What I did right: I was able to see a pattern on my Creighton chart building up to ovulation and now coming down from it. I was able to do this because Creighton is way more specific about my observations than other methods are. I really like that about this method.
What I didn't quite get: Since we chose not to abstain I had some trouble picking out what the CM was sometimes. BUT I do notice a difference in the amount. Meaning, I saw the most in the days immediately before ovulation than I have since ovulation even though nothing else has changed.
How I broke the rules: You mean other than not abstaining? I decided to continue charting using my old method. For one, I just bought 50 ovulation tests that I'm not going to waste. For two, I was having major anxiety about using a symptom that I have always struggled with as my only means of charting. So I started temping again and using up those opks.
And do you know what happened? Creighton became easier and less stressful. I began to understand it more. And I got to see that my old method predicted/confirmed ovulation just as well as Creighton and for the first time ever I have a super in-depth chart with those 3 signs and nothing else. I did make a note that I had super crazy ovulation pain and was really crabby on the day before my temp spike. I feel really good about that.
I'm also super hopeful that this is our month. I don't know what it is but I'm really hoping this is it. 12 days left of the 2WW...
Even if this isn't it, I'm sticking with this way of charting. It satisfies my Type A need for knowing EXACTLY what is going on when, isn't much work at all AND it will help me learn Creighton in a less stressful way.