Five Weeks

My little baby is 5 weeks old today. I can’t wait to start “feeling” pregnant. Not too much has changed. I’m still extremely tired, and I’m still constipated thanks to the lovely progesterone shots. I’ve also been getting dizzy the last couple of days, which my IVF coordinator says also is from the progesterone.

Last night, I had my first major food aversion/nausea. We went to our Kiwanis club meeting to announce our pregnancy. Everyone brings dinner to the meeting, and one woman brought spaghetti for her and her daughters. The meat sauce totally made my stomach lurch, and that and the smell of soap kept me nauseous throughout the night.

I’m actually kind of looking forward to having morning sickness. It will let me know my baby’s still alive and growing in there. I don’t know if last night counts as that or if it was just random nausea from food smells. I’m just counting down the days to our first u/s so I can see my baby’s heart beating.

A Budding ’24’ Fan

I told Joe that the baby is taking a break from growing to watch “24” tonight. He said, “The following non-growing takes place between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Non-growing occurs in real time.” Haha. I really hope our baby appreciates our sense of humor!

Weekly Winners — 03/22/09-03/28/09

Two Years in the Making
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Last Signs of Fall
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The First Days of Spring
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The Final Beta

My number today was 358, which is more than double my first beta. My IVF coordinator is very happy with that, and so now we are done with blood draws. Hooray. I go back on April 10 for my first u/s, during which they’ll see where the baby implanted (and we’re praying it’s not ectopic), how big it is and how many there are, though from my numbers I’m guessing there’s probably only one.

I don’t know how often ectopic pregnancies occur from IVF, but I know it will be weighing on my mind over the next two weeks, especially since I had my hips elevated after my transfer. I’m not going to stress or worry, but it’ll be on my mind until I know that everything is ok.

Is This for Real?

Holy cow, guys…37 comments?! Thank you so much for your prayers and good wishes. I still can’t believe it’s real. I had to check the pee stick again this morning to make sure it hadn’t changed (it hadn’t).

But, it’s true. I got the official call from the doctor about half an hour ago. My beta level is 129, and while she says it’s not definitive, she says it looks like I’m having a singleton. While I am more happy than I can ever express, I am sad that one of the babies didn’t make it.

Last night was surreal. We were both ready to wait until this morning, but after work, I started getting really antsy and I just had this “feeling” that I should go ahead and test. So, Joe picked up the tests on his way home, and I once again poas. He made me wait TWO WHOLE MINUTES before looking at it, and when we saw it, we both turned away and then looked again. Joe said, “Does that say what I think it does??” and I replied with, “I don’t know…where’s the ‘not’??”

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I stared at it all night, expecting it to switch back to “not pregnant”, but it didn’t. I still can’t believe it. Wow. According to an IVF Web site, I was exactly four weeks along yesterday — perfect timing to take my first belly picture!

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On Saturday, I go back for my second blood test to make sure my beta number doubles. Then, two weeks from tomorrow, I have my first ultrasound! That will also be the day I swap progesterone shots for suppositories, which I can’t decide is a good or bad thing. I’ll stay on progesterone and estrogen patches for the next six weeks. Hopefully by then this will all have sunken in!