Thursday, 4 December 2008

4 Days

Today is CD24. You know what that means, give or take.

4 days.

In between talking complete rubbish about offering menstrual blood to pizza delivery folk, and dragging my samples of vomit covered office wear around to various fashion buyers, something has struck me.

4 days.

Like being at a party where everybody is talking to somebody, or dancing like a wally, or pouring more drinks for everyone, and then suddenly someone turns the volume dial on the stereo to zero. Silence.

4 days.

Tomorrow is Friday, followed unsurprisingly, by the weekend. They all tend to pass quite fast these days, but this time, when it does, it will be up. It.

4 days.

I seems like years since we've been able to try due to the operation, and now all of a sudden the trying is done and the reproductive jury are retiring to consider their verdict.

4 days.

After ET's operation, we were given probably 3 attempts to change the status of one the few remaining unknocked up Irish Catholic women on the planet by natural means. After this, the doctor says we move on to less romantic methods. Strike one will be called soon.

4 days.

In one scenario, we get to prepare for the coming Christmas incessantly jibbering like the bloody Gilmore girls, excited and nervous, wrapping our heads around what's ahead, but all the while ridiculously, irritatingly, and probably sickeningly, happy.

In the other scenario, we prepare for just another holiday, another reminder, with yet another 'hard luck, do play again'.

4 days.

Everything that's happened before this aside, this is a real chance. It's probably the biggest one, and the one we can have the most genuine hope for, and be most optimistic about, for over a year. Thanks to the laparoscopy, this can actually, really, physically, mindbendingly, and absurdly be the one.

4 days.

Seriously, God, or Krisha, or Justin Timberlake, or Yaweh, or big bird, or whatever you call yourself, we get the joke. It was really funny, we all laughed and poked fun at the short, pale, over-sexed and under-pregnant couple.

Can we stop now though, please?

I don't want to sound pushy or demanding, but you've had a good run with this one, think of us like your 'fawlty towers' and quit while you're ahead. We'd really appreciate the break. Really.

You can take a little time to think about it if you like. How about 4 days?



71 comments:

The Tall Red Head said...

I found out I was pregnant on Christmas Day...after I threw up all my Christmas lunch and yelled at everyone in between crying and laughing and more spewing. Actually I found out the day after cos no-where is open on Christmas Day for frantic psycho could be pregnant women to buy tests from. SO, I hope your Christmas Dinner is full of spew, tantrums and more spew. Because I reckon you would both love every minute of it :)

Maxi Cane said...

I didn't know what to say, I'll be back in 4 days with a response.

Veronica said...

The big one. The one that we are all holding our breath for.

4 days.

geeksinrome said...

I was just counting my fingers the other day!! (is ET embarrassed we know her cycles?)

Anyway, I do hope the sick joke ends and the man behind the curtain goes away and picks on someone his own size. (Leave those nice short Irish people alone!)

UrbanVox said...

dude...
you are trully deeply going mad! :)

Paint it Black said...

4 days.............

Sinead said...

Hey if it makes you feel any better (and I am sure it doesn't) I know other Irish Catholic woman with short, over-sexed partners who haven't been able to conceive.

Seriously though, heres hoping that this is the one, but if it isn't you still have many options to explore.

nh said...

4 days...we'll be waiting!
Wishing you a Christmas filled with happy jibbering!

Joe said...

On the 4th day of creation, God created the sun and the moon.

The sun shines outta your ass, according to you. And as for ET's moons....

Coincidence?

Nick McGivney said...

Stay sane! A wee prayer going up for yiz...

M+B said...

Fingers crossed... actually I'll cross everything for you!

G said...

Oh X, I know exactly how it feels to see the last few chances come and go. I really really hope that you guys are successful, I have my fingers crossed for you!!!

Chhandita said...

these last few days are the toughest... hoping to hear some great news in 4 days...

Trish said...

nothing much to say here either ...I be back in 4 days too after maybe uncrossing my legs and eyes for you just in time to celebrate.

Jane G said...

From the other remaining unknocked up Irish Catholic couple....go néiri an tádh libh!

Really hope it's good news all around between now and Christmas.

Ms. Moon said...

I have no idea why I am following this story of your attempts to make a baby between you but I am. I am a woman old enough to be your mother and my problem with fertility was always too much of it.
But because of that, I know exactly what it feels like to hold that baby you've made for the first time. To look into his or her eyes and see god.
I am, as is everyone who reads you, hoping that as we speak, that deep, ancient magic is happening in your wife's womb. That life is quickening, becoming, tumbling into a baby whom you will hold in nine months and look into his or her eyes and see god.

womb for improvement said...

Does this mean I can make my 'c u next Tuesday' joke again?

IrishNYC said...

4 long, long days, where every twitch, ache, flutter, and cough makes you think the impossible. Good luck getting through!

Russ said...

Is this some weird advertisement for Monday Night Football?

Hockeyman said...

So I guess today you're singing 3 more days by Mr. LaMontagne? no?

WhatAboutNovember said...

Pins. Needles. Pins. Needles. Oh please oh please oh please oh please. I agree with the Tall Red Head. I hope you have a very vomity Christmas.

Penelope said...

I've got everything crossed! I do hope 4 days goes fast because I really look rather stupid like this ;o)

iVegasFamily said...

We're waiting with bated breath. I'm confident that this Christmas will truly be a Merry one.

Kori said...

I really can't stand the suspense anymore either. It is killing me. And then I am thinking four days? I thought I JUST ended and now I have to look forward to it all again if four days? As usual, I will pray she doesn't start and I do.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Here's hoping her eggs get nogged!

Fate's Granddaughter said...

May Christmas come early this year for you and ET. I've my fingers crossed for an August baby.

Elaine said...

I am praying in four days you will have a BFP test result. I feel sick and queasy for you. Four days, four days, I really hope the suspense comes with the happiest of results. Gosh, could it really be lucky number 21?

prayingtodarwin said...

Wow. I feel like there should be some gigantic clock somewhere, ticking down for all of us to see. I don't even know how you're going to get through those days. I'd do it drunk. And that's not even an option for poor ET. I'll be sending pro-fertilization vibes into the universe.

bsouth said...

I'm not going to come and see you for 4 days - maybe I've been jinxing you! Bloody Good Luck (I'm sure I'm repeating myself but it's no less sincere for that).

Lea said...

21 is my favorite number. I hope it's your lucky one and that 4 days goes super fast!

Hilary (Maya Papaya) said...

I am so sincerely hoping that you get the Christmas gift of your dreams. What a great story it would be to reminisce about every year.

I found out I was preggers last year on December 9th. I'll never forget it.

Hoping like crazy for you. I'll be blog-stalking you for the next 4 days ;)

nukedad said...

Nothing but positive mojo headed your way. Think like 2 horny teen-agers who forgot to take the pill and had the condom break. Hell, it usually works for them, give it a try!

Putz said...

well that was a prayer nappy, whether or not you want to admit that was a prayer...

Putz said...

well that was a prayer nappy, whether or not you want to admit that was a prayer...

Tara R. said...

Four days. I know what I'm asking Santa for for Christmas.

Tismee2 said...

Seriously - I hope you get what you wish for this Christmas so we can move on to morning sickness and labour pains.

I can't wait!

B said...

Unfortunately the 4 days re-phrasal thing reminds me too much of that awful Springsteen song "41 shots" to read this in any way other than it's beat.

Best of luck though with it all, I shall pray to JC and JT and the rest for success(not really, but y'know good wishes and all, same thing)

Jenni said...

Romance is overrated.

Good luck.

kittyconcerto.com said...

I'm hoping for option A.

James Austin said...

Good Lord, Let it be.

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...

I'm sorry - I didn't catch what happens in 4 days.

