Friday, February 27, 2009

14?!? Yeah, right.

It seems FF thinks that I O'd on CD 14. Even the thought that I would have as textbook a cycle as that makes me laugh. Granted, my temps are all sorts of strange this month and it looks like I'm getting ready to O (fairly early, just not THAT early), but I'm positive that it has not occurred yet. My post-O temps are usually in he upper 97s, and we're not even near that at all! So, there's my FF is on crack post.

The marathon is going strong- 3 days running! I'm not worried about today, but tomorrow we're super busy. So, we'll see. 

Stats:
-CD 17 (apparently 3 DPO- ha)
-Marathan Day 4

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Marathon, Day 2

J and I agreed a few days ago to go on a sex marathon. Not a one day/weekend marathon type thing, but just sex at least once a day for a while. We're doing it for a multitude or reasons. 1) It definitily doesn't hurt the TTC process. 2) We feel it will help us connect on a deeper level, such as the 40 day challenge suggests. 3) Purely an experiement: how long can it last? In jest, I think we should go for 26 days (one mile a day in marathon terms). Since we started last night, that would put us to March 22. However, if one of us starts to resent it, then we'll stop. The only thing that J doesn't feel comfortable about is the possibility of having sex during AF, which we don't do. Hopefully, that won't be an issue, though. We've got at least a week or two until O, so we'll start from there!

Stats:
-CD 15
-Marathon: Day 2

Monday, February 23, 2009

A success!

My mom's party went great! She was SO surprised and loved seeing all of her old friends and her brother. She didn't stop smiling the entire weekend, even after everyone else had left! Her reaction was priceless. Of course, J and I (and our little puppy, Coco) are exhausted from the long weekend of preparations/hosting. We're looking forward to a week of little plans (besides finishing our living/dining room, of course). Our weekends have been booking up super fast, so we try and enjoy the week days as much as possible. I'm secretly hoping that I don't get called to work tomorrow so that I can sleep some. 

In TTC matters, we should be entering that potential O time period anytime now. I guess we should start having sex, huh? There definitly wasn't any of that this weekend seeing as how we were sharing a room with my sister, brother-in-law, and 2 y/o niece. Time seems to be flying by pretty quickly, so I'm sure I'll be in that 2ww again soon enough!

Stats:
-CD 13

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A fluke, and we're off!

My temp was normal today. I still have EWCM, but it's still not a lot. I usually have a gush (even though O was about a week after my gush last cycle). So, I'm pretty sure my body didn't have a major switch in O times. J and I are about to pack up the BBT (and other things, obviously) for a weekend at my parent's farm. We're going up early to mow and get things all set up for a surprise birthday party for my mom on Saturday! We've got about 30 people coming- isn't that crazy?!? She'll be the big 6-0! My sister and I are the ones that are hosting it, along with our doting husbands. We've been planning it for months, and I'm so excited that it's finally here! My uncle/aunt from MI are even flying down as a surprise! Yay- Happy Birthday, mom!!! 

Stats:
-CD 9

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

um, what?!?

Is that really the temperature that I was supposed to get? Is that really EWCM that I see? Because, come on, ovulating on CD 8?!? That would be pretty darn ridiculous. I'm pretty sure that it is, but I've informed J that he should have the mindset to have some sex at some point today. Just in case. Wouldn't it be crazy if I went from Oing on CD 20something to 8? I don't even really know what to think. I even have the back pain that I get when I O. Our timing will really suck if this does indeed turn out to be true...

We're almost done with our living/dining room! We should be completely finished by tomorrow- yay!

Stats:
-CD 8: fakeout (I'm assuming) O temp

Monday, February 16, 2009

A Cure for Boredom

I saw this on Facebook and figured- why not? I'm bored, and this could help some people understand J and I's relationship a bit more. Oh, and I use J when I blog purely out of laziness. His name is Jonathan, or Jony. Nothing secretive there.


