Sunday, January 30, 2011

Spoke too soon

So you know how yesterday I was saying I haven't had any side effects from the progesterone?  Well, today I wake up and HOLY WOW, my boobs are sore.  And its gotten progressively worse all day. 

I think it's safe to say the pills are working!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

6 dpo... no news


Today I am 6 dpo, and so far, nothing exciting to report.  FF did actually give me CHs at 3 dpo... on CD15.  Now, I know FF was likely confused because of my missing temps, but seriously?!  I did not ovulate three days before my +OPK, silly FF!  I had to override and set FF straight.

On another moderately-related note... prometrium is MESSY!  I'll spare you the details, but those hot pink pills dissolve... and as they say, what goes up must come down.  And they kind of look like Skittles, which is just totally weird to think about.  LOL

I'm taking 200 mg per day, but so far I haven't noticed any side effects.  Which I know I should be thankful for, but I kind of expected some kind of sign to tell me they were working.  Has anyone else taken these and not had any symptoms?

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Here we go again

I'm 99% sure I ovulated on Sunday.  I base this on the fact that I almost always get a +OPK, followed by an O dip (either the next day or two days post- +OPK), followed by a temp spike (always the day after the dip).  Since my temp on Monday was higher than my previous seven recorded temps, I'm going to assume I did actually ovulate on Sunday.

I still can't believe I missed these two most crucial temps ever! Do'h!

Normally this wouldn't really matter, and I would just deal with not knowing and wait out the 2ww.  However, this cycle I am supposed to start my progesterone at 3 dpo, so its kind of crucial to know when that would be!  I'm planning to start tomorrow, so we will see how this goes. 

On a random semi-related note, I also had a decent amount of brown spotting today.  I have never had spotting so early in my cycle before, so I am wondering if maybe it could be related to ovulation?  Maybe I really did ovulate a litter this month!  lol

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I went out of town this weekend, and completely forgot to take my thermometer with me! This wouldn't normally be a problem, except I am probably ovulating right now but have no temp for Saturday or Sunday to compare to tomorrow's to confirm. Oops!

On a related note, I got the darkest, most positive OPK ever in life yesterday. I'm not even kidding, the test line was so dark you could barely even see the control line! I have never seen that happen before. And I know it wasn't just one bad test, because I got that dark of a line both times I tested yesterday. I joked with DH that maybe I'll be releasing quadruplets! lol (But no, really, that would be awesome. Maybe then we'd finally have a shot of one sticking around.)

I guess we will be finding out soon!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thank you all

Thank you all for the kind words and thoughts yesterday. I appreciate it more than you know!

Monday, January 17, 2011


I have thought about writing this post all day.  I hadn't said anything yet, because I honestly didn't know what else to say.

Tomorrow is my EDD.  DH and I should have been meeting Baby M this week.  And while I have fixated on this milestone, now that it is only a few hours away, it all feels very surreal.  I just cannot wrap my mind around the fact that we could have had a newborn any day now.

Maybe it is just a defense mechanism to keep myself from feeling depressed, but I truly just feel numb.  After the roller coaster of these past 7 1/2 months, tomorrow feels like just another day.  

Don't get me wrong.  I still remember the exhilarating excitement me and DH shared when we found out we were expecting.  I also remember the heart-shattering, devastating sadness I felt when the u/s tech told us there was no heartbeat.  And I still miss Baby M just as much as I did when I realized he or she was gone.  But thankfully, every day continues to get a little bit easier.  And I'm comforted by the fact that Baby M is in heaven with God, watching over me and DH, and knowing how much we love him or her.

Thinking of you Baby M, tomorrow and always. <3

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blog award!

I'm excited to announce that I have received my first blog award from Joanna at Pregnancy, Miscarriage, & Life with Chronic Pain!  Me and Joanna unfortunately share some similar experiences, and she has offered me a lot of encouragement as we both struggle with TTC.  You should definitely go check out her blog!

Now on to the rules that come with receiving this award....
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.  (Check!)
2. Share 7 things about yourself.  (See below - Check!)
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.  (See below - Check!)
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!  (Check!)

Seven things about myself:
  1. I am a problem-solver and a perfectionist.  I think this is why I am having such a mental struggle over trying to get (and stay) pregnant.  I have never failed at anything in my life; I've always been able to make it happen if I worked at it hard enough.  Obviously this does not apply in TTC, and I think that is one of the hardest things for me to cope with.
  2. I am the oldest of five children.  When my siblings were younger, I had to help my mother a lot, and there was a time when I did not think I ever wanted to have children because they were so much work.  My view on this has of course since changed.  But I am thankful to have gotten so much hands-on experience raising my younger siblings, because I think it will make me a better mother when the time does come.
  3. I really hope our kids get my blue eyes, and DH's dimples.  :-)
  4. I really want to lose 10 pounds, but I have no desire to exercise or cut back on all of the good foods I enjoy.  (Besides, I'll need those 10 pounds to feed our hypothetical baby when I'm so nauseated from morning sickness that I can't keep anything down... right?)
  5. I have a love-hate relationship with cooking.  Sometimes it is fun and I enjoy creating new meal ideas, but some days it feels like the biggest chore ever in life.
  6. I don't love my job.  But it is a paycheck and health insurance, and I feel like I can't complain in this economy, when I know so many others are struggling to put food on the table and would love to have any job at all.
  7. I finally got the fancy camera I wanted for Christmas this year, and I am really getting into photography as a hobby.  I love it!

