I've been stalking these boards for the past couple of months and thought I'd share my story hoping it may help others, since I found lots of good advice and stories here!
Me: 37, He: 35
This will be both of our first.
Mirena IUD came out in January after 10 years of virtually no periods. Got my period back right away. May, started using the Ovia app on my smartphone. Super duper helpful! I didn't do any temping, but AF is fairly regular (~25-28 day typical) and I checked CM during the week up to predicted O.
July I bought OPK & Preseed, planning to use both. Started taking a daily baby aspirin since my last couple of periods have been brown color, a little light, and sluggish. Have been on prenatal vitamins since December.
7/31, Ovia app told me my fertile window was starting the day we left to go on a big family camping trip several hours away. So I packed the OPK. I would have packed the Preseed, but our puppy decided it made a delicious treat and ate the whole tube the day before we left - only got to use it once - one expensive puppy-treat, LOL!
On the way to the campsite I told hubby that we had to stop at the store - he was amused when I told him what I was up to with the Soft Cups but game for whatever. So, in 100 degree afternoon heat the next day I got a + OPK. We sneaked away for some quick alone time in the tent (not super fun - it was soooo hot!). When it was time, he pulled out and finished in the cup - hah! I inserted the cup and left it in for about 5 hours.
Next day, same thing - sweaty quickie finished in the cup, inserted and this time left it in for 12 hours. When I finally removed it, it was pretty much empty! Next day, we did 'regular' BD in our bed (in air conditioning!) before going to sleep for the night. So, here's the summary timeline:
7/29 - BD
7/30 - BD, first day of fertile window
7/31 - long day driving
8/1 - EWCM, + OPK, BD, finished in Soft Cup, inserted, left in for 5 hours
8/2 - EWCM, ovulation pain right side, BD, finished in Soft Cup, inserted, left in for 12 hours
8/3 - EWCM, + OPK, BD before sleeping, ovulation twinges right side
8/4 - tender bbs, watery/clear CM, diarrhea, probably O'd today
8/5 - Begin TWW: creamy CM, tender bbs, sore nipples, constipation
8/6 - creamy CM, bbs fine (worried about drop in Progesterone), + appetite, indigestion, high libido
8/7 - no CM, bbs sore, indigestion, crazy bloating and terrible gas, high libido
8/8 - creamy CM, tender bbs, high libido, crazy bloating, really offensive gas, crazy high libido- starting to notice things are unusual
8/9 - creamy CM, tender bbs, weirdly high libido
8/10 - feeling down today (normal PMS for me), creamy CM, sore bbs, indigestion, still lots of bloating and offensive gas - not typical for me
8/11 - no CM, tender bbs, constipation (not normal for me), bloating, still so terribly gassy! Hubby wonders why I've been so gassy these past few days (sorry honey!)
8/12 - approx. 7-8 DPO, brown implantation bleeding! I never spot before my period, so I'm really excited, bloated, sore bbs, gassy, constipated
8/13 - brown implantation spotting, very light - trying to hold out for EPT - still bloated, gassy, sore bbs, slight cramps right side
8/14 - very very light implantation spotting, dark brown - bloated, gassy, super sore bbs, a little crampy
8/15 - EPT with FMU - very faint BFP! still spotting brown a tiny tiny bit
8/16 - going on another weekend trip with hubby. Woke up early in our cabin, took one of the digital tests that said... Pregnant! Put it in a box with a ribbon. Hubby looked worried and asked if he forgot an anniversary. When he opened the box - at first he laughed thinking I was playing a joke, then his face changed... he exclaimed "Oh!" and cried a little - big hugs. We both cried and laughed for a few minutes.
8/17 - still super bloated, a little nauseous & still gassy, insomnia
8/18 - bloating better, feeling almost normal except indigestion, BFP this morning.
8/19 - insomnia, sore bbs, indigestion, would have seen AF by now, but hopefully won't see her until April! New pregnancy app tells me my due date is April 26th - my birthday!!
We're overjoyed. I hope this helps - I think the soft cups really helped us!