Congratulations, Lionessmom! It's always a bit nerve wracking to see that positive test, even when you've been planning the pregnancy because you've created life, and there's no going back, even if you wouldn't want to. I hope that your initial shock passes quickly and you have a great 9 months... actually, really only 8 left!
Infojunkie, it was really helpful for me to hear the comparison between CM and some mucus that we are perhaps more familiar with: snot. (Is there such a thing as TMI in a charting to avoid thread?) Fertile would be like when your nose is really running. It might look like eggwhites, or it might be so liquid that it just drips (watery). Sticky would be like when you're near the end of a cold, and you can feel little bits stuck in your nose, but it's hard to get them out, and if you do, it's just little sticky clumps without much lubrication. At the vulva, sticky is when you wipe and feel with the TP that there is something there that doesn't have much lubrication. If you are able to wipe some off for analysis (often not possible), it would look kinda like semi-dried creamy if you could see it at all, and if you put your finger on it on the TP, it would feel more like touching the back of a sticker (one that has lost most of its stick). Creamy is more likely to be something you could scrape a bit off of the TP, and it would look kinda like a white condiment... yogurt, mayo, something to that effect.
The constant creamy CM may just be an effect of the hormones as they're clearing your system, or it may be something that you have to figure out how to deal with. You can establish it as a BIP, but it is more risky to do so. If your cycles regularize down so that you're ovulating pretty early in your cycle, it wouldn't be wise since you wouldn't have that many safe days after your period anyway (and you could still have 2/3-3/4 of your cycle marked as safe days), but if your cycles end up really long with creamy throughout your cycle, and then you consistently have a week of EWCM before ovulation, you may decide that you feel comfortable with considering creamy to be your BIP. In that case, you could also consider using the Doering temperature rule (first day of temperature rise minus 7 is last safe day if dry) to be a little more conservative, though if you always have at least 6 days of more-fertile mucus and tend to have all-the-time creamy CM and delayed ovulation, you can use this in the presence of less-fertile CM. However, it takes time to be able to use this effectively... like at least 6-12 cycles, and I'd be careful about including your first few cycles off HBC in that. So, basically, yes, if the constant creamy CM doesn't go away, it does make things more difficult, but there are ways to deal with it effectively besides considering yourself fertile all the time.
Edited by JMJ - 10/23/11 at 7:40am