Archive for May, 2007

My 30 week update…

Well, this is how it goes, I had wanted to make a 28 week update, and before I knew it I was already 30 weeks and 1 day.

First for the really sad news… both my buddies who got BFPs on their cycles that I was so incredibly happy about, unfortunately miscarried. It completely broke my heart and I know there is absolutely nothing I can do to make it better. Why life has to be this way sometimes, I just don’t know. But not a day goes by when I don’t think about them and pray for them. More than anything, I want to see their happy ending.

With me, well, I was pretty happy to hit the 28 week mark when I knew that the baby now has a good chance of surviving on its own. But as always, every day is a milestone.
I went in for my dreaded GD test – my dad had diabetes and I was high risk because of so many categories. I was extremely nervous. Waiting for the call was similar to waiting for all those doctors calls where you are so nervous of the outcome. And of course I got the dreaded news that my number came in high for the screening and now I would have to do the full 3 hour challenge to determine whether I have GD.
I went in the very next day for that, cause I did not want to drag it out. The drink I had was probably the sweetest concoction I had ever had the nauseating pleasure to drink in my life. I have a sweet tooth, but man…. this was something else. Taking in the last few drops was torture. Then I had to sit and wait and have my blood drawn every hour. I spent a little time pep-talking to the baby and saying we need to make it through this as a team.
I was fully prepared for the dreaded outcome a few days later for my result, and had already began looking up all things GD, but I was shocked to find out that the test came back… negative! I do not have GD. I found that out right before the weekend last week and it was the best news I’d heard in a while. I was absolutely relieved!

Then I hit the big 30 mark yesterday. I’m not in my 20s anymore.
The baby is extremely active. Not just active but STRONG! I feel like it could pull me into this or that direction at times!!! Those butterfly-like kicks and flutters are long gone – now the baby is a force to be reckoned with, and is awake probably every other hour, busily doing things in there. I can watch my tummy move, and some of those bumps and jumps can be pretty darn painful!

I went in for my 30 week checkup which was very uneventful, other than the fact that the baby’s heartbeat was lower than usual – 126, so the doctor sent us for 20 minute HB monitoring at the hospital just for peace of mind, even though she said it is completely within normal range (120-160). I have to say we were not at all worried since the baby was sleeping when the HB was taken and I felt it was overkill to monitor the HB just from that one reading, but of course I dutifully did as told.

On the bright side I got a tour of the labor ward. It feels so close now – the 10 week countdown! I once again began to feel we are hardly ready yet and need to step on all the preparations! We were pretty happy with the tour, and then I got hooked up to all those tummy monitoring machines.
I had my jaw drop the next minute from astonishment, as the baby started kicking so hard at all that monitoring stuff and trying to get it off. The nurse told me that for some reason babies don’t like those HB monitors, even though it doesn’t hurt them at all. My tummy was moving all over the place! Of course the HB turned out to be totally fine and they sent me home. Well, technically back to work.

Aside of all that news in gist, I’m doing OK. Long gone is the nausea which I do not miss one bit. But on the flip side, I am WEEPY, emotional, and feel somewhat like I’be been strapped to a mini-bowling ball. My tummy makes it hard to simply “bend down” or do things I’m used to doing easily. And of course finding a comfortable position to sleep in is not easy. Overall though, I’m not that big for 7+ months (well, meaning my TUMMY isn’t). People keep thinking I’m due way further out there than I really am.

Well, ten weeks and counting! The due date is nearing…. and time is flying way faster than I can handle.

Till the next update!

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May 24, 2007 at 9:15 pm 2 comments

27 week update: Third Trimester Begins!

I’m trying not to go missing in action for too long, so want to make another update today – on the day the third trimester begins!!!!!

I can’t believe I’m actually here, but yup… here I am… now beginning the final leg of this pregnancy.
Doing great. My weight gain seemed to have evened out according to my last appointment at the doctors. She told me not to worry at all, and I have stopped. I’m going to focus solely on the good things, and not worry about extra pounds. In fact, the transition has been made from worry to sheer excitement. It is a time when suddenly, there are a million baby-preparation things to do, and the excitment of it all simply hits you. While at first, you live only from one doc’s appointment to the next and hold your breath in between, now your focus shifts to nurseries, showers, baby classes, and of course above all, this wonderful little being inside you that doesn’t let you forget their presence every day! Its a wonderful time!

