14 Weeks 2 Days

We’ve been on vacation for the last 2 weeks so I’m a bit behind, but didn’t want to wait another 5 days since I already skipped 13 weeks.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 14+2 (yay for second trimester!! Can’t believe we’re there already!)

How big is baby: Size of a nectarine, about 3.5in

Symptoms: Still having on and off nausea. Sometimes it’s really strong and other times I feel great. I still have round ligament pain. I’m tired a lot, but can rally pretty well if we have something going on. The belly is definitely growing. I have more sinus drainage the last few weeks as well. I always forget that’s a pregnancy symptom/

Sleep: It hasn’t been too bad. There were some days on vacation when I couldn’t sleep past 7 or so and those days I was utterly exhausted. The last week has been good though. I fall asleep pretty easy and go right back to sleep when I wake up at night. I’m very excited to sleep in my own bed tonight though. I also just ordered my pregnancy pillow and I can’t wait to try it when it comes in a few days. 

Food cravings?  I have no had very many cravings. There are things that sound good, but I really haven’t had any strong cravings (maybe for the first time in a pregnancy, I don’t remember not having cravings before)

Food Aversions? not really, sometimes nothing sounds good, but no real aversions

Anything making you queasy or sick? eating breakfast…it seems like no matter what I eat or how much I pretty much always get really nauseous and tired after breakfast. It’s only with breakfast, other meals I typically feel fine after, unless I eat too much.

Best moment of the week? Spending the last days of our vacation at the coast where it was sunny and cool. We came from a lake where it was mid to upper 90s pretty much the whole time. While it was so much fun, the heat was rough

Next appointment:ย 8/9 is my next OB appointment (although itโ€™s with a midwife at the practice not my regular OB)

Baby bump ๐Ÿ’™

12 weeks

(Posting this almost a week late because I completely forgot to finish it last week ๐Ÿ™ƒ)

Buckle up this is a longer post because it’s been a busy week!

My records finally made it over to the OB’s office. The nurse was able to consult with the geneticist at the high risk OB (MFM) about what, if any, first trimester blood test would be recommended. The geneticist ended up not recommending any blood test as the embryo has already been tested and there isn’t a blood test that tests abnormalities for the specific chromosome that was affected. She recommended an amniocenteses after 16 weeks. I got the impression that she doesn’t have a lot, if any, experience with mosaic embryos. It’s not her area of expertise and she seemed to treat the situation like we transferred an abnormal embryo. I doubt she is up to date on any new research regarding mosaics, especially low level segmental ones which is what this little one was. I didn’t think ahead of time about the fact that once we were released from the fertility clinic nobody would have any idea about mosaic embryos. I did a lot of research about them once we got the okay to transfer. I joined a Facebook group that has been an invaluable source of information and they are great about finding and sharing research papers. I forgot that nobody else we would be encountering past the fertility clinic would have any reason to do the same research or know more than the very basics about mosaic embryos. The sweet nurse who was doing all the footwork between the OB and MFM office told me she learned a lot just in the last couple days. I got the feeling that my OB was also treating this (at least in her head) as more an abnormal embryo than a true low level mosaic, but she was going to leave the recommendations in the hands of someone with more experience. The catch is that the person with “more experience” also doesn’t have experience with mosaics ๐Ÿ˜œ We’ll get it all figured out. IFs and I are going to video chat when I get back in town. I’m not worried about this baby. The research and studies are all in our favor that he will be just fine.

Did you catch that? “He” we found out this week that IFs are expecting a little BOY!! I’m so so excited for them! The embryo report listed the sex chromosomes. Before my first OB appointment I asked the dads if they wanted me to ask if baby was a boy or girl because we knew it would be on the report and they said “yes please!” Unfortunately, at that appointment they didn’t have the report yet. However, when the nurse called me with a couple questions about the report I asked her and she was able to tell me. It was so hard to wait to tell IFs that they’re having a boy, but I wanted to make a better announcement than just a quick message. I also wanted to make sure that they were together when they found out. So after I got home from work and was able to put together a quick little announcement picture I asked when they would be together because I had a picture to send them, but they should see it together. They let me know it would be the next afternoon (my time) so I had to wait…not so patiently ๐Ÿ˜† The next afternoon I got a message that they were together. I explained that when the nurse called I had asked her the sex of the baby and asked if they still wanted to know what they’re having. They said yes (of course) and I shared the picture with them

Of course they were excited! I’m excited to carry another boy after a run of 3 girls. I have had a feeling that this baby was a boy since before we even transferred him. I don’t know why, but it was a strong feeling. I’ve been calling him “buddy or bud” since transfer not on purpose, it’s just what felt right. When I decided that this was going to be the last pregnancy I was hoping it would be a boy because it just felt like a fitting end to this part of my life. Start with a boy, end with a boy….the perfect bookends. It’s also fun to know for sure after feeling so strongly about it and to not have to refer to him as “it” I’ve always found that weird to say.

