Thursday, 24 November 2011

Happy Yanks-giving!

Traditionally (so Wikipedia tells me) this is a time to be thankful for a good harvest.

And I am thankful.

Thankful that I had a great harvest of 18 eggs.

Thankful that 8 fertilised.

Thankful that I had two blastocysts to transfer.

But I still haven't tested, because - despite the traditions - I really don't want a turkey this Thanksgiving.

And I've had no symptoms.

You know how people complain that early pregnancy symptoms are similar to pre-menstrual stuff, so they don't know what the cramping / sore boobs/ and spotting means?  Well, I don't have any of that.

So if I was symptom watching, I'd have to reach the conclusion that I am neither pregnant, nor about to start my period. That is impossible. One of those things is going to happen.

The only thing I have noticed in the last couple of days is a twinge of nausea, but having googled (the shite out of it) it is way too early to be morning sickness and is far more likely to be attributable to the Norprolac.

Talking of feeling nauseous.  Please tell me, do you guys seriously cook sweet potatoes with marshmallows as traditional Thanksgiving fare?  And do you eat it with the turkey or as a dessert?


  1. Stalker numero uno here, good to hear from you my dear.

    And very interested to hear whether you can really eat sweet potatoes and marshmallows together, really?

    Keep taking the drugs x

  2. In our family, we have sweet potatoes, but not with marshmallows. We have them with onions and pepper jack cheese instead. But yes, those who have marshmallows do indeed put them on the plate with the turkey!

  3. Been thinking about you this morn! Feel weirdly superstitious about writing good luck comments so... keep us posted. xx

  4. Yuck hate the sweet potatoes with marshmallows, I had zero symptoms before my beta and I was prego so don't give up hope!

  5. My mom takes the sweet potatoes another route and instead of marshmallows she slices them thin and frys them in butter and brown sugar.... And yes,we eat them with the meal, and still have dessert. This is America... the land of excess calories and gluttony!

  6. Yes, traditionally the sweet potatoes, drenched in butter, have marshmallows on top, baked in the oven until slightly brown. They do go next to the turkey, but not on my plate.

    The time I was pregnant I didn't feel anything at all, only some cramps but that wasn't until after I got the positive (and I tested a few days late because I was so sure I wasn't). Hopefully this is a good sign.

  7. Personally, marshmallows and sweet potatoes sound really disgusting and we've never had them in our family. I believe that those who do, eat them with the turkey.

  8. I don't mix any type of potatoes (sweet or not) with marshmallows. Ewwww. To put a different spin on it, my mother-in-law is Italian and they add a lasagne into the Thanksgiving mix. Also Italian's idea of gravy (from turkey) is pouring the drippings from the turkey pan into a gravy boat and calling it s day (ewww). Thank goodness for the lasagne or I'd have very little to choose from.

    Talk to me on Christmas Eve. It's a whole new ball game (if you like seafood), yummm.

  9. For what it's worth (not much, I realize), I STILL don't have sore boobs. At 28w3d. So you never know. Which is terribly annoying. And yes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows. Alongside the turkey. Yup, we're gross. Hang in there!

  10. yep....sweet potatoes with marshmallows....not dessert at all!

  11. the only thing I had was fatigue, sweet pots and marshmallows sounds awful... but I do like yams cooked with brown sugar and chilli - YUM!

  12. Marshmallows and potatoes? And they think Vegemite is wierd. My calculations yu are 17dpo right?

  13. For some women being symptomless IS the main symptom at this point. And some do start with morning sickness at this point. So, color me hopeful.

    Never got the marshmallow as main course thing. But my family is so ethnically schizophrenic that we have mince pies for dessert. And then again at Christmas. Because you can never have too many mince pies.

  14. With marshmallows on top with the turkey :)
    I tested beacause I was late and I needed to start clomid, at 16dpo with NO simptoms at all. Hang in there!

  15. I had no symptoms at the very early stages. I guess my symptoms were having none, if that makes any sense? Xx

  16. Oh gosh, the symptoms analysis paralysis is the most difficult part of the 2WW for me. Drives you NUTS.

    I don't do the marshmallow thing, but it is apparently a classic dish for some families. One of these days I have to try it.

    Best of luck getting through the 2WW, I can't wait to hear your news!

  17. marshmallows with the turkey... but my family is from the uk, so we just did brown sugar on the squash.