Award fifteen great bloggers(I actually goofed and awarded sixteen... but thats ok because they are all great at what they do!)
  1. Shanna at Wishing...Hoping...Waiting
  2. Mary at The Great Elephant Symposium
  3. Christina at The Curse of the Chewed Buddha 
  4. Missy at ...And Baby Makes Three
  5. Mrs. Z at Come Blog With Me
  6. Sylvia at Clear as Mud
  7. Colinda at The Port of Indecision
  8. Bobbi at When Did I Go From a Kid to a Grown-Up?
  9. Mrs. H at A Second Line
  10. Ginger at Winter Baby
  11. Liz at Womb for Improvement
  12. L&R70707 at An Element of Blank
  13. Elise at WildeZoo
  14. TERogers at A New State of Normal
  15. Mrs. Later than Most at Later Than Most
  16. Randi at Life As Me

    Well, I think that's about it.  Thanks so much for the award, Joanna!  I really appreciate it!  :-)

    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Hysteroscopy results

    Well, I had my hysteroscopy today.  And I have to say, it was definitely worse than a pap.

    I didn't really feel anything at all while my RE was prepping me and injecting the saline.  But as soon as he inserted the camera, my entire cervix/uterine region started violently cramping like nothing I've ever felt before.  At one point I really thought I might pass out.  It wasn't even pain, really, just extreme, intense cramps radiating through my body.  It was really, really uncomfortable, but thankfully it only lasted a few minutes.  After the actual procedure was over, my cramping subsided pretty quickly.  I have still been having bouts of cramping on and off all afternoon -- and leaking saline and iodine, fun! -- but my RE warned me this would probably happen and is totally normal.  (I actually had several pretty strong cramps just as I was sitting up to write this; I think my ute might be dealing with some PTSD!) 

    The good news is that my RE did not find any abnormal tissue in my uterus!  He said my cervix and ute look great, and my tubes (what he could see of them, at least) are totally clear. Which is WONDERFUL news!  He thinks the dark spot he saw on the ultrasound must have been either a blood clot or a growth of uterine lining/polyp that shed itself during one of these past two cycles since the ultrasound.  At any rate, I am completely healthy and do not need surgery -- for which I am so, so thankful and totally relieved to hear. 

    So, the official diagnosis:  recurrent pregnancy loss due to poor quality uterine lining.  (At this point, my RE does not think we need to do an RPL panel, since those primarily test for genetic issues and clotting disorders.  He still does not believe either of these are my issue, since both would manifest themselves later in a pregnancy, after implantation, and I obviously am not even getting that far.)  He did prescribe progesterone that I am to start taking this cycle after ovulation.  He seems to think this will improve my lining and increase my chance of having a successful implantation, so I'm definitely ready to give it a try.  I am just so relieved to finally have a real diagnosis, and that my diagnosis is something that we can easily treat!

    Thank you all again for your support and encouragement yesterday and today, both here and on TTCAL.  It means more to me than you know!

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Appointment today, hysteroscopy tomorrow

    I had my RE appointment today.  He does believe I had chemical pregnancies these past two cycles.  Because I have already had pretty much every hormone level imaginable tested, and we've ruled out PCOS, he believes I am having an issue with implantation.  (This was also the non-medical opinion of me and DH, so I'm glad we are all on the same page.)

    When I got to his office for my appointment, he was looking at my ultrasound from when they checked my ovaries back in November.  (One of the many things I love about this RE is that we always meet in his personal office, not in some sterile exam room, and he always talks to me like a person and not at me like I'm just some medical chart.  But I digress.)  He was looking at a side profile of my ute and showed me this small dark spot.  He said he had noticed it before, but because at that point he was concerned about PCOS, and I had no symptoms to suggest a problem with my ute, he didn't think anything of it.  But now that I've had two failed implantations, he believes that dark spot may be something in my uterus which is preventing implantation.  He said it is probably a polyp, which are apparently very common and almost always benign.  But there is a very small possibility it could also be retained tissue from my miscarriage, or something else, or it could be nothing at all.

    At any rate, he wanted to go in and get a good look at it.  So, I am scheduled for a hysteroscopy tomorrow.  If there is a polyp or some other tissue, he said that is likely the cause of my chemical pregnancies, because anything abnormal in the uterus can affect the lining and prevent implantation.  If it turns out there is nothing out of the ordinary inside my ute, then he believes there is an issue with my lining, which he said we could easily treat with progesterone. 

    I'm not really even nervous for this procedure tomorrow, just anxious to see what my RE finds.  He said most patients report it is no worse than a pap smear, but I may have some cramping afterwards.  So it doesn't sound like that big of a deal.  I am slightly nervous he might find something in my uterus that will need to come out, but either way, at least we will have finally pinpointed a problem that can be corrected pretty easily.  And that would be such a relief.  Hopefully tomorrow I will have an answer either way!