This morning we had an ultrasound. It’s called a nuchal translucency screening. Everything looked great! Measurements were all normal. He was measuring 3 days ahead and was moving around like crazy. He made the ultrasound tech work for her measurements. It was great to see how much he’s grown. Now it maybe another 8ish weeks before we have another ultrasound…that seems like so long!

Weekly Update:

How far along: 12 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a lime, about 2.1in

IVF meds: All done!!

Symptoms: The only thing consistent about my symptoms is their inconsistency. After breakfast, especially on the weekends I usually feel awful for an hour or two. After that I go back and forth all day between being totally fine and feeling nauseous. I don’t want to jinx it, but I seem to be having more energy the last couple weeks. Even on the days I had to work in the office all day I didn’t come home and immediately crash. I was able to hang out with the family and do a couple things (even make dinner!) before I went and laid down, that’s a definite improvement over last week. I have round ligament pain most days, but that’s been going on since I started progesterone injections in May so not knew.

Sleep: Not great as of late. I wake up early in the morning and have a hard time falling back asleep. More and more of sleep seems to be cat naps throughout the night. I’m still planning on getting myself a pregnancy pillow when we get back from vacation. I already warned the hubs that I will be taking up more of the bed when I get it 

Food cravings?  Peach cobbler w/ vanilla ice cream, but really nothing else I can think of

Food Aversions? not really, sometimes nothing sounds good, but no real aversions

Anything making you queasy or sick? eating breakfast, being bloated

Best moment of the week? seeing baby this morning and finding out he’s a boy!

Next appointment: 8/9 is my next OB appointment (although it’s with a midwife at the practice not my regular OB)

11 Weeks

Yesterday was my first OB appointment. She was a little funny when she came in. She made a comment about how when she saw i was coming in pregnant again she thought “oh no that poor body.” I think she quickly realized that probably wasn’t a great comment and followed up with how amazing it is that I do this and that it’s gone well for me and such. I didn’t really care, I just thought it was funny.

She did a quick ultrasound and baby looked great. Measuring 11w1d (2 days ahead) with a heart rate of 180. I don’t think she’s used to seeing patients for the first time at 11 weeks because when she first started the ultrasound she said “this baby looks huge!” Well yeah, I’m not 8 weeks ๐Ÿ˜† After she measured it she was more like “oh, yeah, that’s the right size.”

Unfortunately, the fertility clinic didn’t get my records over there in time for her to have a chance to look them over. I explained that the embryo was a low level mosaic, but that we couldn’t remember what chromosome was affected. We had planned on doing the same testing we did last time…of course they no longer do that testing (I am always amazed how much things change between pregnancies even when they aren’t very far apart). She was in agreement with doing the 12 week ultrasound at the IFs request. Before she recommends any genetic testing she wants to see the embryo’s pre genetic testing results and consult with a high risk OB to see what test would be best. I spent a lot of the day today going back and forth with the fertility clinic and OB office trying to find out of they received that part of the notes. I know they have my records, but have not heard yet if they have the embryo information. Hopefully they will let me know tomorrow if they have it.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 11 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a fig, about 1.6in

IVF meds: Tomorrow is my last day of meds! I will take my last delestrogen injection, last low dose aspirin, and last progesterone capsule. I’m very excited to be done. I’m hoping that being completely off meds will help with all the bloating. That’s actually been the hardest symptom and makes my nausea so much worse.

Symptoms: Sometimes I feel great and other times I’m super nauseous and bloated. After eating I usually feel pretty nauseous for an hour or so after. On the days I work in the office I’m wiped out by the time I get home. The other days I’m not quite as tired, but I definitely don’t have any trouble falling asleep at night.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty good. I’m thinking about getting one of those “U” shaped pregnancy pillows when we get back from vacation so that I don’t have to drag the extra pillow I use under my stomach and between my knees with me every time I roll over. I’ve never had one before, but seeing as how this is almost certainly my last pregnancy I’m thinking of treating myself a bit ๐Ÿ˜Š

Food cravings?ย Fruity candy, French toast, frozen toaster waffles, peach cobbler w/ vanilla ice cream, salad

Food Aversions? not really, sometimes nothing sounds good, but no real aversions

Anything making you queasy or sick? the bloat I get after eating makes me pretty nauseous

Best moment of the week?ย seeing baby on a quick ultrasound yesterday at my OB appointment

Next appointment:ย I have the 12 week nuchal translucency ultrasound on 7/21, then my next OB appt is on 8/9

10 Weeks & Ultrasound Results

Yesterday we had an ultrasound and baby looked great! It (I can’t wait until we know if it’s a he or a she so I can stop saying “it”) was moving and stretching. Baby was measuring 2 days ahead and had a heart rate of 173.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 10 weeks (I can’t believe we’re in double digits already. 10 weeks seems so much further along than 9 weeks)

How big is baby: Size of a green olive, about 1.25in

IVF meds: Yesterday afternoon our clinic coordinator sent me a message with my final medication instructions. I am officially done with the daily progesterone injections, yay!! I continue the progesterone capsules PV twice a day until the 11th, then it goes down to once a day with the last one on the 15th. I drop my delestrogen down to .2ml tomorrow. Then next week it goes to .15ml on Monday and the last one is on Friday the 15th. I continue the low dose aspirin through the 15th. So after the 15th I will be off all meds and just taking prenatals!

Symptoms: I’m still on the symptom roller coaster. This last weekend we were camping and I felt pretty good most days. I think Tuesday the lack of sleep (going to bed late and waking up early) caught up to me and I felt pretty rough. After we got home and I closed my eyes for a minute I felt a little better. I’m really ready to be done with the progesterone so I can stop being so bloated all the time. I’m still tired a lot of the time, but being on vacation and not having work or house chores helped.

Sleep: I didn’t sleep all that great while we were camping, but I was able to take a nap or two. Since we’ve been home I’ve slept better, but now I have to wake up to work. Tomorrow is sleep in day though!

Food cravings? Chocolate, fruity candy, chips and guacamole, peanut butter toast, bagels and cream cheese, orange juice

Food Aversions? Sometimes I’m hungry and nothing sounds good which is annoying, but not really any aversions

Anything making you queasy or sick? the bloat I get after eating makes me nauseous, other than that the nausea is pretty random

Best moment of the week? seeing baby moving around on the ultrasound and spending the weekend camping with family

Next appointment:ย My first OB appointment is on July 13th

9 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 9 weeks

How big is baby: Size of a cherry, about .9in

IVF meds: .5mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .25mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: I’m on a symptom roller coaster. Sometimes I feel great, other times I’m super nauseous. Sometimes I have the energy for chores other times all I want to do it lay in bed. There’s been no pattern, rhyme or reason. I’ve noticed that after I eat I usually feel awful for 60-90 minutes. I’ll get nauseous and bloated. Once that dissipates I’ll have an hour or so that I feel pretty good until I get hungry again. Yesterday was a hard day. I felt awful pretty much all day until like 8pm. It was the roughest day I’ve had so far. I’ve been making sure to keep my water intake up and I do think that helps immensely. Overall this is the best I’ve felt at this point. I have just enough symptoms to remind me that I’m pregnant, but it’s not usually so bad that I can’t go about life.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping mostly good. There are some mornings where I wake up very early (or get woken up) and can’t go back to sleep until it’s almost time to get up. I definitely feel better when I get enough sleep

Food cravings? Fruity candy, dark chocolate, milk, BBQ chips

Food Aversions? Not too many this week. I have a strong aversion to the smell of cooking meat, but can eat it once it’s done.

Anything making you queasy or sick? having an empty stomach or having too full of a stomach

Best moment of the week? having the new park close to our house open up

Next appointment: I had my intake call with the medical assistant yesterday. It was just to review my health history and give me the dos and don’ts run down. We have an ultrasound on the 6th, if everything looks good my first official OB appt is July 13th,.

8 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 8 weeks

How big is baby: Size of a raspberry or wild strawberry, about .6in

IVF meds: .5mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .25mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: I’m definitely feeling all the 1st trimester fun symptoms….nausea, bloating, exhaustion, round ligament pain. I have good and bad days with the nausea. The bad days are just constant nausea from the time I get up until I go to bed. On the good days it comes and goes. I can be completely fine one minute and super nauseous the next. I’m finding it to be a real mental battle this pregnancy to feel nauseous so much. I think the mom/wife guilt of it being summer, but not feeling up to do anything is making it feel harder than it is. If I think back to previous pregnancies, I’m actually feeling relatively good at this point. Like I said, it’s a harder mental game this go around.

