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Thursday, July 16, 2009

EWCM

For those of you that might not know what that is, it is Egg White Cervical Mucus. I had some yesterday and I'm still smiling! For me, EWCM is like finding a $50 bill in a pocket of an old sweater. It is the best environment for sperm to travel from your cervix to your fallopian tubes to meet up with an egg.

I have not had any EWCM in all 9 of my previous cycles. I've tried green tea, Evening Primrose Oil, and Robitussin to increase the amount of fertile cervical fluid that I have. All to no avail. During the last two cycles I have begun to use Pre-seed to try and replace EWCM and make a friendly home for those little swimmers in my body.

I also had a positive OPK and my temp went up this morning. Hopefully it stays up. Either way, I am worried about the 2WW (week wait) because this is the first cycle that I feel like my body has a good chance of a BFP. I don't know how long I will be able to avoid those damn pee sticks. I can already feel them staring at me from my fertility bag upstairs. (yes, I have a fertility bag. Don't laugh. It contains OPK's, some free HPT's and my Pre-seed. I try not to show it to guests, lol)

Wish me luck (and patience)....

Saturday, July 11, 2009

What not to do when TTC...



I completely fell off the wagon last night and messed up my usual TTC routine. I had 3 glasses of sh*tty wine and 2 shots, went to bed late, forgot to take my temp this morning, didn't have my PNV with breakfast, and forgot to take an OPK in the morning.

Normally I wouldn't care if I wasn't approaching the big O (ovulation that is). I hate to have missed a temp so close to when I usually have a temp shift, now I will be second guessing my crosshairs. Ug! Also, I like to take 2 OPK's a day, one in the late morning and one in the late afternoon because I often miss my LH surge and never get a positive. I'm hoping that I don't miss it because I drank a little too much last night and can't get my act together!

At least I had fun! Got to see my DH's cousin who is home from the Army and going overseas in a month. Also, ran into my cousin (and due to my sloppy nature, I kinda spilled the beans on trying to get pregnant, oops). It was great to chat with her on other topics as well.

::sigh:: Silly me... I must stay on that wagon tonight!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer Reading

One of my favorite things to do in the summer time is catch up on my pleasure reading. During the school year, I never seem to have time to read (especially now that I am getting my master's as well). It's also a way for me to keep my mind off of the TTC process.

This morning I finished reading Jodi Picoult's The Pact. It is about a teenage boy and girl who grew up together and started dating. The girl ends up dead and the boy is the only witness. He claims it was a suicide pact. I love how she connects all of the characters and provides their points of view. This is one of her earlier books, but it is still a great read.

I just started reading Janet Evanovich's One for the Money. It is part of a series with the main character Stephanie Plum who is a bounty hunter. She is a funny character to follow and the suspects she gets involved with are all part of an interesting crime. I am almost halfway through the book and it's only been a day!

I'm going to try to figure out a way to put a list of books that I have read on the side bar. This way I can keep track!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Yipee for a productive day!

So this is what I did today:

-cleaned shower, tub, bathroom floor and toilets
-washed hardwoods
-changed sheets on the bed
-vaccuumed
-gave 2 dogs a bath (always a feat)
-read a book and floated in the pool

I love having a clean house and clean dogs are even better! Here they are in their glory:
Aren't they cute! I'm just waiting for M to get out of the shower so we can go get some brown sugar to make some yummy chocolate cookies for all of the festivities tomorrow. Happy Fourth!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Post #1

So, I thought I would sum up our TTC journey so far.

We decided in Aug 2008 to officially start to try to have a baby. I began charting BBT and all of that to figure out what my best and most fertile days would be. My first cycle was anovulatory and lasted until October. My cycles returned to normal (ovulatory and less than 35 days on average) over the next few months.

In December 2008, we had to find a new place to live (living with FIL wasn't working out to say the least). During that time, we took a break from charting and just continued to TTC the old-fashioned way. We found a beautiful new home (that is all ours!) and moved in February 2009.

In April, I decided to start charting again. Since then, I have used OPK's, tried green tea, and Evening Primrose Oil (to increase EWCM), taken PNV's, used Pre-seed, and peed on lots of sticks. Still no BFP's.

This month we are on to cycle #10. It is very discouraging to think that we are coming so close to the 1 year mark. I never expected to be in this situation, and never anticipated any fertility issues. Some days I feel very sad and other days excited to keep trying. Hopefully, we will see those 2 precious lines soon!