10 week bumpdate!

Due Date December 15, 2016

How far along: 10 weeks and 1 day

Babies are the size of: strawberries, prunes or kumquats

Maternity clothes:  I have sported a few maternity shirts at work since mine are all snug. On the weekends though, it’s all maternity all the time.

Stretch marks:  no new ones

Symptoms: I am still tired and in bed by 8:30 and the gas has stuck around. I am constantly burping. Besides these, I can feel a bump now since the babies are out of my pelvis and up below my bellybutton. That being said, I can no longer suck in the stomach so I am calling it the baby belly now even though it is not ALL baby. J

Sleep: Sleep is not happening…I am up every 2 hours to pee,  and then I have to roll over constantly because my hips are so sore from the PIO injections. Not have restful nights here.

Belly button in or out:  In

Wedding rings on or off: Wedding rings are still on but my right hand infinity ring had to come off already.

Movement: After our ultrasound today I know they are dancing around in there! It will be awhile until I can feel it though…but I can’t wait!

Food cravings: carrots and dill dip, popsicles, tuna melts…interesting combination.

Anything make you sick or queasy: Nothing is really making me queasy and I have not thrown up at all thank goodness! I do have times where I just don’t feel hungry or I am starving, there is no middle ground. I do gag a ton if I talk too much, have too much saliva, post nasal drip from allergies or just breath the wrong way.

Miss anything: Being able to order anything at restaurants! It has turned into… “nope, can’t have that because it has this, that either…or that” I miss gorgonzola cheese, sushi, iced coffee and slightly pink steaks and burgers!

Labor signs: Not for a long while yet!

Mood: Great most of the time! I have my grumpy moments and I have very little patience by the afternoons at work.

Boy or girl: Don’t know but we are dying to find out! Not for another 8ish weeks! I wonder if my lack of intuition on this matter means that there are one of each in there.

Best moment of the week:  Today’s ultrasound visit. Even though our regular Dr. doesn’t have the technology that our RE had, it was so comforting to see them today! They are now too big to both fit on the screen together! We could see both hearts flickering away, though won’t be able to hear them for a few more weeks. They were also moving today! One was dancing around in there so much it was hard to get a good look. Even though the visit was disappointing in that we couldn’t see them as clearly as we have in the past and we didn’t get any new pictures, we are at 10 weeks and they are both going strong! Maybe I can relax a little now.

Looking forward to: Our 13 week appointment! My sister in law just had hers with the same Dr. and has an ultrasound picture where you can clearly see the profile! Looks like a baby instead of a gummy bear! Can’t wait to get our first glimpse of these two little faces!

Purchases for babies: Nothing yet, it is so hard for me to make purchases without knowing the genders! But I think we will have to start making choices on things like strollers, cribs and furniture. Any twin stroller suggestions are welcome!

Purchases for mom: 2 pair of maternity leggings, maternity jeans, jean shorts and 4 shirts to get me through the school year! I don’t know why regular clothes aren’t like this- so much more comfortable!!

 

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9 weeks

Due Date:  December 15, 2016

How far along: 9 weeks

Babies are the size of: grapes! About an each long each!

Maternity clothes: Not sure if I am bloated or a belly is starting to push out the belly I already have- That being said, I think I will go pick out a few pieces for work this weekend. Maybe some capris and leggings maybe even some short sleeve shirts that won’t be so form fitting.

Stretch marks: No new ones

Symptoms: Tired! There have been a few nights this week that it was tough to drive home because I was so exhausted. I promptly lay down on the couch and take a nap until bed. My stomach has been unsettled a few times, but if I graze throughout the day I seem to be fine. The gas is sticking with me and my hips are starting to hurt along with my breasts.

Sleep: I’m still up every 2 hours or so to pee. I am loving the pregnancy pillow I got because I am a stomach sleeper. It is helping me to stay on my side, even though I would prefer my right side to my left…sigh.

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off: On but watching them closely. I want to make sure I take them off before they get stuck on there.

Movement: Not yet, just the occasional cramps.

Food cravings: ice cream with cherry pie filling, carrots with dip and a chicken sandwich with guacamole and cheese…it’s been an interesting week of cravings.

Anything make you sick or queasy: The smell of cut grass really bothered me at work the other day. It smelled like  fish to me after they mowed right outside our classroom window…my kids thought I was nuts.

Miss anything: Sushi, iced coffee and meat cooked medium instead of well done.

