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#51 Happy_daisy

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:14 PM

Congrats Chev!! ddance.gif hope the next 9 months goes smoothly for you!! So exciting, I love it when people get their BFPs biggrin.gif

QUOTE (RachealJane @ 21/02/2012, 07:59 AM)
Have any of you gone back to paid work?

Yep I've been back almost a year now, with DD in daycare since around 8mths old. It's been fine, I really love our childcare and trust them completely with my daughter. It's also great for me to get out of the house and have some child-free time. Plus financially we just couldn't afford for me to be on unpaid leave, so once my paid leave ran out I had to go back.

Welcome Mrs Ginger Ninja! Hope your stay here is short and sweet original.gif

Fingers crossed for you Hen...hope it's your month!

Edited by Happy_daisy, 22 February 2012 - 08:15 PM.


#52 emiboo

Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:46 PM

Wow congrats Chev!! How wonderful! Please post pics soon as I LOVE seeing pics!

BroodyHen, I hope it's your month too!

Ginger Ninja, this is random, but have you seen these?

AFM 11dp and no real EPS at all. DH says that I am unusually hot (not in the sexy way!) and last time I was really hot when I was pregnant, but he's also said that a few times when I haven't been pregnant. But still hopeful as I always am original.gif

#53 organic~sab

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:09 PM

RachealJane Im so so sorry to hear about your loss. Hope your taking care of yourself sad.gif I was supposed to return to work in December after 1 year off but I just couldn't do it and DS was pretty clingy at that time. So I extended it til August this year. I can have up to two years off work. If I get pregnant before August i'll have to go back when im 3 months and work til 4 weeks before im due. I'm only planning on going back 2 days a week, 4 hours a day anyways so its no big deal haha. DS has never been left before but as the time gets closer i'll try leaving him for a couple of hours during the day. I cant at night cuz he will defiently need boobie when he wakes.

Welcome BlueDragon! Good luck, hope your UTD without AF having to return!

Happy_daisy sorry AF returned but also good that she came eventually!

Congrats Chev!! So happy for you! Hope you have an easy pregnancy!

Welcome Mrs Ginger Ninja!

Emi, hope your hotness is a good sign wink.gif

AFM, Nothing interesting happening on my end. CD 20 today and have been DTD almost everyday haha. I assume I O'd 3 days ago. I got a big pain on my left side and then the next day I had HEAPS of CM. I don't know but I told DH and we've been going at it lmao!! DS is being a boobie monster lately, hope it doesn't interfere with making a baby, but oh well, im trying to not let TTC get to me too much.

organicsab - TTC#2, BF: DS 12 mths, Cycle 2, CD 20



#54 Sunny sky

Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:27 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome ladies  original.gif

emiboo - I haven’t seen those before but I MUST get some - how awesome! My little man is our little ginger ninja (Very randomly the only ginger on both side of the family). FX this is your month!

organic~sab - I hear you on the boobie monster... My 16mo is one atm as well. Hoping it doesn’t affect my TTC journey too much, but like you I’m trying to take a relaxed approach.

Chev - Congratulations on your BFP! How exciting!! I hope you have a smooth, uneventful pregnancy original.gif


AFM - Just out of curiosity - are most people in the group charting? Or just leaving things to chance? I’ve never charted before - we were very luck and conceived DS on our first TTC cycle. For some reason I’m really nervous about starting TTC... perhaps because it was so easy for us first time around?
I guess my erratic cycles aren’t helping my nerves... That and the fact that almost every month since AF returned I’ve had some form of EPS (even when I knew I couldn’t be UTD), so its made me a little batty about the whole thing!!

#55 RachealJane

Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:37 AM

Mrs Ginger Ninja some of us are temp charting but i think just about all of us use OPKs to help pinpoint O. When breastfeeding your O day can move around a fair bit so it does help if you have a whole heap of OPK's and can use them throughout most of your cycle.

#56 Sunny sky

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:16 AM

Thanks RachaelJane.... I think I need to track down some OPK's then. My DH just wants to DRD every day or 2 all month! It would be a whole lot easier to know when I O tho. So considering I have no idea when O is, do I just start testing once AF is gone or wait till a certain cycle day?
Sorry.... I'm a bit new to the world of OPK's.  blush.gif

#57 RachealJane

Posted 24 February 2012 - 12:16 PM

I buy these ones off ebay: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/50-x-OVULATION-...=item35b0d55c03

I start using them from about cycle day 6.

Best of luck!

#58 Amber Spyglass

Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:40 PM

Thanks for your well wishes all.

Mrs Ginger Ninja - Good luck pinpointing O, mine was all over the place and a very uneven long cycle.

Organic Sab - Sounds like you've O'd alright, good luck! I hope the whole work situation falls into place easily for you. It has been the hardest part of starting a family for me!

Emiboo - Maybe your 'hotness' is a biological signal for fertility? Good luck, when are you going to test!?!?

Racheal - Yes you are right I think my EDD will be 4th Nov. How are you feeling these days?

Broody Hen - I have had a LOT of ups and downs, as I think I may have mentioned. Very emotional, feeling like I couldn't cope, mood swings, teary.... That was all going on in the week after I O'd. Would have been around conception/implantation time that it was at its worst! I'd say it was the hormones from both BFing and BFP that were messing me up. \

Once again, good luck to you all, and thanks for your congrats. x

#59 emiboo

Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:10 AM

Back to cycle day 1 again this morning, I'm sorry to say. But I am grateful that that means I will not be feeling sick when we go on holidays in two weeks. Coz when I have morning sickness, I REALLY have morning sickness!!

And I'm happy that my LT is a decent 13 days long, and that I was cramping all night last night so I didn't really have to wait too long with the hope that I might be pregnant. original.gif

PLUS I have no pads left in the house but I had one tampon, which I usually hate using coz I often don't put it in far enough and it hurts when I sit down lol. But it went in perfectly this time so I'm very pleased with myself!

#60 bluedragon

Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:59 PM

Hi everyone, just a quick check in.

Firstly, huge congratulations Chevrechou!!

Welcome Ginger ninja, I'm very jealous of your little ginger man, I have red hair but DH has very dark hair and no history of red at all so I'm out of luck I think, so far DS is a dark blonde. Also I used to chart but as DS cosleeps and still wakes at inconvenient times I the mornings I've decided the temp charting won't work and am just going to use OPKs. I bought them off eBay and have just started using them.

emiboo hope your new cycle is a lucky one and you have a lovely holiday. I also really dislike tampons too but love my mooncup, I love it so much I tell everyone about it  blush.gif  laughing2.gif

Sorry for those I have missed.

AFM still getting negative OPKs, no line at all. So still hoping I detected the end of a surge and did ovulate but a little longer to wait to see if AF really arrives.

#61 Honey Pot

Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:36 PM

Just a quick one from me as I hate replying via the phone.

Contests Chev! How exciting to have got your BFP first go.

Sorry AF arrived emiboo. I've got everything crossed you get your BFP very soon.

Welcome bluedragon and Ginger ninja.

AFM: I'm currently 9dpo which means if I don't get AF today then at least my LP will be longer than last month. Of course I'm hoping that AF just doesn't show up at all!

Hi to everyone else - waves. original.gif

#62 Honey Pot

Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:31 AM

That was meant to be "congrats" not "contests". Damn auto correct.

#63 organic~sab

Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:39 PM

Mrs Ginger Ninja, I never did charting, opk's or anything when TTC for DS and im not doing anything now. Basically because I couldn't be bothered but if it took a while then I would probably do something to increase my chances.

Emi, oh no, poo to your stoopid AF, she just needs to bugger off already!

thesame good luck this month, hope AF stays away

AFM, im on CD 23 today and getting heaps of cramping and also feeling bloated. I've also been, um, farting heaps. I dont know whats with that lol. So thats my exciting share for today haha!



#64 RachealJane

Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:36 AM

thesame - that would be good if your luteal phase has lengthened, were you taking anything for it or just letting it sort itself out?

organic~sab - i wish i could be like you and just go with the flow, your relaxed attitude will probably help you fall pregnant sooner then a stress head like me, i am the sort of person that i just HAVE to know exactly whats going on  biggrin.gif hehe

BlueDragon - heres hoping you did ovulate already and that you caught that egg. Is a mooncup like a diva cup? I have heard of those.

