Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pomp and Circumstance

That's right, it's graduation day! I graduated from the RE today! Never again will I have to go back to that office...I can't believe it! Everything looked good at our 8 week ultrasound. The heartbeat was still pumping away, this week at 170 bpm. The baby is looking like a little gummy bear now, although the following picture isn't great. But you can get the idea!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Amazing

Two rounds of IUI.................$10,000

Four rounds of IVF................$28,000

Infertility meds.....................$15,000

Acupuncture.........................$3,000

Seeing our baby's heartbeat.......PRICELESS!

video

Getting ready and crossing my fingers...


We can see the 160 bpm heartbeat!


Happy day!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

First Ultrasound Today!

Well, today's ultrasound went better than I was expecting. To say I was terrified this morning is an understatement. Yesterday I began spotting and was sure that it could only mean bad news. Not so! Everything looked great at the ultrasound. We saw the fetal pole and yolk sac, and everything measured 5w6d, which is right on time! We did not, however, see the heartbeat yet. My RE was not at all concerned and said it's still early. He said that about 1/2 of all healthy pregnancies don't have a visible heartbeat at 6 weeks, so it was not a problem at all. My next ultrasound will be a week from today and we'll hopefully see a heartbeat then. He saw no reason for the spotting (which was gone by last night) and said it could be any number of reasons like hormonal fluctuation, a scab from one of my ovaries, etc. Since it's gone now, he was unconcerned. Thanks for all your well wishes and for following us in this journey. For today, I can breathe a sigh of relief and have a bit more hope in my heart.

Here's the ultrasound photo. It's really grainy and hard to tell what is what, but the area between the Xs is the baby and the yolk sac is sort of circle-ish looking on the right.

POAS

The darkest line EVER! This has gotta be good news, right?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Beta #3

It's 891. That's a 40.3 hour doubling time. Yay! So much for not getting my hopes up. Now they are up and I'm feeling excited. My RE usually does the first ultrasound at 7 weeks, but given my history, he wants to see me next Thursday at 6 weeks for my first ultrasound. We probably will not be able to see a heartbeat at that point, but he will be looking for size and placement of the gestational sack and perhaps the yolk sac and fetal pole. The nurse cautioned that it may be too early to see anything beside the sac, though. At this point it's cautious optimism and we'll just see what happens!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I'm still pregnant! (5 Weeks)

Yes, I'm still here and still pregnant (as far as I know). Tomorrow I have another beta, so we'll see what happens then. My symptoms are mainly just being very tired and having an insatiable thirst. I POAS last night and the pregnant line is a lot darker than the control line, so I'm taking that to be a good sign! Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. I'll let you know when I get my beta back tomorrow.