Labor signs: Hopefully not for another 7 months

Mood: I’m more impatient at work, especially at the end of the day. I also yelled at Hubby last weekend for mentioning weight. Other than those few occurrences, I am happy most of the time! I will admit to having a few Holy Crap how will we handle 2 babies moments, but they pass quickly!

Boy or girl: I am starting to think one of each but no real instincts on the matter.

Best moment of the week: Getting my first Mother’s Day cards and gifts last weekend! Hubby got me a tripod for my camera to take tons of baby pictures and my mom got me a card and necklace.

Looking forward to: Going baby browsing this weekend, which will include a bit of maternity shopping for me! Oh and our 10 week ultrasound next Friday with our regular Doctor! I can’t wait to see my little C babies again!!

Purchases for babies: Nothing yet, but that may change this weekend.

Purchases for mom: Nothing yet

On a side note, we got the okay to stop the estrogen patches after our 8 week visit. I asked the nurse if she was sure. Duh, of course she wouldn’t tell me if it wasn’t okay! But still, I was hesitant to stop any medication that was helping my little ones. She said that it was okay to drop down to one and wean myself off…so a week later and I am still on one. Anyone else have this anxiety when they told you to stop a medication? I know it is probably fine, since my levels were high enough to show that my body was taking over but still. I can’t stop! I am sure I will have the same fear on June 3rd when I am due to stop the PIO shots! Who knew I would rather keep torturing myself with hormones and needles!

 

8 week update

Due Date: December 15, 2016

How far along: 8 weeks

Babies are the size of: raspberries

Maternity clothes: Not yet- but some work pants are getting a little snug.

Stretch marks: No new ones

Symptoms: Not too much, which I am thankful for. I get tired easily and just want to lay down when I get home. Constipation was an issue this week as was frequent urination.  Today was the worst nausea to date but I haven’t thrown up…yet!

Sleep: Crappy. Waking up every 2 hours or so to pee!

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off: On

Movement: Not yet

Food cravings: I had to stop on the way home this week to get the fixings for root beer floats! Hubby went grocery shopping and I made a PB and Fluff…Haven’t had one of those since I was a kid. My past cravings of sour and carbs have calmed down some.

Anything make you sick or queasy: Scrambled eggs and omelets…yuck. I can do fried eggs though as long as it is in a bagel.

Miss anything: I miss my morning iced coffee! I made Hubby get one even though he didn’t want it just so that I could have a few sips. Also…Sushi! It’s going to be a long 7 months without our sushi date nights.

Labor signs: No, and not expecting them for a long time.

Mood: Tired and impatient. I don’t have the patience with my kids at work, which could be due to how tired I am. I also worry…a lot. Trying to get that under control and consciously enjoy finally being pregnant!

Boys or girls: Won’t know for some time yet. I wish I had a feeling about what they are, but it isn’t coming to me.

Best moment of the week: Seeing our two little raspberries on ultrasound today! They have grown so much in the past 2 weeks! We could clearly see 2 heads, spines, brains and sets of arm and leg buds! Seeing them made this Mama feel much better!

Looking forward to: Our next ultrasound in 2 weeks! We have graduated from our specialist and are moving to our OBGYNs care. Since we are high risk, most ultrasounds will be done at the hospital on the high tech machines…and will be done more often!

Purchases for babies: Nothing yet, but I may start now since I am feeling more confident about this pregnancy.

Purchases for mom: Nothing yet. I do see some maternity leggings and summer tops in my future though!

 

Ultrasound Day

We hit the 6 week mark today! Over the past 2 days, I have been slightly queasy when my stomach is empty, have lots of gas…burping and other (sorry hubby) and tend to get tired by the middle of the day. Something new happened yesterday…I sneezed. Yep, thanks to this beautiful weather and the pollen, I sneezed twice. And it hurt! I had a stabbing pain on the right the first time, then on the left the second. I was sure I hurt whatever baby may be in there until I googled it and read that sneezing pain is usually due to round ligament pain. Okay, crisis averted.

That brings us to today. Our ultrasound was scheduled at 9:15. I was awake at 6 just waiting and overthinking everything. My symptoms come and go and overall, I feel okay. Maybe there was a baby and isn’t now. Maybe there is only one. I was terrified that we would go in and get bad news. I woke hubby up and started to make his eggs. We get fresh eggs from his mom, which are so much better than the store bought kind! I cracked the third egg and there was what I assume was blood…in the egg. I almost threw up right then. I have never seen that before! On the morning of our ultrasound it just freaked me out. So he ate Cheerios for breakfast and we were on our way.

