I've been dreaming of this blog post!! Woo!!
I hope my story can help anyone who is as symptom spotting and POAS obsessed as me!
DH is 31, I will be during 30 in 2 weeks. This is our second child, we have 1 son who is a year and a half. We conceived him with zero aids, first month trying. This time around we have been TTC for 4-5 cycles. No temping, but we do use OPks (internet cheapie- MediTesti). We tried preseed and softcups for the first time this month and voila - a BFP!
My cycles are pretty consistent, around 27 days but recently I have been spotting leading up to AF. According to my OPks I O around CD15-17 (short luteal phase, which I was concerned about).
Mar 20 - light spotting
Mar 21 - CD1 - Full on AF
Mar 26- CD6 - End of AF
No BD for the next week. DH was leaving for a business trip abroad and nervous which caused some performance anxiety issues that we incur from time to time
Apr 2- CD13 - BD. After BD, I put some preseed in a softcup and inserted it for about 8 hours. It was my first time using one, it was so comfortable I completely didn't notice it. Getting it out was tricky, but not impossible
Apr 4- CD15 - BD. Pretty Dark LH Surge. Used preseed & softcup again
Apr5 - CD16 - BD. DARK LH Surge. Used preseed & softcup again, pretty sure I O'd that day due to cramps (I don't temp)
DH left that day for 9 days, so no BD'ing during the TWW. It was just me home with the baby and the dog, which left my lots of time to SS, POAS & Google
Apr 8 - 3DPO - Bloated. The band of my leggings was cutting into my stomach. I checked my calendar and realized AF was due on the 16th, not the 18th as I had previously thought. This changed my entire plan. We were going to California for my cousin's wedding the day AF was due. Earlier, I thought I wouldn't test until we came back. But then when I realized I miscalculated, i threw out my entire plan and just tested everyday. I was hoping to get a BFP to surprise DH with when he got home from his business trip. I didn't get one.
Apr 11- 6DPO - Tested on an IC - BFN - Lots of creamy white CM, both on my panties & when wiping
Apr 12 - 7DPO - Tested on an IC - BFN - cramping in the evening. I thought this might be my implantation day.
Apr 13 - 8DPO - Tested using a FRER - BFN - creamy white CM
Apr 14 - 9DPO - Testing on an IC - BFN - creamy white CM
At this point I was thoroughly discouraged. With my son, I got a faint BFP around 9DPO. This time - nothin. Stark White. No "squinter" - nothing. And I'm VERY good at finding squinters!
We left for vacation that day and I packed tampons, pads, and pregnancy tests. I didn't end up using any of it!
Apr 15 - 10DPO - Cramps in the evening. I assumed AF was on her way, as she was due the next day. I had some wine with friends.
Apr 16 - 11DPO - Cramps gone, enjoyed the day with my family and didn't think about anything. No sign of AF. I was VERY irritable and moody, but chalked it up to the stress of traveling.
Apr 17 - 12DPO - No sign of AF, ran to the bathroom every chance I could to check for spotting. Zero spotting this cycle. I was very tired but assumed that was due to the time change. I had significant back aches, just a dull pain in my lower back similar to when i have AF.
Apr 18 - 13DPO - Officially 2 days late. My cycles are VERY consistent but I was still nervous to get my hopes up. DH told me to go buy another FRER and we took the test together in the evening. It only took about 30 seconds for a faint line to show up, which quickly developed into a blazing BFP!!
I'm still in shock I can't believe it!! I'm still having some cramping and back aches but Im hoping that's just my uterus preparing for baby #2!
Fingers crossed & God Willing our EDD is Christmas Day!!!!