Notes To My Beans

The day to day tales of my life with the beans

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Week 7: Getting better

Weight: 112
Symptoms: Bloating, indigestion
Attitude: Slowly climbing out of my funk

Earlier last week, I had another appointment at my RE’s office where I heard the heartbeat. 133! It was such a relief. It was also the (hopefully) last time I will see my RE since my next and last appointment will be with another doctor. It’s such a bitter sweet realization that I’ll be leaving their care after a year of visits. But it’s kinda nice too.

I’ve also scheduled my OB appointment. Unfortunately, the only person available is the same doctor that delivered the bean, and he’s the only doctor in the practice that I’m not a fan of. Hopefully he’ll be nicer.

This weekend we visited the in laws for my mother in law’s birthday and told them the news. The bean wore a big bro shirt and it took a while for anyone to notice. But all seemed excited. We told my father in law the next day and when he told his girlfriend he felt the need to rub my stomach and ask her if she saw a difference. WTF!

I’m glad that I can finally count down the days until I’m done with the PIO shots. They’re literally a pain in the butt!


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Week 6

Weight: 112 lbs
Symptoms: Off and on queasiness, off and on spotting
Attitude: Hormonal

Earlier this week I had my first ultrasound and saw the gestational sac and yolk sac. That was pretty great.

Other than that, it’s been a crappy week. So I’ll just leave it at that. Maybe next week will be better.

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Week 5: Good Times

Weight: 114lbs
Symptoms: Tender boobies, acute sense of smell, minor cramping
Attitude: Awesome!

It’s the start of my fifth week and I don’t think the news has really sunk in. Although I will say I’m much less paranoid about possibly miscarrying this pregnancy than I was with the bean. I guess that’s what happens with your second, even if it takes much more drastic measures to get that way.

Right now I’m blaming the tiredness on the horrible sleep schedule that the bean is keeping. Essentially, one of us needs to stay is his room while he falls asleep. And then when he wakes up 2 hours later, once the binky has fallen out of his mouth, we go into his room, give him his binky and fall asleep on a  air mattress we have set up in his room. And then we wake up every 3 hours when he inevitably starts looking for his binky. There’s more to the story but I’ll write it up another day.

So what was the point … oh yea. I distinctly remember the first tri sleepies with the bean but I think that will kick in at the 8 week mark. Taking naps before bedtime is great but near impossible with a toddler hanging around. Not looking forward to it.

My pants are starting to get a little more snug. If my sister’s second pregnancy was any indication of what I’ll go through, I’ll also be reaching for the maternity pants around the 8 week mark. That I don’t mind so much, cause they really are quite comfy!

At this point, my parents and sister know. I also mentioned it to a friend who knew we were going through IVF.

This week I go back to the doctor’s for my first ultrasound. I know I won’t see much more than a gestational sac, but I’m excited nonetheless. The only downside is that papaBeaner won’t be with me since he has to watch the bean during morning monitoring hours. I’m contemplating asking the doctor if I can videotape the ultrasound but I’m not sure there’s a point in asking for this week since there won’t be a heartbeat.

So … so far, so good!

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Cycle 6: FET #1 – Through Post-Transfer

The cycle went fairly smoothly – very little issues other than a very busy waiting room. Apparently the IVF lab closes for a month as a precaution, so they try to fit in as many people as they can before it closes. I would arrive at the office 5 minutes before it opened (and they open 15 minutes before the first patient is seen) and there would already be 5 people waiting. Crazy!

Before I started my FET meds, I was on BCP for 2-1/2 weeks. They were trying to time the transfer shortly after when I would free up (I didn’t want to do the transfer before the bean’s birthday so I made up a white lie about going away for a long weekend when we were planning on having his birthday party).