I was stripped from the waist down and we waited for a good 15 minutes for our sonographer to come in. I told her about the sneezing pain, which she confirms is no big deal and then I tell her how nervous I am that there is nothing in there! She said that is normal for an IVFer to say and then I got reacquainted with Wanda…

Well, there was not nothing!

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She asked us what we would say if she told us there were two!! Well, what I said was “shut up”! There are 2 in there!!!!! TWO as in twins! And then I bawled. After I controlled my tears we got to see the screen and I could immediately see one flickering heartbeat, then the other. 2 heartbeats!

2 babies, measuring exactly 6 weeks

Baby A had a heartrate of 113

Baby B had a heartrate of 110

Due date: December 15

I wish we had a video of the hearts beating, I think I would watch it all night.

Of course the Dr. talked about vanishing twin, and to not tell the world yet. But when I asked her if chances were good for both of them now that we have seen the hearts beating, she said yes. She just had to give us the talk about risks, but with 2 separate placentas and 2 beating hearts, things look good.

We will go back in 2 weeks to see our little Cs again! I can’t wait!

Twins on board until proven otherwise!

It’s a pretty amazing day when you wake up just you and go to sleep with 2 more little beings to keep safe and sound. We have said something today that we have never said before…babies! I am officially pregnant until proven otherwise with two!

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Hubby was working last night so I was sleeping alone on a very windy night. Whether it was the howling of the wind or the anticipation of our third transfer in the morning, I didn’t sleep well. I was up at 3:30 then again by 6 when I waited for Hubby to come home. Being the great guy that he is, he took 2 hours of family sick time to come home early. Because we never know what time we will need to be in the IVF unit, it just takes the stress of worrying if he will be home in time if he leaves work at 6AM instead of 8. We enjoyed some quality lounge and snuggle in bed time before 8:00 hit which was a very relaxing way to start the day. 8:00 hit and I started watching my phone, which I was told would ring within the next 30 minutes to tell us two things, whether or not our blastocysts thawed and what time to get there.

The more time that passed, the more anxious I got. All of the what if’s ran through my head…

what if they didn’t thaw and they were thawing our last remaining frostie?

What if nothing thawed properly and they are waiting to tell me until they make other “happy “calls?

What if they didn’t get my paperwork from site A to site B and they forgot me?

At 8:30 I got up because I just couldn’t take it anymore and made hubby an omelet to distract myself from the what ifs. They should really know that women waiting for their transfer time should not be made to wait past the given timeframe…it’s not nice. Thankfully, my phone rand 15 minutes later at 8:45- our two had thawed perfectly and we were to be there with a semi full bladder by 11 for our 11:20 transfer!  I was able to drive us there while hubby caught some sleep, checked in and was settled into my mini room by 10:50.

Right around 11:20, we were being rolled into the OR for the 4th time on this journey. My first FET was very uncomfortable and I was hoping that, with the different doctor doing the transfer that things would go a bit smoother, and it did. I have s curved entrance to my uterus, which makes it a bit tricky to successfully pass the catheter to its final destination, but they managed with minimal discomfort to me. We were given our 2 pictures, which were taken before our Little Cs were fully thawed, so they don’t look like our previous pictures, but they are beautiful just the same! They brought both of our sweethearts in together an inserted them at the same time. I couldn’t see the screen, but I watched Hubby watching the screen intently while holding my hand which was just as amazing a view. He continues to amaze me every step of this journey and I can’t wait to see him as a Daddy. Finally, they found the perfect place to settle them into my uterus and then, with a flash, I had my two back where I pray they stay for the next 9 months. Everyone in the room seemed very optimistic that this one will work!

We waited the 20 minutes with me laying flat before I finally got to use the bathroom, then we were sprung! Hubby navigated the city to get us home, where he promptly chopped up my pineapple and went to bed. I snuggled up on the couch with our cat Stella and after eating a much anticipated grilled cheese, also promptly passed out for a good 2 hour nap. And here we are, post nap, still PUPO with twins and about ready to put in for a substitute for tomorrow. Life is good! We will order our mandatory transfer day pizza tonight and I will take one more day off relaxing and letting our babes hatch and begin implanting will make me feel better before returning to the stress of my 22 other kids. I am hoping that I start to feel signs of life with the stretching that I felt with our fresh transfer before our Beta on April 7! We appreciate all prayers that our 2 stay with us, we have names ready for whatever combination God has given us with these 2 and are so ready to be their parents.  I will enjoy this 2 week wait knowing that, until proven otherwise, I am pregnant with 2!!!