Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm taking charge

I've been reading and rereading Taking Charge of Your Fertility for a little while now and I am really excited about charting my cycle and learning more about my own body.

Charting your cycle seems easy until you start to analyze your temperatures and realize how little you actually know about your cycle! I am hoping to get the hang of it soon. I need to be better about remembering to take my temp. I have made it 4 consecutive days without forgetting but that's my longest stretch. (Bad, I know.) I also forget to check my cervix and because I go through long periods of time between checking, I forget what normal feels like. I can't tell how firm or soft it should feel. I can't tell if it's high or low, and I certainly can't tell if the "open" I feel is related to me giving birth previously or if it's related to ovulation. Yikes. I gotta get better at this.

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to see my thermal shift! Thanks to my SIL for helping me interpret my temps! I probably would still be confused if it weren't for her. I know all I need is practice, and I am glad I will have the chance to practice before we actually start TTC. Yep. We decided to wait til after Disneyland. I know that sounds horribly selfish, but I did want a vacation with just the 3 of us, and I don't want to be sick or have to sit out during our trip.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Am I crazy?

I really want to add to our family. I do. But, I also want to accomplish the goals on my baby bucket list before getting pregnant. The particular goal I had in mind was to take a trip with our family of 3 before it becomes a family of 4. We have the perfect trip planned. We are going to Disneyland! DH and I have been dying to take Lou to Disneyland and we have the perfect opportunity to go in September. We will be able to save enough by then and we would have a free ride to California (courtesy of my parents) and a free place to stay (courtesy of my in-laws) so not only would it be perfect timing, it would be the least expensive way to go.

One problem: I don't want to be pregnant at Disneyland! Is that so selfish? I want to be able to go on the rides and really enjoy myself. That said, I still want to add to the family and try for another baby. I suppose I could  stick to my original plan and wait til September to TTC. I guess that would make the problem disappear, am I patient enough to wait til then? There is also a chance that I could TTC and not get pregnant before then so that would be another way to nullify the problem.

Anyone know if it's dangerous to go on Disneyland rides during early pregnancy? Their rides aren't super extreme like other parks, but I still plan on hitting up Splash Mountain and the like. It won't just be Fantasy Land.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mid Year Resolutions

As I am someone constantly trying to better myself, I decided to do a mid-year resolution. Really, I just like to have goals to be constantly working toward. Here's the list of things I am currently working toward:
  • Set a budget and pay all expenses in cash
  • Go for an entire month without eating out
  • Exercise at least 4 times a week
  • Improve daily scripture study
  • Have Family Home Evening each week
  • Get my closets organized and keep my apartment CLEAN!
There it is out there for the world to see and hold me accountable for. I like to write things down to signify the permanence of the goal and help keep me motivated.

Fresh Start

I finally started a new cycle! I am actually quite excited about that. This will be my first cycle that I will be temp charting. I am excited to find out more about my cycles. I have read most of Taking Charge of Your Fertility (TCOYF) and feel ready to start learning more about my body. I have a hard time starting new routines. In fact, I don't have a morning routine. I don't do the same thing in the same way or in the same order everyday. I never have. When I lived with my parents, I had a toothbrush in every bathroom in the house because I never brushed my teeth in the same place everyday. It's silly My handwriting isn't even consistent. I have about six different ways that I sign my name on a regular basis. I guess one thing that is consistent in my life is inconsistency. I am hoping to solidify a routine, but I am nervous about being able to remember to do it everyday. I guess it never hurts to try, so here it goes.

Potty Training

I'd like to say I decided to start potty training, but it didn't happen that way. My well meaning mother decided my son was ready and started potty training him. Since you can't really start and stop, I decided to go with it. My mom must have known something I didn't, because it has gone very well. Lou is thrilled to be a big boy and actually likes going potty. I know his interest will fade and he won't be as excited about it in the future, but I hope to have him trained by then.

Diapers are TONS easier. Changing a diaper a few times a day is a lot less work than taking a kid to the potty every half hour so they can "try." Frequent trips to the potty ensure that there are less accidents and allows him to become more comfortable with going potty. It's worked pretty well. Today we took him potty right before we went to a movie at about 2:00 pm (Toy Story 3) he didn't need to go but we praised him for the effort. After the movie, we went straight to the potty. Dry pants! He still didn't need to go (and he had been drinking quite a bit.) but again we praised him for the effort. Then we got home from the movie theater and he was asleep. He was so tired he didn't even wake up when we brought him in the house. He slept right up until we needed to leave for a BBQ at 6:00pm. He woke up with dry pants! I took him to go potty right before we left and he sat there but still nothing. So we went to the BBQ and as soon as we got there HE told me he needed to go potty. He finally went and man did he have a full bladder! I was happy to report that he had no accidents and wore clean dry pants all day long.

I know I have a long way to go before he is completely trained, but I am glad he is doing well. He hasn't gone #2 in the potty yet and I have heard that it can be hard to get kids comfortable doing that. I also realize I am going to have to suck it up and hit up public restrooms more often. I hate public restrooms so much that I will only use one in extreme emergency. If I can hold it, (and I usually can) then I wait til I am home. Can't really do that now that I have a kid. It was funny seeing Lou's reaction to public restrooms today. He hasn't been in many since I avoid them like the plague. He was surprised that the movie theater had a bathroom. It was like they never existed before. He is such a character.