So I realized I haven’t blogged in SO long! I have been so wrapped up in just enjoying this long awaited gift. We found out through blood work in the first trimester that we are having a boy 🙂 We have since agreed on a name and will be naming him “Greyson David”
We got our 20 week ultrasound a few weeks ago and he wouldn’t show his face, but we went back the following week and got this pretty awesome shot! (and he finally gave the doctors the facial shot they needed 🙂
How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 8 lbs.
Maternity clothes? all maternity clothes! my regular shirts are like crop tops!
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: sleeping pretty well with the wonderful maternity pillow hubs got me
Best moment this week: feeling him move whenever I blow-dry someones hair at work
Have you told family and friends: they are well aware at this point ha
Food cravings: still fruit, and lots of cold fruit juice, chicken salad sub from one specific deli with mayo, white cold condiments (mayo, sour cream, ranch, etc)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Cooked Vegetables, acidic dressing
Have you started to show yet: lots of belly going on
Labor Signs: No thank God!
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: moody, lots of crying for no reason…..
Weekly Wisdom: Listen to your body! I stopped running this week because of the pain in my lower belly when I do and hours after I’m done. Staying active, but being careful.
Milestones: Painting the nursery and seeing his sweet face and hand 🙂
Here it is the big announcement that we have been waiting and praying for 🙂 I am so excited to be able to share my joy and excitement with everyone!
Last week marked 11 weeks! We are so excited to be able to finally break the news this week! We have our first OB appointment on Wednesday and we are both excited for that even though we won’t be getting an ultrasound until 20 weeks (:/ this is when I miss our fertility clinic and weekly checks).
How far along? 11 Weeks 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: Gained about 10lbs cycling ivf, but dropped 1/2 since being pregnant
Maternity clothes? Maternity jeans are saving my life! My pants can button but very uncomfortable and belly band doesnt seem to stay in place while I work.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Is my best friend.
Best moment this week: Hearing the heartbeat on our doppler
Have you told family and friends: Our close family and friends know….
“Facebook official” (<- hahahaha) next week!
Movement: Not that I know of.
Food cravings: Plain Coke, italian food, sweets, french fries (missing my previous cravings of ONLY fruit)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Cooked Vegetables, meat of almost any kind
Have you started to show yet: I’ve got a belly, but RE said it may go down a lot after I stop injections Wednesday!
Gender prediction: I’m feeling girl, but that makes me think it’s a boy.
Labor Signs: Heavens no.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: So unpredictably moody
Weekly Wisdom: I force myself to exercise everyday even when I feel tired. Once I get going my energy comes back 10 fold. I still listen to my body though, sometimes the energy doesn’t come back and I take it as a sign an call it a day.
Milestones: FINISHING OUR INJECTIONS THIS WEEK!! YAHOOOOO!
So I realized I haven’t updated in awhile, but tonight as I sit at home (happily sick and exhausted) I thought I’d jot down a little update!
We had a very big scare on New Years Even in which I bled…a lot. I was called in for an emergency ultrasound on New Years Day thinking the worst had happened. At 6 weeks they warned us there wasn’t much to see so we shouldn’t freak out, but they were just going to try and figure out the cause of the bleeding. And there was our little jellybean! And a heartbeat!!!! We were both ecstatic and relieved. Apparently the placenta pulled away a little and caused the scare. We went back in for, what was supposed to be, first OB ultrasound and saw a salamander looking blob which we were told was the baby. Then this week we went back again and saw something that actually resembled a baby and a very strong heartbeat. So on Monday we officially graduated! We are so so so happy, but it was bittersweet as that was our last appointment at the fertility.
The craziest thing is now we wait until February 10th to see our new OB which seems so far away when you are used to every week monitoring. I am still supposed to take the progesterone and estrace injections until February 10th as well.
It’s funny all the mixed emotions I am feeling. I am so happy to be pregnant! But at the same time this first trimester is kicking my butt. My diet currently consists of watermelon, fruit juice, watermelon, occasional toast or crackers, watermelon and some other fruits here and there. Food aversions are so bad….turkey, chicken, beef, fish, anything that used to be alive practically. I feel fortunate to only have gotten sick twice, but the exhaustion is insane. This little video keeps me going 🙂
We got our 2nd Beta today (18dp5dt) and it came in at…..9,716! Things are looking good we have an ultrasound scheduled for next week 🙂
So I waited to type this blog till after Christmas was over. Our first beta was on the 23rd and we received a call from our nurse with some amazing news. Beta numbers came back (13dp5dt) at 1,681 !!!!!
