- Visit Europe first (done, May/June 2007).
- Time birth such that Wendy could take at least 6 months off of work.
- Time birth to occur in October (our families have an unusually high number of births in October, we wanted to continue the trend).
- Avoid a Christmas or New Years birth.
Now we just want a child. We don't care when it's birthday is, we don't care how the birth coincides with Wendy's work schedule and he or she will just have to make due if their birthday is close to Christmas or New Years. The only thing we were right about was getting a dream vacation out of the way before diving into all this. And I think I'd even go back and give that up if we could just get a pregnancy to stick.
As they say, "10 fingers and 10 toes", that's all we're asking for now.
For the curious, the title comes from the Robert Burns poem "To A Mouse". Though it's not exact, it's often quoted as "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry".