Love to all- share more later. Must go to bed. Hubby is complaining about phone on the bed :-)
This is DH and I. We took the whole family to a pumpkin patch fall festival today. My parents came along too. They are visiting....
Thank you, Water Mama, for the advice! I'm trying to be even more mindful about it and I think that he is already improving. I even got him to practice gentle touches.
Thanks for the explanation of the dye test! That's really interesting. And I totally agree with you about the one lonely line. I've been compulsivley testing all month and it's pretty depressing. I will definitely restrain myself next month, because it's very disheartining. Yay for high temps, though!! And France sounds amazing, champagne or no champagne ;)
Here is our puppies! They are three weeks old today. Clockwise from top left are the girl, the black one, number two and baby bear.
Malcolm and his new haircut. We went to a historical fandango at the Petaluma Adobe on Saturday. It was so much fun!
Here's Clementine at the fandango. She just got right in there and danced with all the historical ladies. It was great.
Thanks for the warm welcomes, ladies!
Oxford, I am in Los Angeles, CA. If I didn't love my job I would want to live in Norway or someplace lush and green! I have a friend there and it looks so gorgeous!
I already posted about this in the One TTC thread, but my FF chart gave me weird data today--saying that I ovulated 2 days after I had calculated based on a lot of factors. I am feeling a little blue, but hopefully it is wrong..?
In other news, I've been taking business classes for the past year and I am close to completing a certificate program (already have a BA and my company is paying for continued education.) I am enrolled this quarter but all of a sudden I DO NOT feel like studying anymore. I think it will make life so much more stressful now--working full-time, raising a five year old, and TTCing. I am trying not to feel guilty, but I really think I am going to stop school and focus everything into being a super mom for DS and future Baby #2. Am I being lazy, or do you all think that this is wise? I have until tomorrow to drop the class for a refund. If I do drop the class, I have a feeling I may never finish the program.
Aww, thank you for the kind words and insight!
I went ahead and dropped the class. Felt a little nervous, but I think it is the right thing for now. I might still need the Starbucks, though...can't go as far as quitting my job! No late nights writing papers though. I look forward to homework help with DS, HBO time with DH, and going to bed by 9:30 too much
Oxford-- I will try to adjust the FF settings, but what does FAM stand for? Hopefully you are Oing late--you never know! Do you check your cervix? I just read-up on that and think I might add that to my fertility checklist--low, soft, and open means O.
I am so happy that I dropped my class. I feel such a sense of control now--no more dishes piling up, feeling anxious at work. Definitely made the right decision for my sanity and family. There are only so many hours in the day.
Oxford, it will be interesting to see what happens with such a funky chart! I think TTC is interesting - waiting for O, waiting to test, waiting for AF to start so you can start the cycle over again. I'm sorry you are feeling disheartened. It's hard to feel that way. I am waiting fir AF so we can try again, too. But just on the odd chance you're ovulating now - lots of BDing!
Wengrin - when are you testing? Got to be getting close, right?
AFM - Came down with a cold last night, so I'm feeling miserable. And aside from that I've got some unsightly face blemishes, feeling irritable and nursing is feeling awful, so I'm sure AF will be making her debut any day now. Boo.
Wengrin, you can come stay with us! It's always sunny here. It's exhausting. I hate how dry everything is, and honestly I'm an indoorsy person so I sometimes wish it would be rainy once and a while so I wouldn't feel so guilty about not wanting to go outside. I think waiting to test is a good idea. I took another one today because I noticed a different smell *ahem* down there and of course it was negative. Ugh! I wish AF would just show her mean ole face so we could get on with things.
Chuord, thank you so much for asking about Fritz. It really means a lot to me to know other people care about him :) He's doing great! I really think he was misdiagnosed. From what I've read online and the two other vets I've talked to it doesn't sound like he has FIP. Here's a picture of him sleeping in the curtains:
Argh! Anyone else feeling frustrated today? I have so many symptoms that could be early pregnancy, but AF is due tomorrow so they could just as easily be PMS, since mine is never the same twice. I feel pretty sure it is PMS because the early detector tests should have shown something by Sunday and they didn't even have the faintest line. I didn't use FMP, but still. I will probably buy more today, but I'm going to save them unless I go a few days late (at least) as my period can also be a bit dodgy on when it is starting. Want to talk about symptoms? If they're pregnancy I love and adore each one but if they are, as I strongly suspect, PMS then they can all just piss off.
Change in odor *ahem* down there, very vivid dreams, waking and not being able to go back to sleep, fatigue, cravings, nursing is very uncomfortable OR I have tons of milk - sometimes one, sometimes the other. Increased sex drive, low energy/alertness. Lots of warm fuzzies for everyone in my family and also being really sensitive to lots of commotion or noise.
Oh, life. So ridiculous sometimes.
Mare,I am feeling so emotional today. Yes, lots of symptoms and many similar to yours, but I will not let myself test or stress...yet.
Speaking of warm and fuzzies, this morning I woke up to the sound of rain and was so excited--like, grinning from ear-to-ear excited (first rain in a long time here in LA). Carpooling with DS and DH this morning to school and work was like a dream come true. Who knew rain could make me so happy? Crazy pregnant woman? I hope so!
Then, at lunch I talked to my mom (it's her birthday). She updated on the status of her best friend since grade school who has had cancer for a while. Apparently, the cancer has spread everywhere in her body faster than they thought, and the doctors are now giving her less than a week to live. I started sobbing and couldn't stop. Usually I am pretty collected and don't get emotional that easily. I even started to feel selfish for crying, like it was more about me than our family friend. Internal dialouge, "Why are you still crying? You don't need to cry anymore. Enough already," Does that make sense?
Anyway, I am with you. So many mixed signals/symptoms. I am constantly pressing on the sides of my boobs to make sure they are still sore :) Don't be frustrated! Enjoy this time we get to be a little cooky :)
Mare - TOTALLY!
I just wish AF would show up, but it's probably another couple of days waiting for me. I don't like this feeling of second guessing everything. Do you ever think, "well if I'm not PG, what the heck is wrong with me?"
Since O I've have very sore, veiny and bigger BBs (but not in the last few days), lots of EWCM (but not in the last few days), ultra high temps (still up there), exhausted, crampy feelings since O (only EVER happen day before AF), feeling 'full', slight twinges on left hand side, sensitive smell (I smelt an old house while walking the dog a couple of days ago...yuk) completely gone off coffee and sweet things (very unusual) and I've had a back ache down low the last couple of days (never happens, wonder if I've hurt it?)
But seriously, all those things could be PMS, so truly, I'm choosing to embrace whatever this month has for me