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TTC newbies-1+ months - September

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98,896 words with 214 Comments; publish: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 03:05:00 GMT; (900171.88, « »)

New month, new thread for the newbies. Let's see lots of :+ this month!

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    • lolalola - congratulations!!! :jumpers:

      welcome to the newbies :wave - I hope your stay here is a short one

      I'm happy to report my DH will be home for the next week or so... just in time for ovulation. :wink Now I just need my body to cooperate and let go of that egg! :lol

      #1; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 01:43:00 GMT
    • A big Congratulations :surprise: again to lolalola.

      Lots of :dust. Hopefully we'll all be able to full advantage of the cooler fall evenings and get pregnant with lots of June babes. :dust

      Love you women, but boy I am soooo hoping that I won't be making it to the TTC newbies October thread.

      #2; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 01:44:00 GMT
    • Thanks for starting the new thread, mamamerle! I'm glad I checked. We almost had a duplicate. :p

      Good luck! Glad to hear DH will be in town for O! Whoohoo! That certainly helps a bit...:lol

      Update for me: Still no AF - CD 36 (I usually have 29 day cycles). Still no + tests either though. :( Tender breasts, no PMS type stuff other than the cramps a few days ago. Some sticky/creamy CM. I have managed to not POAS today. (I'm so proud!) Yesterday, I did POAS when I got up thinking that since it was first morning pee, maybe I'd get a +. Nope. Frustrating. Seems like I have to pee a lot, but it's hard to tell if that's normal or something new. After having DD I can't hold it as long as I used to. :p

      Got a new 2-pack of FRER's. I plan to try again tomorrow morning. I've never had a cycle longer than 36 days and I'm pretty sure I O'd this month. If tomorrow's is negative, I guess I'll wait a few more days or a week then try again, unless AF shows up. Might need to see the doc to find out what's going on. Sigh.

      I'm glad that DH works from home tomorrow so he'll be here for support for whatever the test comes up as. And I have a dentist appt. tomorrow so regardless of my test outcome, if I'm not having AF, I am not having any Xrays - just in case.

      #3; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 01:45:00 GMT
    • I'm no expert (far from it) but that looks like a GREAT chart to me frog!
      #4; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:49:00 GMT
    • I'm with you frog, halfway through and seeing pregnancy in every twinge of my body.:dizzy:
      #5; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:50:00 GMT
    • 2much, are you charting?
      #6; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:51:00 GMT
    • Well, I never thought I'd say this, but :banana whoohoo!

      :af is here. :thumb

      So back to CD1 after a 43 day cycle. A new record for me.

      Lots of :fingersx: and :dust for you all!

      #7; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:52:00 GMT
    • 2much, are you charting?

      Not really charting, but keeping track of cm and things. I am temping (for the first month in my life) but my temps have been so wacky that I think there's something wrong with my thermometer.

      So, tell me about implantation spotting, anyone who has had it. I've never had it before. I'm about 7DPO (CD 22) and had a bit of pink spotting. :shrug I'm also crampy and gassy (like just before AF). Is it possible for AF to start so soon after ovulation (I have very regular 28 day cycles)? Or can I get unreasonably excited now?

      #8; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:54:00 GMT
    • :hug Starflower. I'm so glad something finally happened!
      #9; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:54:00 GMT
    • :hug Starflower. I'm so glad something finally happened!

      Me too!

      I have never had implantation spotting before but the timing sounds good. :D

      #10; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:56:00 GMT
    • OK, I need my chart stalked! :lol Looks like I'm headed to the 2WW! :fingersx:
      #11; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:56:00 GMT
    • holy crap janie! that is one heck of a rise! :lol good luck, i think you DEFINITELY have bd covered! :D
      #12; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:57:00 GMT
    • OMG! I just got a + HPT! It was a DollarTree test. It turned pink after about 8-10 min and is faint. I'm going to test again with a digital later today or tomorrow. :dust for me, please!!! I'll update soon!
      #13; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:58:00 GMT
    • YAY TRYINGAGAIN!!!!!! THRILLED FOR YOU!!!!:jumpers: :jumpers: :jumpers: :jumpers: :jumpers: :broc: :broc: :broc: :banana :banana :banana :carrot :carrot :carrot
      #14; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:00:00 GMT
    • Yipee!!! :balloons and :dust
      #15; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:01:00 GMT
    • tryingagain~

      :broc: :carrot :banana :broc: :carrot :banana I'm so excited for you! Congratulations!!! :banana :carrot :broc: :banana :carrot :broc:

      I've been just :lurk: and reading. I've been trying to pack, and I check in at lease once a day, but today, I felt the need to post to tell you how excited I am for you!!! Your chart looks like it might be triphasic!!!

      Just to give you all an update, I'm still here in Waiting to O Land. DH & I are bding once a day for the next couple days till I do O. Since twice a day last cycle didn't work, we'll just let the little guys build back up. I think we're probably going to miss it this month with him going to NC and me staying in PA so it'll be hard for us to BD.

      My best friend told me that her mother has been diagnosed with a disease called Macroglobulinemia. (go ahead, try to pronounce it) Which is a type of cancer similar to luchemia, but it's not luchemia. And they are testing her to see if it's a different kind of this particular disease (please don't make me spell it again) The difference between the one they think she has and the one they are testing her for is, the one they are testing for causes spots on the bones and makes them very brittle, but the MRI isn't showing any spots, so they're testing other ways. She was diagnosed about 5 years ago with Osteoperosis (because of a very early historectomy and menopause at age 38) So it's hard to say what is going to happen from this point. She has not started chemo yet because there are two different treatments for the two they are trying to decipher between right now and they want her to get the exact treatment she needs.

