OK, ok, I know I haven't written in a week, but I have a good excuse! I was staying at my parents' place until Sunday, and yesterday my internet was down for 5 hours, and by the time it finally was up and running again, I just didn't feel like it.
So let me see, what has happened in a week? Well, as I said I went to my parents' place in Chandler for the Thanksgiving holiday. Mom and Dad were just getting over a bad cold, so I am hoping I haven't brought it back with me. On Thanksgiving day we had a great time, the food was so good, as it is every year, and there were lots of leftovers to take home. I love stuffing! YUM! (got some BD'ing in that night just for good measure!)
On Friday, mom and I went to Walmart to do some shopping and get some day-after-Thanksgiving deals, and it really wasn't as bad as it would have been here in Tucson! Later that day, my mom, sister, niece and I went to the mall to get a picture taken together at the Picture People to give to my dad as a Christmas gift. They actually turned out pretty good and my niece was adorable - wish there was some way to share the pics
Saw a little CM on Saturday, don't know what was up with that, it was just creamy, not EWCM, but I thought I was supposed to dry up after O...Then on Sunday, I had some abdominal cramping - I was worried that it was O'ing! I don't know though, the OPK was positive 5 days earlier. I hope I O'd when the OPK said so! Perhaps it was just an upset stomach.
Yesterday I started having sore nipples, not the whole breast, just the tips of my nipples, and it's a little worse today.
They replaced the railings to our patios in front & back yesterday and today, and I REALLY hate them! The replaced our stairway a couple of months ago and I hate that too! I don't like using the word "hate" but I really do loathe them!!! The staircase used to be wide, really nice and big, we could have put a couch on the stairs lengthwise if we wanted to! Now the stairs are only 3 feet wide. What gave our apartments charm was the all wood staircases and patios. Now they are replaced with metal and concrete ones - YUCK! Not to mention they left some things that went to the old staircase and now it just looks odd. The new railings also take away some of the privacy from the patios because the railing bars were thicker, now it seems like there isn't anything there. Blah.
I think we'll be finishing up our Xmas Shopping this evening -THANK GOODNESS! I can never really relax and enjoy the season until the shopping is done! I plan on buying my Xmas cards tonight, so those of you who are in the card exchange with me on the TTC for the 1st time board, I'll be sending them out soon! (Hopefully within the week, but no guarantees!) I am a slacker -SORRY!
Well that's about it I guess, I'm finally in the 1WW, but I am so impatient that it's just taking forever! I hope this is our month!!!!
I finished my Xmas shopping last night! Huzzah! And I finished all my wrapping except for 2 very large presents that I am still debating using wrapping paper on (but using a lot of it), or finding a bag thing for them. It depends on how antsy I get to see it all DONE. Now I can enjoy the season! YAY! I still need to start my Xmas cards though, still slacking in that area. I wanted to write a little something personal in each card, but there are a few ladies I just don't know well at all, so I may just end up sending generic messages in those ones. I think we agreed to get a tree the weekend of the 13th! I wish I could get it now, but I am afraid it would die before Xmas! I think we'll start decorating the inside and outside of the apartment this weekend, and that gets me soooo excited! I LOVE the holidays!
I won $5 on a scratch ticket yesterday! WOOHOO! I know it isn't a lot of money, but it IS the most I've ever won on one of those things! It was nice to just WIN! Hope my luck continues to hold!
Still have the sore nipples, we practice BD'ed last night so I don't know what today's CM is like, not that I am a steadfast checker of it, I was just curious if there was more than usual. My face is so broken out, and has been for the past few days. Pre-AF breakouts must be coming early this month.
That's about all I have to say for today, hope everyone is doing well!
Nicky - I saw the pictures on the MN board - why didn't you tell us you are so pretty??? Great pictures! Glad I am not the only one slacking on the cards!
I am DONE! YEAH! Done shopping, done wrapping, done with my Xmas cards! All I need to do is decorate, which is lots of fun! I always go overboard with it! (Seriously, the Griswolds should adopt me!) I love Xmas lights and we enter the Apartment Complex's lighting contest every year! We've never won though, it's such a conspiracy! I even bought a couple sets of net lights and a couple sets of light up candy canes to add to the copious amounts of lights I already have - I just can't help myself! I want one of those 8 foot inflatable characters, but I'm not sure it would fit on my patio! I can't wait to get my tree and put presents around it!!! FA la la la LAAAA la la la LAAAAA!
