There are many stereotypes that are associated with lesbians. I hate to perpetuate any because, like every community, all members of our community are unique. Yet, Tiffany and I do validate a few stereotypes- one being that we met on our high school softball team. I was a freshman on the varsity team desperately looking for someone to pair with for warm ups. She was new to the varsity team and needed a partner too. A friendship developed and more blossomed later. The rest is history.
Something you may or may not know about athletes is that their lives in sports are surrounded by superstitions. There were people on our team who didn’t wash their socks during winning streaks. We all had to cross 3 body parts (fingers, arms, and legs) when traveling past a cemetery to a game. Specific bats, mitts, and balls were deemed to be lucky. While Tiffany and I are past the stage in our lives of participating in team sports, sometimes old habits die hard.
A few days ago, while Tiffany and I prepared for the second insemination (we are currently in our two-week wait again), I noticed that our superstitious mindsets still surrounded us. The routines being setup by us to try to ensure a positive IUI result were and are aplenty.
Our Positive IUI Superstitions:
- Putting the right movie on before bed the night before our IUI will create a good day the next day. The choices are normally “You’ve Got Mail” or “Mary Poppins.” They set the optimal scene for the next day, apparently.
- Jewelry is an important accessory choice that brings the right energy into the procedure, if you choose correctly.
- 3 Alex and Ani bracelets:
- Disney Christmas bracelet- to bring us a Christmas miracle this year.
- Elephant- for luck, of course.
- Cross- to bring strength, faith, and blessings.
- 3 Alex and Ani bracelets:
- A specific perfume will make the doctor give us a good report. I didn’t wear it once to our appointment and our 1st IUI got delayed. This further validated the use of this perfume as a necessary part of our IUI routine.
- Wearing matching t-shirts, with the word “Love” written across the chest, to the IUI procedure will remind us of the strength within our relationship and will help us keep the right mindset throughout.
- Making wishes when the clock shows 11:11 for a healthy pregnancy and baby can’t be missed.
Do I really believe that all of these things will determine our IUI fate? No, but my gut says “Why chance it?!”
I am able to recognize the hilarity, absurdity, and desperation in it all. When it comes down to it, all of this is just an attempt for this type-A woman to have the illusion of control. I’m grateful that Tiffany joins me in these ridiculous antics, so that we both can embrace our weirdness.
Ultimately, we are so ready to be mamas that we are willing to go through all of these silly routines to help get us there, even if they are just based on superstition.
If you know of any more lucky things we should add to our routine, I invite you to share it with us. After all, it can’t hurt! 🙂