    There are worse things- try googling "jello salad". It appears (this is based on my non-midwewst upbringing and an episode of how i met your mother) that food items that are demonstratebly not meat and not bread are classed as salad. I would chalk this up to weird american things, but a few episodes of the supersizers have convinced me that this is the continuation of a proud english tradition.
    ok- side trip into culinary history over. can you guess what i do to distract me from the tww.

  18. We've never been a fan of the sweet potato in my family, but my husband was just waxing nostalgic about the marshmallow/sweet potato thing. Yuck.

  19. Yep, sweet potatoes and marshmallows right next to the turkey. Sometimes even in the same bite as the turkey. Never on any other day than Thanksgiving though. :)

    Symptom watch is brutal. I actually had more symptoms after my first IVF which didn't work and hardly anything at for the one that did. Try to hang in there, we are all waiting with you!

  20. I had so little symptoms I was convinced it didn't work and called another RE for a second opinion. I was wrong, my beta came back positive.

  21. I felt a wave a nausea at 8dpo and tested the next morning and got a VERY faint positive, 6.6 hcg, but my body knew. Just saying. I hope this is the same for you xx

  22. That was the one thing missing from my husband's family's meal this year -- no sweet potatoes with marshamallows! I was very sad. And, yes, we eat it with the turkey. Yummmmm. If it's with whipped cream, then it's in a pie and THEN it's dessert...

    Sending lots of good vibes your way.

  23. Sweet potatoes, mashed with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, topped with big marshmallows then popped in the oven to brown. And served with dinner! Delicious. In my family we only make it for Turkey Day, and maybe Christmas. Hey everyone, don't knock it till you try it! :)
    Another family tradition is a kind of jello "salad" with cherry jello, crushed pineapple, little marshmallows, and cool whip. Also served with dinner. It's not Thanksgiving without it.

    Good luck, I am crossing my fingers for you!!

  24. I didn't have any symptoms and honestly thought my transfer hadn't worked - so much so that I got my husband to take the call (to tell us if we were pregnant or not) at his work as I couldn't bear to hear the bad news at my work.

    Then, because he sounded so neutral on the phone (when I called him about something else to see if I could guage from his voice if it was good news or not), I cried and cried and cried all the way home from work (an hour's drive so a fair bit of crying).

    But then when I got home, symptomless and full of doubt; I found out we were indeed up the duff. And we are still going at 28 weeks (touch wood a thousand times!)

    I so hope this happens for you this time sweetie.

    By the way, have you ever tried marshmallows and sweet potato? I haven't, but I imagine it could be quite delicious - all caramelised and yummy!

  25. In both my cycles so far sore boobs cramping etc were signs of my period:0( Based on this and the comments on here, no symptoms sounds like a positive symptom! Really hope that this is your time x x

  26. Yes, mashed sweet potatoes with butter and some cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar then bake mini marshmallows on top. That is a staple in our house for Thanksgiving and Christmas and we eat it with the meal.

    Hang in there. Hoping and praying they dig in.

  27. The mashed sweet potatoes are really sooooo very good. It's my favorite. You get a really good bite if you get some turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing all on one forkful. YUM!

    I hope this is it for you. I am sending so many prayers out for you.

  28. I made sweet potato casserole once to see what the hype was about.

    But I couldn't bear to put marshmallows on top.

    never tasted anything so disgusting in my life and that includes the time I accidentally ate my own ear wax.

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  30. Oh hell yeah, sweet potatoes with marshmallows. But if I am about to burst at the seams from estrogen/progesterone/steroids/god knows what else I am putting in my body right now, I will just grab handfuls of marshmallows right out of the bag. And chase them down with wine.

    In my experience, fewer symptoms seems to be a 'good' pregnancy sign. However I have also technically gotten pregnant five times, but have only one child to show for it. So I tend to also not get pregnant 'enough'.

    So happy to discover your blog, by the way. You sound like my kind of lady. I look forward to hearing some good news soon!

  31. Um, YES! Sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top are an absolute staple for Thanksgiving! And while I find it quite delicious, I do believe it is an acquired taste, so don't be dismayed if you don't quite enjoy it the first time =)
    Thinking many good thoughts for you Liz!! On pins and needles here for you!

  32. Hoping....

    For us it's a casserole. I hate them candied. You boil them until you can mash, melt marshmallow, butter, cinnamon, egg and brown sugar and whip it together, then melt butter and add corn flakes and pecans and sprinkle on top. Then bake. Squashes and sweet potatoes are all good with sweetness and butter.


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