6 Feb

Ok! Don’t freak out! The title of this post does not mean that shmerson and I are back on the TTC wagon. All it means is that the digital thermometer has been purchased, a membership to has been registered, and I am officially starting to chart. Trust me, when we’re ready to TTC, you will know.

(for anyone without the baby-crazies, I apologize in advance for the next couple of paragraphs, because you will find them exceedingly boring)

I’ve purchased and started reading “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and I know that if nothing else, this whole charting thing will make figuring out what the heck’s going on in my uterus a whole lot easier.

A few people have suggested, and my instinct says, that my problem may be a shortened luteal phase.

Of course my instinct has been wrong in the past – but really I won’t know anything unless I start this whole charting thing, so I figure now is as good a time as any. Things are finally starting to be a bit more stable, and I don’t think I’m doing this from a control-freaky place. At this point, it’s purely diagnostic.

However, I will be honest with you (and with myself) and admit that because things are really looking up, my baby crazies have kicked into high gear. But I have willpower goshdarnit! I will control my crazy! I will! Really! I’m sure of it! (kind of).

But I’ll be good. I promise. So to make good on this promise, here are the ground rules I have set for myself:

1) With the exception of this post, I will not post my stats at the top of my blog entries. This will only happen once shmerson and I decide to TTC again.

2) I will take my temps every day and chart them, but I will spend no more than five minutes per day charting and/or looking at my chart.

3) No analysis of the chart will be done until the end of the first month, and even then, everything will be taken with a grain of salt because it is the first month. So even a shorter-than-normal luteal phase will not be self-diagnosed at that point or make me freak out or get excited because I have a handy easy answer. (though  it will be shared with my gyno, and I assume there will be a mini-freak-out if this is the case).

4) I will not mention my temps, my CM, or any other relevant TTC acronyms on this blog until Shmerson and I officially TTC – unless I have a specific, non-control-freaky question that I want to ask somebody here.

5) I will not POAS this month at all, with the exception of two OPK’s, to be taken precisely when the handy website tells me to take them (this is purely for scientific, getting-to-know-my-body reasons).

That’s it. Now it’s your responsibility to help me enforce the rules. Ready… Go! (well, ok, there was no real need for me to write that because after the “go!” nothing really happens except that you close this browser window or leave a comment, so it is a bit anti-climactic. Ok. I’m rambling now.)

Wish me luck! (or something)

8 Responses to “CD2”

  1. slcurwin February 6, 2011 at 00:52 #

    I’m still jealous when I hear someone has that damn book. I keep meaning to get a copy (I had to give the one I borrowed from a SIL back)but I always get sidetracked into another (or few other) books. It really is informative…the less than 20% I got through so far was more than I could remember.

    • mommyodyssey February 6, 2011 at 00:58 #

      it’s a darn good book but it is pretty heavy, and not really leisure reading. it’s not that pricey, though, so you should put it on your list for the next book allowance buy. (along with the hunger games trilogy, of course!)

      • slcurwin February 6, 2011 at 01:31 #

        I’ve been saying that for the last year and each time I do something along the lines of “oh, I like that shirt…” and byebye book till next time.

  2. slcurwin February 6, 2011 at 00:53 #

    oh, and how to you only go through 2 okp’s unless you happen to get a + 2 days in?

    • mommyodyssey February 6, 2011 at 00:57 #

      from what I understand predicts your ovulation ahead of time according to the cycle data you already put in and your temps. So I’m pretty much counting on that, and the opk will only be a confirmation thing. If I have to go to three, so be it. 🙂

  3. missohkay February 6, 2011 at 17:53 #

    Yes, that book is a must-have! I learned that I had a 9-10 day luteal phase, but my (former) ob/gyn was one of those doctors who doesn’t believe it means anything. Of course she also told me to stop supplementing progesterone at 6 weeks pregnant, so she’s kind of an idiot. Good luck in your learning-and-not-breaking-the-rules quest!

  4. Elphaba February 6, 2011 at 18:40 #

    Ah, I’ve just started reading it too–I’m not sure why it took me so long. It just looked big and boring.

    Those are good rules for your first cycle–good luck 😉

  5. Hemlock February 7, 2011 at 06:57 #

    It’s a good book, and a lot of help! Has some pretty good insight, and explains things pretty well, too!

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