      All that to say, please keep praying for her. She really needs it!

      Lots of luck and :dust :dust :dust to everyone!!!

      #16; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:02:00 GMT
    • :jumpers: Hooray tryingagain!!! :jumpers:

      :fingersx: :sticky :dust

      #17; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:03:00 GMT
    • Congrats Tryingagain!!!!

      Now send us some baby dust!!!

      T

      #18; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:04:00 GMT
    • congrats tryingagain!

      and mommy_in_chaos....the cycle we conceived dd, after months of doing the deed every day, we did the "sperm meets egg plan" (google it) and it worked perfectly! It is an every other day plan......check it out!

      #19; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:05:00 GMT
    • Ok so I got a top of the page post earlier today and now one here too. Please tell me it's lucky. Today is a bad day for me for obsessing. I need to get away from the computer because it makes it worse I think. I was gonna hold out until Monday which is 16DPO and my AF due day to test but I am wondering if I could just test tomorrow and get a BFP. I know I should just wait. ARGH...the obsessing and agonizing begins.:dizzy:

      T

      #20; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:06:00 GMT
    • AND THE DIGITAL SAYS.....:belly Thank you all for all of the well wishes!

      I ran home at lunch and took an E.P.T Certainty Digital test and it said Pregnant. So, between the $tree and the EPT, I'm guessing this is for real. I need lots of sticky vibes. Here's the ordeal, briefly if you are interested:

      Conceived #1 and had m/c at 7 weeks, conceived #2 and started bleeding immediately, said I was probably m/c again. Had levels checked and not enough Progesterone to sustain a pregnancy. Put on progesterone suppositories for 14 weeks. Bled for 14 weeks. Found out I have a Bicornuate Uterus (heart shaped) which may be why I m/c the first. Has high risk for m/c, second trimester loss or preterm delivery (28-32 weeks). Spent the entire pregnancy at the perinatology (high-risk) drs. having weekly sonos and preterm labor tests (Ffn's). Throughout pregnancy, I was told DD had SO MANY things wrong, placenta previa, polyhydramnios, ventricular septal defect (heart), ecogenic intracardiac focus (heart), possible neurological problems, Down Syndrome, etc, etc. I refused the amnio. At 40w3d I sent myself to the hospital because as I had told the drs., the baby was no longer moving and I was having some type of contractions. Good Thing. She was ripped from me during an emergency ceserean for which I was not present because an error was made during my spinal so they put me on a ventilator and intubated (sp?) me and I awoke hours later. Her placenta was completely calcified, was no longer functioning and she had no oxygen. I was correct, she wasn't moving. She was born a healthy baby girl, don't want to think about if I had not gone in that day. Anyway, I have a VERY HIGH RISK of not carrying this pregnancy, so lots of :1praying: and :sticky would be much appreciated.

      Well, off to join the May DDC. I hope to See All Of You There! I don't want to see anyone joining the 6+ club!

      :dust :storkgirl :dust :storkboy :dust :storkgirl :dust :storkboy :dust :storkgirl :dust :storkboy :dust :storkgirl :dust :storkboy to all!

      #21; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:07:00 GMT
    • Oh Congrats tyringagain!!!!! :jumpers: :jumpers: :jumpers:

      So exciting and finally someone got pregnant! I was beginning to think it was a mith!

      Hoping for a successful pregnancy and all the best.

      #22; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:08:00 GMT
    • Oh, and can I just add, I am now a true believer in the whole Evening Primrose Oil, Grapefruit Juice, Green Tea, Robitussin thing. One cycle of that and I couldn't stop the EWCM! And look what happened!
      #23; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:09:00 GMT
    • Congratulations, TryingAgain!

      OK. I guess I will be trying out the evening primrose oil and all. CD2 here and we get paid on Friday so I hope that will be early enough to start my regimen to make a difference in the EWCM. OF course, we we get preggo this month, I might have two kids with the same b-day.....

      #24; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:10:00 GMT
    • Ok so I got a pos. on the OPK thismorning and hubby woulnt be coming home until friday night!!!! do you think it will be to late? I didnt test yesterday morning and we did it anyway but I would feel so much more comfortable if we were "together" tonight to cover all bases. I just dont want to miss the window here! So if we did it yesterday say around 3pm? and then again on Friday evening so I still have a chance? what do you girls think? How long does sperm stay in there? :dizzy: :dizzy: I cant take it!!!!
      #25; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:11:00 GMT
    • Fresh swimmers can live up to five days. :thumb
      #26; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:12:00 GMT
    • Congrats Trying Again!!!!

      That's awesome and I sure hope that this baby sticks!!

      #27; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:13:00 GMT
    • ! So if we did it yesterday say around 3pm? and then again on Friday evening so I still have a chance? what do you girls think? How long does sperm stay in there? :dizzy: :dizzy: I cant take it!!!!

      I think you will be fine. Check out my chart!

      #28; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:14:00 GMT
    • Lots of :sticky vibes for you, tryingagain.
      #29; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:15:00 GMT
    • I am new, what is the evening primrose oil thing?
      #30; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:16:00 GMT
    • Ok so hubby comes home tonight!!!! perfect timing for baby making! :wink

      I was so nervous that we wernt going to do it until tomorrow night and it might have been to late but its going to work out and I am so excited!!! can you tell!!!! wish us some egg catching luck!