    Saturday, January 8, 2011

    Called my RE

    I called my RE's office yesterday to let them know what had happened these past few cycles and to see if they might want me to come in.  I didn't speak with my RE directly, but I did speak with his nurse who said it sounds like I had two chemical pregnancies.

    My doctor did want to see me again, so I have an appointment scheduled for Wednesday.  I will be interested to see what he says, and what he thinks our next steps should be.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011


    This morning I got another BFN, followed by AF.

    I can't believe this happened to me two cycles in a row.  I freaking hate my body and I hate this.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    Still waiting...

    14 dpo, no AF, and I still don't have a clear answer as to what is going on in my ute.  My temp went up .1 degree this morning, but I haven't been able to get another truly clear BFP to confirm my positive last night.

    I did get what looked like a very very faint line on one internet cheapie with FMU this morning, but it was pretty difficult to see.  Then I dipped a second one (in the same FMU), and it came out stark white negative. 

    I saved my FMU and tested with an FRER during my lunch break.  BFN.  Then I dipped another internet cheapie and thought I saw another super, suuuupppeerrrr faint line, but I hesitate to call it a clear positive.  I also have a hard time believing I am truly pregnant when I got a negative on an FRER, when they are supposedly one of the most sensitive tests available.

    So now, I am right back where I started.  I want to believe I am pregnant, because that first test last night had such a clear second line.  And, unlike last time, this line was still there when the test dried (and actually got even darker).*  However, it worries me that I can't seem to replicate that result.  I don't want to get my hopes up until I have 100% clear proof that I am, in fact, with child.

    I will be testing again first thing in the morning with a fresh batch of FMU.  Hopefully I will get a definitive answer soon.

    * For the record, the line on last night's BFP was still clear as day this morning.  (I may or may not have dug it out of the trash to make sure...  Don't act like you've never dug a test out of the trash before!)

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    Holding my breath

    DH was being a pee pusher, so I tested again.  This is what we saw.  On two tests.

    I know the picture is dark and you can probably barely see the line, but even though it is faint, it is purple and it is there. (Maybe with the aid of my super sophisticated photo editing, you can see it too.  Click to enlarge.)

    I am very cautiously optimistic, but won't let myself get excited just yet.  I need to confirm with FMU before I really let myself believe it.  I am so excited/scared/nervous/terrified to test in the morning.  I just hope that line is still there.


    13 dpo and still no AF.  I have had a 12 day LP for the past five cycles.  I realize AF isn't technically late, but she's close. 

    I'm still having mild cramping and some EWCM, but also some creamy/sticky CM.  I'm also still having some very sporadic brown spotting.  My temps dropped a little today, but are still pretty high.  And I'm still not having any real pre-AF symptoms.

    And I got 2 BFNs this afternoon/evening.  I didn't get to use FMU because, due to Saturday being a post office holiday and my poor planning, my internet cheapies didn't arrive until this afternoon and I couldn't wait until tomorrow.  My first round PIAC was pretty diluted, and my second one was better but still not super concentrated.  So who knows.

    I realize I'm probably setting myself up for disappointment, but unless AF shows, I'll be testing again tomorrow.  I'm trying really, really hard not to get my hopes up.

    Sunday, January 2, 2011


    Cramping, EWCM, and spotting today.  I'm sure AF is right around the corner.

    Happy new year to me and DH.

    Saturday, January 1, 2011

    Not sure what to think

    11 dpo and my chart still looks pretty good.  All of your encouragement/ threats to my temps yesterday must have worked, because this morning my temp was back up.

    I'm having no pre-AF symptoms -- my boobs don't feel sore or swollen at all, and I'm not having any cramping at all yet... last cycle it started at 8 dpo.  I have been having some extreme bloating (which I had the last time I was pregnant), and my acid reflux has been majorly acting up these past few days, but I'm blaming those two effects on my overindulging in holiday foods.  Also, my boobs have been itching like crazy, which has never happened to me before and is totally weird, so I don't know what to think of that either.  haha

    I did, however, just have a tinge of dark brown spotting mixed in some creamy CM.  I don't know what to think of that.  Of course, the logical part of my brain says, "Its AF coming, stupid".  But the optimistic, hopeful side keeps thinking maybe its implantation spotting after that dip yesterday.  AHHH!!!

    I really, really, REALLY want this to be it for us.  I'm so sick of seeing BFNs and worrying if we will ever be parents.  I also really, really don't want to hit our one-year TTC anniversary and EDD with an empty ute.  :-(

    Happy New Year

    I cannot believe it is now 2011.  Almost one year ago today we began trying for a baby, and I thought for sure we would have one by now.  Or that I would at least be expecting one.

    Of course, I should be gigantically pregnant right now and ready to meet Baby M in 17 days.  Needless to say, 2010 did not go as planned.

    Here's hoping 2011 is better for all of us.  Happy New Year to all of you.