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This is so horrible! It's been my first month charting. My husband and I went on a little family vacation and had to share a room with his grandpa. I tried to set my alarm for 6:15am every morning to temp but after the first two days grandpa was very agitated with the alarm going off. I'm sure it didn't help that my husband didn't want to tell him why the alarm was even going off. So I had to stop in the middle. And then when I got home TCOYF was saying that I was in my infertile stage but could not calculate ovulation. I've basically just given up on this cycle. It's so screwed up! Which is disappointing for the very first month.
I write all of this to ask...have any of you been in any similar situations? If so, what did you do or what would you suggest if I were to get into this bind again? It's amazing how each and every day of every cycle is SO important!
Yes I had so many problems in the beginning. My kids would steal my thermometers. Then my dd is still nursing and she would wake me up a couple hours before my alarm would go off. Then a couple times we went away and were staying at hotels. It can be really frustrating. Maybe you can get a watch alarm that isn't so loud to wake everyone up. Try not to get too upset. I would get so upset I would just cry because you just work so hard to see that o date and then somebody messes it up! (((HUGS)))
We use the Billings Ovulation Method for charting, and that relies on CM only (it gets into a lot more detail with it than TCOYF does). Sometimes I temp for fun, but it's just extra confirmation - everything I need to know I interpret from my CM chart.
I say get really in depth with understanding your CM - then if you thermy batteries die, or you go on holidays, or you sleep in, or whatever - you've always got the CM record to fall back on.
I think Ovusoft has an option for interpreting CM only, but it's really important to pay attention not only to what you see, but what you feel as well (sensation).