      #31; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:17:00 GMT
    • Go firemomma! Goooooooooooooooooo swimmers!
      #32; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:18:00 GMT
    • :dust for firemomma. Good luck tonight!
      #33; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:19:00 GMT
    • I am new, what is the evening primrose oil thing?

      evening primrose oil, or EPO, helps a lot with cervical mucus/fluid. I took it a bunch when ttc dd, and it made a world of difference. Start taking it when af arrives, or shortly thereafter. And take it until O is confirmed. :) I think I was taking anywhere from 500-2000 mg/day

      #34; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:20:00 GMT
    • I plan on taking Mucinex this cycle. Is it ok to double up with evening primrose oil?
      #35; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:21:00 GMT
    • I plan on taking Mucinex this cycle. Is it ok to double up with evening primrose oil?

      I took both this cycle :thumb

      #36; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:22:00 GMT
    • AF arrived Thursday :(

      Cycle #5 here we come!

      How much Mucinex should you take a day and when?

      #37; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:23:00 GMT
    • :hug Katie.
      #38; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:24:00 GMT
    • Tryingagain,

      Praying for a wonderful, healthy, and happy pregnancy for you.

      AF arrived on Thursday for me. I had a dream 2 nights before that AF came and somehow I woke feeling really okay with that. It was no big deal when it really arrived. This probably means I'm out for a few cycles becasue it had to be Sept. as the latest month and with my long cycles I probably won't O again until late Oct. (unless something in my cycles changes) We have travel plans in July that I really don't want to mess up for my kids and the dates cannot be changed...so I may wait until December to ttc and use this time to try to optimize my health and figure out my hormones, etc. I'll still be around here to see hopefully all of you move over to the I'm Pregnant forum!

      Good Wishes everybody!

      #39; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:25:00 GMT
    • Sorry about AF coming to visit, Mary-Beth and MoonGypsy.

      I'm on CD 5 over here and thought AF would be done by now but she's still here. I used to always go 7 days but after I started using the Diva Cup it got shorter most of the time. This AF is more like the old ones. But hey, I had a super long (43 day) cycle so maybe that has something to do with it too.

      I was going to start Evening Primrose and all that but I haven't yet because DH's company is late with the paychecks. It's a startup and it happens once in awhile, but only when we're too the wire in our checking account for some reason.

      So there is some stress here. And my parents are coming to visit next month but I'm already starting to stress a little about it. We'll see how this cycle ends up. Hopefully not too out of whack. :fingersx:

      If we did get pg. this cycle, DD would possibly have to share her birthday. We don't plan to use BC this month or anything but we might just kind of take it easy as to TTC. (Easy for my DH, not so easy for me.) But DD started preschool and it's a co-op plus we've got some other stuff going on lately so maybe I won't get so TTC-obsessed this time.

      :dust to all! I'm looking forward to seeing some more +++'s around here!

      #40; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:26:00 GMT
    • I am never testing early again! This level of obsession is NOT healthy. :irked: It is an emotional roller coaster.:dizzy:

      Yesterday I got what could be a faint + on a $ tree. Could also be evap. Today I got another faint + . I'm more sure this one is a + instead of an evap because it is definately pink. BUT I got a - on a FRER, so I have no idea what to think and I am going to go crazy today. :(

      No. More. Early. Testing. What a headache.

      Anybody have any first hand experience with both $ tree tests and FRER? I would assume that FRER would give me a + before the $ tree, right?

      #41; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:27:00 GMT
    • No advice for you 2Much but I agree about the level of obsession thing. I've come to a decision to stop the obsession and leave it up to nature and just love my DH a lot and ever since I decided that I feel a little better and more calm.

      I hope you figure out the test thing. I took a $tree test at 12 dpo and it showed nothing and I totally regretted it.

      T

      #42; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:28:00 GMT
    • hello ladies, i've been :lurk: for a while but wanted to say that i really relate to these obsessive tendencies. i'm 11DPO (http://www.fertilityfriend.com/ttc/chartgraph_module.php?d=2006-09-17&mode=a&ts=1158496305) and trying not to think about it every minute, rewarding myself for not POAS, convincing myself one way or another based on the smallest, most irrelevant signs ("i'm so tired, i must be pg...wait a minute, i've been tired for the last four years" or "i better be pg 'cuz i've already gained 5lbs":o) I feel like a total nut lately.

      so lots of :1praying: & :dust for us all as we breathe through these days, appreciating our families, loving :hearts ourselves...

      #43; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:29:00 GMT
    • Anybody have any first hand experience with both $ tree tests and FRER? I would assume that FRER would give me a + before the $ tree, right?

      When i got pregnant w/ dd, I tested at 11&12dpo w/ $tree, and they were negative. 13dpo I got a + on FRE. The next day i got a + on $ tree.

      This time around, I have gotten two faint-looking tests w/ $ tree, but they both turned out to be evaps. Did the faints show up within 10 minutes? If so, then you are probably safe. Good Luck, let us know!

      #44; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:30:00 GMT
    • thank you, tara and violet. I am feeling much better now after taking some deep breaths and letting go a little bit. I probably shouldn't have even posted earlier. It was early and I was half asleep and crazed. I will definately not be doing this early testing game next time though. :shake

      jillybeans, thank's for your experience! The lines were within the 10 minutes (on the tail end of it). I was convinced that this morning's was a + (because it was very cleary pink and very clearly within the limit) until I saw the FRER result.:dizzy: In any case I am just trying to let go of it in my mind and relax. There is no point in getting worked up.:o

      #45; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:31:00 GMT
    • Oh, and thank you all for bearing with my obsession. It is good to not be alone. :hug
      #46; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:32:00 GMT
    • 2much2luv, don't ever worry that you are going through this obsession alone. :wink I'm at 7dpo and I keep looking at my chart as if something will magically change. :dizzy:

      Mary-Beth and MoonGypsy :hug

      #47; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:33:00 GMT
    • Boy, it's been busy here. I'm mostly just lurking this month, trying to stay mellow and calm this cycle and not obsess, so far so good. AF is due on the 24th but other than that I have no idea where I my in my cycle (for the first time in 3 months, phew). Well, I'm passed O but other than that...

