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Getting Fat Already?

Not sure why, but my belly is already poking outwards!! I didnt have the lovely flat stomach before i began this all, but now i definitly have that bubble! I should only be 6-7 max, calculating from when they put my boogers in… I sure as hell dont remember showing this early with any other pregnancy! Even my bigger undies (dunno why i even had em, mom got em long ago for me) are squishing my belly!! I have few pairs of pants that i can actually zip up, and even those arent comfy.

I know i was bloated as hell during the whole ivf process, from “shooting up” in the belly daily, but that went away as soon as i stopped the shots… Now its just pure discomfort with every peice of clothing i own, topped with morning sickness. Must go clothes shopping soon. Must find more time to work to make money to buy them. lol.

Think imma end my rambling now and finish getting ready for work!

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IVF baby

Ivf was no easy-peachy process… It “started” in 2005, with our initial consultation, which was only a few minutes with the dr discussing his fees, and a brief outline of the entire process. At that point, i never really considered what a straining, emotional draining process it would actually be…

So, we spent a few years stabilizing our marriage and our finances, seeking out better insurance coverage, and saving the money for this dream of ours.

January 2007 came by, and so did our hefty tax-return. We sat down together, and decided, we were ready… Back to the dr we went, 1/23/2007. Another consult with the RE, since we hadnt been by in almost 2 years… We were then told to wait for the agonizing AF to get started on our first IVF.

Thank god AF didnt take long to show her lovely visit, and we were back in the office on February 5th… The testing began! Chad’s sperm test, and my bloodwork and sono to make sure we were both healthy and fertile enough to begin. The RN started me on birth control and Prenatals at this time, and once again over-viewed the process with me, and told me she would call me to let me know what and when was the next step…

February 26th we were back in the office for the final “before” testing, and consult with our nurse on medication ordering and such. Our hefty downpayment was made ($1600), and medications ordered ($345). Medications were ordered March 2nd, and arrived on March 5th. Another visit to the RE on March 2nd, to make sure i was suppressing correctly. Back again on March 7th for Pap and another sono after birth control was stopped. AF visited March 9th.

I started my coctail of medications on March 10th, 4 vials of Bravelle and 1 menopur!! So the feared belly injections began! Of course, i wasnt exactly sure how to give myself the injections in the beggining, poking myself crooked, and hurting for hours afterwards… It did get better over time, but for a few weeks i had a lovely batch of pin sized bruises all over my stomach!

Another trip to the RE on March 12th for E2 draw. Sono & E2 on the 14th, when they upped my dosage to 5 vials of bravelle a day. That meant 2 shots a day, 1 in the morning and one at night. Running out of room on my stomach to poke myself here!!

antagon (suppressant) began on the 15th, so now we’re up to three shots a day!! The poking continued until the 20th, when i FINALLY triggered (11:30pm)! Yay! RE is seeing 8-10 possible eggs at this point!!

We had the egg retrieval on March 22nd. I was shaking and nervous!! They strapped my legs into VERY big stirrups, while the RE and nurses all stood around me. It was a wierd feeling when you have a bunch of people staring at your bare crotch! The lovely anthesiologist, my best friend at this point, gave me something to relax, which worked almost instantaneously. Then something to put me to sleep, and feel no pain. I remember talking to her, just not about what, then waking up with everyone smiling saying it was over!! They retrieved 7 eggs!! Now to start a new coctail of medications!! Crinone nightly, icky icky suppository, prometrium 2x a day, estrogen patches bi-weekly, and the prenatal still..

The long wait, 2 days, to find out how many were mature and how many fertilized… The call finally came in, only 5 were mature, and 3 were fertilized, 1 being abnormal. They told me we would be doing a 3-day transfer, to make sure that they have a chance, and would be better off incubating inside me at this point.

Chad and i headed in bright and early on March 25th for the transfer. Unforunately i think i took the valium wayyy too early because it had worn off by the time we got there =( We got a snapshot of our embies, and discussed the posibility of putting all three back in, 1 didnt look like it would make it anyways, but i still wanted to give my baby its chance. we opted for all three. In a matter of minutes, we were done!!

