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My TTC New Year's Resolutions

I was hoping to start the new year off with a pregnancy, but despite asking Santa for a baby for Christmas, December was another unsuccessful cycle for us. Since I took a break from constant charting and testing, I’m not quite sure when I ovulated. One thing is certain though—my trusty app was wrong on its guesstimation.

How do I know? Because Aunt Flo was too quick to stop by during the holidays. It was still calculating based on a 42-day cycle; however, my last couple of cycles were about 32 days. At least I was able to kick back and ring in the New Year with a few drinks guilt-free!

There are a few things I want to work on that may hopefully help us with conceiving Baby No. 3. Here are my New Year’s resolutions for trying to conceive:

1. Lose weight. Overall, I need to live healthier. Even though I weigh less now than I did before having kids, I know being overweight can contribute to fertility issues. I’ll continue to make changes in how I eat, like cutting out soda again. Not only do I want to lose weight, I want to be healthier before getting pregnant. It could also help reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes (again).

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2. Consistent charting without burning myself out. Now that my cycle has shortened and become more predictable, I need to gather more data to learn my fertile days. However, I resolve not to become too fixated on charting in order to enjoy the process.

3. Have more sex! I think this is self-explanatory.

4. Invest in more "me" time. "Me" time is a precious commodity and I need to remember to take care of myself. It’s easy to forget, but I definitely need to take time and de-stress, whether it’s mom nights out, getting my hair done, reading or binge-watching shows on Netflix. I’m also thinking a massage and/or a chiropractor appointment might be a good idea.

5. Seek help, if needed. Help comes in many forms, but I’m resolving to see my ob-gyn if we don’t conceive by September. I don’t want to wait as long as we did to ask questions about why we were struggling to get pregnant with our first child. I know it’s normal for it to take up to a year, so I’m giving us a year. Hopefully this won’t be an issue!

The most important resolution of all is to get pregnant. It’s funny because “have another baby” was one of my 2012 goals, which I wrote out shortly after the new year. A couple months later, we conceived our son, so maybe writing this out will make it work again.

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