      Lots of :fingersx: and :dust :dust :dust to all.

      Looking forward to more pregnancy announcements!

      #48; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:34:00 GMT
    • Thank you, janie. :o I got really wrapped up in it all this first month. I'm going to try to take it a little easier on myself from now on.

      It's been an emotional few days, but Af is gearing up so I'm on to the next cycle. I am trying to decide if I want to go ahead and ttc this month and have two july babies. They might be a good match for my two january babies. ;) I had said I wanted to avoid this month but now I'm second guessing myself. I have a few weeks to think about it.

      #49; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:35:00 GMT
    • mirthfulmum~ I'm with you! :thumb I am really trying to avoid the awful stressing and obsessing that comes with everything.

      Last month I was SO upset when af came that I just want to go with the flow this month. I know when I o'd and we bd at a good time so there is hope but I'm really not trying to convince myself of anything.

      I know that if it doesnt happen I'll be a little upset that the next pregnancy might be a middle of summer baby AGAIN! I just remember being so big and swollen with my ds that I want to avoid it but I would rather be preggo then not. Good luck to all... lets get some good news in here!

      #50; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:36:00 GMT
    • I like it here and hope you can all put up with my limited knowledge of how to use the abbreviations and other things. I have no internet at home so I can try to get on this at work and the library.

      I am getting ready to O within the next week. I have started the mucinex and was thinking about getting evening primrose too. Does anyone know how much to take?

      Our closest friends are expecting their first (oops! it was an accident - AHHH) child and I find myself full of anxiety everytime she says "When you are pregnant..." Overwhelmed with the fear it will never happen.

      I am hoping to make a friend or two with whom I can share this anxiety, because I dont really have any girl friends except the pregnant one and I dont always like her all that much. We never discuss anything meaningful because she is one of the most selfish persons I have ever met.

      So-again, if anyone knows how much evening primrose oil, could you let me know?

      Good luck to all of you as you wait your two weeks out, as mine will be here soon enough, and that scares the hell out of me.

      #51; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:37:00 GMT
    • Welcome, matey. Here's some :dust for this cycle.
      #52; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:38:00 GMT
    • I've been lurking here for a while now but I can't contain myself anymore:dizzy:

      We've been ttc our 2nd for 4 months now and I'm getting frustrated. It should be my AF by now (I'm not regular - somewhere between 24-28days) but nothing - neither BFP nor AF. Oh well, I'll wait for a couple of days and test again. Stop me from going:dizzy:

      Lots of :dust :dust :dust :dust to everybody

      #53; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:39:00 GMT
    • Hey, y'all, just checkin' in to say I'm on CD2. At-home IUI with a midwife this cycle! :thumb
      #54; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:40:00 GMT
    • Hi another newbie, don't understand much of what is being discussed on the thread. We have been talking about trying for a kid for a while and decided to start trying in September. So now it's September and I'm scared! I'm 35 and I know I want children so it's confusing to feel so scared about this change. I guess I should mention it would be our first. Oh and should I be concerned that my sex drive evaporated as soon as September started?
      #55; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:41:00 GMT
    • :hola: & :w to all you newbies!!! It's good to have you all here... For all you newbies, I'd like to recommend a book called Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschle. It's a great book and VERY helpful. We've all loved it. You can order your own copy from amazon or any on line book carrier, or just borrow a copy from your local library.

      hazieluna~

      Don't be concerned... I have to force myself to have sex every time I know I'm fertile and this was our 5th month TTC... It feels like it's an obligation if I want another baby, so it's going to feel that way for a while. Just remember that you're the only one who knows when you're fertile and you don't have to make him worry about it as well.

      I've been very busy lately. But I wanted to stop in and give you all my update. DH started his new job on Monday and it's going well. We've been looking for a new home here and i've been very overwhelmed with that. But we did find a place and I'll be signing the lease this afternoon. I'm just very leary about the school districts down here.

      Because I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to TTC this month, I haven't POAS at all this month, not even the OPK's. But I have been temping, and I got my crosshairs yesterday. So FF says that I'm 4 DPO today, and guess what?!? If it's right, we got to DTD the day I O'd!!! I really thought we were going to be apart for this one, but we made it!!! I'm so glad. Thought I'm not going to POAS to find out, I'm just going to wait it out. I think it will be easier this month because I'll be packing and getting ready to set up house keeping. Lots to keep my occupied.

      So that's it... I hope everyone has a good week. I'm hoping I can stop back later this week to catch up on everyone!

      :dust to everyone!!

      :sticky vibes to you tryingagain!!!

      #56; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:42:00 GMT
    • Good morning all and hello to the new commers.

      AF showed up today (like 5 days early again). I'm a bit disapointed but now that we've finnished our 3rd cycle of TTC I'm getting used to it. *sigh* And on the plus side my oldest won't have to share his birth month with a sibling.

      Hopefully soneone out there will have better luck.

      :dust :dust :dust :dust

      #57; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:43:00 GMT
    • Thought I'd check this thread out, haven't been here for a couple weeks and don't want to jinx myself until AF arrives, but in reality...I'll be here by the end of the week.

