The options seem to be these:
1) Full blackout on all things conception-related. This avoids many potential hazards-- such as having to say I'm pregnant much sooner than I usually would; or writing about having a miscarriage (I'm not being negative, just realistic-- it's very common, especially at my age.).
2) Full disclosure. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I'm pretty open and honest here, anyway. But there are some potentially very turbulent waters ahead now that I'm moving from theory to reality. If I commit to the good, the bad, and the ugly... we could all be in for some REALLY ugly.
3) Play it by ear. I'm leaning toward this one. I don't know how I'll feel two weeks from now when I'm coming to the end of my first Two Week Wait (assuming, that is, that things go smoothly tomorrow, when I'm scheduled for my first IUI).
It's all very complicated. The whole reason I started this blog, after all, was to write about this journey from being plain ol' me to being a happy, healthy, single mom by choice.
And already I've gotten more out of it than I ever could have hoped-- this blog and the people who read it have been extraordinarily helpful-- more than helpful, really-- throughout the Thinking Stage.
I'm sure the same will be true throughout the Trying Stage.
I'd love to know what you think. Is there an approach I haven't thought of? Am I making this more complicated than it is?
Also, a reader (and fellow writer) named Jen made a GREAT comment that helped me clarify some of my thoughts on the whole picking-a-sperm-donor subject, so that post will be coming this week...