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New here with a ??

Hi all!
My name is Kimberly and I have two boys (3 and 1). DH and I decided to start trying for a third and for the heck of it we thought we'd try to see if we could conceive a girl. Not that we care at all of course, just wanted to try for fun.
So with our first two, I didn't do any kind of charting, had no idea when I was ovulating, didn't pay attention to anything. We just DTD and hoped for the best. I haven't really charted this time either but I have been keeping track of my period and I noticed last month that I had the EWCM (I think that's the right acronym??) about 16 days after my period started. I bought some OPK's and have taken 3 since last night, all negative. Today I noticed some EWCM, but still the OPK is coming back negative. So does that mean I've ovulated already or I'm going to soon? I'm so confused! My LMP was July 28th and my cycles are still kind of whacky but *around* 32 days. I've read that when trying for a girl you should DTD a few days BEFORE ovulation. So now I don't know if we should do it tonight or wait and try next cycle.
Thanks for any help!

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Just to note that I have ovulated without getting a single +opk before, even with testing multiple times a day. I think it's better to use your temp and CM as indicators of when you are about to ovulate, but everyone is different!

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EWCM (clear and stretchy) is a sign that you're fertile. It's the kind of fertile mucus that sperm can live in for days (if you're so lucky). You would not necessarily be getting positive OPKs because you're just fertile, not necessarily ovulating right now. A positive OPK means you'll be ovulating any hour-ish. Have fun! Wink And welcome!

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Thanks ladies! Hmm guess I should have been charting to know exactly when I'm o'ing. So there's no set rule as to when I'll ovulate after getting the EWCM? It could be anytime right?

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Yep, anytime! Some ladies have a few days and O. Others have EWCM for a day or two, then nothing, then EWCM for a day, then nothing for two days, then EWCM again, and then finally O. No way of knowing which one you are without a few rounds of charting!
Isn't TTC fun? :rolleyes:

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Well, of course I think you should wait a month and start trying with me. Wink (We both have May 08 boys)

I have been observing CM and charting, and I have 5 (occasionally 4) full days of EWCM before O. Like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, O. So 6 days of EWCM total.

I was just talking to another of our board about this via PM, and her suggestion was to DTD on the first day of EWCM and then stop. But I think I'm going to do for the first 2 days since I know I have such long EWCM times.

Hope this helps!

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Hi Andi!
Well we BD'd last night and now we'll stop. So I guess I'm in the 2WW! I picked up a BBT thermometer yesterday so I'll start using that in case we don't conceive this time around (just have a feeling we won't, not sure why). It sure is frustrating! I will definitely be paying more attention to CM though than I have been.
So I just might be with you next month anyway Andi Wink