Friday, August 30, 2013

The Big Day!!

Basically, all you need to know at this point is....I AM PREGNANT!!!!!!!

I got the confirmation from the doctor today and then I peed on a stick. Haha! I managed to hold out the entire TWW!

I forgot to ask what my levels were, but I have message in for them to call back so I will update at that point!

I am so happy right now :D

- Sausha

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Pinterest Trap!

I seriously can't stop looking up baby things on Pinterest. Here are some of my recent favs!

Stupid Tuesday!

Hahaha! So ultra-appropriate right now. Only 3 days 'til test day!! 

                                         - Sausha

Monday, August 26, 2013

Small Updates

Update #1. It appears I have become allergic to the Progesterone oil I have been taking. I noticed late in the day yesterday that my previous night's injection site was itchy. I took off the bandaid and there was a small bump. It looked like a pimple. Then when we did last night's shot on the other hip, I got a rash and it was itchy and kind of firm. I asked the Doc about it today and he said that it may be the oil that I am allergic to since they mix the progesterone with different oils. They have sesame oil, peanut oil, etc. If mine is peanut oil, that would make sense. I have a minor peanut allergy, I just get big pimples, more like welts!

After my injection last night.
Update #2. Last night I had some light spotting. I freaked the shit out at first. I yelled for my mom to come look and asked if it was normal and then rushed to Google. I couldn't stop crying :((( I discovered it may be implantation bleeding, which made me feel better. I had of course heard of implantation bleeding before but I thought that it would be a day or so after the transfer since the embryos are supposed to implant within 24 hours. Again, I asked my doctor about it today and he said that it's usually a good sign and that they use the term "implantation bleeding" loosely. It's really any bleeding in the first month or so. Your body is going through a lot of changes an some slight bleeding isn't uncommon. Whew! I hope that's my babies digging in!! It was just a little bit of pink when I wiped and that was it. Haven't had anything since.

Update #3. I have been having some very strange dreams recently! Last night's dream was about a friend that got pregnant and was being accused of having an affair with Obama! Hahahaha! She wasn't denying it either. So. Weird.

I am dying for Friday to arrive! Only 4 days to go :)

- Sausha

Friday, August 23, 2013

Transfer Day

Hey everybody! It's been a few days since we did our transfer and I am feeling pretty good! Here is how it went down.

I woke up at 7am feeling quite rested. Funnily enough, I had been able to sleep solidly the last few nights, even though I was getting super excited! I hopped in the shower, washed with all unscented products since smells can damage the embryos and slipped into some comfy clothes.

We left the house around 8am for our 10am appointment. We live an hour away from the doctor and had to be there 45 minutes early to get prepped.

Once we arrived they told me to empty my bladder and then drink some water. They don't want you to have an overly full bladder but they do need some fluid in there, this is to help visualize the uterus using an abdominal ultrasound

Our nurse arrived and gave us the lowdown on the procedure and had me sign a consent form. She then said the embryologist will come in to discuss our embryos and to take a Valium after we had spoken with her. I was not happy about having to take Valium as it is a strong drug and I have mostly stayed away from drugs my whole life, with the exception of Tylenol and antibiotics. I found out that Valium helps the uterus to relax so it doesn't contract during the procedure so I felt a bit better about taking it. Anything to help these babies stay for the long haul! We waited for a bit, being extremely excited! My husband was just adorable. Here is our "before everything" photo.

So much love and excitement!!
Next up was the embryologist. She was awesome. She told us we had Grade A 5-day Blasts and confirmed that we were inserting 2 blasts, verified the sexes that we wanted and had me sign another consent form acknowledging that I may have a multiple pregnancy.She handed us a picture of our embryos and then she was off!
My babies!!!!!!
Finally, Dr. K. came in. I was laying on the bed with my legs in the stirrups, baring all (oh, the joy!). He tells me that they are going to do a mock transfer to make sure they have the right size catheter and that everything will go smoothly once he has the embryos. Good thing too, cause they had to change the catheter size!

