Time for Another

the diary of our quest for baby number 2

Time of the month Monday 17 September 2007

Filed under: fertile dates,ovulation,period,testing — timeforanother @ 12:34 pm

Oh yes, bring it on! Almost exactly to the day as well. I really don’t think I’ve felt quite so delighted about having a period before, but really this feels very exciting. I’m definitely on a 28 day cycle which means I should be able to predict almost to the day my next ovulation date. With a bit of help from the strips (I fear my temperature taking has been a bit lame) we should nail it. And then husband dear can nail me 😉

Shopping later and the intention is to stock up on lots of ‘good things’. Not that we eat particularly bad things generally but I should have lots of leafy greens and steak. Mmm steak.

Roll on the 30th (or thereabouts) 😀

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Waiting Wednesday 12 September 2007

Filed under: basal temperature,belly cast,folic acid,period,testing — timeforanother @ 10:23 am

I’m growing increasingly impatient as the month limps slowly along (or so it appears in my world). For once, I’m actually looking forward to getting my period, although it’ll probably show up during our weekend away, just like the cold I’ve nearly got will probably explode nicely! Next month of course, I shall be hoping that there is no period at all…

Haven’t managed to check my temperature for the last 3 days as daughter awaking early (and screaming) makes for a leaping out of bed without a thought for the whole, reach-for-thermometer, wait-for-it-to-be-ready, lie-with-thermometer-under-tongue-for-a-couple-of-mins-to-get-the-most-accurate-reading, log-result shenanigans. Maybe tomorrow… At least I’m managing to keep up with the folic acid though.

Just remembered another thing I’d like to do this time – make a belly cast a few days before the due date.

 

Don’t hire me as a scientist! Thursday 6 September 2007

Filed under: 2nd child,basal temperature,testing,worries — timeforanother @ 10:40 am

Hmmm my basal temperature is up and down like the proverbial knickers and unless I’m about to ovulate again (within 3 days of the last time, I don’t think so) I’m clearly doing something wrong. Or I’m an uppy-downy temperature kinda girl. Who knows?

No 1 child has been keeping us on our toes the last few days, and I have to admit that I’ve had nearly second thoughts about No 2 on several occasions. Still, when it comes down to it, we think 2 kids will be right for us. And we believe that our daughter will benefit greatly from having a brother or sister, so I guess my wobbles are just a natural part of it all. Once I’m pregnant I’ll move on to worrying about myriad other things instead!

 

Random ramblings Tuesday 4 September 2007

Filed under: basal temperature,ovulation,testing,things to do,trying for a boy — timeforanother @ 10:41 am

I think we’ve decided to go for the end of October ‘window’ which would mean (if successful) a due date of around 21st July 08 – it feels a bit weird thinking that far ahead. But, the timing is crucial if we want to maximise the opportunity of conceiving a boy. Boy sperm swim faster than girl sperm but die more quickly, so knowing when ovulation takes place will help with timing.

I’m not using the OT strips again until later this month (really just to determine that my cycle is regular) but I’m continuing with the temperature plotting throughout. Meantime my head is buzzing with all the fun stuff like baby names, birth plans, maternity clothes.

My list of ‘want to do this time’ currently includes:

  • Keep a diary – check!
  • Don’t tell anyone until the 12 week scan (this will be the hardest one)
  • Keep a check on what I eat – last time I put on nearly 4 stone and am still carrying some of it to this day
  • Go to at least one antenatal swimming session
  • Aim for a homebirth (so very nearly managed it last time) possibly in water
  • Make a CD of music to listen to during labour

There will undoubtedly be more as they pop into my head, and undoubtedly some will be no more than items on the list of things we didn’t get around to doing.

 

You can stick the thermometer… Monday 3 September 2007

Filed under: basal temperature,ovulation,testing — timeforanother @ 10:18 am

… in your mouth. The instructions which come with the basal thermometer didn’t say where to put it to measure temperature, so I assumed it went ‘down there’. Last night something niggled me about that and on googling, discovered that you actually put the thermometer in your mouth. It seems so obvious really. D’oh. And before you ask, yes, it was cleaned between measurements!

 

Let’s start at the very beginning Sunday 2 September 2007

Filed under: ovulation,testing — timeforanother @ 2:50 pm

So, we’ve decided it’s time to expand our family by one more – a brother or sister for our first born. Corny as it may be, I’ve decided to blog the journey right from the very start. I had meant to keep a diary of my pregnancy with our first but somehow never got around to it – this time, I’m more determined, especially as this is likely to be my last pregnancy (we think 2 kids is enough for us).

Now to the beginnings… First Born is a beautiful 2 year old girl, and being creatures who like a bit of balance, we are going to try and conceive a boy! Obviously we will be delighted with another daughter but we thought we might as well have a go and try to maximise our chances of having a boy.

This month (Sept 07) will be the ‘science experiment’ stage. Yesterday the ovulation testing strips, very early pregnancy testing strips and the digital basal thermometer arrived (thank you www.babymad.com). Husband looks at me oddly. I immerse myself in the instructions and start filling in forms, checking back on the calendar for various dates – if I’m going to do this, I want to do it right. I calculated that I was probably due to ovulate around this date so tried the first OTS at midday – negative.

Temperature was taken and logged first thing this morning. Husband tells me ‘Wow, the things you do for me’.  Later in the day it’s time for the second OTS – two lines appear meaning it’s positive!  My calculations are spot on so far…

And so a month of checking on ovulation and recording my temperature before we start to ‘go for it’ or should that be go for him.