Our doctor called and said she was so excited and she wouldn’t be surprised if on our first ultrasound in beg. of January we saw 2 in there. So “brace yourself for that possibility” as our RE said. I think I’m still in shock! I know some people choose to keep it secret and on the down low just in case but we chose to share our news with our parents since they have been helping with shots, prayers and whatever else they can help with through this IVF process. So we came up with a fun way to tell them when we were all at our house for Christmas Eve.
Our lovely Emma May 🙂
We let her wander the house in her shirt until my mom noticed and began to read a bit….then freaked. Now we just keep praying that everything continues to progress the way it should. I’m so happy we chose to tell our family because even if (God forbid) something should change or happen I really appreciate having the support of our family through the hard times as well.
God is SO good to us! According to our IVF due date calculator, today, on Christmas our little bean (or beans’) organs have began to form, and heart(s?) have started beating. So amazing. Merry Christmas everyone! I know our household is marking this Christmas as our best Christmas…EVER!!!
I promise I won’t do this everyday till the 23rd lol!!! But this is by far the darkest and most obvious BFP I have ever gotten. Trying not to get overly excited but it’s really beginning to seem more real 🙂
A little update….. I am 6dp5dt and doing pretty good. I caved and used some sticks starting at 3dp5dt (reeeeeally early so wasn’t expecting anything, but was bored haha) And to my surprise got a faint BFP on 4dp5dt! And has continued to look better and better, but I still have that chemical pregnancy fear in the back of my mind. I know my sister told me “DO NOT pee on any sticks!,” but I really prefer to have an idea of whats going on before some nurse I don’t know drops a nuclear bomb on our lives. I just keep praying God will let this or these little beans keep growing 🙂
On a side note when I first started seeing a faded line I posted on an infertility site I’ve found to be comforting and supportive through this whole process. I was shocked as I experienced what I call “Infertility bullying.” I was just looking for insight on what they thought this was looking like since last time I was very wrong. I was bombarded with a lot of negative comments and anger. It’s sad to see women who are all struggling with the same thing can’t be supportive or hold their tongue and bypass a post. I started off almost in tears over the negativity then thought what my Mom always says “Hurting people hurt people.” I chose to shutdown my account. I’m going to continue to blog away on here with my wonderful, sweet, positive support group I have on here. I appreciate you guys more than you all know 🙂
Pregnant until proven otherwise!
Yesterday was the big day of our transfer. We went in around 12:30 with 2 full bladders (yes, Johnny was determined to “endure the full bladder pain” with me) and went in for the transfer around 1. I wore my special socks for this transfer…..kept me chuckling.
I was thrilled that for this transfer we got our ACTUAL doctor. She came in and went over the plan of action. We found out one of our embies didn’t survive the thaw 😦 but she had 2 prepared for transfer and 5 still frozen. We had a AA and a BB transferred. The transfer went wonderfully and they said it was the best visual transfer they’ve seen all day! Here you can see the live ultrasound. The long white line is the catheter the ball looking thing is the uterus and its VERY obvious when those little embies go flying in.
And here is the shot of our little ones. You can definitely tell which one is the underdog, but they both look B.E.A.UTIFUL to us!
So now begins the dreaded two week wait. Yesterday I spent the day on the couch and will be doing most of the same for today as well. From all that I’ve read the people who actually rest post transfer have had great outcomes and I am a go go goer so two days I can handle. I’ll be back at work tomorrow. Yesterday I definitely had some cramping and STARVING all the time (probably from the progesterone still. I also started getting sore boobs and wild vivid dreams. That happened right away for me, last transfer as well.
I believe God’s got this and I cannot wait to see how our story unfolds.
Last week we started our Del Estrogen injections in preparation for our frozen embryo transfer in 11 days. Holy Crap was that needle terrifying. Luckily my mom is a nurse and although she was out of town that day we were able to FaceTime her in to make sure we were doing this right. It wasn’t as bad as I was anticipating. We are doing these every 3rd day.
Before we started this cycle we were offered the chance to be a part of a clinical study about progesterone. We could either end up with the suppositories (3x a day)or the oil version with the big needle and if we did participate ALL our meds would be paid for. We went for it. The other day we got notice we will be doing progesterone shots, which I am actually happier with. This cycle is definitely a lot easier to deal with, but again the weight thing is becoming the death of me. It’s so hard to be so short and put on a solid 10 lbs since starting this cycle. I keep trying to keep “my eye on the prize” but EEK! I think having weight on and a baby inside would be a lot easier to deal with than needles poking you like a pin cushion and weight packing on with no promise of the turnout. If this cycle doesn’t work I may have to consider taking a break so I can feel like myself in my own skin again before starting another round.