      So, hi to all, new and not so new and lots of :dust to everyone

      Matey: I have read anywhere from 1000-3000mg daily for EPO. Use only until ovulation and then switch to flax seed oil. I personally used 1000 mg to start off and may up it this (coming)cycle.

      Best wishes!

      #58; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:44:00 GMT
    • Hello all.

      Looks like I've got some cycle buddies. I'm on CD 2 and have decided to go ahead and let things be this month even if it means possibly having another July baby.

      #59; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:45:00 GMT
    • I've been lurking here for a while now but I can't contain myself anymore:dizzy:

      We've been ttc our 2nd for 4 months now and I'm getting frustrated. It should be my AF by now (I'm not regular - somewhere between 24-28days) but nothing - neither BFP nor AF. Oh well, I'll wait for a couple of days and test again. Stop me from going:dizzy:

      Good luck! Hang in there. I had a cycle last time that went on forever for seemingly no reason at all and I kept getting BFNs. It was making me nuts. This cycle I'm just trying to chill. Haven't O'd yet so we'll see how well I do. I just wanted to let you know you aren't alone. :Hug

      Hey, y'all, just checkin' in to say I'm on CD2. At-home IUI with a midwife this cycle! :thumb :fingersx: for you frog! I hope your midwife can help you move things along. :dust

      Hi another newbie, don't understand much of what is being discussed on the thread. We have been talking about trying for a kid for a while and decided to start trying in September. So now it's September and I'm scared! I'm 35 and I know I want children so it's confusing to feel so scared about this change. I guess I should mention it would be our first. Oh and should I be concerned that my sex drive evaporated as soon as September started?

      I think you are normal! When we were trying for our first, we were both pretty scared even though we knew we wanted children. Now we're trying for #2 and I am 35 (edging on closer to 36) and I've been having vascillating thoughts this cycle. Last cycle was really hard on me - it went really long but I wasn't PG. :(

      I am also an artist and sometimes I am afraid I'll never get to do my art if I have another. But if we don't do it soon, I'm afraid we won't be able to. (It took us a long time to get DD - but once we discovered the secret of the EWCM - wham! we got PG right away after 2+ years of trying).

      I still want a baby too though. So I think most of my anxieties are stemming from the emotional rollercoaster I was on last cycle. I know I can always go back to doing art at any age. I can't have a baby at any age. So all this :blahing is just saying that I can relate to your situation.

      Before we decided to actively TTC, my sex drive was really intense around O. Now that we're officially TTC, it's kind of disappeared, mostly due to my hyper-awareness of the mechanics of getting PG. :irked:

      So this cycle I am going to get started on the evening primrose, etc. (I have maybe 2-4 hours of precious EWCM right now) and try to take better care of myself. This includes eating better and also doing some drawing. I am doing a babysitting trade with a friend and DD just went over to her place so in about 5 minutes, I am going to start doing some drawing. The dishes and the laundry can wait.

      I would've started the mucous-inducing regimen earlier, but DH's paycheck was late and we were busy playing beat the bank. He finally got paid yesterday! :thumb Yeah!! So now I can try and get on track with the eve. primrose oil and all.

      :dust to us all!

      #60; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:46:00 GMT
    • We are new here. First month back with a cycle since having DS and we were so excited that we have something to try for now. I am charting cycle only right now but really need to get a basal thermometer tonight so that I can start charting that too.

      Originally I was sticking to my guns about not TTC until March (being at my job a bit longer, not being super preg in the summer) but if you saw my post about happy dancing when I got AF on Friday all that waiting stuff has been thrown out the window. Who am I kidding, I want another baby now!

      #61; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:47:00 GMT
    • Welcome, yogachick! I know how you feel. We were planning on waiting 2 or 3 more YEARS. But the desire for another child has been growing in both of us so we finally decided to go for it last month. :bouncy Good luck to you!
      #62; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:48:00 GMT
    • Well DH come home from work today looking upset. Apparently he's going to have to be away on Saturday. He already works Friday and Sunday so he won't be around at all this weekend and he'd finally convinced me to test on Saturday. So...he poked me until I went off to test, just to keep him quiet.

      But... :jumpers: :+

      Still very faint, but definately two lines. Eek, I didn't think it would actually work!

      #63; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:49:00 GMT
    • Eek, Patch!!! :bouncy I'm so thrilled for you!!!
      #64; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:50:00 GMT
    • Awwwww Firemama!!! Congratulations!!!:jumpers: :jumpers: :jumpers:
      #65; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 04:53:00 GMT
    • Thank you!! I will be sending lots of :dust :dust to all and lurking :bag: to see if any more tests come up bfp! Good luck to all this month!
      #66; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 04:54:00 GMT
    • Congrats Firemama!
      #67; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 04:55:00 GMT
    • I know I said I wasn't going to, but I had to go, and it was there... so I :bag: Peed on a Stick... And I desperately want to tell you all that it was positive, but I can not. There was only one line. I am not pregnant. :( Maybe it's for the best right now though because of our move. But oh well, at least now when DH comes home I wont have to test. And I wont have anything to tell him. When AF shows up, he'll be away again, so it'll be gone before he comes back home and we can DTD lots after that. Maybe next month...
      #68; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 04:56:00 GMT
    • PS~

      :jumpers: :jumpers: :jumpers: :carrot :banana :broc: :carrot :banana :broc:YAY FIREMAMA!!!! :broc: :banana :carrot :broc: :banana :carrot :jumpers: :jumpers: :jumpers:

      #69; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 04:58:00 GMT
    • :jumpers: :jumpers: :jumpers:Congrats Firemammaof1 :jumpers: :jumpers: :jumpers: I told you that you would be fine with those BD days!!!!
      #70; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 04:59:00 GMT
    • well, i FINALLY o'd! still on the first cycle, but on cd 45 today! O'd yesterday pretty sure. I took my temp an hour and a half early this morning, but it was still .3 degrees higher than yesterday, so i did temp corrector. :) yay!
      #71; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:00:00 GMT
    • Best wishes Firemama!!