On to TTC news, 10 DPO! YAY - I could feasibly test now, but I am doing my best to hold out until AF is due or late! Maybe I'll go buy a dollar store test like someone suggested just to get the itch to test out of my system! My nipples still hurt, but I think it is lessening - I hope I am just not having any major PG signs yet! I hope, I hope!!! Had some lower back pain (mild) the past couple days, but that could just be all the running around I have been doing. Was dizzy and lightheaded at KMart today, but I think that because I didn't check the temperature before I threw on a sweater today - 80 degrees! I was roasting and got a runny nose when I got home! Haven't seen much CM lately either. My broken out face is getting better, as are the breakouts on other places on my body - my pores are clogged all over the place! I need a good exfoliation or something! So I guess no major PG symptoms, maybe it's not my month yet again...I don't want to still be TTC at Xmas time - my O date would be near/on Xmas! My family will be staying with us, and Damon and I will probably be sleeping in the living room! AAK! 1WW insanity is making me crazy!
Thanks for Reading!
Melissa - Sorry to hear about your DH - the holidays can be depressing for some people. Just remind him he has 2 beautiful little girls to live for! (and maybe another on the way???) Congrats on TTC, but you may be done with it already - as I said in the PM, a line is a line, so RETEST in the morning!
Kelly - Enjoy your vacation!
Nicky - Got those cards done yet? Good Luck on your first day at the new job!
Well, I am getting close to the end of my cycle, I guess I'll be finding out soon if I am moving on to TTC 7+ months or if I am moving to a birth board. I'm nervous. I just want this to be THE month so bad, I am afraid that because I want it so much, it will not happen. Damon is trying to figure out where I am in my cycle, but I won't share too much information because I want to make it a surprise if I get the chance to test and it's +. I WOULD post when I have decided to test, but I have been really superstitious this cycle, and have decided not to tell anyone my testing day.
Seems like a lot of my TOC ladies are moving on to the August PG board this month, I only hope I can join them. It frustrates me a little, even though I am happy for them, but because they weren't trying yet, and I have been trying for 6 cycles, it makes me a little sad and makes me wonder what's wrong with me. I just want my turn! I think I am starting to get bitter, LOL!
Still have the sore nips - I thought for sure that the soreness would be gone by now, but it is still there, not too bad, just a little sensitive.
I got to take over the cycle list on the TTC For the 1st time board, now I can really keep up with where everyone else is in their cycle! I don't know what I'll do if I am PG though, I may have to give it up just as quickly as I got it!
Got some Holiday cards from my TTC for the 1st time buddies! YAY! I love getting mail when it isn't bills! I got cards from Candace (cmelaughing), Michelene (Nevadamtnbear) and Nicky (nickylynnluckes)!!! Thanks everyone, I am looking forward to more cards coming in!
Thanks for Reading!
Nicky - Thanks for the card! Did you make it yourself? It's cute! I like your handwriting too, mine is so messy! I sent mine out before you, I think, did you get mine?
Melissa - Congratulations! Hope to be joining you on the August board!
Holy Moly, we're going to have a BABY!!! Our EDD is August 18th 2004, and our first appointment with the new OB/GYN is on Tuesday, December 16th!
OK, so I haven't been around because I was afraid of jinxing it. I didn't want anyone to know my testing date because I thought if I told when I planned on testing, that I'd get AF that day. I actually planned on testing yesterday, but realized I had Damon hide my tests with my Christmas presents last month, and they were still there! When I took it, the 2nd line came up immediately and it ended up darker than the control line! I woke Damon up, made sure he was awake enough, and then told him he was going to be a daddy! I'd been crying since I saw the + HPT! I was in shock!!! It still hasn't sunk in!
