Thursday, August 4, 2011

First deadline down

Beta number three came in at 4,806.  No further blood draws for quantitative HCG need to be done.  We have a date for our first u/s appointment--August 15th.  I think it's starting to dawn on me that I might actually be pregnant.  The 15th will surely confirm things for me though, I need to see things to believe them sometimes....I'm working on having faith that this is actually happening to me.  So... I promised last week that I would give my 2ww symptoms.  Below I will try to put them into some kind of chronological order for you.  I know how much I obsessed about others as I was going through the, here it goes!

Day1-3--Our 2 surviving embies are growing and dividing.  We were given word that they fertilized on day 1, were 4 cells on day 2, and transferred both-one 5 cell embryo and one 8 cell embryo.

Day 3-"Princess Day 1"  Transfer was at 10AM.  In the office they gave me a tablet of Valium (not sure of the dosage) with a full cup of water (note-drink a bottle or two of water, use the restroom once before leaving for the clinic--depending on your driving time--the cup of water will def. top you off if you already have to go a bit).  30 minutes later, they led me back and went over the quality of our embryos.  Both were labeled as "good" a 2 on a rating from 1-3. The doctor did a mock once more to look at where she wanted to place the embryos.  Then she put a solution (an embryo loving solution) into the area she wanted to place the embryos.  Then the embryologist prepared the embryos for transfer and then the doctor transferred them from the catheter into the place she designated for the embryos.  During this time, another nurse was in showing the whole thing on the u/s machine.  She was able to show us the area as she placed air bubbles in between where she placed the two embryos.  We weren't really able to see the two embryos in the lining though but we were assured they were there:)

After the transfer, I laid there for about 10 minutes and then I got up to potty (my hubby was worried I would pee out my embryos :)).  We then went home and I went right to bed and watched shows on hulu for most of the day and took a nap.  I was a bit crampy after the transfer but not too bad.  Mostly I was just happy to have my embies back inside me:)

Day 4:  "Princess Day 2" I got up to potty and take a shower (with the progesterone supps I felt I had to be clean before I could put those in).  Not many symptoms today.  Twinges and cramps here and there and still really bloated from the stims.  Continued to drink my gatorade and eat my protein bars..and my 1/5 of pineapple and tons of water.   

Day 5:  "Princess Day 3"  Again, only potty and shower.  Relaxed most of the day.  Ate my pineapple and drank my water.  Watched shows, did a little homework.  Breasts are sore, a bit constipated, and tired. 

Day 6:  Can go back to normal activities.  Still took it easy.  Twinges here and there; tired, sore breasts, hungry and emotional...ate my pineapple and drank my water.  Noticeable black circles around the nips though.

Day 7:  Travel day.  Feeling good today.  After a 6 hour driving day, went to bed early.  Cramps here and there, breasts are still a little sore-finished last day of pineapple. 

Day 8:  Cramps central!  Thinking it's way too early for AF, but so crampy.  Tired and skin feels very sensitive--I take a shower and the water feels really hard on my skin, weird!

Day 9:  Still crampy! Hoping it's implantation and not AF coming early.  Still need a nap and feeling out of it. 

Day 10: Feel great! Cramps are gone, just twinges here and there.  Odd cramping feeling that comes for a few seconds and leaves.  Thirsty, def. a metal taste in my mouth but I think I'm imagining it.  Temp is still high but I attribute that to the progesterone. 

Day 11:  1st Beta day.  Go in for blood draw.  Feel great today; twinges are still coming and going but cramps that last forever are gone.  EMOTIONAL!  Crying at everything! 

Day 12:  Super tired and emotional.  Dad's on his way to our house.  Don't feel comfortable in my jeans, but in sweats.  Opt for sweats after changing my clothes and taking two showers before dad shows up.  Breakdown and test says Pregnant!  In shock! 

Day 13:  Tired, emotional, sore, tired, emotional, and tired!  Do nothing but nap for most of the day...feeling little cramps here and there all day.

Day 14:  Feeling great again!  2nd Beta day.  Get up early and go to my test, and decide to go the store afterward and buy a pie for my dad's b-day.  Still twinges here and there, tired and emotional but good day.

Day 15-Day 24:  Still feel cramps every once in awhile, and super duper tired!  Starting to have food cravings and aversions....this week I crave protein!! 

Day 24:  Beta #3 4,806--Feeling good, started walking again and got the okay to work out at the gym again at 70% :)  

Thank you everyone for the replies on my last post!!!  Thanks for following our journey!  I will attempt to update more often as this journey progresses!  Hugs!  J