♥ What are your middle names?
Me - Jan
Andy-Edward

♥ How long have you been together?
We've been married for 6 months, but this September will be 7 years together.

♥ How long did you know each other before you started dating?
We met in 6th grade and we're acquaintences, but we didn't really become friends till 9th. So, depending on how you view it, it's either 2-5 years before we started dating.

♥ Who asked who out?
I'm the one who worked up the courage to tell him that I liked him first (cut us a break- it was high school, lol), but he asked me to Homecoming and subsequently to be his girlfriend. Awwww

♥ Whose siblings do/did you see the most?
My sister, though we see his sister a good amount, too. They're not nearly as close as I am with the sis.

♥ Do you have any children together?
Not yet, but we're working on it!

♥ What about pets?
We have our dog, Coco "the Bean". She's a Cairn terrier and gets more love than she can handle.

♥ Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
We adapt to situations pretty well. Growing up as a couple will do that to you. I'd say our hardest situation thus far was the beginning of college when we were both starting to change/grow. Obviously, we worked through it and we're able to help each other a lot.

♥ Did you go to the same school?
The only school we didn't go to together was elementary school. 

♥ Are you from the same home town?
Yes- same area.

♥ Who is the smartest?
Jony. He's incredibly smart and learns amazingly quick.

♥ Who is the most sensitive?
I am, especially in this TTC stage in our lives.

♥ Where do you eat out most as a couple?
When it's just us two, we go somewhere different each time for the most part. We've been stringent on our money for the past year, so we don't really do that much anymore. We only eat out with family/friends.

♥ Who has the craziest ex?
Neither of us really have any exes, let alone crazy ones.

♥ Who has the worst temper?
I have a quick temper, but Jony has the worst, by far. I'm the only person who's not scared of him the few times he gets mad. He tends to hold it in for a long time (like years long time), so when it comes out it's BAD. He can't help it- he's a red-head.

♥ Who does the cooking?
Mostly me because of our work schedule. He's a much better cook than I am, though.

♥ Who is more sociable? 
Definitly me. I have to practically drag him out to interact with people.

♥ Who is the neat-freak?
He is, but neither of us are really that adament about it. 

♥ Who is the more stubborn?
Oh, definitly me. 

♥ Who wakes up earlier?
Not counting work days (which would be me), he wakes up much earlier than I am. I like to sleep and have no problems staying in bed until noon.

♥ Where was your first date?
We went to see Ice Age at the movie theatre. We're pretty excited about Ice Age 3 coming out, so we can honor the way it all began!

♥ Who has the bigger family?
He does, since his family actually has children.

♥ Do you get flowers often?
Nope. I hate getting flowers. They're more work on the girl than the guy! Plus, I'm not a fan of getting things that die.

♥ How do you spend the holidays?
Thanksgiving/Christmas Eve with his family, day after thanksgiving and Christmas with mine. The parents both live close, so it's easy.

♥ Who is more jealous?
We left jealousy behind in 11th grade. At this point, we know that noone else can replace us, so why bother worrying about it?

Stats:
-CD 6

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

I can't believe how busy I've been these last few days. For one, I actually worked 4/5 days last week- amazing! That, along with the housework that will never end, kept me pretty darn busy. I don't even know the last time I was on GP. I guess that was my AF break to give me some time to adjust to this new cycle. But, AF has bid herself adieu, so I'm ready to make a baby in cycle 3! J seems to be on board with having more planned sex this cycle in hopes of making our last shot at a 2009 baby count. We were even getting excited about having ourselves a little turkey (J said that he would prefer a human, lol). 