      Sorry mommy_in_chaos.

      #72; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:01:00 GMT
    • Hooray, jillybeans! Seems like TTC can be just one big waiting game sometimes.

      CD16 here. Thought I had some O pain yesterday but I'm not sure. We did BD on CD14 (late evening) and so far I don't think CM has evolved past "sticky". :( So I don't think I've O'd yet. Still not temping (still sleeping erratically). Hoping to O soon. We don't BD very often so we have to time things really well. Or maybe we should just make a point to BD a lot and stop worrying about timing so much. Don't know.

      Still doing the EPO and red raspberry. Does anyone here know much guiffesin (sp.) is needed to be effective? And what exactly does the green tea do to help? I don't like it but I am trying really hard. Maybe someone can convince me? :p

      Thanks! :wave

      #73; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:02:00 GMT
    • Ok, So i've been thinking. Why is that I have all these days of EWCM, and DTD when I have it, but I'm still not getting pg? This is the second month in a row that I've temped and DTD a minimum of 3 days before ovulation, and the day of, and last month even the day after. Why is it that it's not working. I thought EWCM was the key to getting the egg. This is our 5th month TTC. I have to move to the other board when I get AF. Should I be worried about DH's little swimmers? If so, How do I suggest to him that it could be him that is the reason we're not getting the job done? I hate to think of how hurt he would be because of it. But I know that I am ovulating, and I know that I have the right kind of cervical fluid. What's the deal?

      (check out all the days of wet, and eggwhite CM that I have on my chart in my signature)

      #74; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:03:00 GMT
    • Ok, So i've been thinking. Why is that I have all these days of EWCM, and DTD when I have it, but I'm still not getting pg? This is the second month in a row that I've temped and DTD a minimum of 3 days before ovulation, and the day of, and last month even the day after. Why is it that it's not working. I thought EWCM was the key to getting the egg. This is our 5th month TTC. I have to move to the other board when I get AF. Should I be worried about DH's little swimmers? If so, How do I suggest to him that it could be him that is the reason we're not getting the job done? I hate to think of how hurt he would be because of it. But I know that I am ovulating, and I know that I have the right kind of cervical fluid. What's the deal?

      (check out all the days of wet, and eggwhite CM that I have on my chart in my signature)

      If you have a copy of TCOYF, there is a chapter about going thru SA first, since it is fairly easy, she even suggest to have it done after 4 months of unsuccesfull but well timed TTC. I'd use this as a starting point to talk to you husband.

      I started feeding mine multivitamins, extra zinc and selenium already, just in case. And told him if we don't get pg, he is the one to get checked first since it doesn't hurt.

      You could also try every other day thing one of the cycles.

      #75; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:04:00 GMT
    • This is the second month in a row that I've temped and DTD a minimum of 3 days before ovulation, and the day of, and last month even the day after. Why is it that it's not working.

      Your timing might be off. Fresh sperm CAN live up to five days, but sooner is better and if there aren't swimmers waiting when the egg is released, you won't get pregnant (so, day of may be too late, and day after is definitely too late).

      #76; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:05:00 GMT
    • starflower: green tea is helpful for cm. I hated it plain, so used it flavored, or mixed one bag green tea w/ another flavored tea(taking this one out after a minute)

      Mommy_in_chaos:

      I used to wonder the same things when i started ttc dd. the month we actually conceived, we did the sperm meets egg plan

      http://www.pregnancyloss.info/sperm_meets_egg_plan.htm

      which helped. I've heard that dtd too much can sometimes not be beneficial.

      and if you are ready for seeing someone about it, then def. do the s/a first. But before you enter THAT big stress-filled area, try the sperm meets egg plan. ;)

      #77; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:06:00 GMT
    • Mommy in chaos - Wish I could help you. I'm in the same boat but one month behind you.

      Jilly - You had mentioned the sperm meets egg plan before and I googled it a few weeks ago. We are in the middle of trying it right now. I just started OPK's for the first time ever and we started DTD everyother night recently. I hope it works for me. I don't think anything is wrong with DH's sprem since we concieved DS on the second try.

      Hugs around ((()))((()))((()))

      T

      #78; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:07:00 GMT
    • Tryingagain~ Yep you were right!! You really were encouraging... even saying that my boobs being sore were a good sign (6-7dpo). Thanks for all your help. :thumb
      #79; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:08:00 GMT
    • I tried to post here earlier but apparently the computer ate my post. :p

      I was hoping that DH and I would get a chance to BD again tonight. No such luck. He ended up working until 4 a.m. last night (at least it was from home) and then worked late again - until 8:30 tonight. I think he said he only slept 4 hours. Between his work schedule and DD refusing to go to bed, it wasn't going to happen tonight. :(

      I'm on CD17 now, still no EWCM, but quantity is improving on the sticky/creamy stuff so I am still hoping to O soon and get some good quality CM going here.

      The green tea I got a few days ago is flavored with jasmine and I definitely prefer it to the regular green tea, but I still don't actually "like" it.

