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The medication discussion

Today I had my appointment with the doctor who prescribed my anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications.  I've been nervous about this appointment because I wanted to know the risks and benefits associated with my continuing medication while expecting.

Things have definitely been easier and more emotionally stable for me being on the medication.  I feel like a better mother, wife, and woman than I have felt in a long time.  That being said, as the pregnancy progresses I've felt the familiar anxiety I felt before when my hormones were out of whack.  I know that recently when I take a bit more of my medication, I feel much better so I wanted to discuss maybe upping the dosage as a standard, but ONLY if it won't harm the baby.

FET Update: Beta #3 and spotting

Hi everyone.  I apologize for the delay in reporting this update.  So much happened that I kind of shared to Instagram and kind of didn't.  So, here's what has been going on.  I received y #3 beta on Friday afternoon.  My number was 5705, which was a great jump in numbers.  I didn't post because a lovely #TTCsister with whom I have been sharing this journey received bad news on her beta day and I didn't want to cause more pain in my posting.

Saturday morning, I woke up to take Bug to his youth Christmas Concert rehearsal.  I went to the bathroom to get ready and was shocked to see spotting akin to my first day of my cycle.  I was immediately concerned and called the fertility clinic after dropping Bug at the station.  I was called back about twenty minutes later and given some reassurance.

The nurse said about 30-40% of IVF patient's experience bleeding in the first trimester.  After checking that it was light spotting, she put me on "pelvic rest" which included no intercourse or orgasm for the weekend.

I felt a bit better, but was still cautious through out the weekend.  I spotted again on Sunday, but not near as much as the day before.  I've been cautiously observing and making sure not to overdue it.

I am still relieved to feel the nausea that lets me know that something is still going on.  I won't know what until December 17th when we have our ultrasound. I'm praying for great things

So, that's our latest and greatest.  I'll make sure to keep you posted.  Have a wonderful day.


FET Update: Beta #2

This post will contain thoughts on this pregnancy and also the journey to get to this point. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. Furthermore, I will continue to do so on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. Don't lose hope and don't give up.  It WILL happen.)

Hello everyone.  My apologies for not posting yesterday.  I made sure to share the results on Instagram, but completely missed the opportunity to do the same on the blog since I was running around.

I went to the fertility clinic early in the morning and gave my second round of blood hoping for a doubling number.  I received a call around 1:00 p.m. and was informed that Beta #2 is 2703!  That's 751 more than it needed to be!  The office was really happy with that number.

I am still super nervous.  I think I'll be better once I see a heartbeat.  Right now, though.  I'm just blessed to be on the journey.

Beta #3 is tomorrow morning.  I'm praying for great news. 

FET Update: Beta #1- 976!

Oh my goodness!  I am sitting here still not quite sure of how to react.  I don't feel pregnant.  Besides a bit of nausea, I don't feel anything.  But God is good and my test results say that I am definitely pregnant.  I don't know if there is one or two little ones in there, but someone is there and someone is fighting to hang around.  I'm so thankful.

Wow!  God really is amazing!  So, if the information on the due date calculator is correct, I am 4 weeks, 4 days pregnant today.  My due date is August 9, 2018.  This is surreal.  Wow.  I'm pregnant. I'm pregnant.

Wow....Beta #1 is 976.  Wow!!!!

FET Update: 12dp5dt: Beta Eve

Hello everyone.  Tomorrow is the day.  Tomorrow I will know whether or not I am pregnant.  Guys, I have no idea what the results will be.  I have had bouts of nausea, but I don't know if that is the medication or an actual baby.  I feel slight tugging sensations, but it could be my imagination.  I feel occasional cramps.  It could be my cycle ready to come.  I have had spotting that could have been implantation bleeding....or it could have been breakthrough bleeding.  I honestly have no idea how this will go.

I've still not tested.  I still haven't had a drop of alcohol.  I've cut out the caffeine.  I have paid attention to all the hormones in my system.  I've been keeping a wide eye on all of this.  I'm excited regardless. 

Let's see what happens!

Prayers are always appreciated.

