(Closed) First day charting and I'm a nervous nelly!!!

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

awww hun, don’t be too nervous about it, you’ll do fine, the less you think of it as a chore, the better it gets.  I wasnt nervous to start tempting or charting, what got me nervous were the numbers, like what it meant, was it high? was it low? but then you get use to it and you start to get to know what’s a normal temp for you, your body.  You’ll do fine ;)))

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh man, I felt that way the first time, too. Don’t worry about it, in a week you’ll be way over it, and it will become a part of your routine, you’ll barely think about it (until your first TWW). Especially since you aren’t TTC until June, you’ll be an expert by then. Congratulations!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i record my temp when i get up. are you using fertility friend? if so, you can set the default time so no matter when you enter your temp, it will record it for the time it was taken, not the current time. mine is defaulted for 5:15am. don’t stress too much over it. i am a restless sleeper so i hardly ever have 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep before taking my temp. i still see a pattern though so it’s fine. here’s my chart:

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/425afa

it’s my first month charting too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hi! come and join us at the Charters thread if you’d like : http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/charters-of-the-hive-part-xviii#axzz2LvrtHAnl

this is my second month charting officially!  i’m on FF too. http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/foxwife

Jut remember, don’t try hard to make your chart look pretty. even if you expect a high temp, add whatever is there!  FF can see a pattern no matter how wonky you think it is.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee

It was the same for me when I first started charting. Actually, a few months ago, I began temping earlier, and I had the same problems just like when I was a newbie charter. Don’t worry, it gets much easier. Don’t stress over things like mouth breathing and moving too much. If you get a whole bunch on wonky charts, then you can worry about that kind of thing, but as long as you see a temp shift, you’re ok. After a cycle or two of charting, it’ll all become second nature.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am in my first month and I dont worry about it enough. somehow I forget to take my temp on a regular basis. I am sure you will get the hang of it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

This cracked me up because I did the same exact thing. I’ve never slept as poorly as I did my first month charting (just two months ago). We aren’t TTC yet, but I’m off BCP as well, so I wanted to start charting.

It definitely got easier. For month 2, I set my alarm at 4:30am so I could be sure not to have my “I’m not awake, but I’m thrashing around trying to be asleep” time that I’m pretty sure skewed some of my temps the first month.

I’m continuing with my 4:30am alarm, and I go back to sleep until around 6. It’s worked really well for me so I don’t worry about the consecutive hours of sleep.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yep, I was nervous at first, too!  After a while you get used to it and you won’t stress over it too much anymore ๐Ÿ™‚ Then when you first get pregnant it feels weird to stop taking your temperature! Haha!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@princessbelle:  don’t be so nervous!  I charted for a few months and you learn to adjust for outliers.  Especially if today is cd1, these temps arent that important anyway 

does your thermometer have a recall?  I’d just set my alarm for 5am, take the temp and stick it back in my table. Then when I woke up id enter the data. I set my ff app to default to 5 am so it didn’t record that I was inconsistent. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I could have written your post, I feel the exact same way. I am sure we will get the hang of it:)

Post # 14
Hostess
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@princessbelle:  Haha! Today is my Day 3 Charting and I TOTALLY GET IT! I was just in the “Charters” thread yesterday asking questions like “how much does it matter if I get 2 versus 3 hours of sleep before temping?” The first two nights, I was totally confused as to whether I needed to take it in the middle of the night when I got up to go to the bathroom, or wait until I normally wake up around 7. I was also afraid I’d toss the thermometer off the bed and screw up my temp trying to find it. You name it – it probably crossed my mind. haha

My temp was much higher than the last two days today, but I suspect that it is because I was working late and went to bed like 2-3 hours later than normal.  The same thing will probably happen tomorrow because I have this virtual career fair thing in a different time zone tonight that basically means I’ll have to take a nap and talk to recruiters at like midnight. Oh well?

We’re not TTC yet either, but i wanted to try to confirm whether or not I’m actually ovulating after being on BC for almost a decade. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It will become second nature to you after a few weeks. I don’t temp during AF but still use my phone as an alarm. I still shove the darn thing in my mouth before I move out of habit! It is very important to temp AT THE SAME TIME every morning, and before getting out of bed to get the most accurate chart.

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