To me, it felt like an exaggerated pap-smear. Or really bad poop cramps! They had to open it up down there and swab around and then he inserted the catheter and moved it to the right area (the nurse is doing an abdominal ultrasound so he can see what he is doing). I couldn't look at the screen at this point because it was hurting and I wanted to keep my mind off things, so I talked to my husband about movies.  After about 3 minutes Dr. K. said it was time for the real thing! The embryologist passed him the "loaded" catheter (with the little embies), he inserted it and showed us where it was on the screen. He said we would see a flash of light and that would be the embryos being transferred! One, two, three! There they were! Dig in babies, dig in! :D

I had to lay there for about 20 minutes, letting things chill out. When I got up, they put me in the wheelchair to bring me to the car. Our nurse is the nicest person. She was the one who was with my husband during his procedure she really remembered us and made us feel really comfortable.

The drive home was really fun! My hubby and I were feeling so elated about this transfer. This is the closest we have ever been to being pregnant!!! I really think this is going to work :D

Over the next few days I lay around a lot, giving the babies a chance to nestle in. I can't really say I feel any different. I have had a tiny bit of cramping off and on but nothing major. No spotting. I did have a headache the second day which my mother, the research queen, said she read that that is a good sign! hahaha! All I can do now is wait! We have our blood test on the 30th of this month. Only 7 days away now!

My husband went a little nuts with the picture are a few for your enjoyment :)

Some of the tools they use.

My super comfy bed and booties!

It's really happening!

Hubby with his babies! <3

That tiny white spot in the middle is
where they are settling in.

The lucky stuffed sperm!

- Sausha

Friday, August 16, 2013

Last Doctor Appointment!

Yesterday was my last appointment before the transfer! Yay! Everything went smoothly, my estrogen levels are normal and my lining is 9.6mm, the doc said anything above 9 is perfect!

We had our date moved up, the transfer is now going to be Tuesday around noon! We are so excited. I couldn't fall asleep until after midnight :/

I started Progesterone last night. I have to take it nightly, with a shot to my hip. It's the biggest needle ever!!!

This shot is a bit more specific than the shots to the tummy. You have to pull the skin taught and once the needle is in, you need to draw back on the syringe to make sure that you didn't poke a blood vessel. Scary stuff! But, I made it through.  The nurse drew circles on my hips to make sure my hubby got it in the right spot. 

We have decided to go on a min "baby-moon" this weekend. Just a last final hurrah before getting pregnant. Tonight we will stay in Anaheim and then go to Disneyland on Saturday! Here comes the fun :)

- Sausha

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How Interesting...

I did a little Google search today. My boobs seem to be getting bigger (as if they need to, I am already a D!) and I couldn't figure out why. So I Googled the hormone Estradiol, which I have been taking for the last 2 weeks, and one of the side effects is breast enlargement! Who woulda thought??

It also said dizziness may be a side effect which has happened to me about 3 times so far. All these hormones I have been taking are nuts. But at least I'll have giant boobs and clear skin! hahaha!

- Sausha

Friday, August 9, 2013

My 234,254,301st Doctor Visit

I have a second home! I have been to this doctor's office so many times I could drive there with my eyes closed. I won't though, don't worry! :)

Yesterday marked the 2 weeks until our transfer! Time has been dragging by, it's so torturous.

I have been taking estrogen hormones for about a week now so I went in for a check up to make sure everything still looks okay. Dr. K said my lining looks perfect! Yay!

I was curious as to how our progress compares to other people, I asked the nurse what the average egg retrieval produced and she said we were above average, they usually see around 18 or so. She then said "what is exceptional though is how many fertilized! And what is really exceptional is how many froze." I couldn't have been more thrilled to hear that! But then she kept going on...what she meant by how many froze was really how many were healthy. She was quite impressed that with the genetic testing they discovered that all (that they tested) of my embryos were "normal", meaning no genetic diseases! I was even more thrilled!

The nurse told me a story about a woman who produced 18 eggs, 8 fertilized and only 1 was tested as normal. I feel so grateful to have such a wonderful turnout of my procedure.

I found this link that gives more info on the genetic testing. I am very excited about all of this! 

Next appointment is on the 15th. :)

- Sausha