Meri doesn’t get into specifics. She tells the doctor that timing is not a problem for them. Guess what that means? Kody and Meri do intercourse at least once a month. Yeah, chew on that for a while.
Dr. Do-Intercourse explains the process of fertility treatments and egg extraction. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all saw the Friends episodes where Phoebe carries her brother’s embryos, we know how this goes. Without testing, Dr. DI cannot give them a probability of success for in-vitro fertilization, so Meri is still on the fence.
Kody spouts more wisdom – people regret the things they don’t do more than the things that they do do (he said doo doo!) Meri needs more information before she makes any decisions; a “maybe” is not going to be good enough for her. I feel like she is leaning towards not having another baby because (a) she doesn’t want to get let down again and (b) she doesn’t want to hear about it from Robyn until she dies.
That brings us to the end of the first of two episodes! The Total Transformations people torture me with their vague promises to help kids, I take a potty break and come back for PART DEUCE!
This episode, we get to see the Browns on Valentine’s Day! V-Day is the most unfriendly holiday of all for Polygamists; for them, it’s “Let’s put a spotlight on our issues Day!”
Before we dig into V-day, we pick up with Meri and her search for information to help her make a decision about Robyn’s offer. She and Kody roll to see fertility doctor #2. Dr. Shapiro, a.k.a. Dr. Old-Ass-Eggs is less optimistic than Dr. Do-Intercourse. Dr. OAE explains that a variety of things can cause problems with fertility, including a lack of sperm; he notes that this is not a problem here.
“No shit. We’ve got Exhibit 1 -17 back at our homes to support that conclusion.”
The bad news for Meri is that she is in her 40’s and the only eggs that she has left are probably not so great. He says that they can use donor eggs if hers are not going to work. Meri is not down with this option. Likely they would get the eggs from one of the S-Dubs to save money and she would just be raising another sister wife’s baby and what would be the point of that? She still needs to think about it. Meri is not sure she wants to start over, and I don’t blame her. It’s a lot of money and effort and emotional investment for something that may end up devastating her yet again.
“I love kids, but my house is really clean and quiet right now and I really like it that way.”
Over at Christine’s house, Christine is prepping her daughters for the elementary school parent and kids Valentine’s day dance. Most of the daughters want to bring Kody, but Christine’s daughter Gwyndolyn (a.k.a. the smartest kid in the lot, at least this round) asked Logan to go with her. She wants her own date because sharing is hard. I wonder where she got that from….probably from observing how much sharing a husband sucks. She maintains that she is not going to be polygamist when she grows up. But your parents make it look like SO MUCH FUN!
Christine defends polygamy by pointing out that Gwyndolyn wouldn’t have Kody as a father or Logan to escort her unless Christine chose polygamy. I know what that kid is thinking:
“If you didn’t choose polygamy, I wouldn’t have to bring my brother to the father-daughter dance. Your move, Mom.”
I get that Christine strongly believes in polygamy, but this is not really about her. I thought the fam agreed to support the kids’ choices no matter what? Why is she getting offended by the opinion of a pre-teen? Kids live to press parents’ buttons. Just say tell your daughter you want her to be happy and be done with it. Also, arguing with kids makes you look like a kid:
“Yeah, well…polygamy is rubber and you’re glue.”