Posted by ttcno2afteriud
Our first baby was a happy surprise baby so when it came to baby #2 this was my first time TTC. Totally hated it to be honest. The last time we were a new couple and all we had to do to "try" was get busy 3 times a week, a couple of times a day and hey presto! By the time I realised I might be pregnant I just took one test which was majorly positive.
This time with a 18 month old toddler around, the sex is a lot less frequent so I chose to monitor my ovulation with cheap internet pee sticks and track my CM. I had my IUD removed 1st March. That month I had MEGA pregnancy symptoms which I later figured out was a hormone "let down" from the IUD. It definitely wasn't me mistaking PMS symptoms as I had smell aversions which I only ever get when I'm pregnant. I had convinced myself I was pregnant and the disappointment was horrible.
The next month - we weren't trying as I (crazy I know) didn't want to have a January baby. Me and my sister don't get on and I put this down to her being a Capricorn and me a Gemini - bad mix. So didn't want a Capricorn baby. I'm actually embarrassed to admit this....
April was full throttle TTC. The Ovulation predictor strips I ordered for my May cycle and it really took the first month just to figure them out. They can be hard to tell at first what is a positive result. For me the 2nd line needed to start appearing within the first minute and then at least the first portion of the test line had to be darker than the control line.
3 months of the strips and CM tracking (4 months actively TTC total) and BINGO a positive pregnancy test. Thank goodness it wasn't too long as I am not patient at all and was starting to hate the process. The pregnancy test I used were also cheap sticks from the internet and the positive was SO FAINT I could barely make it out. But it was there 3 days before I thought I was due and confirmed with a first response.
Symptoms were very mild - just 2 days of mild cramping and moodiness about 4 days before my period was due. I may have had a tiny implantation bleed 6 days before I was due. I don't know when I ovulated and I have an irregular cycle that averages at about 32 days.
Oh yeah - one other thing that I'm mega happy I did was not tell my OH about the testing and fertility windows. I felt it would be a passion killer/pressure so just took it upon myself to "seduce" him when we needed to BD. Turns out seducing him is no harder than giving him a nudge in bed first thing in the morning and then a little cuddle. Doesn't take much to get him in the mood! :)
I'm still a little shocked that I'm pregnant to be honest. I guess I had started thinking that we had just got lucky with baby #1. I'm 38, have PCOS so I thought the odds were against me. Wrong!
Very happy to now be 4 1/2 weeks pregnant. Hope my experience helps someone out there. Good luck!
Added: Aug. 4, 2014