Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2nd Beta Is....

457 :)

Ultrasound in 2 weeks on 12/6 to find out if we have 1 little baby or 2!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Its the little things....

....like beta numbers that can send a person over the edge and into a state of panic :)

Today was our beta day....and when the nurse called me she said, "Well Jenn, you're super-duper pregnant"...and then she paused....so I asked, "I know! What is our number?"...."226"...."what?"...."226"...."um, I think I'm going to go throw up my breakfast now"....giggles "well, you know nothing is for-sure until ultrasound, but there is a good chance there are 2 little babies in there right now"...."um, thanks?!"....more giggles.

And that, my friends, is how I got the beta news!

Philipians 4:13 "I can do all things, through Christ, who gives me strength"
*my new mantra for the next 2 weeks

Saturday, November 20, 2010

This is my favorite!

I am feeling very blessed :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Don't Stop Believing!

I won't, as long as keep seeing that little pink line getting darker!
(and lest you think I am obsessed - and you would probably be correct in that assumption - these are the "positive" tests. I didn't keep the negatives!)

On tomorrow's agenda? Digitals :) Then beta on Sunday morning!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The results are in!!

Our first positives!!! The line is so light that you can hardly see it - but a positive is a positive!!!!

My birthday wishes came true! God is so very good and his mercies are new EVERY morning :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In Other News....

....thought I would point out that I have several friends with surrogacy blogs that I'd like to share with you. You know, while we sit around here waiting, and waiting, AND WAITING!!! Check out my side bar and click on the links I've provided :) Love my surro & IP friends!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Almost 3dp

I'm about 6 1/2 hours shy of 3dp transfer and I am nauseous! Have been since yesterday, tho last nights Smashburger seemed to help somewhat :) I am really anxious to test, but am going to try to hold out until tomorrow afternoon when we are officially 4dp, which is still pretty early to see a positive on an HPT!

I spent the weekend holed-up in my bedroom, in my bed, where I was supposed to be. Got out of the house briefly yesterday for breakfast with Jenni and her kiddos (and my family of course), then came home and literally passed out in bed for 2 hours - I decided to lay down for a bit because the nausea was so bad, and ended up falling asleep and not moving for 2 full hours! Guess I needed the sleep! Altho when I woke up I felt exactly the same way so the nap didn't really help much.

But with all of that said, I wouldn't trade a single minute of nausea or feeling tired for anything! I just hope that all of these "symptoms" are real and not psychologically or hormonally induced! Can't wait to pee on a stick tomorrow to see the 2 beautiful pink lines I am praying for!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

All Knocked Up!

Well, here I lay, in my bed, surrounded by my kiddos who have invaded my space :) But I love it! My oldest asked if he could pray for me when I got home, so I said "sure". He then proceeded to pray that the little baby eggs "stick" and "live" - his words! I almost cried it was so heart-felt and sweet! I love his little heart!!

Altho I do have a funny (now) story to share, but a little background first: For the IVF transfer, my instructions were to empty my bladder at 12:30, then immediately drink 24+ ounces of water to re-fill it. I am a nervous nelly tho, and when I get nervous, my stomach gets sort of upset. Generally that sends me to bathroom - if you get my drift.

So anyway, now to my story.

After my lab work, I headed to the bathroom to empty my bladder as instructed, and right on cue, my stomach got upset. So, I was in there for a few minutes, but thought all was well.

So after about 20 minutes of waiting, we were taken to the other section of the IVF clinic and I got changed into my gown for the transfer. While sitting in the transfer room, I finished my 2nd 16.9 oz bottle of water and figured I'd be good. The nurse came in and did a quick U/S and sure enough, my bladder wasn't nearly full enough so she told me to keep drinking. Thankfully I had brought a 3rd bottle of water with me. Michael returned a few minutes later with it and I drank it down within a few minutes. It was then that my stomach started churning. Uh-oh! I sat there trying to do the mind-over-matter thing, but it wasn't working, and the longer I sat there, the worse the cramping and churning was getting! I looked at M and was like "I think I'm going to have to go to the bathroom". She just giggled and was like, well if you do, you do! I really was trying to just see if it would pass so that I wouldn't have to drink so much more water, but it wasn't going to happen. I had to go NOW!!!

So, she went out and got the nurse and they said that the doctor could just fill my bladder for me before the procedure. So off I speed-walked to the restroom. Embarassing? Yep! But there was nothing I could do about it either!! Even had to ask for some air freshener - yeah, it was THAT BAD!! But thankfully I felt much better afterward :) Can't say that I wasn't absolutely mortified tho!!! Oh, and apparently word spreads quickly in that place because the other nurses and the doctor came in a few minutes later laughing and telling me "its no big deal". I wanted to hide!!

Ok, so anyway, back to the transfer. Our regular nurse came into the room and informed M&A that both of the embies they thawed reacted exactly like they needed to and were perfect! She handed them a picture of their to 2 little embabies and then said we were ready to go! I took my valium, and the rest is history!

Here are a few pics of our big day :)

M & I wearing our "Thinking Positive" shirts :)

In the transfer room waiting for the doctor, me drinking my water!

Green toes for fertility & luck

They are right there!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

This Is It!!!

In approximately 12 hours, I will be having my labs done for the last time, prior to transfer.


And then we wait - the horribly long, doesn't seem like it will ever end 9 days of sheer agony! But, because I have no patience and could not possibly wait 9 full days to get the 1st of the blood tests back confirming pregnancy.....

.....I have these :)

I will plan to do my first HPT at 4dp (4 days past transfer), which will be Tuesday the 16th - the day before my birthday! I can think of nothing else that I want more than to see 2 beautiful pink lines :) That would be definitely be a very happy birthday to me!!!

Would appreciate your prayers and I will update WITH PICTURES this weekend while I am on bed rest.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

In case you were wondering....

...we got the green light to transfer this coming Friday! My estrogen was 623, my lining measurement was 14.9. I am beyond excited, to say the least :) Hubby just gave me my 1st PIO shot and it wasn't as bad as I remembered - granted it was the 1st (of many!), but my dosage is 1/2 what it was with Emma (1/2cc rather than 1cc), and the needles she gave me are less than 1/2 the size we had before (1" instead of 2 1/2"), so here's hoping they continue to be "no big deal"!

We will be thankful for the prayers over the course of the week! I will update after transfer - while I am enjoying my 2 days off...um, I mean, while I am on 2 days of bed rest :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Change of Plans

So, it looks as though we will not be transferring on the 19th, as we originally planned. Nope, plans have changed, and as we all know, when it comes to IVF, the key is flexibility!

I had my first lab check today and my estrogen level was at 103, exactly where they needed it to be. I will be increasing my estrogen patches by 1 every other day until I reach 4, and there I will stay. I will go in again on Sunday the 7th for another estrogen level and an ultrasound to check my lining. And if all looks good, we will be transferring on NOVEMBER 12th!!! A week earlier than we originally thought!

Stay tuned, its gonna be a fun ride :) God is SO GOOD!!!