Sleep: I hadn’t been sleeping very well the last week or so. I was waking up in the middle of the night with a lot of nausea and gas pains. It was hard to get comfortable. Yesterday afternoon and before bed I finally thought to take some gas meds and it made a world of difference last night.

Food cravings? Fruity candy, pizza, veggies w/ ranch, cereal, granny smith apples w/ cheese cold foods. I was telling my husband last night that I don’t remember my mouth feeling so hot all the time with other pregnancies. All I want to do is eat cool/cold foods, but there’s only so many of those.

Food Aversions? Contrary to all my previous pregnancies I’ve had a strong aversion to carby things like crackers, chips, pretzels…those are usually the only things I can stomach at this point, but this time I can hardly thing about eating them. I mean it’s good because I don’t need them and should eat less of them anyway, it’s just been strange since in my previous 4 pregnancies they were all I could eat at this point

Anything making you queasy or sick? having an empty stomach or having too full of a stomach

Best moment of the week? Summer weather finally making a steady appearance!

Next appointment: I have an intake call with the medical assistant at my OB office on June 29th. Our next ultrasound is on July 6th

7 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 7 weeks

How big is baby: Size of a blueberry, about .5in

IVF meds: 1mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .3mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: The nausea has ramped up the last couple days which is a good sign, but not fun to deal with. I’m also tired on one the weekdays when I can’t sleep in. I’m happy tomorrow is the kids’ last day of school. I’ll still have work 4 days a week, but won’t have to wake up quite so early.

Sleep: On weekdays I’m exhausted even if I go to bed early. I sleep okay most nights. I’ve been waking up around 3-4 with nausea. I’ve been able to go back to sleep within an hour or so.

Food cravings? I’ve had more cravings this week. Strawberries w/ pound cake (which my husband was kind enough to go get one night for me), pizza, bagel w/ peanut butter, salad

Doesn’t that look amazing?? It was

Aversions: I’m adding this one in here because I’ve had some strong ones. Meat…I had to step away from cooking the meat for dinner last night and let the hubs finish it. Pizza…yes it was a craving, then I had some yesterday and can’t even think about eating the last slice.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Eating too much or having an empty stomach. I have to stay on top of my snacking, but it’s hard when nothing sounds good

Best moment of the week? Seeing the heartbeat and having baby measure right on track at the ultrasound

Next appointment: not sure yet. The imaging clinic didn’t send the report to the fertility clinic so we’re waiting for that to happen then we’ll know. I should have another ultrasound around the 1st of July

Ultrasound Results

The morning of the ultrasound finally arrived! I swear the wait between the 2nd beta-hCG results and the first ultrasound has been the longest 2+ weeks ever. I was surprised that I actually got some sleep last night. I was more nervous for this ultrasound than any of my other ones over all my pregnancies, it was a combination of this being a mosaic embryo and it being their last one.

I had some pretty good nausea in the middle of the night and woke up with some as well. Luckily it seems to get better when I get up and drink my protein shake. My stomach still wasn’t happy, but it was more manageable. I got the kids ready for school and after I dropped them off I went to the lab to get blood work done.

After that I killed some time until my ultrasound appointment. I got all checked in and was brought back to a second waiting area. They were running a little late so I sat there longer than I liked with my nerves!

She finally called me back. It was a tech I had had before and she’s awesome so I was glad to see her. She started with an abdominal ultrasound, but let me know because of how early I am she may need to do a vaginal one as well. She put the transducer on and we pretty much immediately saw a gestational sac. Now, for whatever reason I’ve been worrying about discovering a blighted ovum at this ultrasound. A blighted ovum is when there’s a gestational sac that develops, but there’s no baby in it. I don’t know why I was so worried about this particular situation.

Pretty quickly after seeing the gestational sac I caught a glimpse of a blob inside. That was enough to let me know it wasn’t a blighted ovum. Now to see that beautiful little flicker of a heartbeat. She zoomed in and at the same time we said “I think there’s a little flicker.” Sure enough there was a tiny little heartbeat. She did some other measurements then measured the baby who was measuring 6w5d and I’m 6w6d so right on track! Then she measured the heartbeat. They don’t listen to it until the second trimester, but they measure the rate. Today it was measuring 142 which is perfect.

