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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