Checklist of Suckage

OK, let’s see here:

  • Cramps? Check.
  • Bloating? Check.
  • Pinkish spotting? Check.
  • More cramps? Check.

Hello, Aunt Flo. I thought I’ve made it clear to you that you’re not welcome here anymore. But you just don’t get it, do you?

Well, if you’re coming, just get here already. Stop beating around the bush… And just do your thing.

No love,
Natalie

*sighs*

Well, I just went to the bathroom and when I wiped, there was some pinkish/orangish on the TP. I’m feeling very full/bloated, so, AF is on her way.. Right on schedule.

I’m disappointed. I shouldn’t be, because I knew that I was out. But every month that she shows up is another month of disappointment.

*sighs*

Well, come on, AF. I know you’re on your way. Just get here, and get it over with already.

NOM NOM NOM

I want to eat my face off.

I’m SO FREAKING HUNGRY.

AF isn’t here yet, but she usually makes me starving when she’s coming so….. Ugh. Two more days until she’s due.

*chews on pretzels like there’s no tomorrow*

Randomly emotional

I find myself becoming “on the verge” emotional over little stuff the past 2 days.

When I say “on the verge” emotional, I mean that something I’ll read or see will make me feel very emotional, very quickly, to the point where I feel like it might make me cry and then it goes away almost as quickly as it came. This is almost definitely a sign of AF.

My appetite has also increased, and my temper and tolerance for other human beings around me have both decreased. Also, signs of AF. My boobs are ridiculously sore, though they are not any more swollen or puffy than usual.

All of these things are pointing directly to AF. At one point, I might have interpreted them as IPS; holding my breath with the hope that I am pregnant. But not this month. I’m fully expecting AF, all the symptoms are there, now it’s just a waiting game. Waiting for her to show and clear things out, so to speak, so we can move on to our next cycle of trying.

Of course, there is a slight chance that all of these COULD be IPS and I’ll get a big, fat, surprise in a few days. But I wouldn’t count on it.

The waiting game

Well, I’ve been good about not over-analyzing my body during the 2WW. The first week has passed by relatively quickly. I’m about 9DPO, I think, and I’m starting to feel mildly crampy. Just that dull, crampy ache that I’ve been getting the past few cycles about 9-11 DPO. So, this means AF is more than likely going to make her grand appearance at some point this weekend.

I’m giving her until Tuesday the 23rd to show up (I’d be 17 DPO by then), and if she doesn’t, THEN I will test. But I will not test before then.

She was early last month; making my cycle 30 days instead of 31. I wonder if she’ll be on time or early this month? Of course the prospect of another month with no pregnancy has me down a little bit, but there’s always next month.

On the verge of the 1WW

I’m finding myself pretty mellow. I’m not over-analyzing every little thing that my body does. I’m not mashing on my boobs every five minutes to see if they’re sore. To be honest, I think last month kind of broke me of even TRYING to interpret IPS, because I had a lot of them last month, and a lot of them were really promising. But AF showed up, and crashed my party. So I’m not looking for IPS anymore. I don’t want to get my hopes up like that again.

I’m just waiting for next week to roll around, for time to tell whether we got lucky this month or not.

So there you have it. I will not, I REPEAT, I will NOT POAS until Tuesday, September 23rd. My period should be here Friday the 19th, or Saturday the 20th. But I will not be POAS until that Tuesday.

Cervical confusion

The cervix is the most confusing thing on the face of the planet. It really is.

So when you’re not fertile, it’s supposed to be low, firm, and closed. When you are fertile; high, soft, and open.

Also, your cervical mucous is supposed to be like egg-whites when you are close to O time. Creamy, or sticky indicates that you may be fertile, but that EW is what you’re looking for.

So, let’s take a look see at my cycle thus far.

Since my miscarriage, I have been having 31 day cycles, with an ovulation day of around 17. Cycle day (CD) 6-9, I had egg-white cervical mucous (EWCM). This is not typical for me. I started taking Mucinex this cycle in hopes to thin my cervical mucous (CM) out a bit. Well, it ran out of me like water. It was EWCM a-plenty! I figured that it was just because I was taking the Mucinex.

