OK so we got back from honeymoon and i was like HEY I SHOULD REALLY GET THIS IUD TAKEN OUT SO WE CAN START TO TRY MAKING A BABY.
you know... because i'm 35. and i've been on serious hormone birth control for the last 8 years, and have subsequently not menstruated at all in most of those years. not getting a period has been awesome, and i would recommend the mirena iud to anyone, btw. it's a god send. BUT i had no idea, considering my lack of a period and my unyouthfulness, how long it would take for my body to return to normal. no clue how quickly it would take for me to actually get a period or ovulate.
so mid-march, i had the mirena taken out. april 23, i got a period. actually, i got about 8 periods, if we're being honest. gah.
so then once the menstrual tsunami was over, we decided to start trying to have baby-making sex. i downloaded a dinky iphone app that when you entered the date of your last period, would tell you when your most fertile days were. we had a bunch of sex in that time. i did that thing where you lie on your back afterward and keep your hips elevated for 20 minutes. thank god for silly iphone games like tinywings. otherwise i would have died of boredom.
tmi yet? TOO BAD.
according to the fertility app that told me when we should DO IT LIKE CRAZY, i was due to get my period on may 21st. that's IF i had a normal 28 day schedule, which due to my years long menstrual hiatus, i wasn't sure of. on may 17th, i spotted a little and thought that this must be the onset of my period and maybe mine was more like a 25 day cycle. i was a tiny bit disappointed, but got over it pretty quickly. it seemed pretty reasonable that this baby making stuff might take a while. BUT the spotting only lasted for about an hour, and then went away. i found this odd, because that's never happened to me before. usually when things start, it's ON. hmm, i thought. my period is being weird.
i woke up a couple days later, after having slept for 8 hours feeling like i hadn't slept a wink. WEIRD! that NEVER HAPPENS. i was absolutely exhausted. went to work and could barely keep my eyes open. my boobs were also really super tender, which is sort of normal pms stuff, and i was experiencing some pretty nasty heartburn, which i do get from time to time, but not usually this bad or this often. I WONDER IF I AM PREGNANT?!?! i said to myself.
i bought a pee-test. the kind that tests early, since i wasn't due to get my period for another couple days. when i went home, i peed on that stick, and lo and behold:
i peed on 5 other tests because i am a crazy person.
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the next day i started feeling some weird pressure/ache in my lower abdomen. i was freaked out because while they weren't exactly cramps, and they certainly were quite mild, the only thing i could liken the feeling to is that pressure you feel before you're about to get your period. i went to my doctor to get some blood taken so they could make sure my hcg values were doubling the way it ought to. they took blood to do a complete prenatal blood and urine series.
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i should get those results by the end of the week.
so far, i'm feeling pretty good. i am still really really tired most of the time and my boobs still really hurt. i am not nauseous. i don't have morning sickness, really. when i get up though, i feel like i need to put something starchy in my stomach immediately or else the acid in my stomach will chew a hole right through my stomach lining. i think i'll buy some crackers to keep on my bedside table. maybe if i jam one in my yap right as i get up, it will feel better, dan said he wouldn't kick me out of our bed for eating them. he loves me.
i meet with my midwife on july 6th and am looking very much forward to it. i will be about 10 weeks by then, and i am hoping shortly thereafter we can hear a heartbeat/see an ultrasound picture of the sea monkey. exciting stuff!!