Chevrechou - im feeling good thanks. Glad my cycle doesnt seem to have been too messed up so feeling positive.

AFM - Im cd16 so should ovulate in the next 2 or 3 days. We were quite busy over the weekend visiting people and being out and about so Sophie didnt feed much during the day but she sure makes up for it over night though!

#65 Sunny sky

Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:14 PM

Hi lovely ladies  waves.gif

emiboo - Good luck for this cycle and enjoy your holiday! Another tampon hater here! That is great news about your LP

BlueDragon - That sounds so frustrating with the neg OPKs... I'm a bit scared of using them TBH, not sure why tho! I think I might go without them this cycle and see how we go then go from there... We didn€™t do anything charting/temping/OPK€™s to get DS so I'd like to try the same relaxed approach this time to see how we go for awhile. My DH is quite excited about all the BD'ing that he is going to get Tounge1.gif (There hasn't been much of that with our little man being such a bad sleeper until recently!)

the same - Fingers crossed AF stays away! Good luck xx

organic~sab - I think I am going to take the same relaxed approach as you (we did this same to get DS - he was a holiday baby from our first TTC cycle)... For some reason though I seem to have freaked myself out about the whole TTCing thing this time around. Hopefully I can relax a bit more though. Fingers crossed for you this month! So when do you start BD'ing for the month? Are you just doing it every second day or so?

RachealJane - Hope you are doing well. I hear you on the night feeds - up until about 3 weeks ago DS was waking every 1-2hrs for a feed (and he is 16 months!)... It was always worse when he hadn’t fed much during the day.

AFM - AF has left the building - hopefully for a long time! I’m on CD7 now and feeling a bit more human. Fingers crossed this cycle isn’t all over the place like my last one. DH and I have been discussing when to start BDing for the month - he wants to save up his swimmers for the big event but he isn’t keen on trying OPK’s this cycle (he wants to keep things a bit more relaxed for now) so that makes it a bit hard considering we don’t know when the big O is! Guess I’ll just keep an eye on CM and go from there... When does everyone else start BDing for the cycle?

DS seems to have fallen into a pattern of feeding 2-4 time a day now (since he started sleeping through the night) so that is a dramatic drop in feeds for us. He was feeding 6-10 times in 24 hours! Hopefully that means this cycle is a bit more settled.

That’s all from me today... I hope everyone is doing well, and Hi to everyone I’ve missed.  :big hug:

(Edit for bad spelling)

Edited by Mrs Ginger Ninja, 27 February 2012 - 03:18 PM.


#66 Sunny sky

Posted 27 February 2012 - 09:17 PM

Another question from me! (Sorry!)

What sort of supplements are you all taking? A prenatal supplement or just a normal multi or a pregnancy/breastfeeding supplement? Is anyone taking any extra supplements like calcium?

I was taking blackmores pregnancy and breastfeeding gold up until the end of last year but I am now just on a good multi - not sure if thats enough? I can’t remember what I did when TTC’ing last time, isn’t that terrible!?!

#67 RachealJane

Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:58 AM

Mrs Ginger Ninja - i have continued to take Blackmores pregnancy and breastfeeding gold for almost 4 years now. I didnt even think about swapping to just a multi vitamin. I am now also taking 100mg of B6 and vitex too but that is to help lengthen my luteal phase and regulate my cycle.
Also it is best to not save up the swimmers, instead regular BDing is more effective as the sperm is then the healthier newer sperm and not full of half dead ones. Have you seen the doco "the great sperm race"? It has been on TV a couple of times, and that is what it recommends. Thats also what the Sperm Meets Egg Group recommends you do too: http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...30&start=30



#68 broodyhen

Posted 28 February 2012 - 01:35 PM

Hi all!

Welcome Ginger! I am taking Blackmores conceive well at the moment. However I've read in lots of places that it's fine (not to mention cheaper) to take an ordinary multi. And ditto what RJ said on the question of (not) storing up swimmers. You want those guys fresh and strong! evillaugh.gif (??)

