To prepare I have ordered Ovulation Prediction test strips (you can find them here) to help us narrow down ovulation dates. We (aka, I) did this same thing when we were trying to conceive Jack. We were fortunate to have gotten pregnant our very first cycle, and as such perhaps didn't really need these strips. But, I like to cover my bases and "cheat" a little if I can! I ended up gifting my "left overs" to a friend who was (and still is) trying to conceive her second child.
I ordered this specific package a few weeks ago and it arrived this week. The set contains both OPKs and several cheap-o pregnancy tests. I apparently love peeing on things (ha!) so having these available was super convenient and much more affordable. Regular pregnancy tests here in the Toronto area are like, 2 for $25-ish... Much better to have a cheap option available, and it makes my pee obsession much more manageable!
If you're ordering them, make sure you google for an online coupon. They are readily available and save you 10% or $5 or something like that (free shipping too).
I know our prior history isn't indicative of our future success with attaining a pregnancy, but I am keeping my toes and fingers crossed I will get pregnant within our first few cycles.
I know this seems weird, but I almost feel as though getting through so much of this grief we are feeling right now will rely on becoming pregnant soon. If Jack were still alive, a McBaby #2 would be the furthest thing from our minds. It's almost like we'll be able to make more sense of how things turned out if #2 arrives before we would ever have planned to get pregnant again. Does that make sense?
I don't want anyone to think this means we're trying to replace our little boy, because that's not it at all. Believe me, if having Jack here with us all safe and sound in my arms was an option- that would be our first choice. But it's not. We don't get to choose. It also doesn't mean #2 is going to be loved any less, or that he or she will be wanted any less. I don't want #2 to feel like he or she will need to live for Jack or to feel he or she is our fallback plan. Believe me when I say having a second baby has been in our plans from the very start- we're just hoping he or she will join our family early. :)