A (belated) blogiversary

Hard to believe that it’s been over a year since I started this blog (November 15, 2012). My doctor took my Mirena out on November 26, 2012. Now I have a beautiful son to care for, and my doctor installed a new Mirena on November 15, 2013. The circle has closed.

I’m not entirely certain of the future of this blog. I might simply use it to blog about pregnancy and childbirth in general, I might not.

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Waiting on the witch

Well, the witch hasn’t caught me yet, and she’s officially 1 day overdue. Mild cramps have continued for two weeks straight since removing the Mirena on November 26th (ugh). However, I do not believe I’m pregnant, especially not since my BBT has seen a drop over the past three days:

Nevertheless, I will patiently wait until Friday, and if still no sign of witch, then, I will do a pregnancy test.

My finals are this week, and I still have plenty of writing to do. Gonna be a hectic week.

On a happier note, I ran hospitality for my church today and everyone loved the stuff I baked (key lime mini-pies, banana cream mini-pies, chocolate chip cookies). I also made a nice meal for my family and the three of us actually sat down to dinner together tonight. So that was good.

And we still have the second Sunday of Advent to celebrate tonight!

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Pregnant already? I hope not…

I am beginning to worry that I may have gotten pregnant on that night of unprotected sex. I haven’t had any signs other than the daily, mild cramps (which may have been caused by Mirena removal and may be premenstrual at this point) and a slight craving for citrus. However, my period is due December 7th or 8th, and I haven’t seen a drop in my BBT yet:

So that’s what’s worrying me. (Note that the temperature that was taken on November 26th was my temperature in the doctor’s office, and not a true BBT.)

Obviously I wasn’t tracking ovulation last month, but according to the WebMD ovulation calculator, if my period was on November 8, then my fertile window was from November 22-November 26, and I had unprotected sex on the evening of the 23rd. I didn’t have any CM and didn’t “feel like” I was ovulating (if that makes any sense), but anything is possible.

The Mirena was still technically in that night, but since implantation takes 7-14 days, it would have been removed prior to implantation.

I’m not going to test unless my period is a week late. I just wish that the cramps would stop. Being pregnant now would mean being pregnant somewhat earlier than desired, but I can deal with it.

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Screwed-up post-Mirena fertility chart

Been feeling better lately. I don’t think I’ve seen any bleeding or spotting since Thursday or Friday, but mild cramps have continued. The cran-apple turnovers and crab quiche that I made this weekend both went very well. Haven’t touched my schoolwork.

Been learning to chart my BBT. Here is my screwed-up post-Mirena chart so far:

I have a problem in that I’ve woken in the middle of the night every night since I started doing this, and haven’t always gotten 3 hours of rest before temping at 6:30 AM. But FF says that if you have to choose between temping after night waking and temping at wake-up time, you should choose the latter.

I really like the VIP features at FF, btw. I think I might actually sign up for a VIP membership in January (I get one for a few more weeks as part of my trial).

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More fertility tracking, Shettles, post-Mirena improvement

The bleeding is down to light spotting again. Thank goodness. I hope I’ve passed through the worst of it. My period should be due next Friday or Saturday if I’m not pregnant from that one night of unprotected sex and my body maintains the same 29-30 day cycle that it’s been on for the past two months. While I don’t think I’m pregnant (I don’t feel like I’m having any symptoms whatsoever), I won’t at all be surprised if my post-Mirena-body makes my cycle move forward or back a few days (or even weeks) before it stabilizes.

There is still some mild cramping.

I’m trying to teach myself how to check for Cervical Mucus (CM) and Cervical Position (CP). Shettles (see below) says that CM is the most accurate indicator of ovulation.

I picked up Landrum Shettles’ How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby at the local library today, and browsed it. I last read it years ago during my first attempt at a master’s. I won’t seriously work on it though until I’m done with Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest.

Also, I bought a top at New York & Co. today:

White Blouse

I love their clothes. They’re one of the few chain stores that carry affordable clothes for tall women and I shop there often. I spent about $150 there on Black Friday and they basically gave me $20 to spend there the following week as a reward, so that top didn’t cost me a dime.

Well, gotta get the rent ready for my cranky landlady for tomorrow and get in bed tonight. I have the annual Women’s Christmas Brunch at my church tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM. I’m making a crab quiche for it.

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I am feeling significantly better this evening. Read my Bible, read the Bible to DD, energetically read a bedtime story with her (Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. She said, “Mommy, we need to get more Dr. Seuss books,” and I agreed.), did a full bedtime routine with DD (pajamas, story, brush teeth, prayer, goodnight kiss), cleaned up the house a little bit, laid out my exercise clothes for tomorrow, and laid out my notes and books for a paper that I’m writing out in the dining room so that I won’t have to wake up DH tomorrow to get up and work on it. Set my alarm for 6:30 tomorrow morning with the basal thermometer by my bed ready to go. Last night I could barely move and pretty much just fell asleep until my husband came home to a still-awake daughter and a wife who woke up angry at him for getting the wrong brand of tampons, so this is a significant improvement.

The bleeding is at about a medium flow now. I think I will try sleeping with just an ultra-size tampon in and take my chances.

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BBT Charting Begins

I bought a BBT yesterday, and today was the first time I took my temperature. I’ve decided to take the temperature vaginally because I have a slight overbite and sleep with my mouth open, which I’ve heard can throw off your temperature. The downside is that I went to bed early last night and woke up this morning at 3:30 AM, which is way earlier than I usually wake up, but I decided to take the temperature anyways. I then went back to sleep until 6:20 AM, took my temperature again, got a different reading. Decided to enter the first reading into FertilityFriend, even though I will normally wake up closer to 6:30-7:00 AM.

The bleeding has been much slower today. DH has been surprisingly supportive throughout my post-Mirena hormonal craziness, forgiving me for my irritability. For the first time in the course of our 9-year marriage, I made him go to the store and buy me tampons, and when he got the wrong brand and kind, I threw a fit and sent him back in a rage. I was apologizing severely by the end of the night, and he was cool about it. So good for him. I’m hoping this means he’s ready to be more supportive about this pregnancy.

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Mirena removal blah

Well, this sucks. The cramps are back, the brown spotting has picked up into bright red bleeding today and almost looks like a period. Which would be weird, since my last period was on November 8th, but I guess anything can happen post-Mirena until things stabilize.

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“It’s time to breastfeed your baby now!”

I had an entry published to “My OB said WHAT?!?” yesterday (here). I commented twice on the entry using the “pink my link” feature, but it looks like my comments went to spam, and so far I haven’t been able to get the Web site owners to rescue them. Sad. UPDATE: They eventually rescued my comments form spam. So, yay.

I signed up for an account with FertilityFriend yesterday and I am going to buy a thermometer today and begin trying to track my fertility using BBT and CM observations, although I suspect things are going to be a bit wonky until my body gets used to not having the Mirena. Speaking of which, the cramps are gone but I still feel bloated and very “blah.”

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In which my hot doctor removes my Mirena

I got my Mirena removed today. The removal was smooth enough, but so far it’s been cramp-tastic.

So, here’s the deal: I have a bit of a crush on my doctor. He’s close to my age and on the second year of his residency. He looks kind like a cross between David Anders, who played Julian Sark on Alias:

David Anders as Julian Sark

And Shawn Pyfrom, who played Andrew Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives:

Shawn Pyfrom

It’s not one of those “I want an affair” crushes. I totally adore my husband and he knows that I think the doc is cute. I just enjoy seeing him (in more ways than one). He’s also very friendly and seems to really care about his patients. I don’t normally see male doctors; I kind of wound up going to this one by accident. But he won me over by acting like he gave a damn, so I stuck with him.

Anyways, today was the first time for any kind of a pelvic or breast exam, and hence the first time I would be getting naked for Dr. Sark. So I was a little nervous about it, although these exams don’t usually make me nervous.

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