Saturday, February 27, 2010

Abuela's Gift

My Abuela died in her home in Puerto Rico on Monday, February 15th. I didn't receive the news until Tuesday, the day my pregnancy was confirmed by Dr. H. She was 99, so it wasn't a complete shock. I can't help but think of the Circle of Life (can't you just hear the Lion King song now).

Since my initial visit to the RE my Beta numbers have increased nicely. However my third blood draw indicated that my progesterone had dipped a little. My Dr considered my progesterone "borderline" and immediately put me on a progesterone supplement. Of course it must be a vaginal supplement because nothing that has to do with pregnancy can be easy for me.

Since my Dr routinely schedules only 3 Beta checks, every other day, I haven't had an opportunity to have my levels checked in over a week. As much as I HATE needles, I appreciated those updates for reassurance that everything is going well. That's why I welcomed my first bout of nausea. I know it seems crazy, but once I got that familiar nauseous feeling and slight headache I welcomed it, knowing that it meant this wasn't all in my head. This little bean inside of me is growing! And right now, we are referring to this little baby as, "Pumpkin" due to the EDD being in October. We are looking forward to our first scheduled ultrasound, Thursday March 11th!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

V Day!

I had a huge surprise today when I took a home pregnancy test on a whim! I didn't take the test because I felt pregnant or even thought that was a possibility. I took the test because my period was late and I knew the Dr would request I take one or two before prescribing Provera to bring on another cycle. We were scheduled to begin Clomid/ IUI cycle this month and I was getting antsy for the process to start. So you can imagine my shock when I got two blue lines on my pregnancy test. I was in disbelief. I wasn't going to mention it to Will, because I thought it had to be wrong. Then the other test from the pack was a dud. So I knew it had to be a mistake. I debated back and forth through the evening on whether or not to run out and buy another pack of tests. It didn't take much convincing before I headed out into the chilly night to grab another pack of tests.

3 tests and 1 blood draw later, it's been confirmed! So far the stats are as follows:

What is the HCG level? 104
What is the Progesterone level? 12.1
How far along am I? 5 weeks
What is my due date? October 22nd, 2010

I go back to the Dr this Thursday to repeat the blood draw. Hopefully we will see my beat numbers go waaaaaaaay up!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Zzzzzz. I've been suffering from insomnia lately. I haven't been able to pinpoint the root cause of my sleepless nights, but I'm hoping to get a full 7 hours sleep soon. So please be patient with any ramblings in this blog!

I had my follow up appointment with my RE, Dr. H on Thursday (sans dear hubby). Will was instructed to drop Olivia off at daycare and meet me at the Dr's office, but somewhere between home and the Falls, he forgot where his final destination should be, so he went to work instead. Anyone who knows my husband would not be surprised by this.

Our next course of treatment will be 100 mg of Clomid, HCG trigger shot and IUI. For all my fertile blog readers out there, IUI is basically artificial insemenation (Will's boys of course). The Clomid is taken prior to the IUI to help induce ovulation and the HCG trigger shot is to help mature my eggs. Since the IUI is painless and not much different from a regular pap, I'm most concerned about the trigger shot. Especially since I will have to rely on Will to do the deed. This is the man that was balled into the fetal position while I was getting poked, over and over, for my IV. Apparently I have "little" veins and they "roll"! Besides, something just doesn't seem right about giving a woman drugs that cause MAJOR mood swings, then arming dear husband with a needle.

This is all supposed to start our next cycle, which should be sometime after V-Day! Besides the hefty price tag of $1,500 I'm really excited about this next step of our journey. The amount of money will be well worth it if it works out for us! Wish us luck!!