I've been incredibly superstitious this month! Here is what I mean: I found a picture of a garden gnome and make it the background on my computer. I'd heard that a member of the March 2004 board found a gnome in her garden one day and soon after she was PG, then the gnome vanished like it had mysteriously appeared! (let me know if you want the pic, LOL!) I printed out the pictures of the fertility statues from the Ripley's site and taped one on either side of our bedroom door, and touched them every time I went into the bedroom and asked DH to try to remember to do the same. I found out like a week ago that Kokopelli is also a fertility symbol, so I dug out a Kokopelli potholder I have (lol) and put it above the bed and touched it once in a while! Then the whole not telling my testing day thing. I think that's all of them.
Here is what we did differently other than the superstitious stuff:
We BD'ed with the pillow underneath EVERY time, and after BD, we stayed joined together for 10 minutes afterwards. It was a little awkward, but I'm PG now, so I guess it worked! I think that's all!
Symptoms were slight, I pretty much explained them all away because I didn't want to get my hopes up... let me think...
+ OPK on Nov. 25th.
BD'ed Nov 22nd-27th every day.
There was a little bit of creamy CM on 4 DPO and other DPO's but I didn't keep track anymore because I'd had CM after O before.
I had some cramping and Diarrhea on 5 DPO.
Sore nipples since 6 DPO, but it seemed to lessen as time went on, but never went away fully (and I still have them, but it's not too bad...yet )
Heartburn on the morning of 6 DPO
Breakouts on face & body a week before AF was due
Lower back pain 13 DPO and 16 DPO, maybe other days too.
16 DPO + HPT!
There wasn't anything that I couldn't attribute to something else, like wishful thinking, 2WW insanity, etc.!
There were a few other things, but I'm not sure they'd be considered symptoms. I'll put them down anyway for those of you still TTC, just in case they'll help someone down the line. As I got closer to testing, I found it harder to stay asleep at night. I'd do a lot of tossing and turning in bed. I don't know, it might have just been testing anticipation or AF checking that made my nights difficult. We'll see when I go to bed tonight if I have a restful night's sleep or not! I pee a lot anyway, so I wouldn't have noticed an increase in that, and I didn't seem any more tired or hungry than usual (I think today I am more hungry than usual - all in my head now that I know???). I also had BM's every day at least once. I'm sure you wanted to hear about that! I also may have had one or two incidents of pregnancy brain already - I forgot to pay the rent on time for the first time in over 5 years! But I am usually the one that remembers all of that stuff, that's why I am in charge of doing it in the first place. I guess I started thinking of myself as PG at some point, but didn't want to get my hopes up too much or jinx it, so I was always mentally telling myself that I was getting my hopes up too high and to stop thinking that way! Now I can finally believe it! And here I thought I'd be going on to the 7+ months board!
I'm telling my family on Christmas Day. After they open all of their presents, I'll give them one more I'm actually a little scared of telling them! We won't tell Damon's family or anyone else until after the 1st trimester is over. I just hope neither of his sisters (or my sister) gets PG while I am! I want to do this by myself! I will NOT find it fun to be PG together, because this is my first and they all have at least one already!
I'm most worried about Damon's oldest sister. She accidentally got PG and then miscarried last month, 6 months after leaving the father of her 2 youngest children. She has 3 already, and if she got PG again while I was, I would not enjoy doing it together, but I think she would love it and cling to me. It's bad enough because I know they're all going to give me tons of "advice"! I also worry about hurting her feelings, because of the recent M/C, but it's something I'll have to face when the 1st trimester is over. I hope everyone takes the news well.
I'm really looking forward to my 1st appointment, so I can have a medical professional tell me I'm pregnant and make it seem a LITTLE more real! I'm going to that one alone, and I won't even meet my OB/GYN at that visit, but I will the next time and Damon will go with me to that one. I hope the Doc and I mesh well! She's so close to my home! It would be very convenient! I keep thinking AF is going to come at any moment and that the HPT will have been wrong - I need to push those thoughts and all my other negative thoughts away and ENJOY this!
So I guess my next step is to start my Pregnancy journal. I will start that soon! Thanks to everyone who reads my journal, I hope you'll continue to do so with my new one!!!
HUGS and Baby dust to you all!!!
PS - Damon has been Smoke-free for a month!!! WAHOOO!!!!