Topic: second baby in our family, first baby in my body
I just returned home from my first visit to a highly recommended RE, and I feel that our journey to baby #2 has finally begun. We have not yet tried to conceive but have chosen to begin this summer because we are both teachers. I want to use this thread to document what I hope will be a smooth road to conception.
If you're wondering why I've already been to a specialist, it's for a few reasons:
1. We only have 8 vials of our donor in storage, so we only plan to TTC at home once in July before we move on to the doctor assisted route in August. It's important to us that our two children are biologically connected.
2. Two years ago, I had uterine polyps that had to be removed via D&C. Polyps, according to our OB, are relatively common and not always detected; mine were detected because I was having mid-cycle spotting and went in to investigate. Regardless, I worry that this has somehow lowered my chances of conceiving.
3. Unlike my DP, I am overweight, and I have had issues with acne and facial hair; I have not been formally diagnosed with PCOS, but my feeling is that it's possible, even though my cycles are pretty regular.
So here are the next steps, according to the RE's office: Today is CD14, and I usually get my smiley on CD16 (at the latest ever, it was CD19). On the day that I get my smiley, I am to call their office in the morning (by 6:45, which sort of worries me because I tend to get my positive in the late morning hours) to schedule to come in for bloodwork that day. The next tests will be on CD3 at the beginning of June and sometime between CD5-10 a few days later. I'm anxious to get started!
I've been tracking since July 2012 using Fertility Friend because I knew that we would be starting to try in July 2013 and wanted to have a year to understand my body. I didn't start temping until January 2013, though. My EWCM indicates like clockwork that my smiley will arrive in the next two days, but the start of EWCM varies between CD14-17. My temp shift has been less reliable, but during most months, the rise happens within 24 hours of my +OPK. After discussing all of this with the RE today, she confirmed that it will be a good idea to try our first at-home insemination (IVI with two ICI vials) at 12 and 24 hours past the smiley.
One more note that I want to document here to hold myself accountable is that I lost 40 pounds in the fall of 2011 and have gained most of it back since my dad passed away in the spring of 2012. I can't seem to get back on the wagon, and I really do want to. I'm 5'9" and 195 pounds; at my thinnest, I was 175 pounds. I'd like to at least get back down into the 180s before we start TTC.
Thanks for reading. I'm hoping that all or any of what I document will be of some help to someone. When we got my DP pregnant in 2010, I learned every single thing from this forum. For her, we succeeded on the second cycle with inseminations at 7 and 24 hours past her smiley. I can only hope to be so lucky.