So, I've got a whole month of cycle charting now. I have a nice clear temp rise after ovulation. It was pretty hard getting near ovulation, then ovulating, and not doing a damn thing about it. It was a weird feeling, for sure. My temp dropped as expected. So, things all seem good!! Really good!! It even worked when I was Shift Working, I would just take it after I had slept for 3 hours. Taking Charge of Your Fertility says that BBTs can either be very sensitive to waking up, or not sensitive at all. I seem to be more on the not-super-sensitive, which is good, because turns out I wake up A LOT in the 3-4am range, which I had never noticed until now (because my first thought on waking is "must take temp. Wait, what time is it? Oh, it's too early. Back to sleep for you!").
The fertility clinic called me to book an appointment, so it's for the middle of October. It seems far off, but I know my personal life calendar until then, so it's going to come up fast.
I'm kinda wrestling with the known donor vs anonymous donor again. In BC, J and I are fully protected should we use a known donor. I don't have anyone on my radar that I would want to ask... I had to actually explain the point of using a known donor to someone the other day, which is what prompted this thought about KD vs AD. I'm not worried about the legal protection here, nor am I worried about the impacts on our future kiddos... it comes down to money and logistics. The last time I had the donor discussion with our KD, it was easy. We had kinda batted it around for a few years. He knows himself well. He knew his limits, and we were happy to include him in our family.
So now I have a pile of bloodwork to have drawn tomorrow, which is awesome and I'm excited to be poked for results. I'm not generally enthused about being poked, but it's fine and I like having the values.
So things are moving along. This time feels easier. It also feels less overwhelming and all consuming (probably also because I'm trying not to let it take over my life!).