Not much news here. I am pretty sure I misjudged my fertile period and ovulation may still be a couple of days away (so a lot of bd this week, haha). Found fertile CM for the first time today and my cervix is definitely higher and softer today than yesterday. I have charted before when not TTC (was considering using Natural Fertility Planning as contraception, but my husband wasn't keen) but this is my first month checking my cervix. I have been quite amazed at the changes and how obvious they are! Bodies are interesting things.
@frances, ooh that is tricky. I know that now we have decided to start TTC I would find stopping very hard, but of course you might feel differently. My husband has also been offered an interview (by an old employer of his, so chances are good he'd get it) in Vietnam. Tricky for us as it would be so much more family-friendly than where we are now but I don't think it is the right job for him. We are also just going to wait and see where that one goes! Good luck for your TWW.
@Frances - I'm a teacher and I'm starting a new job in five weeks. If I get pregnant now, I'll still be able to work until the end of the year (school year ends in December in Australia). I don't think it's really considered "bad form" to get pregnant at the beginning of a new teaching job here. I'm certainly not putting my TTC plans on hold! Good luck with your decision!
My period came yesterday. I feel stupid for having held out hope this cycle, because after so many failed attempts I think it is darn near foolish to suddenly expect different results without changing up some variables. But yesterday was the third anniversary of my accident, and my period was one day late, and I woke up at 5:30am and practically skipped to the bathroom to take a pregnancy test because I hoped beyond hope that I would discover a life inside of me on the date that should have marked my death. June 13 is the date on which I celebrate life and hope, the date on which I remember that you should hang onto hope even if it looks like the sky is falling, but in an ironic twist of events, yesterday marked the tenth time that my hopes of motherhood were dashed, and I am left pondering whether my fertility was lost on that very date in 2010. My life is a dark comedy.
So here it is, June 14. Three years ago I was not expected to wake up to see this date, and now I'm seeing it for a third time since then. My gratitude and excitement over that have temporarily given way to a pity party, but it will pass. For now I'm somewhere between my "OHMYGOSH I'M ALIVE" mindset and wallowing over my prospects of ever having a child. Here are some photos to commemorate this significant time of the year for me; I do have one photo that was taken even sooner after the accident, featuring a bloodied face, a neck brace, and much more life support, but I'm never entirely comfortable sharing that one, nor am I comfortable sharing the later wheelchair shots. The girl standing beside my hospital bed is my older sister who was in the accident with me and sustained a fractured bone by her eye, three broken ribs, and a punctured lung. You all know my injuries. When I got home from hospital and finally signed onto Facebook, I discovered that all of my family and friends, and even lots of REALLY unexpected acquaintances, had changed their profile pictures to the photo you see below of just my hand with the stuffed animal. And then, of course, is my beloved scar, which I flaunt shamelessly. My bittersweet reminder. That's what life is, mostly...bittersweet. But it's good. I didn't celebrate life yesterday like I did for the previous two anniversaries, but really...I should have. My husband and I are going out to celebrate life tonight instead. I think that any day that you have a pulse and a heartbeat is worth celebrating. Even the days when you get your f-ing period.
Hey! I'm Caroline, new to the forums haha but I've been perusing around this website looking at names for a while. My husband and I started trying in Aprii/May ish so hopefully soon we'll have some good news. I don't know much about all of the ovulation stuff so I guess it's not that we're trying necessarily we're just not preventing it anymore. I've always had a pretty regular cycle so I don't expect it to take very long but who knows. Good luck ladies :)
Oh, Alzora, your post made me cry. I'm not sure if I'm crying out of disappointment for you, or for what you survived, or your wonderful attitude, or just everything you wrote. Or maybe I just cry too easily. Anyway. Thank you for sharing. I'm proud of you for going out to celebrate life, even though it must be just so difficult not to stay in pity party mode.
Okay, crying over. :)
Hi Beatrix Daisy (Caroline) - welcome to our TTC thread! If you ever have any questions about ovulation, etc., feel free to ask. There is usually someone here with answers or suggestions. I'm also going to get on the bandwagon of recommending Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I am in the middle of reading it now and I have found it so fascinating. (When I get into a book or an idea, I can become a little fanatical, and I think I'm in that spot right now. ;) ) But anyway, it explains a lot about your cycle, your body, and all the hormones that go into ovulation and pregnancy, most of which I didn't know before.
Hello Ladies. I'm so sad that things didn't work for you Alzora. But you're doing great! Thanks for sharing the pictures!
i have amazing news... we had our first ultrasound today. 8 wks. And everything is perfect!!!
So perfect, it's actually TWICE as perfect!!! TWINS!!!
they are measuring the same, and right on schedule. And each has the same heartbeat of 169 bpm. We are so happy and feeling so blessed. I've had twins on the brain all week... now I know why!
I can't get the picture to load, so here it is on my blog: http://inthelandoferin.blogspot.com/...o-blessed.html
Hello newbies! Good to see ya'll here!
@whitegold, I used the kind at the store for a while, but did find the wandfo strips like the previous poster said to be the best value. And just as easy. I got 50 ovulation tests and 20 pregnancy tests for 21 dollars (it came in a pack). Grant it the pregnancy tests are not personally my favorite style (same as ovulation strips) small and strip style, when I actually get a positive I will re do it on a normal pregnancy test for the pictures in my future baby book. But the value is undeniably the best. After trying for as long as I have, I have no issues using the strips =) you can also just order the ovulation strips for even cheaper.
@alzora, I'm sorry again for the sad news about AF but you still have reason to celebrate being alive and you have an awesome attitude about it!
@Frances322, man I don't know what I would do if I were in your position... that's really tough...I guess fate will let you know soon...
Quick update, I had a physical yesterday and it looks like I will be going to get a dye test to make sure that I drop my eggs properly. We have no reason to believe that I'm not. Its more of a precaution for if my husband and I decide to get the IUI technique done. We are feeling it out, we may try for another 6 months and if we are not pregnant then insemination may be the next best thing. We want to avoid this obviously.... so we are hoping for the best in these next few months.... =/
Grecienern - I saw on the pregnancy thread that you were having your ultrasound today - I am SO glad that everything looks good! And, CONGRATULATIONS! Twins! So happy for you! Hope you have a healthy pregnancy!
Butterfly kisses - I hope your dye test goes well and you get good results. I also hope you get your BFP soon!
@grecianern that is terrific news!
@alzora I understand your disappointment. New insurance kicks in in September, right? You could look at each passing month as a countdown... towards pregnancy, and towards certainty/a diagnosis. I.e. July... "maybe we're pregnant!" And if not, "only 2 more months until my workup and treatment plan!" Etc.