I've had a few signs over the past week, which could also be attributed to the progesterone I'm taking:
- Sore breasts since the day after the IUI (even before starting the progesterone).
- Very, very emotional - easy to anger and easy to cry.
- My temps stair-stepped up the last couple of days and today were 98.74.
Regarding the last sign, I'm wondering if progesterone is cumulative? In other words, the longer I take it, the more my progesterone level rises? I also think the multiple follicles had an additive effect on my hormone levels, both with estrogen in the follicular phase and now progesterone.
The emotional side of things has been pretty brutal. S and I went to Tahoe to spend time with my parents, brother and family, and sister and family - plus my aunt and cousin - from Wednesday until this morning. We had several arguments, which I felt very sad about because we can't seem to have an argument-free visit with family.
One good insight that came out of the arguing and our processing on the way home is realizing that we approach family visits and prioritize things differently. To me, the most important thing is our connection to each other, and for him, the most important thing is contributing and interacting well with family. I think the latter is important, also, but a lower priority compared to maintaining our own relationship.
In any case, it was clear that I was progesterone affected and became angry or upset much more easily. If progesterone does accumulate, then this next week is going to be a wild ride.
We did have many good experiences on the trip, too, including some great time with my nieces and nephew. Baby V let me hold her even though she had an ear infection and was fussy. My oldest niece, J, and I colored together, which is always special, and my three-year-old nephew, E, sat on my lap on the boat ride and played cars. We also ate some great food, enjoyed hanging out on the dock, and had a great dance party with the kids one night. I wish I could see the kids more often.