And here began the horrid 2 week wait!! Endlessly fumbling over pregnancy tests ( i bought at least over a dozen at the dollar store), straining to hopefully see that second pink line… Which went on for over an entire week before a second line was visible without dissasembling it! Our first beta test (blood pregnancy test) at 10dp3dt(4/4/07) was 70!! Second beta, 12dp3dt(4/7/07) was 167!! We are now pregnant!! No more guessing or pregnancy tests to fumble over.. The real deal!!

So now we wait for our first sonogram to see how many beans are in there!! Scheduled for May 1st! Cant wait!! Ill blog more then!

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Good Morning; I think!

Each morning becomes harder and harder to wake up! I dont understand the science of pregnancy hormones, but no matter how much i slumber, im still waking groggy each morning. Each day becomes more and more exhausting.

The traditional “morning sickness” has envaded me too. Each morning, i curl up in a ball in my chair, praying it subsides before i must get ready for work. Usually it doesnt pass until well into my work day.

My abdomen has already started to swell… Im not sure why since i should only be 6 weeks into this pregnancy. My pants are crushing my guts already, making it annoying to wear them. I suppose its time to go clothes shopping already. I guess the fourth pregnancy makes you plump up much faster?

On a different note; we had a horrid storm last night, with threats of tornadoes and such. Our power was out for approx. 6 hours. It did blink on and off throughout the evening, almost making me piss my pants each time it came on. It was a frustrating night for us here, but im sure it was more frustrating for the poor fellows trying to fix it in the sweltering downpour! It finally came on, and stayed on around 11 pm…God bless those hard working guys out there!!

Its that time again, i must muster up the energy to get myself dressed and ready for work. Yay. Another boring day at the office to come. Another day to deal with George’s constant shadowing and pessimism. Go me!

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April 4th, pregnancy test results

Pregnant, Yipppeee!!

After 3 years of waiting, we are finally pregnant!! Its still way too early to say how many are brewing in my belly, but the beta level was on the low side to be multiples. We are both beyond excited!! Time to go maternity clothes shopping, and looking for a bigger home!

Told mom, she reacted better than i thought. Still waiting to hear from Chad about his family’s response. My mom actually told me congratulations! And telling me how it would be nice to see a grandkid just “whenever”. Was nice to hear positive from her =) First pregnancy that she hasnt responded with “oh Shit”. lol.

It will be a december baby, December 12th according to the due date calculator! Im so happy to be pregnant again =)My kids keep calling her “she” and “the girl”.
Funny, after Robyn told me about her dream, and my kid’s references, im starting to believe (and hope) that it may actually be a girl!Another HCG test on Friday to make sure my levels double, then a sono at 7 weeks to see “how many”. I have the feelingits just one though =)

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Preggo!!

After 3 months of IVF; endless cocktails of hormones, shots, sonograms, pills, and being poked and proded in the most uncomfortable ways, we are finally pregnant!! Its still way too early to say how many are brewing in my belly, but the beta level was on the low side to be multiples. We are both beyond excited!! Time to go maternity clothes shopping, and looking for a bigger home!

It will be a december baby, December 12th according to the due date calculator! Im so happy to be pregnant again =)

My kids keep calling her “she” and “the girl”. Funny, after Robyn told me about her dream, and my kid’s references, im starting to believe (and hope) that it may actually be a girl!

Another HCG test on Friday to make sure my levels double, then a sono at 7 weeks to see “how many”. I have the feelingits just one though =)

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Though i hate to admit it, im addicted to the friggin PG tests! I just HAD to get one after work… 2 mins later, the 2nd line is bright pink!! No tearing it apart and inspecting it, its there! Id love to rant and rave that im pregnant, but just cant till i hear those words from the dr!! Will be nice to relax, and to just “know”.

2 more days…