I've been lurking a bit and hope I've absorbed enough of the rules/routines to post.
I'm Amanda; I'm 36 and my husband is 38. We just got married last September. I was on BC till April 21 since our honeymoon (in October) was a Caribbean cruise and we didn't want to risk Zika. So we're currently waiting for my cycle to re-regulate before seriously TTC, but also I have a two-week writing workshop in late June during which I'd prefer not to have morning sickness (or risk MC away from home) so even if my cycle does re-regulate quickly we likely won't try seriously till July.
I am somewhat concerned about our fertility even in addition to our age; prior to going on BC (in June of last year) my periods were getting increasingly wonky, going from 5 days to 7, with increased pain. My husband also had lymphoma in 2010 for which he had chemo, and I know that can affect sperm quality. However, as we're otherwise healthy my doctor seemed to be of the opinion to wait until it's clear there's a problem so I guess that's what we'll do! (Though perhaps at a more accelerated schedule.
We have an increasingly lazy 7-year old Boxer mix. My husband a software engineer, and I'm working on getting my writing career going, with some short stories published and yet another novel in the works. We're in the process of building a new home and getting our townhouse ready to sell as well. Looking forward to getting to know everyone!