Cycle Day 16

Well I’ll get straight to it…I wasn’t ovulating yesterday and am still not ovulating today. I thought the test line was gradually getting darker and maybe I was going to have an LH surge but that still hasn’t happened. Today’s test line was pretty much nonexistent just like CD 11. I have been trying to test around the same time each day but would just an hour difference affect my results? Also, another blogger pointed out that your LH is lower in the early morning so maybe I am just testing too early or even drinking too much water on some days. I may also start charting my BBT just so I can see if I get a more accurate idea of when I am ovulating. I am still just trying to go with the flow and my husband and I have still been BDing even though I don’t seem to be ovulating.

On a different note, yet another friend just announced she is pregnant with her second child. Usually I feel jealous and wonder why so many people around me keep getting pregnant while I just sit here waiting. I am actually thrilled for her though! It took her a very long time and a couple of miscarriages before she was blessed with her first child. It gives me hope because I know how much she longed to be a mother and now she is going to have another baby. I know it may take a while and I may hate that it takes longer than I want…and that’s okay. One day, years from now, I may be announcing that I am having a second child and this desire to have a child will be just a memory.

At least, that’s what I am hoping.

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Test strips from yesterday and today

Cycle Day 14

Well today is CD 14 and I don’t have much to share since I’m still not ovulating. I thought the test lines were getting darker each day but after today I am thinking that’s not the case. My test line today looked pretty darn similar to yesterday’s. You just gotta love confusing ovulation test strips!

Here’s a pic from today’s though:

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Also, I just love this meme because my husband will always ask me if I’ve peed on my stick for the day

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Cycle Day 13 – Food for Thought

Well today is CD 13 and I am still not ovulating, but I am hopeful that I will be soon! Since CD 11 my test line has gotten darker each day and I am assuming that’s a good thing. Even though it’s probably just a coincidence…for some reason I feel like I might actually ovulate this month.

I feel like a lot of women who are trying to conceive can get down in the dumps if it takes longer than a month or so to get pregnant. I will admit, I am one of those women! It hasn’t even been a full four months that we have been trying and yet I am still so impatient. There are people out there and even in my life that it took a year, two years, or longer to get pregnant. Then there are the people who will never get to experience the joy of pregnancy at all. I don’t know my ‘fertility fate’ yet so until I have been trying for a year then I am no longer going to be so pessimistic about it. It can definitely be annoying hearing “just relax and it will happen” but I think it is a pretty valid statement. Unless you are struggling with infertility, of course. One of my friends was trying for months and then once they took a TTC break then a few weeks later she found out she was pregnant. I am not quite ready to take a break yet though since I feel like my body is still just taking some time to get back on track.

It will happen when it’s meant to happen!                                                                                                (The other annoying thing I keep telling myself since that’s what people keep saying to me)

Test line gradually getting darker!

Test line gradually getting darker!

The line is very faint but here's a close up!

The line is very faint but here’s a close up!

If you are interested then here is my vlog from today as well

Cycle Day 11

Well today was cycle day 11! I tested and sadly I am not ovulating. I am still going to test for the next 6 days and we’ll see if I ovulate at all or not. I don’t really have an accurate cycle length since I missed my period for two months and was just hoping it was a 28 day cycle. Maybe one of the tests will come up positive on one of the remaining six days but if not then I’ll just wait for my next period to get an exact number for my cycle length.

Also, I just want to say thanks to my subscribers…all 4 of you! I know this can be a tough journey and it’s nice to have some ladies who I can relate to. I enjoy reading your posts and I wish you all luck on your journey from TTC to pregnancy!

If you want to check out the most recent video regarding CD 11, here it is:

My Furbabies

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         Angel and Mittens

Okay, so this post has nothing to do with TTC but it does have something to do with being a mom. Well, a mom of two furbabies! Even though they are nothing like a real child I still feel like I’m getting some ‘practice’ in. They are both very needy, especially Angel. She always has to have my attention…well, when it suits her. I have had Mittens since I was 12 and my husband and I adopted Angel in August 2010. I have so much love for them so I can’t wait to feel the love I will have once I have a baby!

Tomorrow is CD 11 so hopefully I will have some good news to share!!

Waiting for CD 11

It is getting close to cycle day 11!! In two more days I’ll be testing and will see if I am ovulating. I’m still not sure of what my cycle length is since I went two months without a period so we’ll see if there is an LH surge or not. I’m going to test starting on CD 11 and will test for seven days. If I don’t ovulate at all then I will just wait until my next period so I can get an accurate cycle day length. I know it may take a while but eventually my body will be back on track!

