Two more months would have made 4 years for us trying to conceive naturally. The only thing that was really different about this cycle is that it was a little shorter than usual. It was still long, but it was pretty short for me. I think it may have been shorter since I lost a few pounds at the beginning of the month through exercise and watching my calories. I've lost weight before, but this time it must have put my cycle into overdrive! We only really had sex once near, or possibly on ovulation day. Unless some of his swimmers were left over from four or five days before that, we hit it with one very lucky BD.
From my ovulation pain and EWCM, I believe I ovulated on CD 26 (My cycles are very irregular. I often go months without a period, but I always know around when I should see AF because my boobs usually get sore or tender the day after I ovulate.)
ALMOST ALL OF MY SYMPTOMS SO FAR ARE VERY TYPICAL FOR ME BEFORE I START MY PERIOD. I COMPLETELY FELT LIKE AF WAS GOING TO SHOW ANYTIME. Here are my pre-BFP symptoms! Sorry I almost wrote a novel, but I wanted to let you know a little of my story, what was different this cycle, and how I felt about it all.
CD 25 - Definitely feeling some ovulation pains.
CD 26 (Ovulation I believe) - More ovulation pains. Baby Dance for us!
From before Ov to 3 or 4 DPO - Had a very unpleasant cold (But it made for very plentiful EWCM)
From 1 DPO to 15 DPO and still continuing - Sore nipples. I started to have soreness on the outside of my breasts too around 12 DPO. All very normal for me, except that my nipples seemed a little more sore right after ovulation than usual.
From 4 to 13 DPO - Seemed to have a runny nose every morning (probably left over from the cold). Sneezed in the morning a lot also. Allergies maybe. The runny nose wasn't nearly as bad later in the day.
From 10 to 14 DPO - Became quite gassy, but we were gone on vacation for a few days and ate unusual food. Had to pee a little more frequently, but I drank a lot of tea and water. Slight cramps, just like AF is on her way. The cramps are on and off throughout the day, and they are usually a little worse in the evening.
12 DPO - BFN with FMU. Used a CB Digital. Yeah, I took it apart. I have never done that to a digital before, and I read that it doesn't matter if there are two lines in a digital, because it tests for LH too. Well, two lines did show up on the strip inside. Maybe if I'm lucky, that line had more to do with hCG than LH. Woke up a lot at night, but it could be from taking a nap during the day.
13 DPO - OK, it was bad enough already, but now all I can think about is that this was a shorter cycle, and I think I could really have a chance to be preggo for once. But what about the BFN yesterday? Too early and the test not sensitive enough I hope. Symptoms continue...cramping, etc. Developed a small rash with tiny bumps on the back of my neck. It doesn't really itch. Grasping at straws hoping it is a sign, since it's one of the few things that isn't normal for me. Hoping AF doesn't show tomorrow. Wake up a lot at night again...took a nap during the day again though. By the way, being sleepy during the day is totally normal for me.
14 DPO - AF is due today, and she's a no-show. Mild cramping continues. Headaches plagued me through the day. Rash is clearing up. Creamy CM. Have a slight aching feeling in my left arm for a few moments (kind of like when I'm beyond tired and my legs ache.) I didn't have a test on hand this morning, but I picked up a few $ Tree tests when DH and I went out this afternoon. No AF (and believe me...I have checked...a lot) so I'm going to test in the AM. It is the only thing I can think about! After almost 4 years of TTC, I feel like I have more of a chance now than ever! That BFN on 12 DPO is still sticking in the back of my mind though. Getting my first positive HPT tomorrow is probably a long shot, but the thought of it being possible has driven me crazy all day! I'm terrified of the disappointment of another BFN, but I can't help but be hopeful... Couldn't sleep!