12 weeks

(Posting this almost a week late because I completely forgot to finish it last week 🙃)

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 😜 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 😆 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)

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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 😆 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 😊

Food cravings? 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? seeing baby on a quick ultrasound yesterday at my OB appointment

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