Over the first (trimester) hurdle
22 January 2018
I will be 13 weeks pregnant tomorrow. This is huge because it means, not only am I super officially out of my first trimester, but I am also at a point where I have been getting a lot of test results back.
So. Many. Questions.
20 December 2017
As I begin to tell more and more people about my pregnancy as a single mother-to-be, I have gotten a lot of questions. So many, that I decided to keep a list.
I live in doctors' offices now
20 December 2017
I am now 8 weeks pregnant and just had my first OB appointment today. Everything went smoothly. Pap smear… check! Breast exam… check! Consult with my OB… check! Five vials of blood taken for all the tests… check!
The Accessibility of ::before and ::after
19 December 2017
I was recently reading a tutorial on how to use CSS counters. They look great! CSS counters are a new feature of CSS that allow us as developers to enumerate elements in the DOM and then do something with that information. There are plenty of practical uses for this - from numbering highlighted blocks in the text to creating complex nested ordered list bullets. (I mean, we’ve all read government documents that include bullet point 184.108.40.206. Right?)
I'm a Time Lord!
12 December 2017
I am 7 weeks pregnant today. Ultrasound #2 happened this morning. I was particularly nervous about this one because I have literally felt nothing for the past week. I mean, my breasts hurt and I’m dizzy about 50% of the time, but there has been zero morning sickness. I’m pregnant. I should be throwing up! (Wait a sec. Am I seriously complaining about not throwing up?!)
05 December 2017
It occurred to me over the weekend that insurance in this country is kind of dumb and, as a result, a limited number of ultrasounds are likely covered under my insurance plan. So this week I decided to do some research.
29 November 2017
I went in for my first OB ultrasound this morning. Remember everything I said about weirdness coming out of me in my last post? It’s fine. All of that is (apparently) normal. #thingsTheyDontShareAboutBeingPregnant.
Week 5 confusion
28 November 2017
I started a new bottle of progesterone today. For those of you just tuning in, that’s the one that I stick up my vagina twice a day. It makes me bleed for about an hour each time - only a little and that is apparently OK. Maybe.
I have breasts now
27 November 2017
For anyone who has met me in person, you may have noticed something missing between my neck and abdomen. I can assure you that my body has now rectified that situation. Quickly.
Beta pregnancy tests are a thing
26 November 2017
After learning I was pregnant, I went home for Thanksgiving (as one does?) and spent 4 days dodging questions about why I wasn’t drinking and why I would chase squirrels any time someone lit up a cigarette.
Holy cow... I'm pregnant!!
24 November 2017
It hasn't even been 2 weeks!
20 November 2017
Today, at 13 dpiui, marks the day before my pregnancy test. I feel nauseous. And dizzy. And I may have my period. Or maybe that’s just all the bleeding from the progesterone. Which could explain the dizziness. Or not. How the hell should I know?! Oh, did I mention I’m cranky? And hungry. Oh crap. I forgot that I’m nauseous.
IUI #4: The final frontier?
13 November 2017
I am a little bit behind in my blogging here, but I had my 4th IUI last Tuesday, which means as of today, I am 6 dpiui.
Cycle monitoring update
01 November 2017
I have been slacking on my updates. (I did warn you all about my blogging infrequency.) Today is day 9 of my cycle.
Medication: A reality story
24 October 2017
It is day 1 of my new cycle. I am back from vacation and ready to start trying again. It seems like a good time to figure out what all of my new medication does, right? Sure!
Screen Reader Survey Results
02 October 2017
I launched a survey to help me answer some lingering questions I have had about what tools screen reader users user to navigate websites. Specifically, I wanted to learn about how users interact with links on a site.
A complicated story about medication and logistics
01 October 2017
I am starting to prep for my next attempt. This one will be medicated, which is terrifying in and of itself. I will be on I’ll be on Clomid (a pill taken orally), Prometrium (a pill taken vaginally, which should be interesting), and Ovedril (a syringe and I just don’t want to know yet).
30 August 2017
Well, IUI attempt #3 was a bust. I am heartbroken, not just because this failed, but because I honestly thought it was going well.
Yes, Virginia. Unique link text really is important.
09 August 2017
One of my biggest pet peeves these days stems around blog or news sites. Your typical blog front page will include a bunch of articles. Each article has a title, a date, maybe an image, and a small bit of “teaser” text from the article itself. The goal is to get the reader to choose a specific article and click to read the entire article. To make that goal abundantly clear, each article on this front page includes a link or a button that usually says “Read More” (or something similar).
Manual accessibility testing is your new BFF
08 August 2017
Testing your websites to ensure they are fully accessible is a lot of work. There are a bunch of tools out there to help you thoroughly test your sites - Siteimprove or Tenon, for example.