Thursday, June 30, 2011

Two little BOYS!

I was just speaking to a blog reader the other day (via e-mail) about how I don't update this blog, primarily because it feels weird to be posting on something called "evil ovaries" when my ovaries were finally good to me for a change.

We are having two little healthy baby BOYS and we couldn't be more excited. The ultrasound tech guessed two boys at the NT scan at 12 weeks and it was confirmed by another scan at 16 weeks (no question) and then the anatomy scan. It's unbelievable. We've taken to decorating the nursery with monkeys (because if DH is any indication, these little bits will certainly be two little monkeys) and it's almost all put together if you don't count the closet. I need to get some more blogging-fu and figure out how to upload pictures. We have names all picked out but are keeping them a secret until they are born - less commentary from the peanut gallery (really my MIL) that way.

Nothing too scary has happened to us since the SCH nightmare of first trimester. 2nd tri was overall pretty great but as we slide into 3rd I am having horrible heartburn/reflux (even on some OTC medication) and I am soooooo tired all the time. I can't bring myself to work on lesson plans for the fall even though I KNOW I will need them when the fall comes.

I think I need a new blog that leaves this journey behind, even though it's part of me.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Clean Bill of Health

I cannot believe there are people still following this blog! I am such a bad blogger. I keep meaning to start a new blog now that I'm pregnant but it hasn't happened yet. Seriously - I have not posted since my 3rd beta? I am a crazy person.

So we got heartbeats for both scoops (we've been calling our babies "two scoops" like they are in an ice cream cone) around 6 weeks. Baby B had a smaller sac for a long time (just like the baby we lost last time) and so we've been praying extra hard for "Little Scoop." But now he's measuring right on track and looking good. So grateful! "Big Scoop" has always been our star. We just saw them last at 12w4d and the heartbeats were 154/158 and they were moving around and being so cute. I have babies in my belly, can you believe it?

The most difficult part of this pregnancy so far has been the SCH (subchorionic hematoma) which has been causing bleeding (always fun). About six and a half weeks I got some bright red bleeding and proceeded to flip the f out. Ultrasound the next day showed everyone was there and everyone was fine. More bleeding every 3 to 4 days but we never had a real problem. I was put on pelvic rest (forrreeeeevver) and we just kept looking at those babies. Normally my RE releases people at 10 weeks but I'm special so I got to stay until 11.5 weeks. Didn't get to go off the progesterone shots and suppositories until 12 weeks. Then when we went to the OB for our first scan, the SCH was just gone. Like it never existed. And as of tomorrow (knock on wood) I haven't had bleeding for two consecutive weeks. Yay! A clean bill of health for both my scoops and me is nothing short of amazing. I don't know how many times I've prayed to come back from the doctor with "everything is okay" and no "but" attached - but it finally has happened.

I don't get to go back to the OB until April 18th, which seems so far away when you're used to going in every week. I just can't imagine it yet, so I'm trying to focus on overcoming the tail end of the first trimester and seeing if I can eat again. My babies need it!

Also, my family is moving in May. We already have a rental house in the new location, but I'm nervous about packing up everything and moving in the middle of this pregnancy. We'll just have to hope for the best and get some really good movers who can also pack! I'll try to keep more updates flowing. Love you guys!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Beta #3

is 1000. Doubling time is 2.83 days so a little slower than last time but still well within the 2-3 day range (this is what I keep telling myself). Next week on Friday will be 6w0d and we go in for the first ultrasound. Just thinking about it makes me want to barf (hopefully a good thing). Every time that wand goes in I know I will just cringe in fear. I hope this is it, but my heart won't let me hope too much.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Beta #2

We wanted at least a 350, but we got a 376! This puts our doubling time at 2.41 days, so right on track. My estrogen is 457 and my progesterone is 259, for those who want to know that as well. We go back in on Friday for beta #3 and hopefully an ultrasound the week after that. I'm hoping and praying that this is my sticky baby(ies).

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Beta #1

159! That's three and half times more than it was at this point last time, so my husband and I are feeling infinitely better about the pregnancy this time around. Anxiously awaiting an update on Monday.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

IVF #2

I can't believe that I essentially let the whole cycle pass without blogging! I have just been so scared this time that things won't work out the way we want them to work out.

I started off with the nurse wanting me to go through two backs of birth control pills and THEN starting a protocol. I told her no way, and we started the protocol on the second pack of pills (because the protocol STARTS with birth control pills). Everything was fine, but the IVF nurse messed up my calendar and when we got it fixed it had the wrong birthdate and there were many anxious calls back and forth. Then when I went in for my suppression check the office told me to go home. I started stims 12/26 and went in on Day 4 of stims - and THEN my office thought it was time for my suppression check. Luckily, nothing was wrecked and we proceded along.

Unfortunately in early January we had to go visit my inlaws about 7 hours away. Since our retreival was ultimately the 7th you can see how this was an issue. We had to coordinate with another clinic and make sure the clinics were cooperating and leave our trip two days early to make the appointment. We only got 6 eggs, and we were shocked because last time we got 8 and were expecting more with the new protocol. Of the 6, all were mature and all fertilized but 4 did really well and 2 were behind the curve.

We ended up transferring the two best blasts we had on day 5. Unfortunately, nothing made it to freeze. We were really bummed about that because IVF is such a hard process and there was no hope to do an FET instead.

Now we wait. Beta is tomorrow, 1/21. I started testing on Monday because I'm dumb and I have no self-control. Every digital I've taken (Monday and every morning since) has said, yes, I'm pregnant. But until I get the second beta number that proves this is not only going, but going well, I can't let myself get too excited about it.

Because we have two in there, we're calling them the "vanilla beans" or "two scoops" or even "Milly and Vanilla-y." I hope those little beans stick this time around, for real and for always.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Starting Over

I know I haven't blogged in an extremely long time, but I've been out of it, mentally and emotionally since the D&C.

We had the D&C on November 5th. My mom actually came to stay with us that weekend as my husband and I both got the flu at the same time. The worst part of the D&C was my throat hurt, it felt like I was swallowing broken glass, and I wasn't allowed even a sip of water for six and a half hours. It was agonizing. But at the same time, the physical pain helped keep my mind of the emotional pain.

That next weekend I was supposed to go on a work thing, but my uterus started seizing up and cramping so hard we almost had to go to the hospital. Luckily some pain meds got me through the week and a half of excruciating cramps and we didn't have to go back to the hospital to do D&C part II, the redux.

After that I went straight back on birth control to clear my system. I did it for a month, and now I'm on pack number 2. I had my IVF baselines (11 follicles on each side) and on Monday I'm having an HSG and an SIS to see if my uterus is back to its normal shape so we can proceed with another round of IVF.

All I can think is, here we go again ...