It is amazing that I went from having zero periods to having periods that you could set your watch to. AF showed this morning, perfectly on time.
I'm trying not to pay that much attention to my periods right now. You know, not letting this stuff occupy too much of my life. Other than the horrible mood swings there are a few signs that let me know what's going on so that I don't have to use too much brain power to figure this out.
Fertile CM is a good indicator of impending ovulation but didn't show this cycle. A more sure fire sign that I ovulated is that Michael starts biting me. He sinks his teeth in anywhere he can (except my breasts, thankfully) and it drives me nuts (and hurts). It's because my milk supply decreases and he gets hungry and starts biting. He is doing well with a sippy cup and cow's milk now, so it's not too bad anymore. I wonder if next cycle we will even have the biting issues since he's taking so much cow's milk now.
I get pretty tired right before my period too. It wasn't as bad this month as last. Last month I felt like I could have slept all day long.
Acne is sometimes a sign too. This month was better than last month as well. Last month I didn't want to leave the house I felt so ugly. This month wasn't too bad except that I got one of those deep, painful zits on my upper lip the other day. I didn't think much of it except it was so bad that it actually gave me a BIG fat lip! I woke up looking like half of my upper lip was stolen from Meg Ryan. Yes, it was ghastly. I used some Tuck's pads* (witch hazel) on it through the day to reduce the swelling and I didn't look too much like a freak by the end of the day.
So now it begins again. I have to enjoy the next two weeks because once I ovulate and the progesterone kicks in bad things are in store. Hopefully now that I'm more confident in the length of my cycle and aware of my issues I will do better this month.
*Ok, so I have a big thing of Tuck's Pads. After giving birth they gave me a giant bag of pads for the bleeding and in there was a big thing of Tucks. I didn't know what to do with it. I thought they were just for hemorrhoids. But here's what you may not know about giving birth (vaginally). If the baby comes slowly and stretches you appropriately, you don't feel it too badly because the stretching numbs your lady parts. After giving birth I was all numb and swollen for about a day... it is a lot of trauma down there after all. That's why they give you the Pads, but I was too dumb to realize it. But I saved them anyways. The witch hazel in them can be used as astringent and they work great for those deep, painful zits by helping to kill the zit and reducing the swelling and pain.