I am also so very happy to report that two of my wonderful buddies who had IVF cycles with me and not had it work out, are now pregnant again. In fact, more than just two. I am so incredibly happy for them, and have wanted to see them pregnant more than anything. My prayers are with the women who are still waiting, and I can’t wait for it to be their turn.

I’m definitely showing now! And today in Starbucks (yup, I guiltily had a cup of coffee), the lady at the register asked when I’m due. Yes!!! Someone who DOESN’T know I’m pregnant can finally tell!!! 🙂

Also so much has been accomplished – we bought a crib, registered at the hospital, even painted the nursery this past weekend!! And yesterday, took a baby-care class. I’m going to have a baby shower and am excited about going to register for it. There is so much to learn about babies and I’ve been swallowing books and information as much as I can. Somehow slowly, the different terms and terminology are finally becoming familiar to me. I’m learning all about that world and preparing myself for what awaits in less than 3 months. I’m excited but also, just enjoying the moment. That has really been the key to this pregnancy for me – just enjoying today for today and not looking past today. When today is a good day… then all is wonderful in the world. And why ruin that by worrying about tomorrow – and things it may or may not bring.

I’ve not had the magazine-model-perfect pregnancy – far from it 😀 But I can honestly say I enjoyed every day – even through the horrible nausea and the rapid weight gain. Because I keep my perspectives, and my cup is only ever half-full. I feel it is way more than half full!

We still do not know the gender of our little one and there have been days when I thought I just want to know!!!! I want to know who is kicking in there – my little son? Or my little daughter? I was hit with the realization that I will never experience knowing this while they are still inside – unless we find out. But somehow also… not knowing… is so special. Its like a special something that I’m “saving” for the big day. I cannot imagine what it will feel like in those final moments of labor and the excitement of knowing that I’m about to finally know what God has given us. Because it is already perfect – the VERY individual that has been meant for us to raise. And nothing else matters.  

As always looking ahead, especially after looking back, I know that I will never be able to know how things will go. I don’t know what the third trimester will be like and how hard (and how hot!!!) it will be. I don’t know what the result of my GD test next week will be. I don’t know how and when birth will go. But I don’t need to know all that today. I don’t need to worry about it today. I will only continue to live it one day at a time. And trust God to guide me through it all, no matter what it is.

So third trimester here I come! Complete with my now-obvious belly and one fiesty little baby in it! 🙂 🙂 🙂

PS: I know that I’m not on this blog a whole lot, and have not kept up with the blogs of some of my buddy bloggers as much as I had hoped to (sometimes there is so little time online!!) but I am very active on this board:

http://forums.ovusoft.com/tm.asp?m=7557300&p=1&tmode=1
And encourage anyone to drop by and visit to know how things are going, and certainly join as well if they wish to!!! It helps to have everyone share all in one place sometimes 🙂

May 2, 2007 at 7:19 pm 13 comments


Expecting Number 2… :)

My TTC History

Started TTC May 2005
RE diagnosed as unexplained in Feb 06.
natural IUI #1 March 06 - BFP, m/c :(
natural IUI #2 May 06 - BFN
clomid IUI #3 July 06 - BFN
femara IUI #4 August 06 - BFN

Skipping suggested injectables,
moving to IVF
Bloodwork: Oct 12 for lupron
ER estimated 1st week of Nov

UPDATE:
25 eggs, 15 fertilized.
1 blast transferred, 6 frozen.
Precious baby Girl born in July 07.

After 2.5 years of Bliss since that BFP...

April 2009: Start of TTC #2.
(Going back for the embies I left)
Apr 15: Start of Natural FET cycle.
May 1: Transferred single blast
May 11: BFN :(
Straight to Natural FET #2
May 29: Transferred single blast
June 4: BFP!!!!
June 8: 1st beta - 177
June 10: 2nd beta - 506


UPDATE:
Healthy baby Boy born 2010!

Fast forward several years...

June 2013: Surprised with a completely natural and completely unplanned BFP!
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