Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Today is my 2nd wedding Anniversary! We didn't do much today - we went out for a very nice dinner on Saturday night.

However, I got an extra special anniversary treat. I had my first OB appointment today - and I got to see Peanut again. It was a very informative appointment, all looks good, and then I got to have another u/s. Peanut's heartbeat measured at 179 - nice and strong, and we are measuring right on schedule - I am 9 weeks pregnant.

It still boggles my mind to think that I'm 9 weeks pregnant. That's CA-RAZY!!! As a special treat today, my mom came with me. Frank had to work, so she asked if she could go instead. She can't stop thanking me for going b/c she also got to see Peanut's heartbeat. She was amazed that I was able to see it so quickly (I also knew what I was looking for).

I was told today that due to my age and other past history, I am going to be considered "high risk". I was told the only difference with this is that I will be going for more appointments that the regular monthly appointments. this is fine with me, I would rather be monitored more closely. Also, I can stop the PIO and only use the progesterone supplements twice a day for two more weeks. Woo Hoo! My butt is very grateful! LOL

As for how I'm feeling: the nausea is subsiding and I'm not as tired as I had been. My doctor thinks that this is from the progesterone. And, I'm still giddy that I'm pregnant.

Friday, May 23, 2008

I graduated!!

Today I graduated from my RE's office. It was very bittersweet. I have been with this practice since February 2007 so it was sad to say "good-bye" to everyone. They have been such a huge part of my life for so long (I saw them more often than I saw my own family). But, it was also very excited b/c I was leaving for a very good reason. Never in a million years did I think I would be the one to graduate.

I was told to come back and visit them, which I will do. They are moving the office I went to, so I told them that I want to see their new digs.

Peanut has a very strong heartbeat, but was a little uncooperative while having its picture taken today, so it was hard to get a good measurement. We are still measuring 2 days behind, which has been consistent for 3 weeks now. The doctor is not concerned, especially b/c the baby has a strong heartbeat. We are lowering the PIO to 1/2 cc a day, and I still have to take the prometrium. It was so cool seeing how big Peanut got during the week, and it was also incredible seeing that flicker on the screen.

My first OB appt. is Tuesday. I have a ton of questions, and was told to ask them to keep monitoring my progesterone level, which is fine by me. I will take any precaution necessary.

As for how I'm feeling: tired, I even wake up tired. My boobs are constantly sore, but it is tolerable. And, I'm nauseous. I eat saltines before my feet even touch the floor in the morning. I haven't gotten sick yet, but the nausea is more often. It is hard to plan means b/c even though I pack my lunch thinking that's what I'll want to eat, but lunch the thought of what I brought nauseates me. The coolest "symptom" of all is that my lower abdomen is starting to get hard. It still amazes me. But, as "bad" as I feel, I'm still giggling b/c I get to experience this. I have said it before, and I will keep saying it: even though this was the outcome we always hoped for, never did I think I would actually experience it. It really is a miracle.

Friday, May 16, 2008


My friend, Lisa at Helping Make Sense has tagged me, so, here goes!

4 Things I did 10 Years Ago - 1998

1. Was living in my own apt. in North Jersey
2. Started working a 2nd job
3. Got my first cat Tigger
4. Met some amazing friends

4 Things I did 5 Years Ago - 2003

1. After a long struggle, paid off my debt
2. Bought my 1st condo
3. Watched my dad receive his kidney and a got a new lease on life
4. Was working at the job I have today

4 Things I did Yesterday

1. Came to work
2. E-mailed with some friends
3. Prayed that Peanut would be OK
4. Read my book

4 TV Shows I Love to Watch

1. The Office
2. American Idol
3. 90210
4. How I Met Your Mother

4 Things I Love to Do

1. Read
2. Watch TV
3. Spend time with my nephews
4. Spend time with my family and friends

Now, I tag: Gretchen at Your Average Infertility Blog; and Amy at Make It Grand


So, we got to see Peanut again. Peanut is growing and has a strong heartbeat. I was told to make an appointment with my OB (which I already made), and if all continues to go well, I will be released next week! Wow! That will be such a bittersweet appointment. While it is good news to be graduating, it will be a little sad b/c these doctors, nurses and office staff have been a part of my life for over a year.

Oh, and while I'm taking the PIO and prometrium, I was told I could start decreasing the PIO dosage - that are starting to ween me off.

Here are some pictures of Peanut.

The 1st picture is the 4 embryos that were transferred in me. One of these stuck. The 2nd picture is from today's u/s.

Friday, May 9, 2008


We went back to the doctor today for another u/s. This time we saw the heartbeat! We are so excited! I was so nervous I almost passed out. I was even afraid to look at the monitor. But, lo and behold, there it was - the flickering on the screen. I asked the doctor to measure the heartbeats and it measured between 120 and 130, which he said was good.

I go back next week, and if all continues to go well, we will talk about making an ob/gyn appt.

When I left one of the nurses wished me a Happy Mother's Day. I had been thinking about it, but it didn't really hit me until that moment. Wow! This year I get to celebrate Happy Mother-To-Be Day!

As for how I'm feeling - still nauseous (but haven't thrown up yet), still tired a lot. The "girls" have gotten bigger and are still sore. Yesterday started with a metallic/bad taste in my mouth. Oh, and I'm also starting to be forgetful. And, I've already started showing, although that could also be b/c of the progesterone that I'm still taking.

So, unless something changes, I will update again last week.

Thank you for all the prayers - we aren't out of the woods yet, so please keep them coming!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

I'm going to let you in on my little secret.

Shhhhhh. . . . I'm pregnant.

I went to the doctor today for my first pregnancy u/s and we saw the gestational sac with the little yolk in it. My doctor said that everything is right on schedule. As of today, I am 5 weeks 4 days pregnant. Our EDD is December 29, 2008. Happy New Year!!!

We go back next week where we will hopefully see the heartbeat.

I have known for a couple of weeks now. I tested on Friday, April 18 and got a VERY faint line. It was one of those that if you turned the stick the wrong way, you might not see it. But, I took 2 more on Saturday and two more on Sunday. There was no denying - I was pregnant. The question remained on how high my beta would be. The 1st one was 107, the 2nd was 197 and the third was 436. All great numbers. My progesterone has been a little low, but my doctors are watching it closely.

As far as how I'm feeling - the puppies are still sore, still have some cramping, I'm tired all the time (it is worse at like 3/4:00 in the afternoon). I get up once during the night to use the restroom. Some days the heartburn is bad, other days, nothing. I've been nauseous, but nothing I can't handle. And I have VERY happy to have these symptoms.

For the first time EVER, I was able to tell my family in person. B/c of the infertility treatments, nothing has been a secret. Well, since the line on the HPT was so dark, I felt comfortable making my announcement on the Saturday before my beta test. I told my parents separately. My mom was excited, but "cautiously excited". I got my dad good. We had been sitting outside and he was going back in the house. I asked if he was coming back out, and he said "are you writing a book". I said yes. His standard response is usually: well, make it a mystery. This time he said, yeah, what's the title. I responded with: It's called, I'm Pregnant. It took a moment for it to register. Once it did, he was also very excited.

We are so over the moon, but still cautious - we still have a long road ahead of us. But for now, I am trying to enjoy every minute of being pregnant.