New burrito at Taco Bell?

Chaos said...

Hoping for you! Did you think 4 days could ever be so long.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@The Tall Red Head - Last xmas day we got to discover we weren't pregnant!

@Maxi Cane - I'll be here...

@veronica - Another bloody big one.

@geekinrome - How many do you have?
;0)

@Urban Vox - That ship has long sailed.

@Paint it Black - Like it says on the tin!

@Sinead - Yes I know, plenty of time, plenty of options.
But this feels like it should be the one, you know?

@nh - and cheap wine, as a 2nd best.

@Joe - No, I think not.

@Nick McGivney - Thank you sir, appreciated.

@M+B - thank you.

@G - Ticking them off one by one. Thanks.

@chhandita - thank you, me too.

@Trish - I know, not much more to say.

@Jane G - I WAS going to write the only remaining, but I knew you'd clip me.

@Ms Moon - Well, panda bear eyes would be like mine, or big browns like it's mother, but I'm not so sure about God.
Either way, that is truly lovely, thank you.

@Womb4improvement - If I get to rehash the same old jokes, so do ye.

@irishNYC - Oh my brain.

@Russ - Ba dum dum tish!

@Hockeyman - Well, no, but tomorrow, maybe...

@WhatAboutNovember - I'll be having one of those regardless!

@Penelope - Mind don't topple over

@iVegasFamily - I like your confidence, very much so.

@Kori - oh it's all ME ME ME... ;0)

@Ed - hee hee, clever, I like that one.

@Fate's Granddaughter - Thank you.

@Elaine - it sounds right anyway!

@prayingtodarwin - Drunk sounds about right to me.

@Bsouth - if it's been you all along I'll be quite pissed...

@Lea - here's hoping.

@Hilary - We are lining up for almost a 12 month follow up aren't we...

@nukedad - thank you sir, will do.

@Putz - You funny funny funny man. To who though Putz, to who?

@Tara R - A wii fit?

@Tismee2 - Yes, not enough nice vomitting stories around.

@B - Good wishes are more than enough young man, thank you.

@Jenni - I'm picturing your grumpy beached whale self hammering that on the keyboard...

@kittyconcerto - me bloody too

@James Austin - You're sick of this too eh?

@Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] - Drama queen.

@Chaos - Simply, no! ;0)

Christa said...

4 days.... At least it's no longer 14 days right?

Right?

Sarah said...

May the next 4 days fly by. And at the end 2 pink lines. Or a big ole "pregnant" depending on what kind of tests you use.
I really hope this is it for you two!

Stay at home dad said...

Xbox, Xbox, Xbox... kids huh... one of life's ironies as you get older I always think: condoms. Season's best.

Sahd.

Christi said...

holding my breath with you and in 4 days I'll be clicking on refresh every 5 seconds.

nutsinmay said...

Heh. I don't know if H has ever twigged how many days it is until test day. Though he insists it's because he'd rather not think about it. Leaving me to do all the thinking all by myself. How do you do it?

Rachel said...

fingers crossed.
4 days.

Quickroute said...

Have you tried visiting the holy stone of Clonrichard on Craggy Isle?

Maggie, Dammit said...

Holy shit!

(and I bet a lot of people get to your blog by Googling Gilmore Girls.)

(and oh man, fawlty towers! I haven't seen that in years....remember how they used to always change the sign? My favorite was 'farty towels.' That show is not still on, is it? We Americans miss everything.)

(One last thing: I like parenthesis.)

Deb said...

Four days. I can't even leave a joke this time around, because I'm so hopeful for you both.

Leslie Laine said...

It's strange, but there's something about those particular four days that I love.

Hope this is the one...

Kelley said...

So is that like 4 days my time? Or your time? Or Mars time? Or what?

Be specific boy.

River said...

Christmas is a time of miracles, so here's hoping...

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Christa - that is something, I suppose...

