Because you really needed to hear more about my chart!
I think the honeymoon is over. It's not like this is a ton of work, but it's some work. It's a pain some days. And I know I had some missed observations, but I didn't own up to all of them. It annoys me that I'm trying so hard, but I get marked as non-compliant because I forgot a couple observations here and there. Can't wait to see what happens when I can finally get on a trail again. Because do you really think I'm going to make proper observations while peeing behind a tree? Call me maybe not.
There is a suggestion in my first full cycle of charting that there may be some things off with the hormones a little. Or that I was simply stressed this cycle (and there was some stress). Either way,- despite my frustrations with all the dang questions and the never ending repetition and the insistence on testing everything, even when there's nothing to be tested- I'm still glad that I'm charting. Knowledge is power, and it amazes me what I can see with looking at a chart with all this info lined up in a row.
I made the comment to my FCP that I don't think this cycle is "normal" for me. But how do I know? I wasn't really paying attention before, and the things that are a little off would be easy to ignore if it weren't for the stickers glaring at me.
Any frustration with the FCP was not her fault. She was doing her job exactly as she should, but some of the things we have to be a stickler about are annoying. Did I mention that already? Sorry. (But not too much, because all these observation? Annoying!)
Oh, one more distinct advantage is that knowing more about how my cycles work means that one day, between looking at my chart and noting some very minor symptoms, I realized that that day or maybe the next would be CD1. Sure enough. It's nice to have a good head's up on things like that. I mean, I always had a general idea, but sometimes I would be 3-5 days off. So I like being more aware of that and not having to wonder if it's getting close just because it's getting close to the infamous "28 days" of a cycle.
So, my satisfaction level is a little down because I'm annoyed, I'm still very committed and think it's a very worthwhile thing to do. I don't regret doing it. I do regret not doing it sooner.