Monday, February 25, 2013

The results are in...

The beta results are in (ok they were in last week):  Beta 1: 193:-)  Yay we got this result last Tuesday!   OK so I taken probably 10 HPTs so I was pretty sure it was going to be positive but I wasn't sure how positive.  Then Beta 2: 353:-) While it did not double, they told me they only wanted to see a 60% increase and it was 83%.  I have been crazy nauseous for about the past week and the last day or so I have been exhausted!  My parents and sibling were in town this past weekend for my dad's birthday so we waited to tell them until Friday night when we were all together. It was perfect with lots of tears from my mom and my sister.  Then we went to DP's parents yesterday and told them.  It went well too.  The only exception was that his dad smokes and while we have talked about how he needs to quit, DP told him really has to quit otherwise I will not be around the next 8 months and he will not get to see the baby.  We will see what happens, but I am not worried about it the decision is already made. 

We go back March 6th for our first ultrasound:-)  Can't wait!  We are excited of course but cautious.  I think I will feel better March 6th but not really until we are out of the first trimester.

Thanks for all the prayers!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"Oh Boy"

That was DP's response to what transpired last night.  Last night and tonight are two of my favorite nights of the year: Florida vs Kentucky and Carolina vs Duke in basketball!  Seriously folks I love basketball!  My mom and I have watched so many basketball games together and gone to thousands (seriously probably not an exaggeration by much).  Last night the Gators hosted the Wildcats (who they destroyed!) and DP and I went with my brother and his wife.  They all 3 had to work late so I was there alone for a while.  As the Gators were coming out of the tunnel the strangest thing happened, something that has NEVER happened: I started to cry!  Not like tearing up but tears rolling down my cheeks!  Now don't get me wrong I love my Gators I really do but I don't cry when they come onto the court!  I text DP and told him and all he could say was "oh boy!" Trying really hard not to read too much into those tears, even though they are the very first tears I have had since before I started Birth Control.  I have not been emotional at all through all of this which has been weird because previously on hormones I have always been emotional (never crying at a Gator game but emotional still).  I don't want to pick apart my "symptoms" just yet so I will avoid that for now but let's just say I can't wait for Tuesday!

I am going to watch the Tar Heels attempt to do the nearly impossible and beat Duke at Cameron.  Go Heels!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Ahhh we finally got to transfer!  So excited.  We have been going back and forth on how many to transfer and finally decided we would go with whatever our doctor recommended.  He has not steered us wrong yet so why question him now.  He recommended one, which is what DP wanted, so we transferred one.  Get this: it is already hatching before they even transferred!!  He said he was an excellent embryo and feels really good about it.  He was even saying that he thinks we will have a baby in 9 months!  He has never said that, he usually says, let's see if we can get you a a baby in 9 months or something hopeful. 

As for the transfer, it went pretty well, he said my cervix was closed today (on the mock transfer it wasn't) and he had a hard time getting the catheter in but was able to pretty quick. We were able to watch the entire thing on ultrasound (they even display the ultrasound on a big screen TV!!!).  It was awesome I have to say.  We also got a picture of our embryo hatching and it is pretty neat.  I told DP I wanted to put it on the fridge and he says no, not yet.  I know he is right, this may not work, but still I want to be cautiously optimistic. 

I took Valium about an hour before the transfer, not my choice, and man did it knock me out!  Hubby stopped on the way home and got me a sausage and egg biscuit from Mickie D's, I have not had one in years but for some reason it sounded really good!  I ate it as soon as we got home and passed out for seriously 3.5 hours!  I am still exhausted and will probably take another nap today.  I am just going to relax the rest of the day on the couch watching Netflix:-) 

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Embryos update

My nurse just called to give me the update on our little embryos. Of the 19 that fertilized normally, all 19 are still growing! 13 of them are 4 cells or larger and the other 6 are less than 4, but still growing.  She said it would be unlikely that all 19 continue to grow, which is the same thing she said yesterday, but that it looks really good. We are going to a 5 day transfer for sure now.  We will hear back tomorrow for another update. 

