Cliff Notes Version: We are due 10/31/10. Scroll down for an ultrasound picture. Shhh! We haven't told the kids yet.
The Novel Version:
On Friday, Febuary 7, my home ovulation predictor kit showed a positive LH surge. We had been attempting to conceive since our wedding (December 26, 2009) and this was my second cycle that we had been "trying", and only the first cycle wherein we "caught" my LH surge (we did not effectively use the OPK in the previous cycle.) I had not been on any contraception since my surgery on August 12, 2009.
My cycles had been varying in length since my surgery and since I went off the NuvaRing. The last few cycles were 24-26 days in length. By day 28, I was feeling like there was a possibility that I was pregnant. I felt different. I didn't feel PMSy- I wasn't breaking out- and I was soooo tired, all the time. On Friday, February 19, my home pregnancy kit was positive. I contacted my doctor (a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist- the same one who performed my surgery) and she scheduled an appointment for the next day.
Mon., Feb 22, 2010: 4w, 3d (15 dpo): hCG= 207.3 (!!!), Progesterone= 26.1. Plan is to continue to check labs until hCG>1500, at which time they will do a transvaginal ultrasound; I am scheduled to have labs again on Friday. They are considering me as 4w, 1d rather than 4w, 3d because my LH surge was "late." I am wondering if this "more than doubling" of my hCG is related to the timing of my labwork... or if it could possibly be related to having more than one fertilized egg...??? According to this information, my levels could be consistent with twins:)
Fri., Feb 26, 2010: 4w, 5d (19dpo): hCG= 916.9, Progesterone= 21.7.... Again, the hCG level is higher than expected and could be consistent with twins. I was concerned about the dropping progesterone level, but the doctor stated that as long as the level stays elevated (greater than 10) there is no need to be concerned. Plan is to repeat labs and a transvaginal ultrasound on Thursday, March 4 (5w, 5d or 26dpo). We should be able to tell if there is more than one baby at the ultrasound, and maybe (it would be a stretch) see a heartbeat!
Mon., March 8, 2010: I was pretty riled up about the need for the progesterone injections. I guess it was one thing to have concerns about the pregnancy, and something else entirely to have those concerns validated. Also, after 4 days of injections, my butt is sore! I am supposed to continue the injections daily until the end of the first trimester. Around week 9, the placenta forms and takes over the progesterone production, so by the end of the first trimester, my progesterone levels should be good.
Tues., March 16, 2010: We told John's folks on Friday night. They are pretty excited, and can't wait until we give them the go-ahead to tell everyone else. While they love their 2 granddaughters, this is the first time they will have the "pregnancy" experience. I also had my first dream about the baby over the weekend. I dreamt the baby was a girl. Hmmm.
I am 2 weeks and 1 day off caffeine. Oh. My. Word. I am okay, but still feel like I don't really "wake up" until 10 or 11am.
I am feeling pretty good. I've been taking half a tablet of Unisom at bedtime, and my morning sickness is much more bearable. I see the nurse at the OB's office tomorrow to get all the intake paperwork and to go over the general dos and don'ts. Then we will see the OB on Friday, April 2.
Thurs., March 25, 2010: 8w, 5d (47 dpo): It was strange to not wake up and rush off for an ultrasound. But it was kind of good, because I had a horrible stomach bug Tuesday night and yesterday. I enjoyed a bit of a "lay in" this morning.
Today's visit was very status quo- we loved the doctor we saw (we are big on being able to laugh with our doctor and not take ourselves too seriously). We also had another ultrasound- our doc tried to use an external monitor to hear the heartbeat, but we are a touch too early to do that. So we got an ultrasound:) We are telling John's sister (who is up visiting from Mississippi) tonight, and are excited to share our latest photo! John and I are both looking forward to telling his grandparents next weekend.