My Chart So Far

So, this morning my temperature shot up.

Now… this could be a coincidence…

But all my ovulation signs are there – fertile cm that dried up yesterday, pain/twinges in my ovaries, sore boobs, and two days of positive opks, followed by a negative opk. Also, my spotting has stopped completely today.

My pregnancy test this morning was the equivalent of an evaporation line – the kind of test that if you get during the two week wait, you spend hours contemplating and wondering if it actually means anything. I’ve marked it as positive, because I know that the teeny shadow I can see means there is a tiny amount of HCG still leaving my body. I’m certain it will be officially negative tomorrow.

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Note the temp I’ve ignored on 1st January? That’s because I drank loads the night before which always affects my reading in the morning. Hic.

Anyway, so I think I’ve ovulated. Nine days after my full-on bleed.

I also think that the sac came away inside when I had all the bleeding, but just didn’t make it’s way out of my body until Saturday. I didn’t get any bleeding when it finally (and so surprisingly) came out, which would imply it had just been sitting there for a while.

If this is true (which I really hope it is), then it means I am back in the two week wait. Hurrah! DH and I talked about it this morning and we decided we’re not going to be disappointed if nothing comes of this (well, okay, I will be, but whatever).

I’m really pleased about this – shall I tell you why?

Of course I will.

I’m super-pleased about this because TTC is all about

WAITING

That’s just what we do. We wait, we wait, and we wait some f*cking more. Nothing ever happens quickly. Ever.

So to suddenly be faced with the prospect of sailing into a two week wait when I was still vaguely wondering what had happened inside my body with the miscarriage is quite simply, awesome.

And not only that, but when I got pregnant with my first son it was immediately following a miscarriage at 6w5d. I ovulated then on day 12. So I feel kind of lucky at the moment. And you know how everyone always tells you you are more fertile after a loss.

Now, you watch as my temp plummets tomorrow and the universe laughs at my pain. Hah!

No. That’s not going to happen.

Good thoughts only!

Day 7/14 When You Just Want To Cry

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I’ll explain the giraffe later.

 

You know why I want to cry? In fact, that’s a moot question because I am crying, and I cried a lot yesterday too.

Because I’m so sad and angry about how the last 2.5 years have turned out.

I am wallowing in a great big pool of feeling sorry for myself at the moment, and you know what?

It’s okay.

The future perfect me, the one that I always think of when I am at my lowest point, the one who has all her shit together no matter what’s going on in her life, she tells me that it’s ok. And so it is. It’s completely okay to cry your heart out for losing so many pregnancies. It’s completely okay to feel cheated, angry, bitter, exhausted and numb from the relentless pain. It’s completely okay to cry and cry and cry for catching a too-small-to-be-born baby in the palm of your hand in the midst of a bloody miscarriage.

I had hopes this month, with all the cramps and twinges, it felt hopeful.

But yesterday morning, it all came to a stop. And total radio silence has resumed.

Having been pregnant 10 times (5 of those didn’t even make 72 hours after implantation), I pretty much know that total silence from my uterus means NO PREGNANCY.

And I’ve walked around with such a heavy heart for the last 24 hours.

Because I really know, deep down, that it’s time to stop this. And I knew that at the start of this month, because to be honest, our trying consisted of two very perfunctory BDs and I was relieved when it was done.

So I’m grieving.

Grieving for the unfairness of everything I’ve been through. For the lost dream. For every time I’ve imagined five of us sat around the dinner table. For the fact that despite trying hard, I couldn’t make it happen. I failed.

Me – with my grammar school education and two degrees, my problem solving skills and my excellent grasp of english and maths, with my ability to dig deep and find reserves even when they aren’t there, to manage 36 hours of hard labour with no pain relief, to smile at the midwife when she sewed me up, to keep it together in the face of my mother’s attempted suicide, to cycle 1800km across Europe, to bunji jump off of Victoria Falls in Africa, to win £4000 back in bank charges for my little brother (don’t even ask), and to raise two boys, 21 months apart without a single piece of support or help from anyone other than my husband. Capable me – the person I believed could do anything I put my mind to, no matter what.

I failed to have a third baby.

This hurts me. As much as the loss of my third child does. It’s a broken dream AND a failure on my part.

So I am grieving.

But I don’t have trying in me any more.

I can’t stick to a healthy diet because the anger just keeps bubbling up and sabotaging my efforts – the anger that says other people can eat shit, and drink, and smoke, and still get pregnant, so what’s the deal?

I’m done with trying, and I think, deep down, I can accept that.

I’m going to take a break from this blog, and from all things pregnancy and baby.

I will pop back in a few months (maybe for my 40th birthday in December!) and let you know how I’m doing.

But for now, I need to learn how to be me without all of this.

So, just to reassure you that I am in fact, alright, this is what the next few months, getting back on my feet, are going to be like for me:

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But hopefully next time we speak I will be more like this:

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Love and light to you all.

Day 5/14

The two week wait continues.