I began using my ovulator predictor kit (OPK) test strips on CD 10, and after all that EWCM, my CM was just creamy or sticky. My cervical position (CP) was decent; mostly medium height, medium texture, medium opening. Much to my surprise, on CD13, I got a positive OPK. This generally means that your body has detected an LH surge (the hormone that is present during ovulation), and that you will ovulate within the next 24-48 hours. I also had a complete dry-up of my CM. There was nothing to be accounted for whatsoever.

I continued to use my OPKs, just to be on the safe side. All negative; one right after the other. So, I assume that I ovulated sometime over the weekend. Great, grand, wonderful.

CD15-16, my CP is LFC. All of a sudden today, CD18, my CP is HSC, with an ABUNDANCE of creamy CM. What!?

This is by far, the most confusing cycle I’ve had trying to conceive. I am completely confused as to my body’s fertility signs. They seem to be all jumbled up, and I’m just left scratching my head, going, “What?” and hoping that we timed everything right this month. I’m starting to think that maybe local colleges should start offering “trying to conceive” courses. Screw chemistry, astronomy or physics, trying to interpret my body’s fertility signs is like a science in and of itself. If I manage to get pregnant from this crazy-ass cycle, I should receive a Nobel Prize.. Seriously.

So I’m considering myself in the 2WW now. I’m going to try and not over-analyze anything that my body may do, because last month I honestly thought I was having some really good pregnancy symptoms. It just goes to show you, though, my body is a confusing liar. So here I wait, trying to remain calm and sane, and patient.

With my fingers crossed, of course.

Cycle confusion

So, I’m not temping this month. I decided not to, because my waking times are too sporadic and I don’t think using a BBT adjuster is reliable.

Anywhoo. Tuesday-Thursday of last week, I had PLENTIFUL CM. And it was very much EW, some creamy. I mean, there was a lot. I wrote that off to the Mucinex.

So Thursday, we BD. Josh didn’t finish, because his back was hurting. No worries. Friday, I was as DRY AS A BONE down there. My CP was still pretty good, but I had NO CM to speak of. Not even using the Mucinex! WTF? So I’m thinking maybe I O’ed RIDICULOUSLY early, and we already missed it.

Nope. I got a + OPK Friday. STILL no CM to speak of. So, DH and I BD’ed Friday. Saturday, still no CM. We didn’t get the chance to BD, but we did first thing Sunday morning. My CM is all dry now, and my CP is LFC. I was expecting to ovulate TOMORROW, not Friday or Saturday! WTH?

My body’s weird. It’d be nice if we got pregnant this cycle. Our 3 year wedding anniversary is this month. That’d be a lovely, wonderful anniversary gift. If we don’t get pregnant, I will be disappointed of course, but we will try, try again. I’m just confused with my CM not corresponding with my + OPK. Whatever…

Oh, and this is sort of funny. I think I hurt myself BDing. DH had me in this weird position, and I woke up yesterday with this horrible pain in my lower back/butt. It’s just on the right hand side, but I honestly think I pulled something while BDing!!! Whoops.

What we are trying this month

This month we are:

  • Not temping (my waking times have been too sporadic and I think I obsess more after O when I temp)
  • Using OPKs
  • Using Pre’
  • Taking Mucinex
  • Using SME (the right way)

AF is due on September 23rd. Our 3 year wedding anniversary is September 25th. How wonderful of a wedding anniversary gift would that be? :)

T-minus 6 days until “predicted” ovulation.

Oh… Well, then.

I did the SME Plan wrong.

We did:

CD8- Start BD every other day
CD10 – start OPK
Positive OPK – BD
Day after + OPK – BD
2nd day after + OPK – skip BD
3rd day after + OPK – BD

And you’re SUPPOSED to do:

CD8 – BD every other day
CD10 – Start OPK
Positive OPK – BD
Day after + OPK – BD
2nd day after + OPK – BD
3rd day after + OPK – skip
4th day after + OPK – BD

So it’s supposed to be 3 BD in a row, then skip. Not 2 BD in a row, skip, then a third BD.

This makes me feel a little better, I guess…… Maybe if we do it RIGHT this time, we’ll have better luck :)