Monthly Archives: October 2012

If my boobs get any bigger, I might punch someone in the face. If my boobs don’t reach them first.

No seriously.

I had to order new bras. Gone are my days of a full C/space-left-over D. Now? DOUBLE FREAKING D. Ugh.

I know. Girls get boob jobs for sizes like these. But me? I hate having big boobs. I can barely even wear a turtleneck without cleavage. And that was before this whole pregnancy thing made them swell up like the lips of someone with a peanut allergy after eating a PB&J.

And you know what’s just as (completely NOT) awesome about Double Ds? There are no pretty bras. I mean, sure, there are ones with pretty fabrics, and with lace… But when they’re big enough to cover mountains? Just no.

Also? I have to get new cleaning supplies. I use Mrs. Meyers’ honeysuckle-scented cleaners… Now the smell is so sweet it makes my stomach swirl. At least I know the basil scent is crisp and won’t bother me. For now.

Also? I ate a Hershey’s mini chocolate bar and it made my throat hurt. What is UP with that?

Aaaand that ends my Friday night gripe session…

INFJ

Interesting. I took the Meyers Briggs again this morning, and this time my result was INJF.

INFJ – “Author”. Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.

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According the the website, INJF is described as:

creative, smart, focus on fantasy more than reality, attracted to sad things, fears doing the wrong thing, observer, avoidant, fears drawing attention to self, anxious, cautious, somewhat easily frightened, easily offended, private, easily hurt, socially uncomfortable, emotionally moody, does not like to be looked at, fearful, perfectionist, can sabotage self, can be wounded at the core, values solitude, guarded, does not like crowds, organized, second guesses self, more likely to support marijuana legalization, focuses on peoples hidden motives, prone to crying, not competitive, prone to feelings of loneliness, not spontaneous, prone to sadness, longs for a stabilizing relationship, fears rejection in relationships, frequently worried, can feel victimized, prone to intimidation, lower energy, strict with self

Most of that actually sticks. Though I don’t fear drawing attention to myself and I don’t hate being looked at… And I don’t know what prone to intimidation means. If it’s that I’m easily intimidated, it’s wrong. If it’s that I intimidate others, I don’t think that’s right either.

I do love that it says “author,” though. 🙂

Last time, I got ENFP.

While I didn’t think Extroverted was correct (though it was so close with Introverted, it coulda gone either way, which maybe is a lot like me, depending on the situation) I really liked that Perceiving came out ahead of Judging. It didn’t this time. I don’t feel like I’m a judgmental person. I actually try really hard not to be…

But again, it gives me a writing sort of path with “journalist.” So at least the writing-related stuff is staying strong!

How I got pregnant. Beyond the obvious, that is.

I truly believe know without a doubt I wouldn’t have gotten knocked up without some very specific things helping me out along the way. (Unless we’d used the sex every other day method, nd, let’s be real, my sex life doesn’t roll that way.)

No, my plan was always to concentrate on when I ovulated. And given my *fairly* regular 30 day cycles, I was taught that I’d ovulate on day 15.

Heh.

So, yeah. Let’s get into this. Here are the things I’d highly recommend if you’re trying, and why they helped me so much.

ONE

Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’s a book (very educational, but oh-so-dry), and it’s also a message board community online. I recommend both. The book gives a lot of information, but is pretty boring. (I mean, how could it not be, if you think about it? There’s no drama, no comedy, no romance… Just straight facts.) And it gives a really good introduction to how and why you should chart your temperature each morning. Honestly, there was a lot of information in the book that wasn’t relevant to me, at all. But if you’re a good skimmer, you should be fine!

But the BEST part about TCOYF are the online tools. There are message boards, where you can ask any questions, vent any frustrations, and celebrate success with other women striving for the same thing you are. And, most importantly, you can chart your temperatures (and lots of other things) into an online graph that will tell you when you’ve ovulated. This was so clutch for me. Because remember how I said I should have ovulated on day 15? Yeah. No. I didn’t ovulate until day 23 on the cycle I got pregnant. So if I’d tried to conceive without charting, I would have tried way too early and missed the window completely. See? (The little egg picture shows when I ovulated.)

TWO

Basal Body Temperature Thermometer. (I got mine at Target for, like, $9.) This is how I took my temperature. Every morning at the same time. My alarm would go off, I would reach out and pop this baby in my mouth until it beeped to tell me my temperature. (Seriously, you can’t stretch, you can’t pee, you can’t talk, you can’t sit up… This has to be the very first thing you do, or else your temps will be skewed.) The thermometer I got was nice because it records the temperature and flashes it for you the next time you turn it on. So if I fell back asleep before recording on my own, I had a cheat sheet right there.

I also used the My Days iPhone app to record my temperatures each morning. It charts similarly to TCOYF, but waaaay less detailed. I really only used it as a temporary recording area until I was awake enough to get my laptop and enter the temp in my TCOYF chart.

Also, in case you’re wondering, the day after ovulation has occurred, your temperature will spike. See on the chart above? My temperature spiked on day 24, which showed that I’d ovulated on day 23.

