Truthfully, I’m not 100% sure if I O’d yesterday or if I’m O-ing today. I’ve been super crampy on the right side today, but was super crampy on the left side yesterday morning and the night before that. So who the hell knows!! I What I do know is that this morning I was rudely awakened by the Tiny Tyrant at 3:40 am – to be fair, it was my loving husband who elbowed me in the ribs saying, “John’s awake” that woke me up. But considering that John decided that eating his dinner was overrated, he woke up at the butt-crack of dawn and was starving.
I’m inclined to believe that I O’d last night, because when Bubby woke up hungry this morning, so did I. Of course, it would’ve been a more pleasant experience if my toddler would’ve just eaten his Eggo and not snarfed mine down, too! But all things considered, it’s not that big of a deal. I could stand to lose a few pounds anyway! So we got up and spent some time with the hubby while he got ready for PT, which doesn’t happen often!
After I’d been up for about an hour, I started having some sharp pains way low. I wasn’t sure if it was more O cramping or not; felt a little different this time. More of a sharp stabbing pain instead of the dull ache I’ve grown to know and not love. It seriously had me doubled over in the fetal position! Maybe it’s my appendix? Could I be passing a kidney stone? Turns out it was a much simpler explanation than anything I’d thought of so far.
I was simply one good fart away from feeling as though the hippo doing yoga inside my guts had finally vacated the premises. Once I realized what it was, I felt like a moron for not having figured it out sooner. Immediately following O, the corpus luteum begins pumping out massive amounts of progesterone to cause the uterine lining to thicken, readying it for any fertilized eggs to implant successfully. Getting the uterine lining all nice and comfy for Mr/Ms Eggy is the best side effect of excess progesterone; the worst of the side effects (in my humble opinion) is what it does to your digestive system. Progesterone naturally slows down your guts, allowing for maximum extraction of nutrients for ensuring the healthiest possible pregnancy. To break it down “Barney Style” for you – progesterone is what makes you constipated! This also causes excess gas to build up in your intestines, too. For anyone who has never actually had no kidding gas pain, let me be the first to tell you that it will stop you dead in your tracks! I suffered with horrible gas pain the entire time I was pregnant with my son. And when I say it hurts, I mean that it hurts! I went to the ER twice, thinking that I was miscarrying. Imagine my simultaneous joy and embarrassment, leaving with the diagnosis of being “full of hot air.”
Other than my need to set off a major stink bomb, there hasn’t been much in the way of symptoms today. I had a few hot flashes this afternoon, but nothing too major. Considering my lack of effort in TTC this cycle compared with previous cycles, I’m not really putting a lot of hope into getting a BFP. I would love one; the thought of bringing a new baby into this world makes me weak in the knees! I just don’t know if it’s gonna be possible for us. This will be our last cycle to TTC before we see the Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE). And with the way we’ve been financially strapped since we came home from vacation, I’m afraid that even if we see the RE we won’t be able to afford to do much anyway. Here’s to hoping for a miracle …