-K


FET Update: 8dp5dt



Hello everyone.  I just wanted to provide a quick update of how things are going on 8dp5dt.  Today was interesting.  While attending an all day meeting, I went to the bathroom on break and noticed that I was spotting.  It looked as if I was about to start my cycle.  Of course, I panicked as it didn't look like typical implantation bleeding.  I contacted my fertility clinic and nurse, but had to return to my meeting and couldn't answer the follow-up calls.  When I went back in the bathroom 20 minutes later, nothing.

I am hopeful that it was implantation bleeding and that everything is now well and a sign that the baby (or babies) has settled nicely.  There are another 5 days before I know for sure.  I've been super tempted to test, but I certainly won't yet.

That being said....keep praying for a sister.

-K

Medications:  Estradiol 3x a day: 1 mg of PIO, Prenatal vitamin

FET Update: CDs 1-5dp5dt

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is recovering from a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. You can read about our Thanksgiving antics here. Today, I wanted to give a small update of how I’ve been feeling post FET transfer.



FET CD19: Transfer Day

What a day.  I am currently resting on the couch with two beautiful embryos resting well within me.  Today was our Frozen Embryo Transfer and it was a wonderful success.  This was our first frozen transfer, but it was vaguely reminiscent of our last IVF w/ICSI transfer.

Rocking my transfer booties

FET: CD18 Transfer Eve


It's the night before my transfer and I'm sitting here with my husband watching him watch football.  My right butt check is still protesting the injection I gave myself earlier.  I am almost certain there would be a bruise if I actually looked carefully enough.

I'm tired.  I'm ready to close my eyes and have a good night sleep before tomorrow's transfer.  I've done this before.  I know how this is supposed to go.  But man...I wish I didn't feel so nervous.

Tomorrow, if God is willing, I will have little passenger(s) resting within my womb at the end of the night.  I hope and pray with all of me that this procedure works.

Keep me in your prayers all.

-K

FET Update: CD14-We have our date!


Well guys, things have taken off at a rather rapid pace. After a pretty quiet cycle, I went in on yesterday (CD13) for my lining check and to confirm that 1.) I was at a lining of at least 8mm and 2.) I was ready to progress to progesterone in oil. The blood work and lining came back fine and then I received a call from the nurse practitioner.



FET prep: Mock Embryo Transfer

Today was a rather busy day.  I woke up for my mock embryo transfer appointment and realized I was more than a little nervous.  I suppose it was really hitting me that we were preparing to go forth and do great things. After a slight delay in getting out the house, I made my way to the fertility clinic--a new satellite location and met with the nurse practitioner who explained the procedure for me.

New digs

Just when we had a bit of breathing room...

Hi everyone.  A few minutes ago I opened my email and was greeted with a message from our fertility financial coordinator.  Remember how yesterday I was so thankful that our meds would cost a lot less than last time?  Well, the joy of less income was short lived.

The journey continues. FET #1 is about to begin.

Photo credit: Shady Grove Fertility
It’s been a while since I’ve shared about our FET journey. That’s because there hasn’t been a lot to share. We were delayed for a number of reasons.  First, the fertility clinic was cautious about proceeding after my trip to Punta Cana where I was once again besieged by demon mosquitoes before I doused in repellent and they didn't want to take the chance on Zika (I completely understood).  Shortly after that, I received a diagnosis of PPD.  {I promise to blog about that one at another time.}

A Zika Delay


So, I’ve been super excited for weeks ready for Aunt Flow to arrive so we can get this show on the road, as it were. I’ve been ready to take these little pills and go in for monitoring and getting myself where I need to be. Last night, my cycle began with first full flow started today. I was super excited. I even let out a “YAY!” when she arrived, which is saying something when I used to curl up in a ball and sob upon seeing her. It was going to be a great day! That was before the phone call and this morning’s conversation.

Our FET consult

Hi everyone!

Yesterday, I went to our Reproductive Endocrinologist to discuss what we need to do to begin our Frozen Embryo Transfer.  S. and I have been discussing it and feel like we would both like to have another child.  With baby A. at 9 months, almost 10, this seemed like a perfect time.

I met with Dr. G., who was so happy to see me and I felt likewise.  She is a beautiful woman and I love the effort that she and nurse A. (who is seriously a sister from another mister) made on our behalf.  Dr. G. explained that we have three embryos left.  There is one Day 6 embryo and two Day 7.  The preference is to transfer the Day 6 though all look great.

Not ours, but a pretty good representation.