Friday, October 28, 2005

Hello Monkeyface

Some of our closest moments have been snuggled on the couch under a big blanket watching old movies and eating popcorn and junior mints (and yes, you must eat them together - as in mix the junior mints into the hot popcorn. Trust me, I didn't believe it either, but it turns into a salty chocolately melty wonderful mess). For the holidays last year I bought him a big box set of old Hitchcock flicks, including Suspicion with Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine. Cary Grant's character has a line where he says "Hello monkeyface" to Joan Fontaine in the flick, and after hours of laughing and repeating the heavily accented phrase over and over and over, somehow I ended up with that nickname. I also use it for him upon occasion - although he is usually relegated to just "monkey." Our cats (and occasionally me) are known as "kittenface" and he is often "muffinface." It's a ridiculously sappy life we lead, I tell you. I could make you really ill and tell you the remainder of our nicknames for each other, but I'll spare gagging you.

This morning, I got a Land of Nod email in one of my typically unused mailboxes, and I have no idea what in the HELL possessed me to open it as I usually try to stay away from cutesy baby stuff somewhat like the bubonic plague. But I did open it. And I fell in love with an item, and -ohmygod- ordered it. I have been staunchly opposed to buying anything for as a yet unconceived child, because well, obviously I realize it may never happen. I used to shake my heads in wonder at women who had a secret stash of things hidden away in their closets, I wasn't that strong. I was too bitter, too jaded. It may never happen, I kept telling myself. And then what - how sad would you be when faced with these things that you've lovingly kept for so long? I was set to go with the Jewish tradition of waiting to buy anything for the baby until it was home safely from the hospital.

But I folded today and bought the cutest things on the planet.

Hello Monkeyface.

Hello hope.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (that's me wailing). The R.E.'s office just called, and the doctor absolutely does not want to set me up with injectibles until the CA-125 results are in (I had the blood drawn Wed. a.m.). My period decided to surprise me early, and for the last two days I've been debating - Is this it? Is this spotting? Today is arbitrarily going to be counted as CD 1, but they will only let me start on CD 4 at the lastest - which is Monday. And that won't happen unless they get the blood results in today and the levels are low enough.

Please, please, please, please let the results come in. I've now been charting for THIRTY-ONE cycles (admittedly we haven't been trying for all of them) but please. $*#@!

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thankyouthankyouthankyou. I don't know what deity or fate or muse to thank - so I'll just thank them all. Ganesh, Jesus, Jehovah, G-d, Mohammed, Allah, the patchouli scented chick with dangly earrings who offered to read my palm for a mere $40, the guy who preached at us with a bullhorn in New Orleans, St. Anne - did I leave anyone out? If so, uh - it was unintended.

The nurse just called and she's been trying all day to get in touch with the lab. The antibody tests aren't in yet, but the CA-125 came back at a "6." A "6" is o.k.

I am set for 11:00 a.m. for labs and sonogram on Halloween. We are ready for lift-off.

Countdown may commence now.

22 Comments:

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Coloratura said...

You know, I met a doula a few months back that said that women who want to have babies should do just what you've done... and I personally think it's a great idea.

I had no idea there were women who had stashes of the stuff though...!

My husband is not comfortable with the idea, thinks it will bring on bad luck... but next time I'm at Target, I just might have to buy one of those darling little nighties... or some shoes...

 
At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Molly said...

So cute!

My husband calls me "Face" sometimes. Just "Face." Or sometimes even "Facey McFace." Bizarrest thing ever.

 
At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Jen said...

Oh, no, those little booties are too cute! I might need some!

As for the results, crossing fingers for you, sweetie--hoping you're able to give it a go this cycle.

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger MsPrufrock said...

Oh my Jeebus. Adorable. I want some. Boy. Girl. Whatever.

 
At 12:25 PM, Blogger daysgoby said...

Junior Mints? Really? We mix popcorn with plain M&M's. Salty, choclately melty wonderful mess, although not a minty one. Hmm...may have to try that.....

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Lindy said...

Please, please, please let the results come in on time!!!

And those booties are adorable.

Oh, and my husband calls me "Pooka" after the giant imaginary rabbit in the Jimmy Stuart movie, Harvey.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Thalia said...

Hoping for you, April!

I thought clinics were pretty strict about CD1 - first day of full flow. If it starts after 12 noon, it's not day 1. That's the definition mine uses, anyway.

Anyway, there are some hours left for you, keeping my fingers crossed.

 
At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Molly said...

You better let us know the MOMENT they come in!

 
At 4:16 PM, Anonymous mm said...

Hello? You HAD to buy the moneky booties. They were on sale! (Not to mention the cutest of the cute.)

Lighting candles and crossing everything that's crossable in the hopes that Monday will bring good news.

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Spanglish said...

April I LOVE the booties...

I can't buy anything either. I did buy a pair of maternity pants when I was pregnant once upon a time. I love khaki pants, and mine weren't comfortable anymore. I don't regret having bought them, but whenever I see them I feel little stabs of sadness.

My neighbor gave us baby stuff. It's hidden away in the attic.

I hope things work out for your cycle. I hate losing cycles.

(fingers crossed)

 
At 4:35 PM, Blogger Donna said...

Did you hear yet?? And of course you had to buy those booties, with the monkey tie-in and all. We're partial to calling each other Pookie and Pumpkin. Not in public, but are the most annoyingly lovey-dovey pair at home.

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger Larisa said...

They are very cute! It's nice to hear that you were brave enough to take the baby item plunge. Very glad to hear that your results came back in time - here's to those booties bringing good luck with their cuteness.

My husband has weird nicknames for me and all our pets as well.

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Millie said...

So very glad to hear your results came in. I think a Halloween start is very auspicious.

Those booties are just too damn cute.

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger daysgoby said...

Jumping up, waving clenched fist in the air "WHOO HOO!!!!"

Let the cycle commence!

 
At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Menita said...

1) So glad the results came in and you can get started and
2) oh my goodness who could resist buying that? They are adorable!

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Cricket said...

Ouw Owu AEEEE AEEE

Monkey for YIPEEEE!

 
At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Lori said...

How could you not buy the booties?!? They are adorable. As much as we curse Hope, it is afterall what keeps us going. I'm glad to hear you've got a little.
Great news about the results!!

 
At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Molly said...

HOORAYYYY!!

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger Bugsy said...

I think the monkeyface booties were put there for one reason only - just for you to buy! They are perfect! p.s. I will admit I am one of the "stash" women. All I need is the baby - and I am serious - I have a room full of baby things - enough clothes to last until about 2 years old, the cot, etc etc. Hubbs went crazy about 6 months ago and bought a pram because he wanted me to have something to give me hope. He is adamant that we will be able to use this stuff soon (hope so, cause I may just keep collecting otherwise - it is strangely addictive) LOL. Good luck and thanks for posting on my blog.

 
At 11:40 AM, Anonymous T said...

Excellent news on starting! Very auspicious.

 
At 2:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

[[watching old movies and eating popcorn and junior mints (and yes, you must eat them together - as in mix the junior mints into the hot popcorn. Trust me, I didn't believe it either, but it turns into a salty chocolatey melty wonderful mess).]]

OMG!! I thought I was the only one who loved doing that!! Especially one extra buttery theatre popcorn. MMM yum.

 
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