This past weekend was busy. Imagine that. We're hosting a surprise birthday party for my mom next weekend at our farm- the big 60! So, J and I met my sister's family (including my super awesome niece who now completely prefers J to me...blah) to do some work that needed to be done. We're going back up there Thursday for the last minute preperations, but there's a lot that had to be done. We came back Saturday afternoon, though, for a couples V-Day party with some good friends. We played some 'Dirty Minds' and Battle of the Sexes- good times. Today, it was back to the old routine of painting. We are getting SO close to being finished with our dining/living room! Our goal is to finish and get it all set up by this weekend so that my uncle (who's coming in for a surprise for my mom) can see it looking like an actual house when they come see the new digs. Plus, if we can get it finished, we won't be exhausted like we have been around potential O time! Double positives.

I've got tomorrow off, so it's painting and lounging (GP) time for me!

Stats:
-CD 5: some spotting in the AM- all clear in the PM. She's GONE!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Moving ahead...

My body messed with me a lot yesterday. I saw the red blood and the fact that there was enough for a tampon (I thought), so I marked 'light' on my chart. I didn't have anything else the rest of the day. So, my stats for yesterday is wrong. I am in fact on CD 1 today. I'm hoping to O around March 8th (or earlier- I would not be mad about that!). It seems like such a long time to wait to do this all over again, but do it again we shall...

Stats:
CD 1: heavy AF

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cycle 2= a bust

Moving onwards. I'm a bit bummed, but, honestly, not as much as I thought I'd be. I think J is starting to realize that this is not going to be as easy as he thought. It's days like today that I thank everything I have that I found GP. I'd be so clueless without all that I've learned from that board. I did some studying of my chart because I was a bit concerned about the short LP, and I believe that I ovulated 2 days prior to what FF was telling me. That's when the temp shift begins (slow rise like most of my charts have been) and that puts my LP right around where it has been. So, I feel slightly better about that. I'll definitely be watching for that this next cycle, though. The biggest bummer is that this is our last chance at a 2009 baby, if we even make it then. If I ovulate around when I usually do, it should be mid- December. It's not our ideal due date, but we want this child. I know that I'll do an amazing job at making sure they do not get slighted by having a birthday near Christmas (if in fact we are blessed to have that problem). 

As I put in my new siggy, I'm hoping that our Irish blood is up for the challenge at making a St. Patrick's day baby!! And, here we go...

Stats:
-CD 1: AF

What the crap?!?

Today's temp has got to be the most random of them all. It's so low that it's almost lower than my pre-O temps. Ridiculous. Now, I'm going to be terrified every time I go to the bathroom that I'm gong to see AF. I'm only 10 DPO! If anything, it better be just spotting. I don't want a short LP, thanks. This is not going to help my poor little J. I've been so freaking irritable these last few days. I've had to apologize a million times. If I bring up a conversation with him, it's okay. BUT, if he decides to say something to me first, I'm not a nice person. I feel really bad, but I can't help it! It's some hardcore PMS. J is not a fan. Now, I'm going to be irritable all day since I have to wait so darn long to get a new temp. and see what the heck is going on in this body of mine! UGH!

Stats:
-CD 37: 10 DPO- MAJOR temp drop

Sunday, February 8, 2009

My First Time

I went to my first baby shower while TTC tonight. Granted, I'm not a frequent attender of baby showers, so it just so happened to fall in the timing of when we're trying. It's a friend of both of ours from middle/high school, and she looks so good! She's so small for 33 weeks- not really in her belly, but she hasn't gained weight anywhere else it seems. Oh, except for her boobs, as her brother pointed out (HAHA!). I just kept getting tiny jealous bouts and thinking how exciting it will be when it's my turn. It was a couples shower, so J went through the same things. We were kind of shocked that she didn't know what anything was when she opened it. J said, "Even I knew what that stuff was!" Granted, he's extremely involved in my niece's life (as am I, obviously), so that helps us understand. We both just figured that someone about to go into birth next month (3/27) would have done some research by now. We did end up removing one our names from our girl name list as a result. We had heard rumors that she was choosing it, but it was affirmed tonight- Bridgette (we would have spelled it Bridget). We're not too bummed. It wasn't one of our favorites in any capacity, and it had a crapload of negative votes on our BabyNames voting poll. 

