September 8, 2010

Excitement about TTC "supplies"

Let me preface this by saying that because we have been waiting for what seems like EVER to TTC after getting bitten by the baby bug, I am very serious about my efforts to TTC once it's time. Although I'm a very impatient person. So all of this may relate to that too.

I got the most exciting packages yesterday! One containing 25 HPT's and two books, and one that had my CBEFM and 60 test strips inside!

I'll start with the CBEFM. This was a purchase from an online "friend" who got pregnant before she started using it. Lucky for her, lucky for me! I'm super excited to start peeing on sticks next cycle! After reading the manual, it looks like you program it on CD1, and then it tells you when to start testing--the first cycle will start testing on CD6. Can't wait!

I've actually never taken a home pregnancy test in my life. I'm SO EXCITED to even own them, let alone be almost to the month where I get to use them. I ordered the cheap strips that you dip into a cup (seriously--they were cheap, under $6 for 25 at Amazon). Once I read the instructions, I had the urge to use one. I can't imagine how difficult each 2WW will be! After I finished obsessing, I hid them under the bathroom sink so I wouldn't think about them until next month.

I also received "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and "The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy." Now, some of you may think I'm jumping the gun a little. But I'm a) a big fan of preparedness, and b) a big fan of super saver shipping from Amazon (which I got, thanks to the books :) ).

I sat down with each and read the pre-conception chapters, along with the chapters about the first month and nutrition. Overall, I'm putting more stock into the Mayo book as I go along. I think they both contained great advice, but What to Expect was definitely geared toward the woman who has not been charting, and who may not have done her homework in figuring out how one's body works. What to Expect was the easier read of the two, and did have some good nutrition pointers and tips (although different guidelines than the Mayo book, and anything that recommends switching your nachos and cheese sauce for anything else with cheese sauce gets the side-eye from me to start).

The Mayo book (the parts I've read, at least) has been easy enough to read (more meaty than WTE), and I think it presents an educated, well-rounded overview of what to expect. It also includes a handy nutritional chart that I hope will be helpful once we do get that +HPT.

Lots of Love and baby dust...
Magnolia Bud

6 comments:

Sunflower Bud said...

I am laughing so hard at this. You are so cute.

So you don't freak out the first month using the CBEFM, you may not get a peak. Usually the first month is full of a ton of High readings and no peak so don't freak out and think you didn't ovulate! You'll most likely get a peak the second month using it.

Good luck and have fun with your new toys!

Magnolia Bud said...

Thanks Sunflower! I'm really looking forward to seeing how CBEFM and my charts correlate, now that I'm starting to see a pattern with my cycles.

Silver Rose said...

Have fun! I hide stuff from myself too sometimes. ;)

Golden Bud said...

I wish you lots of baby dust!

Worry Bud said...

LOL, I got super excited when I got my first set of OPKs & HPTs too, so I totally remember that feeling!! GL to you. :)

Sarcastic Bud said...

I LOVE CBEFM! Have fun!

 

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