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

Friday, August 15, 2014

12 weeks and first trimester screening

I am very happy to report that I am off all meds finally! The bloat from them melted away and I lost weight because of it. So the official gain is 0 pounds at 12 weeks. I'm pleasantly surprised!

We had the first trimester screening yesterday and got a good peek at the babies. Baby A is very calm and was happy lounging around and waving its hands in its face. Baby B on the other hand... What a wild child! Bouncing off the walls of my uterus, pressing against his/her placenta, and flailing like crazy. P and L had the best reaction to seeing them moving and how much they've developed! They are both measuring a few days ahead of schedule, and look perfect.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

10 weeks

The RE has been weaning me off meds for a little over a week now and I feel like a whole new woman! It's hard to know what is pregnancy symptoms and what is the medications. But feeling so great has led to irrational paranoia that my energy level is due to something happening to the babies. So I impulsively bought a used fetal Doppler from a local mom so I could hear their heartbeats at home. It took me a few minutes of searching and trying to hear past my louder and much slower heartbeat, but I finally found both little babies! The baby on my right side is a stinker! S/he kept moving as soon as I picked up a strong heartbeat.
The loud feedback that happens a few times in the video was from me moving the transducer across my belly to get more gel or try another spot.

twins heartbeats video

Two more months until the daddies are in the US, and get to be in person for an ultrasound instead of just seeing it via Skype! We are planning some quality time together and I am so excited!

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.