@Sarah - You and me both.

@stay at home dad - kids? I really wouldn't know...

@Christi - I hope you're not on dial-up internet...

@nutsinmay - I really do sometimes wish I could do the same. It WOULD be easier not to think about it.
But basically all you need it the ability to count to 28 or so.

@Rachel - indeed. Thanks.

@Quickroute - Any suggestions a bit more tropical?

@Maggie, Dammit - Not a fraction of the number that get here by googling 'Wife & Whore' combinations.

@Deb - I know the feeling. Thanks.

@Leslie Laine - you LOVE? You are madder than I. Thanks.

@Kelley - Well, 4 days ia about 2 work weeks for you, so MY time.

@River - I don't fancy hoping for a miracle, just some biology!
Thanks.

Angel said...

Am I the only person in the world that will admit to loving the Gilmore Girls??

I'm deciding right here and now, you'll have a snotty little tot to buy Christmas gifts for next year. How's that??

Deborah said...

Shoot, you can do four days in your sleep, right? From another Irish Catholic Woman, who will never be knocked up, here's wishing that I will remain the only one you know (if in blogland only).

tiff said...

Four days.
I'll be holding my breath.

Tanya said...

One thing in life that is entirely up to chance, but you wont know its happening until it has already happened. One magical surprise.

amy said...

I never thought I'd wish the Gilmore Girls on my worst enemy. But (although I've not met you) I like you, X, and I find myself hoping that you have a Gilmore Girls-esque holiday period.
I hope to be reading some on-line 'gibbering' in... lets see... 4 days.

Dondi Tiples said...

Crossing my fingers for you both.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Angel - Quite possibly, yes!
Hope you're right.

@Deborah - Good luck to you now anyway ;0)

@Tiff - you'll turn blue.

@Tanya - It's not entirely up to chance though, it's upto biology.

@Amy - We can only wait and see.

@Dondi Tiples - Thank you.

Karen MEG said...

The longest 4 days...but here's hoping that the reproductive jury comes back with an awesome verdict.
Good luck to the both of you...I'll be thinking of you...

hotmamamia said...

Just catching up from the trip to Belgium and I am HOLDING MY BREATH for you two because as I read this blog we only have 2 days to go....I put in a personal 'misha-beyrach' Jewish get healthy and good prayer for ya!

Oh, Amsterdam was pretty darn cool...DID NOT do the redlight district (I must be the only freaking person in the world to not do it), did see some Rembrandt and a wonderful coffeehouse called Abraxas among other things...I didn't see enoug and will be coming back! Hope to bring you a pittsburgh Steelers baby gift---smile---

Bonnie B. said...

This entire matter has been TOO much on my mind ever since I read your post. I'm not a praying woman but, hell's bells, I do ANYTHING for you and ET at this point!! Add my good wishes and thoughts to everyone else's, please. And if you wait one second past 4 days to tell us what's happening, the lot of us will board a plane and hunt you down. Of course, not in a stalker-ish way at all....

nutsinmay said...

Xbox - counting to 28 totally irrelevant to our situation as I have never had a 28-day cycle in my LIFE. But it would explain H's constant adriftness from whatever cycle phase we're in. I keep moving the goal-posts, hah hah damn it.

AnnD said...

I didn't catch this until Sunday morning (been workin' and very busy so blog takes a back seat) and now we are one day away. God! I'm so praying for a BFP for you guys....literally praying.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@Karen Meg - Thanks.

@Hotmamamia - It's not all it's cracked up to be, you didn't miss much.

@Bonnie B - No, not stalkerish at all.... **reaches for telephone**

@Nutsinmay - Yeah of course. I forget how lucky we are to be almost ridiculously regular.
Irregular cycles
must be a nightmare. Truly.

@AnnD - Thanks.

WhatAboutNovember said...

Is 4 days up yet?

Xbox4NappyRash said...

@WhatAboutNovember - yes, unfortunately.