Monday, August 17, 2009

Big week

Headed back to work this week. Man, this is going to be an interesting week. Three months off, taking on more hours the first few weeks of school, AND I'm starting graduate school next week. Talk about a major shock. Going from zero schedule to almost being over-booked. Not to mention I'm turning the big 2-8 this week.

In all honesty, though, I'm ready to get back into a regular schedule. I really wanted to be good at making my own hours, but at the end of the day, I'm just not. To give myself a little more credit, I have been slightly distracted this summer for obvious reasons so I'd like to think under different circumstances that my production level would have been much higher. Regardless, the summer has come to an end and I gave freelancing a shot (not necessarily a fair one) which is all I promised myself I would do.

And my students! I miss them! I am definitely looking forward to getting back in touch with them and living vicariously through them and remembering what it was like to think deciding what to eat in the cafeteria and what party to go to were the toughest decisions I'd ever make.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


You know its got to be good news when the nurse on the other end of the phone asks you if you are sitting down. I O'd! Thank the lord. My progesterone went from a 0.6 to a 24.5! What a relief. To know that I actually responded to the meds (for sure) is such a weight lifted.

Of course, I immediately felt pregnant. I told Kyle that his little guys were probably so excited to see something new floating around down there (an egg) that they probably all went running. In all honesty, although I would be elated to be pregnant, all I was really pulling for this cycle was an O. To ask for any more than that at this point seems greedy.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My Fertility Friend

For those of you who don't know, Fertility Friend is an online program that you can use to chart your fertility signs for each cycle. It takes a lot of the manual work out of charting your temps and it makes for a nice place to keep track of all the pertinent info.

Well, my friend thinks I've O'd. Wouldn't that be nice if thats all it took? Although, this is the first time that its ever speculated an ovulatory pattern so my hopes are heightened at least a little that its a possibility my parts did their job this cycle. I've seen other people's red lines appear indicating their O date, but mine has remained lineless, until today. I was almost shocked, truthfully. I entered my temp from this morning and all of sudden it started doing things I've never seen it do before. I was half asleep and slightly confused until I realized it said "O date: CD25". Wow, really?!

Now, of course, this isn't enough for the cynic in me, but it does boost my confidence a tad. I was supposed to go in for bloodwork tomorrow, but that was working on the assumption that I O'd last Friday. I actually just spoke with the nurse and she agrees that I likely O'd at the beginning of the week, pushing my bloodwork now to Tuesday.

One thing I am regretting to consider is, if I actually did O on CD 25, why did the Clomid take so long to work?! It is technically supposed to make you O 4-10 days after the last pill...mine would have been 16 days after my last pill. I'll take it, no doubt, but it does make me wonder, assuming I don't get pregnant this month, if they will still up my Clomid next cycle to make it happen earlier. Grrrr. The thought of 200mg of Clomid literally makes me cringe.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Temps: still up (!!)

Blood work: Friday

Spirits: lifted

Sunday, August 2, 2009


So my temperatures are actually looking fairly promising this cycle. They have been slowly rising over the last week and reached just below my coverline today. Without delving too deep into temping jargon, basically your temps need to be above your coverline for at least three days in order to confirm ovulation. That means if my temps continue to rise as they have been then it is likely that I O'ed yesterday! I'm desperately trying not to read too much into it, however, this is my first temperature chart that even looked remotely promising.

I've actually grown to enjoy charting my temps. The first month I analyzed each lonely temperature when in fact its much more about the chart as a whole. After a few weeks you can see a pattern develop which, in theory, matches up with the hormone levels in your body. It has helped me to understand exponentially more about my body and about each cycle. And, it is much more reliable and has less room for error than peeing on OPKs. As long as you are pretty consistent (within 30 minutes) about the time you take your temperature when you wake up every morning it can provide you with some pretty concrete answers.