THREE

Okay, so while the first two helped me determine when ovulation had occurred, these Wondfo Ovulation Prediction Strips help me figure out when I’m ABOUT to ovulate. Because here’s the thing. When you’ve ovulated, you have like a 12-24 hour window(ish) to bang it out with results. Because the egg survives about that long. BUT. Sperm? Sperm can live (up there) for up to a few days. So if you know when you’re about to ovulate, you can start trying right away.

I tested twice a day from a few days before I was supposed to start ovulating, all the way through when I was about to. (Which was about a 9 day difference than what I’d thought it’d be.) We started trying as soon as the strip changed color up through the day past ovulation. And honestly, I feel like it was one of those early times that did it for us, because I got a positive pregnancy test at 8 days past ovulation. Which is SUPER early to show a positive!

One thing to note about these strips–the indicator strip has to be AS dark as the test line to show that your LH is surging (which is what occurs before ovulation). On the other hand, with PREGNANCY strips, the line can be super, duper faint–and it still means you’re pregnant 🙂 (Because any level of HCG, the preggo hormone, in your urine indicates pregnancy.)

FOUR

Since we got pregnant the first month we tried, I’m not sure how much Pre-Seed had to do with it. But it could have been what cinched it for us. I have a really close family member who struggled with infertility for over a year. She tracked her temperatures, used ovulation prediction strips (and taught me about both those things), even had a few rounds of Clomid. But the thing that made a difference for her and her husband was Pre-Seed. The first time they used it, they got pregnant. In fact, I have a few friends who’ve used Pre-Seed and they’ve all had the same results. Super quick conceptions.

And that’s it. Those are the things that helped me get this bun in my oven! (Well, I mean, besides Nelson, of course, ha!) Although, I should also mention that there was a lot of luck involved for me. I feel extremely fortunate that things fell into place the way they did, because I’m well aware that it doesn’t happen so easily for others.

Sometimes you HAVE to have hot and spicy cup o’ noodles.

Sometimes you have to rush to the grocery store and buy ten cups of it.

Sometimes you eat three in a row.

Sometimes your vow to only eat superbly healthy throughout your entire pregnancy goes right. out. the. window.

And sometimes, you don’t even feel guilty about it. You sit there, on the couch, a contented smile across your face and your belly rounded out as though you’re 7 months, rather than 7 weeks, along.

Because you know what? Sometimes you spend so many days in a row so queasy that nothing really sounds good–or anything that actually does, makes you nauseous just thinking about it a few minutes later.

And when that craving hits, one that doesn’t disappear a few seconds later, for spicy, salty bad-for-you deliciousness, you freaking rush out to fulfill it.

And it’s effing amazing.

Week Seven

How far along? 7 weeks, 1 day

Total weight gain: Nothing, yet.
Maternity clothes? Nope. Ordered a few things (jeans, leggings, tunics) but they’re not necessary yet! Though, not gonna lie, I might just wear the jeans anyway. For the rest of my life. Seriously, it’s like, goodbye, muffin top!
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Mostly going well. I messed up my sleep habit of falling asleep by 11 or so because I went to a writing slumber party and staying up until 3 am… I’m trying to get back on a good schedule though, but I’m still usually up until 1 or so. I’ve also been having super weird dreams. Often disturbing ones regarding babies… 
Best moment this week: SEEING MY BABY’S HEARTBEAT!!! We had an aging sonogram (because I fibbed and said I wasn’t sure of the date of my last AF, whoops!) and our little sweet pea had such a strong flicker on the screen. Watching Nelson tear up was pretty amazing, too. Even if it made me giggle a little. (I know, I’m a jerk.)
Miss Anything? Oh God, SUSHI. I would pound the shit out of some sushi right now. 
Movement? No, way too early for that!
Food cravings: Everything. And nothing. Nausea makes it hard to really want anything. Like one second I’ll be dying for a scrambled egg breakfast burrito, the next, the thought will make me wanna barf. Pretty steadily, underlying craving for fruit. Watermelon, the most. And overripe strawberries. 
Gender prediction? This seriously changes every day minute. But my first guess is a boy. I’m not sure why, other than I used to think I wanted a girl (now I know I’d be thrilled equally for either!) and it seems like the way life goes that I’d get a boy, yanno what I mean? My complexion is pretty freaking good right now, which is a sign for a boy. But the fruit cravings point toward a girl. So really, WHO KNOWS? Ha. I can’t wait to find out, though!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Nausea, nausea, nausea. Fatigue. Sore boobs. Dry skin.
Belly Button? In
Wedding rings? On
Mood? Surprisingly happy and calm! I had one weekend of complete bitchiness (around 5 weeks) but ever since then, I’ve felt pretty even-keeled. 
Looking forward to: Starting to show! And getting to share the news with more people. (Though Nelson already wants to tell everyone, haha! He won’t. He knows the risks, but I still think it’s adorable.)
Any other changes? Nelson and I have started taking walks in the evening when he gets home from work. It’s cooler now, definitely fall, so I don’t feel hot or sweaty. I love these walks. We talk a lot about the baby and our plans for the future. I feel like they bring us closer together.