Hello Again, Thermometer

Beep. Beep. Beep. 

Well, my month off from taking my basal body temperture at 7am is over. This morning I awoke bright and early and started up again. It’s nice to chart again though. I felt a little lost last month without knowing precisely the day I ovulated. I like knowing what my body is doing, and while we won’t be inseminating this month because Mr. Goodman is still out of the country, charting makes me want to be a little more well-behaved.

Today is also the day we both start prepping for the fall semester. We just found out last week that J is going to be teaching again this semester! Not only does this make for a more steady income (and health insurance for both of us!), but it also provides us with a nice chunk of money when it comes time to move in January. This is also our last semester ever teaching at the university where we both went to school for our BAs and MAs–the place where we met and fell in love. It will be a good opportunity to have some closure as we move on to bigger, greener, gayer pastures in the spring.

Honestly, I’m welcoming the distraction of new students and meetings and papers to grade. This means that maybe I won’t have as much time to obsess about the TTC rollercoaster. On top of that, fall semester is perhaps the worst possible time to be fatigued or have any sort of morning sickness, so chances are, I’ll get pregnant early and be sick all semester long. Here’s hoping!

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6 responses to “Hello Again, Thermometer

  1. Okay…I am JUST beginning the charting process….got the basal thermometer today. Since you have been doing this for awhile, and I seriously know nothing….I was wondering if you could clarify something for me. When should we start inseminating….? If there is a rise in temp, do we insem that day, or at another time?? All the charting seems overwhelming to me right now, and I was hoping you could give me some pointers. Do you feel like you know exactly what day to insem on? I am using Fertility Friend online now as well….and want to begin inputting the temp each day starting tomorrow….just trying to figure out the WHEN…after seeing the rise in temp. Any help would be much appreciated girls 🙂

    Sounds like you BOTH will be very busy this fall. When is Mr. Goodman coming back? Sept?

    * tiff *

  2. timaree

    Hi, Tiffany!
    Yes, Mr. Goodman will be back in September, hopefully in time for my September egg!

    Sadly enough, temperatures don’t so much tell you when you’re going to ovulate so much as when you already have. When you see a rise in temperature, it means you have ovulated already, and in that case, it’s usually too late to iseminate. On the day of ovulation, there is usually a dip in temperature. The reason we temp, though, is that this is the only way to know that we have, in fact, ovulated. To predict when you will ovulate, you will need to chart a couple of other things like cervical mucous (probably the biggest predictor) and hormone levels (tested with ovulation predictor kits).

    I know how you feel about the charting, though. It is very overwhelming at first. I recommend doing the Fertility Friend course. It’s free, and they just send you an email once a day. It’s very easy, and you’ll learn a lot about your body and fertility signs. After you do that you’ll know a lot more about what to input on your chart, and the whole thing will make quite a bit more sense.

    Even so, the insemination day is often a little iffy. I always know after the fact if we did it on the right day, but I’ve found that this whole TTC process makes the body do strange things. I had been ovulating consistently on the sixteenth day of my cycle, and as soon as we started inseminating, I jumped to the 14th day. And that is why a sense of humor is essential.

    I hope this helps! Of course, I’ll be happy to try to answer other questions you have as well. Good luck getting started with all of this!

    T

  3. T,

    Thank you!!! You are full of knowledge about all this stuff!! It’s so crazy that your body just through you for a loop switching ovulation days!! How crazy! Well, I am interested to see how all this charting goes, and hopefully will start seeing a pattern!

    I just bought the book “The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How To Stay Sane and Care for Yourself from Pre-Pregnancy Through Birth”. It looks so good; I have heard great reviews about the book! Have you read it??

    * tiff *

  4. timaree

    Tiffany–
    Yes, I’ve read that book, and it’s great!

    The other book you’ll want to get when you can is Stephanie Brill’s “New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, & Birth.” She’s a midwife (in fact, I link to her group: Maia Midwifery and Preconception Services) here on the blog. She goes into a lot of detail about just about every issue you can imagine from nutrition for lesbians trying to conceive to social issues, etc. It’s become my TTC bible.

    Have fun with the charting–you’ll definitely notice some patterns after awhile.

    T

  5. I’m so glad you commented on my blog so that I could find you! I’ll be tracking your progress and crossing my fingers for you!

  6. timaree

    Thanks so much, Wendy!

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