Once I went off BCP we started with the meds – 1 Estrace pill / 2x a day. Four days later, back in the office and they bumped it up to 2 Estrace pills / 2x a day. Four days later, back in the office. I stayed on the same dosage of Estrace. Four days later, back in the office. Still stayed on the same dosage of Estrace and then three days later I was to add the following: 1 pill / 2x a day of doxycycline for 7 days, 1 pill a day of medrol for 7 days and 1mL of the dreaded PIO. For the PIO, I would stuff the vial in my bra to warm it up and then after papaBeaner administered the shot, he would rub the injection site for a little and then I would warm the area with a heating pad. These hurt a lot less than last time – I think because papaBeaner was rubbing the crap out of my butt (pun not intended!) that it bruised the muscle. There’s still a little discomfort but I’m not flinching every time I try to sit in a car.

Once all the meds started I had a lot of things to do for the bean’s birthday to preoccupy my mind away from the FET. Next thing I knew, transfer time was here. I went in for 1 final check the day before my transfer and everything checked out fine and I was to administer a dosage of vandazole before bed. The next morning, the office called me. I opted to try laser acupuncture to increase the blood flow to my uterus, so they asked me to be at their main offices at 1:45pm. Eep! At 11:30am I was instructed to insert a progesterone suppository and then an hour later, we were on the road.

The laser acupuncture seemed a little hokey, but at worse it wasn’t going to do any harm. The first round took place before the transfer and involved directing a laser to various point on my body – tip of the head, ears, wrists, feet, calves, and abdomen. No pain involved, except for the point on my head became super heated because of my dark hair. It was over in less than 5 minutes.

Then came the eternal waiting. I tried to do some positive thinking and meditation but that only lasted so long before I became bored and asked for my phone. papaBeaner woefully complied but he wasn’t one to talk considering he brought his laptop in the hopes he could get some work done.

We waited probably 20 minutes before the nurse came in to check my bladder. I had only drank 2 cups but she said it was good enough and I didn’t want to overdo it because I would need to keep laying down at least 20 minutes after the transfer. Good point!

Shortly after that, the “crew” came in – a different nurse whose job was to hold the ultrasound wand, the embryologist with her beeping incubator and dr. oneOfThePartners. The doctor wasn’t at all up for chit chat or words of encouragement – he was all business. We went through the various checks to make sure the embryo was ours. The doctor then gave us what will hopefully be our first “baby” picture and mentioned that we still had 2 frozen, which meant that Huey was he first one up to bat. After I got all speculumed up and they found my uterus, we watched the embryologist carefully suck up little Huey into a pipette and hand it to the doctor. Through the ultrasound we saw him gently squeeze Huey out and watched him float up and then down until he reached a safe place to land. Those moments spent watching him moving around inside of me were unreal. When he finally landed I thought to myself, “find a good place to stick, little one.”

It didn’t take too long and in less than 10 minutes they were out of the room and getting the next embryo for the next patient. The acupuncturist came in 10 minutes later and applied the laser to a few more points on my body. And then everyone left us alone for a half hour. I was able o abstain from the phone and spent the time thinking “Grow, grow, grow! You can do it!”

The nurse came in and told me I could get dressed and empty my bladder. And like that, a little over 2 hours after we arrived, we were on our way back home. Oh yeah, and I was pregnant.

I’m still on the same dosage of Estrace and PIO and will be, hopefully, for a few more weeks. Even though the nurse said I could resume normal activities, I decided to take it easy for the rest of the day and avoided picking up the bean. The next morning I sent the bean to my mom’s and spent the morning in bed and then still tried not to carry the bean for too long. Today, I’ll most likely return to normal activity.

To avoid going to the main office on the weekend, I went to my local office the next day and my hormone levels checked out fine. My beta is suppose to be on July 4th, but we scheduled it to the next day so I could take the blood test again at my local office. Although, I will be POAS on the Fourth. No doubt.

Fingers crossed. Toes crossed. Everything crossed.

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Cycle 6: FET #1 – PDG Results

I have 2-6AAs and 1-6AB. All boys. Squee!

I shall name them Huey, Dewey and Louie. But only for the time being.

I decided to wait to start the next cycle mainly because I didn’t want it disrupting any part of the bean’s birthday plans. So we start in 1.5 weeks with an ET sometime in late June.