      So what's the deal with green tea helping CM but it has caffeine in it which I thought was supposed to be bad?

      Just curious mostly. I suppose I could actually give up my coffee. :yikes: I am trying to do half decaf. Does that count?:innocent

      #80; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:09:00 GMT
    • read this article starflower.

      http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/greentea.html

      we drink green tea all the time, and after a while you do get used to the flavor. I hated it at first too. I can honestly say that while everyone we know is sick, we start chugging the stuff, and we are VERY VERY RARELY sick. :)

      #81; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:10:00 GMT
    • :dust to all of you!

      I got a :+ ! :jumpers:

      #82; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:11:00 GMT
    • That's wonderful mamamerle!!!

      We are on a roll here!!!

      I'm still out of ttc because of travel plans. But I'm reading up on how to get my cycles regular and CM up and all so I can jump right back in as soon as possible.

      Congratulations to all the newly pregnanat Mamas!!

      #83; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:12:00 GMT
    • :Hug Woohoo Mamamerle!! Congrats!

      CD 16 and I think I O'd! My sex drive has been ridiculously high this cycle though, so there went the every other day ideal. :fingersx:

      #84; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:13:00 GMT
    • :dust to all of you!

      I got a :+ ! :jumpers:

      Yeah Janie! Congratulations!!!!!! Best wishes!

      #85; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:14:00 GMT
    • Congrats, mamamerle!!! :bouncy So exciting!
      #86; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:15:00 GMT
    • Does anyone know if its okay to drink Red Raspberry Leaf tea after O if you're trying to get pregnant?

      I've been told it is safe throughout pregnancy and nursing so I've been drinking it...but someone mentioned to me that they thought it could prevent implantation. They didn't know where they read that.

      The FertiliTea I saw advertised at the babyhopes site says to drink it until you become pregnant and then stop. It has the Red Raspberry Leaft as well at Green Tea and other things.

      Any advise please!

      #87; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:16:00 GMT
    • :jumpers: Yeah! mamamerle :jumpers:

      Keep them coming ladies!!!

      #88; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:17:00 GMT
    • Congrats mamamerle!!!!:bouncy

      Hearing about BFPs are great! I'm hoping to join the next POASaturday and :fingersx: I will also have some good news!:makebaby: :+

      #89; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:18:00 GMT
    • Congratulations, mamamerle!:thumb

      Good to see some +++'s around here!

      Not sure what's up with me here. I'm not super excited about TTC this cycle. I'm also not trying to avoid things. I just have a lot of other stuff going on, I guess. Maybe I'll get a nice surprise. :wink

      :dust to all!

      #90; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:19:00 GMT
    • WOOOO HOOOO mamamerle!!! That's Great!!! I'm so happy for you! Hope you have a HH9 Months! :banana :carrot :broc: :banana :carrot :broc:

      Today, I'm 13 DPO, and my temps have been steadily declining. Guess AF will be here tomorrow.

      #91; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 05:20:00 GMT
    • Got the crosshairs today--nailed the first insem timing, the second may have been too late, but maybe not, since FF only works in 24-hour blocks. :)

      Frog, your insem timing and +OPK result are EXACTLY how my chart was with my daughter's pregnancy. +OPK, BD same night, BD again the next night. Got the crosshairs for the day of the +OPK. So, looks good to me!!!!!!:thumb

      #92; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:17:00 GMT
    • hi girls! Can i join ya? This is our first cycle ttc # 2...not temping this month. I am 11dpo *i think* based on cm and cp. Cp is high today, with ew...i guess it could be because af is coming? maybe one of you could take a peek at the chart and tell me what you think... we'll be temping next month, if there is one!

      Oh, and for those who bf while ttc, did your cycle seem to return to normal right away? I got first ppaf when dd was 8.5months.

      #93; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:18:00 GMT
    • :hola: and :w jillybeans! Lots of :dust to you!!!
      #94; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:19:00 GMT
    • Hi, jillybeans! My period returned to normal just about right away after each of my three births. I think maybe the first month was a little off, but I've always had very regular 28 day cycles that came back all too soom (6 weeks after my first birth, about 3 months after my second, and about 5 months after my third). Good luck to you.
      #95; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:20:00 GMT
    • Well, FF rescinded my crosshairs. :irked:

      I'm ignoring it, though. It'll come around to my way of thinking! :lol

      #96; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:21:00 GMT
    • I had a similar experience as 2much2luv. I got ppaf back at 5 months even though I was still ebfing. My MW said that some women are just more sensitive to hormonal shifts than others. My af was pretty regular w/in a month or two but really everyone is different so you'll just have to wait and see. My DS weaned himself two months ago and not much has changed for my AF but I have noticed more acne since he weaned.

      My update is that I got a temp at coverline today and I'm really hoping it was a implantation dip since I'm 6 dpo. I've been thinking a lot about hope and positive thinking lately so I'm really trying to stay positive this cycle and I really believe this one could be it for us.

      http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/13f793

      T

      #97; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:22:00 GMT
    • Taradactyl3: Looks Great!!!! :thumb
      #98; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:23:00 GMT
    • I hope I am going to be joining you guys! I am definitely going to try to try this month, DH has been on the fence, but I think he is coming around. He really wants 3, but he is just nervous about going through it all again - I am too, but since we aren't getting any younger I think we have to go for it!
      #99; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:24:00 GMT
    • Hi, Jennifer. :) Welcome
      #100; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:25:00 GMT
    • Ahhhhh why does time move so slow?? You wait to O you wait to know then you wait for next cycle!!!!! :dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy: Why cant we decide "Humm I would like a baby" then POOF it happens! I cant stand the waiting!!! :irked:

      Ok with that said I feel better... we are still waiting to O. I'm using opk's and still no surge but were bding like crazy (hubby likes this trying stuff :wink )

      I just want it to be this month... I know like I'm the only one huh!:lol

      Alright girls lets just all get pregnant this month and be done with it... then we can all be in same ddc!! good plan huh... came up with it just now!

