui tombe ou tel un blizard qui s’abat par surprise.

Elle est d’air et de lumière lorsqu’on lâche-prise sur notre quotidien terrestre et tout ce qui nous afflige. Comme à l’automne, elle vente sur notre vie pour débarrasser ce qui doit, remettre du mouvement dans nos cheveux et faire frémir cette peau délicate et mortelle qui nous recouvre.

Dans le rêve, on s’en détourne pour embrasser le céleste et danser avec le soleil d’autres galaxies. Mais on y revient toujours car elle est chez soi.

L’automne qui pointe son nez, la nature qui prépare ces plus beaux arrangements; c’est la saison du vent, c’est la saison des changements d’énergies.

On troc la fébrilité et l’excitation des vacances et de la chaleur pour les préparatifs à l’hibernation.

On ferme la piscine. On range les chaises longues et on fait la dernière tonte du gazon.

On cuisine, on popote, on prépare à l’avance. On cherche le réconfort dans la bouffe, le thé, les feux de foyer et les draps de flanellette.

Dehors, ça sent la neige. On sait que l’hiver appelle à devenir la prochaine saison. On sait qu’il est long et rigoureux, mais comment l’éviter?

Winning the lottery

Conceiving a baby is something tricky just like winning the lottery.  Did you know that, and even in the best conditions, you have 25% chances of getting pregnant on the most fertile days?  This was not something that I was aware of when I got pregnant with my fist son.  It took us less than 2 months before I tested positive. Yay!

Now, it’s different for us. We are trying to conceive a second time and it’s been couple of months, so I could not help myself but to surf the net for different reasons.  For starter, I got symptoms of early pregnancy at my last two cycles.  Especially this time where I tested negative a dozen times plus on the blood test that turned out to be negative. Now, I know some people will testify that they tested negative until their body actually showed they were pregnant, but for now I think I am just crazy. I was before wanting to have a baby, I don’t see why it would have changed after giving birth to my first son.

Pregnancy Tests – Home Tests

tests newkids website

If you are like me, this floating period of uncertainty between conception and periods will drive you nuts. If you are too excited (not to say crazy up the wall) to get pregnant, you will pause to « listen to your body » and feel all potential changes in your general health condition. And folks, that is dangerous!  You body could tell you the truth and you might not want to listen OR your body could play mind games with you. That trickster! The best way to find out is to keep busy until your next periods. If they don’t show up, you might be lucky enough to be pregnant.

It’s a long run (2 weeks or a little more) before you can take the pregnancy tests and produce enough hCG hormones to have reliable results.  If you test too soon, the home test will be negative. Good thing is that after implantation, the level of hormone doubles up each day. For my first son, I tested 4 times before the positive result.  This time, I tested so many times that I had moments full of hope (and eating everything that I am craving for because, oh well, I am pregnant); and other times where I feel disoriented and confused because it is not yet the time for testing and deep down I know it might not be it….

Speaking of Testing with a capital « T ». I found myself to be very compulsive with the testing. (Me!?) As months go by, I am thinking I should buy tests at the dollar store if I don’t want to end up ruined (rolling eyes). Maybe that’s just me but I am pretty sure I am not the only one ;). Soooo, next time, I will at least wait to skip my period before I do a 6035ab2979f96a7446cf6c0505b65c38--pregnancy-announcement-dog-new-baby-announcementsdarn test and probably divorce because my boyfriend will not want to stay with the crazy old lady… and oh yeah, I am 37. To keep me busy, I read about pregnancy (obsessive, me?!).

Check out this website if you want tips on how to get pregnant and what should you consider.

So, here are the websites I found the information I wanted about tests:

Here are the websites I found the information I wanted about when actually do the test:

A Few Tips

If you don’t like to read that much, let me summarize for you.  Here are a few tips that I gathered on different reliable websites:

  1. Have fun with your partners and agree on how disciplined you want your couple to be to make this happen. This will save you some arguments or crisis.
  2. Take care of yourself before getting pregnant
    • eat well
    • exercise
    • have fun
    • breathe
    • dance to shake the stress away or whatever your thing is
  3. Drink water
  4. Take folic acid (before and during pregnancy)
  5. Check your cervical mucus, ovulation cycles are different for every woman. Eggwhite-like consistency is a pretty good indicator you are ovulating.mucus cycles
  6. Stay positive. It will happen, either naturally or with a little push.  Keep calm and make this baby!
  7. Technology at your Service. There’s an app for that!

Some phone App will help you track your cycles and even send your reminders of important days with regards to ovulation. My favorites are Flo and Glow:

Websites

Lastly, there is a bunch of websites and forum about pregnancy.  I just love the Baby Centre Website. They have so much information available and a positive way to word it. When you’ll become pregnant, even more when you’ll be pregnant of your first child, you will love the Pregnancy section where you learn all about how you and your baby transforms into a family.

My Wishes to You

I wish you good health and luck if you are trying to conceive. I would love to hear about your story and how it goes for you. Please comment and share this post for all the women out there wishing to catch a little of angel dust.