Then she said she was going to do the vaginal ultrasound as well to get a better image to measure. During that one baby continued to measure 6w5d and heartrate was 141 so nice and consistent. She printed out a picture of the little bean to share with the IFs.

More blob than baby ๐Ÿ˜Š

I was so relieved after seeing the baby and the heartbeat. It was so nice to know that all these symptoms are because of a healthy baby growing away. It makes them easier to deal with when you know it’s for a good reason.

My next one should be around the 1st of July…which would be kind of funny because it would be my daughter’s birthday and today’s ultrasound happened to fall on my son’s birthday. I’m sure we’ll hear from the clinic this afternoon with next steps.

6 Weeks

Weekly Update:

How far along: 6 weeks

How big is baby: Size of pomegranate seed .25-.5 inches

IVF meds: 1mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .3mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: Still exhausted pretty much always. I came down with cold a day and a half ago and that has been cutting into my sleep. Yesterday I came home and took an hour nap, come 9pm I was struggling to keep my eyes open. I’m hungry most of the time, but have developed some food aversions. Maybe not so much aversions as nothing sounds good even if I’m starving. Yesterday I had some nausea the first half of the day, I think at least in part because I didn’t sleep well the night before. I remember that from my previous pregnancies, that if I don’t get enough sleep the night before I am more nauseous in the morning. I’m trying to go to bed earlier to help with this, but with the cold sleep isn’t great. I also remember that if I don’t drink enough water that also made me more nauseous. I bought a gallon size water bottle and am trying to drink one a day….it makes for many bathroom trips though!

Sleep: It was really good until the last couple nights with the sore throat and congestion.

Food cravings? Sour and fruity candy, cottage cheese w/ pineapple, chips and salsa

Anything making you queasy or sick? my stomach getting too empty. This means I have 2 breakfasts to start the day ๐Ÿ˜œ I usually start with a protein shake while I’m getting the kids’ lunches made and them ready for school. Then I have something with some more substance a little while after. I’m trying to make sure I always have snacks available, preferably some type of protein (nuts, beef jerky, cheese). I know I can’t stop the nausea completely, but I’m trying to get ahead of it so maybe it’s not so awful while we’re trying to enjoy summer break

Best moment of the week? Getting to go to my kids’ field day yesterday. They had a blast with all their classmates and liked having me there to watch them play.

Next appointment: ultrasound and blood test on 6/15 (which is my son’s 9th birthday so hopefully that’s good luck!)

5 Weeks

Today I am 5 weeks pregnant! It feels strange to not have a 3rd beta or anymore appointments until the first ultrasound. We just have to hope that things are progressing like they should and keep our fingers crossed. I was debating whether to start weekly updates now or after the first ultrasound since there is a higher chance of this pregnancy not being viable. I went back and looked at when I started them with the other GC pregnancies. With both of them I started at 5 weeks. I decided that this little one deserves the benefit of the doubt just like the other surro babes I’ve carried. If it doesn’t work out then that’s how it turns out, but today I’m 5 weeks and I’m choosing to be optimistic.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 5 weeks

How big is baby: Peppercorn

IVF meds: 1mL Progesterone daily, 1 progesterone tab PV twice a day, baby aspirin daily, .3mL Delestrogen Mondays and Fridays.

Symptoms: I’m tired pretty much all the time. That doesn’t keep me from staying up way too late though. I’ve been hungry too. I could almost always be eating if I let myself. I wake up very hungry, but after a glass of water it goes away for a bit and I usually eat around 9:30am. Starting last weekend I was already having nausea in the morning which was really surprising as it usually takes longer to show up. After getting my estrogen and progesterone results on Tuesday and looking back at what my levels were with previous GC pregnancies, I figured out that my progesterone and estrogen levels are much higher this time which would cause the earlier symptoms. I started taking my vitamin B complex again and it has significantly helped with the morning nausea.

Sleep: I wish I could take naps everyday, but unfortunately we’re just too busy. I’m really looking forward to sleeping in this weekend.

Food cravings?ย No strong ones yet. With being hungry all the time most things sound good at any given time. I know that won’t last so I’m enjoying still liking food for the time being

Anything making you queasy or sick? not really since I started taking my vitamin B again. It took about 2 days for it to help, but I’m so thankful it did.

Happy or moody? mostly happy, just tired

Best moment of the week? Getting a good 2nd beta number

Next appointment:ย ultrasound and blood test on 6/15 (which is my son’s 9th birthday so hopefully that’s good luck!)