I'm in shock so just bare with me. I can't even :)
Hubby and I are both in the military. I am 30, DH is 28. After yet another year of dueling deployments, we both had a narrow window to start family planning. It's been a trial because of work, and having to turn down multiple opportunities in my field so I could stay put long enough in the same geographic location as DH to actually conceive.
We are in our third month of actively trying and I was convinced we were going to need help because of pre-existing conditions on my end: PCOS (skinny), hypothyroid, and recently began treatment ADD for the first time in my life (just began low doses of Wellbutrin). Anyhow, I have a history of large ovarian cysts, and didn't even know if I was ovulating until I began charting. I've been keeping my hypothyroidism in check with weight lifting and diet, and have been off synthroid since 2012.
I wanted to be upfront with the health challenges as I know many of you ladies face similar struggles and want you to know there is hope :) So, here's the scoop:
First month home from deployment, we were getting BD'ing every day the first two weeks (pretty normal). However, I wasn't charting yet, and just starting to track my cycles. AF is heavy, and cramping is horrible. Every single month. I believe we missed the entire week of ovulation due to DH being out to sea.
Second month, I start taking OPKs but haven't yet started charting my btt. I was traveling the week of my O based on OPK positives in the middle of the travel week. Don't really know what I'm doing yet though, so I assume I'm good. When AF is 4 days late, I'm positive I'm pregnant. Now I believe it's because we were visiting family over Christmas in two states, both locations filled with women. I think they threw my cycle off. AF came and broke my heart.
This past cycle. I begin charting the right way, taking my temp in bed before I get up, around 5:00 each day. My temps are low, in the 96's.
CD 16: +OPK, BD PM, Cervix is HSO
CD 17: +OPK, BD PM, temp 96.9. HSO.
1 DPO: Temp shoots to 98.2. BD AM. Definitely O'd yesterday. HSO.
2 DPO: Gassy (which could be somewhat normal for me considering my high protein, high veg diet), sides of breasts are tender
3 DPO: Cervix is perfectly centered?! I have a retroverted uterus, so my cervix usually angles left and up. HMS. Sides of breasts are tender (again, pretty normal for me in LF).
4 DPO: Burning in the bladder/uterus area when going to the bathroom in the morning. Woke up to pee in the middle of the night. Burning up and very vivid dreams. Twinge pain to the lower left of belly button late in day. Still gassy, sides of breasts are tender. Cervix is HCF.
5 DPO: Nose is stuffy. Been gassy since I woke up (not normal). Nipples are slightly tender…but when do I even pay attention to them? Feeling twinges on my right side off and on all day.
6 DPO: Gassy. Breasts still tender on sides. Left side twinges throughout the day.
7 DPO: Woke up to throbbing breasts. Right breast burning by bedtime. Burning in lower abdomen in the evening. Appetite is up, and I am exercising a lot of willpower to not stuff my face. Noodles and carbs I crave (but again, who doesn't on a lowerish carb diet?). Begin taking Wellbutrin in the morning.
8 DPO: Dry throat when I wake up. Nothing out of the normal. Sides of breasts still tender.
9 DPO: Wake up at 3 am. Very vivid dreams. I dream I am in labor in fact. My brain is obviously not resting while I'm sleeping! Blame it on the Wellbutrin. Take an FRER, with FMU. BFN.
10 DPO: Woke up in the middle of night from a nightmare. DH leaves for another underway for the week. Had AF type cramps all morning. Not due for 5 more days. Hope it's a good sign. Major wave of nausea beginning at 7:00 am while driving to work. Ravenous for food all morning. Light cramping in the evening. Noticed entirety of breasts are sore now, top/bottom/sides. Checked myself in the mirror…definitely look a little swollen on the tops. WEIRD. Possible positive on Veriquick ($ Tree test) this evening. Really light and almost gray. Certain it's an evap. Will check with FMU again FRER.
11 DPO: Wake up at 3 am again. Force myself back to sleep. Wake up again at 4 am burning up. Temp is up .3 degrees from yesterday. Pee in a cup, pull out the freshly purchased FRER. Do the 5 second swirl. Lay in bed for 5 minutes so I don't drive myself crazy. Go and check it….and scream. There was a definite light pink line. Take a photo. No mistaking it. I've taken about 12 of these suckers thus far and it's always stark white. I'm euphoric right now.
Will get a urine/blood test done at work this week. Had a fertility consult with the OB on Thursday but looks like we'll have other things to discuss now. Have no idea how to surprise hubby. Praying this one "sticks"!