Oooh BlueDragon, I've been thinking about getting a mooncup for a while now. They sound great, but I have a slight irrational fear of getting stuff stuck up there if it doesn't have something to pull it out with! Well, not 'stuff', just mooncups really tongue.gif Tell me, what's good about them? why do you love them? I hate tampons too.

Emiboo, sorry about AF but yay for feeling good on your holiday and a fresh start. Hope the holidays gives you a chance for lots of well times BDing.

thesame, AF shown up yet? fingers crossed for not yet.

Organic, hope they're preggy farts original.gif

hi everyone else original.gif

Ok so I've had a bit of spotting yesterday and this morning. very light, pink coloured and mucousy. I'm also still horribly emotional, teary and have really really bad skin that's driving me nuts. Today is 9dpo. Trying not to get my hopes up, and tbh I really just feel like AF must be coming early. Will see I guess. I think I'll test Thursday or maybe Friday morning if AF hasn't shown up.

Edited by broodyhen, 28 February 2012 - 01:37 PM.


#69 bluedragon

Posted 28 February 2012 - 04:42 PM

Hi everyone, for those interested in the mooncups yes they are like a diva cup, there are quite a few different brands of them you can get. Like I said I love mine for lots of reasons. For me AF has always been a very painful experience, I would always have to take the first day off work as I was virtually incapacitated, lots of fun  rolleyes.gif (one reason I'm hoping for AF to come now is to see if having DS has changed this at all hands.gif ). Anyway I found tampons increased my discomfort and i also have quite sensitive skin so found disposable pads quite icky too. The mooncup sits much lower down than a tampon, it doesn't touch the cervix at all which I find reduces some discomfort and it also allows for clots to come out unhindered. I never knew just how big my clots were til I found them in the cup! So my pain was significantly reduced!

Once you're used to it, they are much cleaner than both pad and tampons. They last longer as they collect more, after the first couple of heavy days I would only have to empty it twice, once in the morning and once at night. They also save heaps of money, it only took a couple of months of not buying pads to pay for itself and they last 5-10 years original.gif I'm sure the chemicals in pads and tampons weren't good for me and there are not chemicals at all with the cups, I feel 'fresher' and generally cleaner and healthier when I use the cup. It also allows the normal secretions to flow so you don't get dried out like with tampons.

I'm sure there are more things I like about them but it's been a while since I've had to use one! There have been threads in the past about them if you want to get other peoples comments. There is a bit of a learning curve with using them, it did take me a couple of months to feel really confident with them but now I feel more confident with them than pads. Broodyhen you can't get it stuck as firstly it sits quite near the opening and it does have a stem on the end that you cut to your desired length that helps get it out. Now that I'm used to it I've actually cut the stem off completely.

Anyway I'll get off my soap box now  tongue.gif

Broodyhen fingers crossed your getting implantation spotting and not an early AF

Mrs Giner Ninja I'm still on my pregnancy supplements, have just stayed on them while breastfeeding. I do take some magnesium sometimes too if I get restless legs at night.

organic~sub I sympathise with that horrible bloating, I get that too, makes the cramping so much worse I think.

thesame fingers crossed for you, but a longer LP would be good too

RachealJane will all that night feeding mess up your ovulation timing? DS can be a bit on a night snacked too if the day routine is upset so I'm wondering what that will do to my cycle.

AFM still waiting to see if AF arrives, really can't tell, sometimes I think I'm getting pre menstral symptoms and sometimes I think it's all in my head. Anyway I think DH and I have decided to wait a little to officially start TTC. We are going overseas for the first half of April and we think we'll wait till we get back, it will also mean skipping a due date in December which I know is probably silly but we have quite a lot of family born around Christmas and they don't really like it. So I will be living vicariously though you all till April!

#70 Sunny sky

Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:36 PM

Just wondering if anyone else still gets random phantom baby kicks? I’ve had them since DS was born, but almost 17 months on they seem to be getting a lot worse rather than better!

That combined with feeling pregnant every cycle, I’m going a little crazy! Tounge1.gif

Sorry for the random post - I”ll BBL to catch up on personals.

I hope everyone had a great day!

#71 Happy_daisy

Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:29 PM

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been a little MIA, I've been reading everything but on my phone so it's a bit hard to post.

thesame hope AF has stayed away for you! Any news?