In other news, our kitchen is done!! YAY! It was seriously the highlight of my year so far to have those words said to me. Also, I was hating myself today (apparently) and googled "severe cramps at 4 DPO" and got way too many indications for implantation cramps. I completely regret doing that now. At least I'm halfway through the 2ww. Last cycle was so much easier with the holidays.

Stats:
-CD 34: 7 DPO

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Oh geez...

First off, I love the word "geez." It makes me laugh every time I hear/say it. 

I woke up this morning and temped- there was a bit of a drop, but it's still above the coverline. No big deal. I had 45 more minutes to sleep, though, before I had to get up for work. I always have to pee after I take my temp (which is annoying). The last few days, when I pee, I've been feeling what seems to be ovulation pain in my right ovary, which I felt again this morning. THEN, they came. Out of the freaking blue, I had major cramps. MAJOR. I crawled back into bed and tried the fetal position to calm them down. It worked to a certain extent until I would move again. I tried getting ready for work, since I figured I could handle it for only 3 hours (a half day today), but I got super dizzy and felt like I was going to throw up as soon as I stood up. So, I had to call in. J got me some Tylenol Extra Strength (no advil for me in the 2ww!) and that seems to have done the trick for the most part. I wish I'd taken it from when they first started, though, so I could have gone to work. Oh well. I'm still getting painful twinges here and there, but nothing I can't handle (as in, I can walk now).  

So, what the crap?!? I'm only 4 DPO (maybe 5, but that's still early). Why am I having these awful cramps? I have not started AF- I was thinking that maybe I did O when I had the massive amounts of EWCM even if my temps didn't rise dramatically. Even then, I'd only be 9 DPO. I was doing so good at not over-analyzing this cycle! Ugh!

Stats:
-CD 31: 4 DPO w/ a temp drop and cramps

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Confirmed!

I have ovulated. Woo-hoo! So, now I'm 3 DPO and testing on the 14th, which also happens to be Valentine's Day, if you didn't know. I had some pretty hardcore ovulation pain this month, so that's exciting (I guess). I'm just so happy right now that I've got some crosshairs AND I'm not feeling the same crampiness that I did last cycle around this time (and throughout the 2ww). Those were punks, getting me all excited. I guess I have moved on from the Cycle 1 excitement. Tonight, we're heading to a nice dinner to celebrate J's parents' 29th wedding anniversary. We made them a new version of their wedding album, and we're pretty stoked to give it to them. We took their old one, which was fading and completely falling apart, about a month before our wedding (July 08) to scan/make copies to display at the actual wedding. What they did not know was that we did this for all of their pictures (there's only like 15) and made them a digital photo book from Shutterfly.  It came out great. We've been holding it hostage for 5 months!! Now, let's hope we can find it amidst our boxes of clutter. Yeah, we haven't unpacked yet. Getting closer to that point, though. We got our granite today!

Stats:
-CD 30: 3 DPO

Monday, February 2, 2009

6 months!

Today, we have officially been married 6 months! How crazy! It's been an amazing few months with so many changes! I would have never imagined (hoped, but not believed) that we would be in our own house trying to make our own little baby right now! I love it. These past 6 months have flown by, but I can still remember our wedding so clearly. We had so much fun that night, and we're still enjoying ourselves now. Here's a wedding pic to commemorate:
                                                               
Our first dance to "My Valentine" by Martina McBride. It's been "our song" since the very beginning of our relationship (a little over 6 1/2 years ago!). 

Now that I've wrote that, it would be so perfect for us to get our BFP on Valentine's Day. Another little Valentine to add to our family. Tomorrow's temperature should give me my crosshairs- a little 1/2 anniversary present. It would be so amazing to concieve around our 6 month ann. and find out on V-Day!!

Stats:
-CD 29: 2 DPO (unconfirmed)