Hopefully these next couple of days go by fast!!

Also, (unrelated to TTC) I just want to say Happy Veterans Day to all of those who have served, past and present. Thank you all for your service! My husband has been in the Air Force for 8 years and he is definitely my hero!!

Stress-Free Weekend

Sometimes you just need to have a lazy weekend! At least that’s what I tell myself so I feel better when I don’t get much of anything done. I did some laundry and put some stuff away but other than that I was pretty darn lazy. I hung out with my cat on my lap watching cheesy Lifetime movies. No matter how predictable and ridiculous they can be, I still find myself watching them. I even slept in and then took an extra long nap on Saturday. Yes, I take naps. Don’t judge me. 😉

Lately, I have been so stressed out about things with our new house and with trying to get pregnant. So, I figured it would be nice to have a relaxing, stress-free weekend. I was right and I enjoyed it very much! Eliminating stress is always a good thing and definitely something I need to work on.

Current goal: Less stress, more positive thinking

Watching a Lifetime movie with my kitty cat on my lap

Watching a Lifetime movie with my kitty cat on my lap

Someday she's going to have to share my lap...

Someday she’s going to have to share my lap…

Fertility Blend Supplement

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I’m currently debating whether or not I should take the Fertility Blend supplement. It states that it is a dietary supplement that has a premium formula of nutrients that are essential for fertility health. My husband decided to purchase some for each of us to see if it would help me get pregnant sooner. He has been taking the recommended dosage for the past 2 weeks but I have only taken a couple of capsules. I have been researching online and trying to see what other people think about it. Like with everything, there are pros and cons so I was just wondering if any of you have experience taking it.

I usually try to take a more natural approach to things and have just been trying to cut out junk food and have been eating more nutritious foods. I’m thinking that doing that alone isn’t really doing much for me though.

I have also been looking into ordering some raw Maca root powder because I have heard that it can increase fertility. So if any of you have experience taking that then I would love to hear if it helped or not. If you have information on other things that helped with your fertility, feel free to share that info as well. I’ll probably continue to do some more research before I decide to start taking something regularly. I’ll keep you all posted!

Ovulation and OPKs

Even though I was disappointed when AF showed up, I was also glad because it meant I would finally be able to track my ovulation.

As you know, AF just showed up at the beginning of this week. So why would I take an ovulation test already? Because I have issues! HAHA. It is WAY to early to test for an LH surge and I know that. I just got anxious and decided I would take one just for the heck of it I guess. My Wondfo ovulation test strips haven’t come in yet so that means I wasted one of my more expensive ones.

I need to stop being so darn impatient!

Even though AF showed up really late, I am going to test my ovulation based on a 28-day cycle this month since that is what my cycle used to be. I promised myself I would wait until CD 11 before I test again. Here’s to keeping my promise to myself!!

The BFN…no smiley face.

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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) Information

What is a loop electrosurgical excision procedure? It is a procedure a doctor does in order to get rid of abnormal tissues on your cervix. They use a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop to cut out these abnormal tissues. If you need to have a LEEP procedure, it’s because your pap smear indicated the presence of abnormal cervical cells or cervical dysplasia. Usually, before they proceed with this procedure they will do a colposcopy in order to confirm that there are abnormal cells present. Your doctor will use a lighted magnifying device (a colposcope) so they can see problems that could be missed by the naked eye. If your doctor does a colposcopy then they may put vinegar or iodine (like my doctor did) onto the cervix to see the problem areas more clearly.  If any of these areas turn white from the solution used then they will take biopsies from those areas and submit them to pathology. My biopsies came back with mild and moderate dysplasia so my doctor wanted me to have a LEEP procedure. I did not have any complications and as far as I have been told, everything has healed up nicely.

Just like with any type of surgery there can be risks involved though. I was told that this should not affect my fertility but there are rare cases were it can cause infertility. I was told that the main concern is possible cervical incompetence, meaning the cervix is unable to stay closed during pregnancy. This can result in miscarriage and/or pre-term labor. A cervical cerclage, where the cervix is sewn closed, can be done to ensure that your cervix remains closed during the pregnancy. I am a bit of a worry wart so I am just hoping that I don’t have to experience either one of these.

If you would like to know the timeline that led up to me having my LEEP procedure then click here to watch my video. Also, my doctor called it a LEEP procedure and that’s what many people refer to it as…but I always feel weird saying it because the “P” in LEEP is for procedure so it’s like procedure… procedure? Anyways… If you have any questions about the procedure, feel free to ask and I can give more details on my experience!