  1. Clean the entire house, including the entire bathroom, from top to bottom –started
  2. Sort out the kids artwork mountain in the spare room
  3. Write at least one short story for a future competition
  4. Finish my Tomb Raider video (I’m making a montage of my own in-game play) 19.9.14
  5. Finish the Glen Duncan book I am reading – started
  6. Finish the Networking book (computers, not people. Me? Network? Ha ha) I am reading.
  7. Do two more meal plans and online shop orders – done 1 of 2
  8. Go to a second gym class, in addition to my Monday night class – booked
  9. Reply to my friend’s email who I haven’t seen in ages. 19.9.14
  10. Reach inbox zero (again) 19.9.14
  11. Complete four levels of Tomb Raider – done 2 of 4
  12. Dig up all the flagstones in the garden and move the table onto the patio – done 1/2
  13. Tidy up the garage and put the kids garden toys away for the year. 21.9.14
  14. Create some screen shots for the app I want to develop.

So, since my last post I’ve made a start on number 5 (finish book), done half of number 7 (meal plan), done half of number 11 (tomb raider levels), half of number 12 (garden flagstones), and completed number 13 (tidy garage and put garden toys away for the year).

Phew.

I’ve been really busy. And happy.

But I am also really struggling not to symptom spot. Mainly because, unlike last month where my uterus was basically silent for 14 days, this month I’ve had twinges and cramps non-stop since ovulation.

It’s like my uterus is saying Oh you think you can ignore me, do you? Well, take that and see if you still can!

And my lower back is really aching and now my boobs have chimed in with a bit of soreness at the sides.

Of course, it’s still only 5dpo (although I’ve talked about early pregnancy factor here before), so I know logically most of this is hormonal (and not pregnancy related).

But last month I had none of it. Not an iota.

Meh.

Struggling on, doing my best to ignore it all.

Day 2/14

I got a great high temp of 98.3 this morning, so should get my crosshairs on fertility friend tomorrow. We are officially in the two week wait.

Again.

So here’s my two week wait to-dos:

  1. Clean the entire house, including the entire bathroom, from top to bottom – started
  2. Sort out the kids artwork mountain in the spare room
  3. Write at least one short story for a future competition
  4. Finish my Tomb Raider video (I’m making a montage of my own in-game play) 19.9.14
  5. Finish the Glen Duncan book I am reading.
  6. Finish the Networking book (computers, not people. Me? Network? Ha ha) I am reading.
  7. Do two more meal plans and online shop orders.
  8. Go to a second gym class, in addition to my Monday night class – booked
  9. Reply to my friend’s email who I haven’t seen in ages. 19.9.14
  10. Reach inbox zero (again) 19.9.14
  11. Complete four levels of Tomb Raider.
  12. Dig up all the flagstones in the garden and move the table onto the patio.
  13. Tidy up the garage and put the kids garden toys away for the year.
  14. Create some screen shots for the app I want to develop.

Today, instead of googling about progesterone, the two week wait and implantation, I spent an hour writing an email and then sorting through everything in my inbox. All done for numbers 9 and 10. This afternoon I finished off my Tomb Raider video, and even wrapped up a copy on CD to send to my little brother 🙂

Yesterday and today I’ve also worked on numbers 1 and 8:

So far I have: cleaned the kitchen (including wiping down all the appliances and cupboards, cleaning the cooker and mopping the floor), tidied and cleaned the whole downstairs, including hoovering under the sofas and under all the cushions, and tidied away the 100s of tiny bits of toys that were all over the conservatory floor. Phew. Upstairs is still TBD.

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I do love a tidy house.
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And a shiny sink 🙂

I’ve booked a gym class for Sunday, so I’m planning on a Sunday and Monday class in future, in addition to my normal gym visit. I’ll tick that off when I’ve actually done it.

What shall I tackle next??

Things I Am Going To Do In This Two Week Wait To Stop Me Ruminating On Whether Or Not I am Pregnant

Oh sod it. I’m assuming I’ve ovulated today (at the latest). So here we are in the two week wait yet again.

So here’s 14 things I’m going to do instead.

I’ll give you an update – maybe with pics! – just so you know I’m really doing stuff and not just pretending to.

  1. Clean the entire house, including the entire bathroom, from top to bottom
  2. Sort out the kids artwork mountain in the spare room
  3. Write at least one short story for a future competition
  4. Finish my Tomb Raider video (I’m making a montage of my own in-game play)
  5. Finish the Glen Duncan book I am reading.
  6. Finish the Networking book (computers, not people. Me? Network? Ha ha) I am reading.
  7. Do two more meal plans and online shop orders.
  8. Go to a second gym class, in addition to my Monday night class.
  9. Reply to my friend’s email who I haven’t seen in ages.
  10. Reach inbox zero (again).
  11. Complete four levels of Tomb Raider.
  12. Dig up all the flagstones in the garden and move the table onto the patio.
  13. Tidy up the garage and put the kids garden toys away for the year.
  14. Create some screen shots for the app I want to develop.

 

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