Now we just have to decide exactly how many to transfer.  We are really leaning towards 1.  Our nurse said that as long as there are some left to freeze then we should only do 1 based on my age and how well things went this time.  We also have ARC so we have already paid for a frozen off of this fresh cycle and another fresh plus frozen.  Of course I don't want to have to do this again but I also want a healthy pregnancy.  Twins doesn't scare me, my mom is a twin so the idea has always been in my head.  I just don't want to take any risk that aren't needed this time around.  DP wants to do just 1, so I think that is what we will do. 

As for the OHSS,  I am really nauseous today.  When I talked to my nurse she said it seems like it might really be a side effect of the meds I am taking for OHSS. I am not that bloated or sore it's just the nausea that makes me nervous. 

Until tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Oh. My. Gosh.

That is how I feel after our fertilization report today.  They retrieved 24 eggs, 21 were mature.  Of the 21 that were mature all 21 fertilized, but 2 fertilized abnormally.  We have 19 embryos that are fertilized and doing well.  Ahhh I can't believe that many fertilized.  As of right now we are going to 5 day transfer which will be Sunday.  I never thought we would go to a 5 day transfer, I hoped but I figured with our luck we would be at a 3 day and only have a few fertilize.  We will wait to hear tomorrow if we are going to 5 day for sure, but right now it looks good. 

Hubby gave me the first progesterone shot easier tonight.  It was not terrible but hurt a little more than the others.  We will see how it goes. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Egg Retrieval

Today has gone so great!  We got to the office this morning at 7 and they took us back and got me all ready.  My doctor came in today just to do my retrieval.  How amazing is that??? He did not even have to work today but came in and as he said "did you think I was going to miss this!".  Man I love him.  The verdict is they got 24 eggs!!! Ahhhh so exciting.  Of course we don't know how many are mature or anything yet and will not til tomorrow but still 24 is a great number to start with.  Overall I have felt really good today, some cramps and bleeding but nothing major. 

Can't wait for the fertilization results tomorrow!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Pulled the trigger!

We just pulled the trigger!! AHHHHH game on now! Trigger was scheduled for 9:00pm tonight and hubby had to ready to go right at 9:00:-)  I took 5,000units of HCG instead of 10,000, but was told I might have to take more tomorrow.  My E2 levels today were 4524! Holy cow that is high I think.  I still had right at 30 follicles this morning.  Of course they still don't except all 30 to be mature, but they except a lot of them to be.  I have another appointment at 7:30 in the morning and then retrieval is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 7:00am. 

Everything is going well, but I do have OHSS.  It is not that bad yet, but my nurse said I am not to work tomorrow and just stay in a reclined position.  She said to drink G2, which I have been all week.  I don't feel that bad, I can feel my ovaries for sure when I sit at a 90 degree angle and when I walk around.  When I lay down/recline I feel pretty good.  Hubby has been great, he cooked dinner, went to the grocery store, and did laundry today!

Tomorrow I plan to try and catch up on everyone's blog but hope everyone has had a good weekend!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Monitoring Ultrasound and E2 Results #2

Hubby and I had an appointment at 7:30 this morning for more blood work and another ultrasound.  My ultrasound showed ~30 follicles still!  As the RE said this morning I should have plenty of eggs:-)  So good to hear.  My lining was a 9 which she said was perfect.  She told me at the appointment that she thought I would trigger Sunday but it would depend on my E2 levels.  Well the nurse just called and my E2 levels are 2905!  Apparently this is fantastic.  She said I have to decrease my follistim from 150iu to 125iu tonight, keeping everything else the same and go back in the morning at 7:30.  We will probably trigger tomorrow night she said for a Tuesday retrieval:-)  Oh man I feel like this is happening really fast all of a sudden. 

I am really excited but nervous as well.  I am feeling ok today, much better than yesterday when I had to come home from work and just lay on the couch.  I am really bloated and sore but other than that I am ok today, not cramping yet.  I have been trying to stay even more hydrated than I did yesterday.  They say to make sure you drink enough and I really thought I was but after yesterday I think they mean really really hydrated.  Once I drank several Gatorade I felt much better. 

I am going to spend most of the day doing one of my absolute favorite things: watching college basketball!  Watching my Carolina boys play right now and tonight we are going to the Gator game at 7:-)  It's a good day all around here. Have a great Saturday!