      #101; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:26:00 GMT
    • Alright girls lets just all get pregnant this month and be done with it... then we can all be in same ddc!! good plan huh... came up with it just now! :thumb
      #102; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:27:00 GMT
    • Hello, ladies. Welcome, newbies. :wave

      Well, today was CD 40 :eek and I've had a :I blood test on Tuesday, then another :I (urine) today at the naturopath's office. So I don't think I'm preggo this time, just really late. I've never had a cycle go on and on and on like this before. I've never missed a period except with I was pg. I am still having sticky to creamy CM, menstral type cramps on and off and sore nipples. (Doesn't help that DD is a 3 yr .old nurse-o-matic.)

      I decided to go to the naturopath today because the OB/GYN office where I had the blood test kind of p****d me off. I felt like they were kind of blowing me off like I was imagining the symptoms. Even if my case wasn't particularly unusual to them, it sure as heck is unusual to me and I have been very upset about it. So I am just frustrated that they didn't seem to care once they got the negative result. OK, she's not pg. No worries. Well, I am OK with not being pg, but I would really like to know what in the world is going on with my body?! :bang I have never had a cycle like this and they are always very regular.

      The ND had me pee in a cup (which of course DD thought was hilarious). As I expected, the test was negative. She didn't really give me any difinitive answers as to what was going on, but at least she listened to my concerns and confusion and treated me like a whole person. I get so tired of the typical medical professionals being so impersonal and seemingly uncaring.

      At least my ND gave me several ideas of things that can delay a cycle and explained why she didn't think I needed to worry about things. She read over my FF charts which helped to put us at least on the same page. And she checked my abdomen when I asked just to make sure the ovaries didn't seem weird or anything.

      Of course, my "prescription" is to relax, maybe meditate a bit and get a massage. I feel like I can finally do that now since I don't feel like I am totally on my own here with regards to doctors.

      I guess I just feel like if I want a completely impersonal + or - with no follow-up to what may actually be going on, I could save time and money and POAS. My co-pay for the clinic was about the same price as 3 FRER tests.

      OK. I will get off my :soapbox and end this rant. Now I guess I am just counting days and recording signs on FF. Still not absolutely positive if I've ovulated or not. I think from here, I'll just track things on FF to keep a record and not actively TTC for awhile. I kind of need a break from the stress of TTC.

      But I'll probably still hang out here a bit. We're not going on birth control at this point or anything and I want to see how everyone else is doing!

      #103; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:28:00 GMT
    • Hey ladies. What's up?

      :hug Starflower. I'm so sorry you still don't know what's going on. :( I hope something comes soon for you.

      I'm just muddlin' through my tww, imagining symptoms and all that jazz.:loveeyes:

      #104; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:29:00 GMT
    • Hello, I am back...I almost didn't notice that there was a new thread and I was getting a bit confused :innocent ! I found you all though!

      I am still not charting, but AF just ended so....I am a bit hesitant to try this month though because I am not really into having a June baby...I am not really sure why though. There are a whole lot of June birthdays in our families. I think I would really rather wait and go for a July baby...but like some previous posters, I really had my heart set on a spring baby :( , I love the month of May. My birthday is in July though, and I always LOVED having my birthday in the summer.

      We might not be soooo carefree this month and hang back a bit for next...

      Good Luck :fingersx: to all and lots of faerie dust :dust

      #105; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:30:00 GMT
    • 5 DPO! :twothumbs I've already started seeing preg symptoms in everything. It is so bad. :shake
      #106; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:31:00 GMT
    • I consider myself a woman of average intelligence, and I try to use as many context clues as possible to detemine the meaning of many of the abbreviations used here, but some are leaving me puzzled. I *think* I know the meaning to some of these, but I'd rather have someone just tell me than to go on guessing...

      bfn

      bd

      bfp

      opk

      cd

      frer

      these weren't on the other abbreviaion lists i usually have to open in another window until I know them.

      Also, it's great to see other teachers that think like I do! I'm not currently teaching, but I'm in the final interviewing steps for one position (please send happy thoughts that I get it!). Is it unprofessional of me to want to get pg my first year with this district (it's not my first year teaching ever though)? I just figure it's better now and to have the baby in June, spend all summer with him/her (although I know it's not going to be enough time), and be able to start the school year in the fall. But then again, you never know when it's actually going to happen- I can plan all I want, there's no guarantee it'll work out that way!

      Agh!

      #107; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:32:00 GMT
    • bfn

      bd

      bfp

      opk

      cd

      frer

      I'll see if I can help you!...

      bfn= big fat negative (or another *f* word! :lol )

      bd= baby dance-- have sex

      bfp= big fat positive

      opk= ovulation predictor kit

      cd= cycle day (from the start of one period until the start of the next)

      frer= first response early response pregnancy test

      Now, if someone will just tell me what TAO means?!

      #108; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:33:00 GMT
    • I'm in the 2ww. Waiting to test until 09/16. My charts are so wacky. What do you guys think?
      #109; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:34:00 GMT
    • Doh! I found the TTC abbreviations page too. TY though, much appreciated. It's all starting to make more sense now. ;)
      #110; Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:35:00 GMT