Lauren's baby makin' adventure!
Ahoy hoy and welcome to my baby makin' adventure! Right now we're still hanging out in the waiting room, but come January 1, 2009 we officially set sail!! Until then, join me in my preparations for trying to conceive!
I suppose I'll get this party started by giving you way too much information about myself! I'm a rambler and I sometimes lack that little voice inside my head that tells me when I should stop talking (or, in this case, typing).
My name is Lauren and I'm 27 years old. I was born and raised in Northern Illinois (with a short stint in Texas) but I moved to Western Illinois in 1999 to attend college... Well, graduation came and went - but I did not. I'm still here!!! D'oh! DH ( Jeremy/28 ) also moved here in 1999 to attend college. We had been dating for one year at the time. Yeah, he followed me. lol. Currently, we both work for the University here and make a pretty decent living for ourselves. We own a townhouse, a crappy 1999 Toyota Corolla, and a bunch of other junk that I don't feel like listing. We are also the proud furparents to two dogs - a 5 year old bichon frise named Brodie and a 2 year old pekingese-mix named Zuul (yes, from Ghostbusters). They're a complete and total pain in my @ss, but I love them... Except when they pee on the carpet. A lot.
Anyhoo, Jer and I got married on July 31, 2004 and for whatever reason the topic of children never came up. We both knew we wanted kids "someday," but that was the extent of that. We've been going about our lives since then just enjoying each other, I suppose. About six months ago it got me. It got me REAL bad! Y'all know what I'm talking about....... Baby fever! I blame our friends. They adopted the most adorable little boy that just makes your heart melt. It was a few months after that that I'd had enough. I wanted to be a mommy! I didn't know how to talk to Jer about this, since communication is not something I excel at. Well, until I have a bottle of wine in me. lol! Yes, this is when I confronted my dear husband about having a baby - while drunk! :eek: But I got it out and that's the push I needed... The next night we talked about it more seriously (and not drunkenly) and it turns out we're both on the same page! We were just too scared (or something) to talk to each other about it... Being that my husband is one of those people that is easily stressed out and needs everything just perfect before any change can occur, we decided on January 2009 for our TTC date. This way we could save up more money (which would make him feel better) and I could go on a research rampage in order to feel like somehow I had control over this situation. I also wanted to go off of the pill (Yaz) and knew my body would need a few months to snap back into shape.
This all took place almost three months ago. After some research I discovered FAM and immediately went out and bought myself a BBT thermometer and set up an account at FertilityFriend.com. I was still on Yaz for my first month of charting, but I counted it as my practice month in order to train myself to take my temp every morning. I even got Jer on board with this by having him hand me my thermometer every morning... This way I don't move too much and mess up my temp. I'm actually surprised he went along with this, but I guess when I whine enough he'll do anything. Plus he's the only one with a nightstand, so I'd have to lean over him every morning to get my thermometer anyway! lol. I finished up that month of pills and decided not to refill my prescription. Jer seemed weird about this at first, but after I explained that it was going to take my body awhile to adjust and that we'd use condoms in the meantime he seemed okay. It's strange how he's okay with conceiving a baby in January, but the thought of conceiving one a month or two earlier is just too much for him to bear! ha ha ha. That's my DH. Oh, and he was really happy that we were going to save $40 from my pills. Again, that's my DH.
My first cycle off of the pill was surprisingly normal-ish. I ended up with a 30 day cycle, which was only a day longer than my cycle while on the pill. However, I didn't ovulate until day 21 and I only had a 9 day luteal phase! I know that was just because it was my first month off the pill and that it should even out in a few months (or I hope anyway). I'm currently midway through my second cycle off of the pill. It's been a bit wackier this time around, so I'm not sure what to expect when all is said and done... I guess we'll just wait and see! Expect to read all about it here!!
I guess that's as good an introduction as any... I'm super excited to start trying to conceive! My baby fever is SO bad and I'm hoping the next two months fly by and that I am one of the lucky ones that is able to conceive quickly (fingers crossed). I'm ready to be pregnant. I'm ready to be a mom. I'm so insanely happy now that I don't even know how to explain it. I'm sure most of you know what I'm talking about... Thanks for popping in!
Oh, and for a little context here is a goofy picture of Jer and I...
Sorry, we rarely take a serious photo. lol.
The mystery of the temperature plummet
On average my temperature is 97.something before I ovulate and 98.something afterwards. Obviously, there is some variation on occasion (usually if I drink), but for some reason today it was only 95.38! Isn't that insane?! I took my temp again 20 minutes later after I officially woke up and it was 96.74 - however, this was after I'd been walking around for a minute or so (so I don't count it). Bizarre.
For now I'm calling it a fluke. I didn't sleep any different, I was all covered up, etc. etc. etc. I figure I'll be back to normal tomorrow, and if not, well, then we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
I had watery CM on Mon and Tues and then it just went away, leading me to believe I was going to ovulate... I dried up, but temps stayed the same... So? And now today I'm getting more watery CM and my sex drive is through the roof. I guess I was just having a practice ovulation before! lol. It's CD 19 right now, so it looks like I still have a late ovulation... It's only my second cycle off the pill, so no worries. And heck, I may always ovulate late and that's okay. I'm more worried about extending my luteal phase... I guess I'll worry about that more in a couple months if it doesn't lengthen out before we TTC.
I'm glad it's Friday. It's been a long week... I got suckered into going to see Saw V with co-workers tonight, despite the fact that a) I hate bloody movies and b) I've never seen any of the other four Saw movies, so I'm going to be totally lost. I want to weasel out of it, but they're being pushy. We're trying to save every last dime right now and I hate the thought of spending $7.50 on something that I don't even want to do! I have one more chance to try and get out of it... I'm so tired after a day full of work and all I want to do is go home and cuddle with DH and the puppies... I know, I'm a total butt.
Low temps still strong and steady!
CD 24 and I'm still in the low-temp zone. Gar. So must not have ovulated yet and who knows when I will! I've heard from other women that went off the bcp that their second cycle was by far the craziest, so I'm just going to have to deal and work through it... Of course I had a friend insist I was pregnant this morning, so that isn't helping! lol. She knows nothing about FAM or that your temp actually needs to RISE in order for you to be pregnant, but still... I now have that bug in my ear. That little bit of self doubt... "Am I?," "Could I be??" That kind of stuff. I know I'm not. I mean, I obviously haven't ovulated yet this cycle and whenever Jer and I DTD it's always with a condom, so there's no way. But I'll still sit here and wonder anyway because I'm a total freak like that. lol.
I came into this cycle with a clear head. I knew it had a good chance of being messed up and I told myself I wouldn't worry about it. So what do I do? Worry about it! ha ha ha... It doesn't help that my temps have been really low, like 96-ish, and that's just weird. It started getting cold outside, so I'm just chalking it up to that. Gah. Worry, worry, worry...
As long as this is all worked out by January! I gotta think BIG PICTURE here! I have just over two months for my body to cooperate and I'm sure it will. It just needs a month to be like "WTH?!" I can deal.
Phew. Okay. I feel better getting that off my chest..........
No cervical fluid yet today, no signs of ovulation - though I am a little crampy, tired and bloated. Here's hoping O comes soon so I can stop being such a freak! lol.
On a scale of 1 to 10 my baby fever rates at a 6 today! (I'm tired and too busy to think about it)