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Baby Steps: Look at the stars

Posted April 7, 2011

I’ll admit it…I am totally into zodiac signs. As a kid I loved to check out my horoscope in the paper and magazines. Month after month, I think I read the same thing in each and every Seventeen edition. Somehow – January through December – I was going to meet some super hot guy and we would make a perfect couple. I ate it up!

I know now that those month to month predictions really didn’t hold much weight. And while that doesn’t take away the excitement those couple paragraphs would offer, I still do believe in the breakdowns of personality types depending on the signs people were born under.

And yes … I know that there’s been talk about the stars not even being aligned that way anymore. I read about that way back when I started getting into this stuff. Well, in the year I was born, the ‘misalignment’ wasn’t so pronounced and I am in the middle of my sign anyway. So Pisces it is…

From the first time I started reading about the characteristics of my sign I knew it was dead on. Pisces are called: emotional…creative…spiritual…intuitive…and, to a degree, telepathic even. We are sensitive and easy-going and many times like to live in the behind-the-scenes realm. Sometimes we can be easily offended and can slip into a gloom quickly, but the fish can always swim our way out!

I knew from day one that this was me. And I’m reminded of a particular moment in time when this was overwhelmingly true.

Before my husband and I got married, I went with my parents to see Biltmore, just the three of us. My Dad has been hot on the baby thing since the day we got engaged, so the topic came up a time or two while we were away. I remember resting our legs in the main room after traipsing through the Biltmore basement when it came up again. And I remember specifically stating at that point that I thought he shouldn’t get too anxious… because we were going to have fertility issues. It was what I felt and it came out of my mouth.

To that point, we’d had absolutely no indication of problems. Obviously, we were not trying to conceive yet. This was just something I’d always known I would have to face.

Now that my intuition has proved accurate – it’s our time to take it on. Luckily, my husband is also a Pisces…so perhaps he knows the way.

Christine is the weekday noon news producer at WRAL-TV. She lives with her husband and three dogs. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility. Find her here on Fridays.


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  • saywhat37 Apr 11, 2011

    Hey! Don't know if this helps, but it can't hurt. My husband and I tried for a year to get pregnant with our first child. When we went in to start sperm testing, we found out we were pregnant. We found out that the man produces "the sperm" every 48 hrs. We were trying everyday. We were cancelling out the sperm!
    With our second child, it only took 3 months! We were trying too hard the first time.

  • carolinagirl28 Apr 11, 2011

    JAT - maybe the fact that some of your comments don't make it through should give you a little hint ;) I'm not saying you have to agree with whatever is written, that would be stupid. And you are more than entitled to your opinion. What I am saying is that for this particular writer, you are very hard on her. No matter what she writes, you find something to pick on her about. She's got enough going on without having to read garbage like that. I sincerely hope that your real life is happier than the image you convey online.

  • JAT Apr 11, 2011

    Alrighty then, so they posted that but not the other one. That makes real good sense. I'll try again..

    carolinagirl - nothing I said was negative. And if you think I'm so negative, then just don't read my posts. A public blog is not put there (or shouldn't be) just to have people agree with whatever the writer writes. It's there for all opinions and all viewpoints. Just as you have the right to say you think I'm negative when you don't know me, I have the right to say that something the blogger posted is a little odd to me.

  • JAT Apr 11, 2011

    Guess they're not posting things again....oh well....

  • carolinagirl28 Apr 10, 2011

    JAT - Why does it matter to you? You are one of the most negative people I see commenting on these blogs. Here's an idea - if you disagree with so much of what is written, stop reading them! I'm sure the writers and the readers would welcome your absence of comments.

  • JAT Apr 8, 2011

    But, boatrokr, she doesn't say she had any of those issues at the time. She states she had no indication of any problems.

  • boatrokr Apr 8, 2011

    JAT, lots of women know they'll have issues before they start trying to conceive. Endometriosis, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovary are among a few conditions that contribute to issues. Women who have them know that they're likely to have problems.

  • JAT Apr 8, 2011

    I know I'm going to get bashed for this, but I think it's a bit odd that your dad would be like when you weren't even married yet. And why would you even think you would have "fertility issues"? That's not something a young girl usually says. Do you have older siblings that either have "issues" or have tons of kids and maybe that's why your dad was like he was?

    I used to like those Zodiac things too, and would even get those little scrolls at the grocery store that would tell you tons of things. Anyone remember those? As you get older, you realize you can read any of them and find something in all of them that is "you". Funny!