Raising a Blended Family

Temping, Temping, More Temping…

on February 10, 2011

Well, on to charting day two. Whoohoo! It feels so good to actually be doing something towards trying to conceive this baby- even if that “something” is just waking up at 5am, every morning, to grab a quick temp and then fall back asleep!

Speaking of which, I have a question for anyone out there that may A) be reading this, and B) have some experience charting. Is there such a thing as waking up too early to temp?  I know you’re supposed to get a solid 3-4 hours of sleep before you temp.  Check. I know you’re supposed to do it before you breathe move around at all. Check.  But, for instance, is it okay to wake up at 5 am, take your temp, and then go right back to sleep?

I’m asking because I’m getting low numbers (low 96’s) and I’m worried that later on down the road, I won’t be able to tell the difference between these lows and the low of my ovulation.  But I feel like I have to temp so early because C gets up that early for work, and so usually that wakes me up too because I have to shove her out of bed make sure she actually gets up (sound sleeper, folks. VERY sound sleeper).  So I’m usually up for about 15 minutes each morning at 5:15, and then I go back to bed until 7:30.  So whatcha think?  Is temping at 5:15 too early? Should I be temping at 7:30 when I actually wake up for good? Or does it not matter as long as I’m consistent?

I never thought I’d find myself so concerned with my temperature!  But if it brings us closer to conceiving Thing Two… I’ll take it.

In other, NON temperature-related news (bet you’re relieved to move on, aren’tcha?)- so Thing One has just started swimming lessons.  And she’s started these swimming lessons because we want to avoid her drowning in the lake like she almost did last summer accidents, plus it would just be nice for her to know how to swim- I’d be a lot more comfortable buying that above ground pool I’ve been wanting, for instance.  So she started swim lessons Monday, and last night was her second lesson. There’s only one other little girl in the class (Hannah, who’s “free!” (3), as she informed us, holding out three fingers on her hand), which makes for a nice small class size.  Better yet, Hannah’s mom just had a baby- and she brought her baby to class with her last night. She’s six weeks old. As we sat in the stands and watched the kids swim, I’m not gonna lie- that baby was taking up a whooooole lot of my attention. A whole lot.  She was so cute, and soft, and sweet, and so GOOD. She was alert the whole time, but we never heard her fuss… she just sat there on her mom’s lap, facing outwards, quietly taking in the world around her.  C and I were both pretty jealous- I wanted to hold her, but, you know, just because our kids are in swim class together does not entitle me to baby-holding rights. I know this. So I just sat and watched her, and thought about how nice it will be when that’s us, when we’re the ones sitting in the stands with our baby while Thing One does her thing.  And it was just a really nice mental picture.  Can’t wait for those days.



4 responses to “Temping, Temping, More Temping…

  1. Nicole says:

    Hi. I just stumbled across your blog. Welcome to blogland! I was a non-temp tracker type girl because I just couldn’t handle the stress, but I’m pretty sure the most important parts are getting enough sleep before AND being consistent about the time of day. So if 5am is your time, that’s fine as long as it’s close to that every day. But maybe an experienced temp-tracker has another take. I’m excited to follow your journey!

    • lezbemoms says:

      Hi! Thanks for the response. Temping IS stressful- more stressful than I thought it’d be, and I’m only on day three! Ah, well. I took a look at your blog and it seems congratulations are in order!!! I’m excited to follow your journey too, and I can’t wait to be where you guys are in a few months. =)


  2. WELCOME!! I’m so glad to have another blog to obsessively wait for a post from!! 🙂

    For the temping thing – it’s PREFERRED that you take it at the 5:15 time in your situation. Waking up, moving around, going back to bed, and waking up again will give you inconsistent results. When I was temping mine was at 5 am, then back to bed for as long as I could before having to get up to get going.

    Anyway – again – welcome to the blogworld! We’re happy to have you.

    • lezbemoms says:

      Hi! Thanks for the welcome! I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves reading everyone’s blogs- and there’s so MANY of them! Yay for online lesbian community.

      I already subscribed to you (hope you don’t mind =) ) after I found your blog on a link from someone else’s site… looking forward to following your journey! Thanks again for the welcome.

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