Sab fingers crossed that they're all good signs! Looking forward to hearing an update from you too original.gif

Rachael hope you catch the egg original.gif My DD has been feeding overnight too...sigh. I could really do with one or two nights of solid sleep! It's been really hot here too and that hasnt helped her sleeping, plus I think she might be getting another couple of teeth so we're having very restless sleeps!

Mrs Ginger Ninja I'm taking blackmores pregnancy and breastfeeding gold. I stopped taking it once I ran out after being pregnant, but started again when we started ttc. HTH!

Sounds like possible implantation Hen? Will be ninja.gif to hear your test result at the end of this week!

Thanks for the mooncup info BlueDragon...I've been interested in them for a while, might have to buy one and give it a try.

Hi Emi!

AFM: After a lot of thinking we've decided that we'll put ttc on hold for a bit. I will still lurk and hear what you're all up to, but wont actively ttc again until April. Like you BlueDragon, we want to avoid having a Christmas baby..if it happens before April, great, but I'm not going to bother charting or anything until then. Hope it's a quick couple of months biggrin.gif

QUOTE (Mrs Ginger Ninja @ 28/02/2012, 06:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just wondering if anyone else still gets random phantom baby kicks? I’ve had them since DS was born, but almost 17 months on they seem to be getting a lot worse rather than better!


Yes! Sometimes my tummy gurgles or something and I think oh that the baby...before realising i'm not pregnant laughing2.gif I miss feeling baby kicks!

#72 Honey Pot

Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:24 PM

On to cycle 5 for me.  wacko.gif

#73 RachealJane

Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:26 PM

Hi ladies.

Happy_daisy - i think Sophie is getting her 2 year old molars, so new teeth are interrupting her sleep too. Luckily she just feeds and goes straight back to sleep, i just bring her in bed with us and keep sleeping too, but recently the nighttime feeding has definitely increased in frequency, sometimes every hour or so.

BlueDragon - yep, extra feedings can mess up your cycle. Sophie once had a feeding frenzy day right before O and delayed it by 10 days for me!

^^I hope you both stick around even though not officially TTC til April. Its nice to have extra people in here... it can be very quiet in here sometimes.



thesame - Sorry AF arrived. How long was your luteal phase this month? Obviously it was longer then 9 days so that is good.

Mrs Ginger Ninja - i get the phantom kicks all the time too. I know its wind or whatever but its such a lovely thing to remember what it used to feel like to be pregnant.

Im cd18 today and i think O day will be tomorrow for me. The OPK was definitely neg this morning but tested again this arvo and it was almost positive. So far we have been following the 'Sperm Meets Egg plan' just adjusting the days to suit the days of my cycle as i O much later then cd14. The plan is this:

Short Explanation of the SMEP:

    BD every other night starting Day 8
    Buy 10 ovulation predictor kit sticks
    Begin ovulation testing on Day 10
    When test is positive, BD that night, plus two additional nights in a row
    Skip one night, then do one last BD
    Take a home pregnancy test 15 days after your ovulation test was positive, if your period has not begun
    If your ovulation test never goes positive, continue BDing every other night until Day 35, then do a pregnancy test if your period has not begun.


So we've BD'd cd 13, 15, 17. And then if O day is tomorrow we will BD cd19, 20 and then 22. Busy, busy, busy  biggrin.gif

#74 Happy_daisy

Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:21 PM

Of course I'll hang around Rachael! I want to hear about everyone's BFPs when they happen biggrin.gif  We were loosely following the SMEP when we conceived DD so I think it works...if nothing else you're at least BDing regularly so have a good chance of catching the egg just from that original.gif
Sorry to hear you're back on square one thesame sad.gif hope this is your month!!

#75 broodyhen

Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:04 PM

Hi all,

So... I got my BFP! Feeling pretty stunned that it has happened already. It hasn't sunk in at all, and I'm also feeling really cautious because it's very early days. But golly gosh I'm feeling so sick!! (And so excited of course!)

Tested yesterday afternoon and got a fairly faint line with a FR, tested again this morning and it was stronger.

I've appreciated being able to share the ttc experience with the lovelies in here and will be lurking to see everyone else get their BFPs!


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