brace yourself: bumpy ride ahead…

Where to begin….?

After what felt like an eternity TTC#1, and with my 35th birthday this year, we wasted no time starting TTC#2.  My first PPAF turned up the week Amber reached 5 months of age and, even though we had agreed to wait until 9 months to start TTC, I was hoping from the beginning.

By the time the 3rd PPAF arrived, I decided to invest in a new BBT thermometer and some OPKs.  I had never used OPKs before, so that was a new experience for me.  In 3 cycles, I never got a +OPK.  I did get some dark lines, just not as dark as the control.  But the temps confirmed O, so I didn’t worry too much about it at first.  After a while though, I started to wonder if I was getting a “weak” O.

The BBTs were more telling though.  I had assumed, since my cycles were much the same length as pre-pg (30 days instead of 32), that everything was back to normal even though I was still breastfeeding.  The BBTs said otherwise.  It seems that short LPs are common when breastfeeding, and, once again, I found myself in new territory.  From the first cycle I charted, I’ve had a nice 14 day LP (except when altered by medicated cycles).  Suddenly, I found myself with a 10 day LP.

This also meant that, even though my cycles were similar in length to pre-pg, I was O’ing later than normal too.  Hmm, seems our timing may not have been too good those first couple of cycles…  >.<

Which brings me to this cycle.  After waiting what-felt-like an eternity, I finally O’d on CD22.  That’s the latest I’ve ever O’d in a cycle (except after a failed IVF).  I was starting to think it would be my first annovulatory cycle (since I started charting BBTs in 2007), but the temps eventually rose….

…then at 7dpo they started to drop.  By 10dpo, I was expecting AF any moment.  My temps were back down to pre-O temps.  I figured we were done….

…then at 11dpo my BBT was back up.  I figured my body was playing silly buggers.  I tested anyway on an IC – BFN…

…then at 12dpo it was up again.  I tested again…



There was a faint line on the IC.  The line on the FRER came up within 45 seconds and was unmistakable!

Today is 14dpo, 4w0d, and the conception indicator on today’s digi said 2-3 weeks.

We saw the GP today and talked him into sending me for a dating scan (because of the late O vs LMP variations in due date).  Hopefully we can get an appointment around 7wks and hopefully we will see a heartbeat.  What a long wait this is going to be!

I forgot how nerve-wracking the first 20 weeks can be…


4 Responses to “brace yourself: bumpy ride ahead…”

  1. Jen, I am still totally shocked by it all… You must be also, as well as overwhelmed on such an achievement :)… xx
    You must be a gluton for punishment lke me.. lol – 2 under 2 :) I have days wondering what in gods name i have gotten myself into.
    Good luck I will be watching closley for dates and dating scan.. Hope everything goes well hun, you definatly deserve it..
    Need to do COFFEE!!!! well maybe tea or juice now :)

  2. Gosh, Jen, that’s wonderful news!!

    Will be holding your hand – please make sure and keep us updated!!

    Sue xx

  3. What wonderful news!!!!! Congratulations! So, how far apart will the babies be? My two are almost 16 months apart. It was a bit scary at 1st, but really, after doing this for 2 months now, its a piece of cake. (of course, one of the 2 is still a tiny infant that eats and sleeps all day….I may change my view in about 6 months, ha ha!)

  4. Thanks ladies. :)

    Karen, the due date is a week after Amber reaches 18 months. Congratulations on your second. I’m glad to hear it’s going well so far! I’ll no doubt be looking for advice from those who have BTDT when the time comes! ;)

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