You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran

Friday, July 25, 2014

Last appointment at the fertility clinic

At 8 1/2 weeks, I had my final appointment with the RE in Miami. P and L's babies got rave reviews for being so big and wiggly at such an early stage, and I got rave reviews for growing such perfect babies. We all couldn't be happier!

So now there is another two week break, then I have my first appointment with an OB. Before I know it, I will be in the thick of the best part of pregnancy, and P and L will be here for the anatomy scan and some quality time. I cannot wait!

Baby A:

Baby B:

Friday, July 18, 2014

8 weeks

I am very ready to put this first trimester behind me. Right now, it seems to be moving very slowly. Today P and L's babies are 8 weeks along!

And in case anyone was wondering, it is true that you show sooner withh each pregnancy. So in case anyone is wondering what a third pregnancy, second set of twins 8 week belly looks like...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

There is a first time for everything

This pregnancy has hit me like a ton of bricks all of a sudden. I wake up at night needing to pee, and I'm experiencing nausea for the first time ever during a pregnancy. I was hoping, at almost 8 weeks along, I was in the clear. It's an awful feeling that leaves me questioning whether actually throwing up would make me feel better, or if I should just keep trying to suppress it. I am constantly hungry, which seems to be a side effect of the nausea. When I eat I get full very quickly, then about 2 hours later I'm ravenous again. It's a viscous cycle from the moment I wake up until I fall asleep at night. I know it's a sign of healthy babies, so I'm taking it all in stride.

I can feel the top of my uterus above my pubic bone already! Between that and the bloating from the meds I already have a little belly. I think it's adorable, but 8 weeks seems a bit early! I've been wearing sun dresses and blousier tops to work in an attempt to camouflage it until it's only a baby belly.

Two more weeks until I can start weaning off the hormones. I cannot WAIT! I am still doing weekly blood tests to monitor my hormone levels, and will have to continue that for a couple weeks even after I am completely off the medications to make sure everything is fine. That seems a bit excessive, but this doctor has amazing statistics so I guess this is his proven method.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oops, I did it again

Coming February of 2015....

Twins for P and L!!! This ultrasound was done at 6 weeks and 5 days. Our next one is just shy of 9 weeks, and is our last one at the IVF clinic before I'm released to my own care provider.  I was able to video chat with them during the ultrasound like we did for the transfer, so they got to see and hear their babies heartbeats.

Both babies had perfect heart rates, and measured right on track, too. I am on cloud 9 for P and L!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Keeping a pregnant girl happy

Keeping this pregnant girl happy is as easy as this:

My snack today at work. And yesterday at home. And two days before that... suffice it to say my major craving during week 5 and 6 of this pregnancy have been cherries!

Wednesday at 10am is the highly anticipated ultrasound! I cannot wait to finally find out what is going on in my body, and P and L are ready to know what to prepare for come February. I am finally starting to feel pregnant. And by feel pregnant, I mean the past two days I've been experiencing the pregnancy woes I had only heard about. Still no throwing up- knock on wood- but the nausea is constant. I woke up at midnight last night feeling queasy! This is very new to me, but is a great sign that there is at least one very strong baby in there growing steadily.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Repeat blood test

I did the repeat blood work for our second beta test yesterday, but apparently the lab didn't understand how anxious I was to hear the results. They didn't get them faxed to the clinic until today! Which was very frustrating, but I called the office first thing this morning to get the results. And I'm still in awe and slightly in shock!

At 9 days past our transfer, my HCG levels were 494.
At 15 days past, they were 10,676

The measure of a healthy pregnancy is having HCG levels that double every 48-72 hours. My hormone levels doubled every 33 hours! Grow, baby/babies, grow!

That is way over 2,000 MORE than they were with twins last time. I told the guys that however many are in there, they are VERY strong and healthy! If I were a betting woman, I'd put my money on twins. If one baby is in there pumping out that high amount of hormones, it is most likely The Hulk or Superman!

I still feel ok. Great considering how high those levels are! I am tired by early afternoon, and have been asleep by 9/10pm every night. My breasts are sore so even if I was allowed to, running wouldn't be at the top of my list. Ouch! No nausea, no extreme hunger or lack thereof. I definitely believe I have been blessed with easy pregnancies so far, and hope this one is the same.

I couldn't be happier and am so proud of my uterus! May she keep her precious cargo snug and happy for the next 8 months. :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I almost forgot!

These are the pictures I took right before leaving for the transfer at 7:30am on June 11th. Hence the reason why I look happy, but exhausted. I could hardly sleep the night before due to the adrenaline pumping through me!

So we have a starting point to go by for the next 8 months; here are my official pre-pregnancy pictures: