6 week ultrasound · estrogen · ivf · progesterone · ultrasound

I know, I know, it’s been forever!

Okay so first, my sincere apologies to all of my blog-followers! I know I have been the worst blogger ever! I have been living without Internet for the past month and therefore have been unable to post. I have been hounded by several of my friends and I have been made aware of how worried my absence has made some of you. Rest assured- everything is fine!

So- there is a lot to update you all on. The last time I posted was just after our first ultrasound at 6 weeks. At that time I tried to post a picture, but for some reason my connection wouldn’t let me at the time. So here’s the picture from that first ultrasound…

That’s our little butter bean and the yolk sack!

Since then, I have continued to get blood work every week to check my estrogen and progesterone levels and they have continued to look good. We had another ultrasound at 8 weeks 4 days and this is what we saw…

The heart rate was 165 and the baby looked perfect! Sorry the picture is so dark, but you get the idea!

I have had pretty bad morning sickness, although it is starting to subside. It is definitely worse at night. It was really bad from weeks 6-8. I felt nauseous ALL THE TIME! But now I generally feel good all day and then around 6:00 I start to feel pretty sick, throw up, and then feel somewhat better. It’s all okay though- it’s wonderful reassurance that our little baby is still there!

My face still looks terrible. No amount of washing makes it any better…I sure hope that pregnancy glow that I keep hearing about shows up soon because right now I feel like I look pretty much like death!

They have started to wean me off of my meds. I am down to one progesterone suppository a day and only one estrogen patch every other day. I am hoping that once I stop taking all these extra hormones I will start to feel a ton better, but we’ll see!

I think the hardest part of all of this is R is still in Baton Rouge trying to finish his thesis and I am in Jackson. It’s tough not having him here, especially since we’re not exactly sure when he will actually get here. He keeps having set backs on getting finished and that’s kind of stressing me out (I know, I know, I’ve already gotten the lectures on how stress isn’t good for baby). The biggest thing is trying to figure out our health insurance because we thought we would be able to get on his insurance with his new job on september 1, but if he doesn’t start on September 1, then we are out of luck! I think we have figured something out though and I’ll be able to go to one of the doctors I had in mind– long story, but a friend of mine arranged for me to see her doctor without insurance until we get something set up. It looks like I may have a solution before then anyway though- thanks to my fabulous dad who knows how to work the system! 🙂

Anyway, my first OB appointment (when I will be officially released as CCRM’s patient) is August 24! I would so love to have another ultrasound then, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I have come to realize that I have already been able to see my baby much more than the “normal” pregnant woman and for that I count myself lucky. I could stare at that little black and white picture for hours! Poor kid…who knows what I’ll be like when I can actually stare at his/her face!

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We saw…

One beautiful heartbeat! The baby is measuring right on track at 6wks 4 days and had a heartbeat of 120bpm. It was the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard. R was beside himself with excitement – which made me really happy to see. He kept saying “good job” to me which I thought was really funny. As if I just magically grew this baby with soil and water. Ha!

CCRM hasn’t called yet with all of my hormone levels but I will update as soon as I get them. This is all starting to feel more real now. I am still very nervous, but feel very grateful that we have made it this far.

The symptoms have started to kick in. I pretty much constantly feel nauseous – although I’ve only thrown up twice. The first time was because of a cheeseburger and now I can’t even think about looking at a cheeseburger – which really kind of breaks my heart because that’s one of my favorite foods. The other time was after trying to swallow my prenatal vitamin – my gag reflex just isn’t what it used to be! My face is still very broken out and I look hideous! And my boobs don’t even look like they belong to me anymore! I continue to have these crampy twinges which freak me out every time, but I keep hearing it’s normal so I’m trying to keep that in mind. It’s all pretty uncomfortable and annoying – but it is FABULOUS! It is all well worth it and I just hope and pray that it continues as long as it needs to for this to be a successful pregnancy!

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CCRM · egg retrieval · ivf · ultrasound

Ultrasound 5 – cycle day 14

My ultrasound this morning showed seven follies still growing strong! They all measured between 17 and 21mm. Julie called a while ago and told me to do 150iu of gonal f (half of my normal dose), my normal 20iu Lupron and my dexamethasone. Then I do my trigger shot tonight at 12:30 (set the alarm!) and I’ll have egg retrieval Friday morning at 11:30. I’m starting to get really excited and of course nervous! I go in tomorrow for blood work to make sure the hcg (trigger) got into my system and did its job – something my former RE never did and one of the things that Dr. surrey said could have been the problem. Please keep those prayers coming! Thanks!

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Ultrasound 4 – cycle day 13

I’m sorry it took me so long to post about yesterday’s ultrasound. The hubs got to Denver yesterday so most of the afternoon was spent hanging out with him.

The ultrasound yesterday still showed seven growing follicles. I had four that were at 15mm, one at 16mm, and two at 18mm. Julie (my nurse) said they want them to be at 20. My estrodiol level yesterday was 1,162 up from 875 on Sunday. It’s still not high, but at least it has made to the 1,000 mark! Julie said that the ultrasound today will tell us more when egg retrieval will be. I’ll other trigger tonight for an egg retrieval on Friday or I’ll trigger tomorrow for an egg retrieval on Saturday. Part of me hopes it’s on Friday to get it here and over with and also because then I won’t have to worry about changing flights. But another part wants it to be n Saturday to give these little follies a chance to catch up. Of course, I’ll do whatever the doctor thinks – he is the expert after all!

Something else exciting happened yesterday. When I was having my ultrasound, the tech told me that there was a high profile patient coming in that day and they were all kind of freaking out because she was bringing her camera crew with her and generally Dr. Schoolcraft doesn’t allow any cameras. I asked her if it was Guiliana Rancic because I watch her show about her struggles with IVF and the tech nodded her head. Of course the rest of my time at the clinic yesterday I was turning my head constantly to try to see her. I love her and would have loved to see her. I usually don’t get into celebrity sightings, but I somehow feel a connection to her. She is so open and real about her struggles with fertility and I give her huge props for being so open about it to the world. That has to be hard! Anyway, I never saw her but I can’t wait to see watch her next season and recognize ccrm!

My next appointment is at 11:00 today (mountain time). I think R will be working on his thesis all day today so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time to update the blog after the appointment!

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Ultrasound 3- cycle day 11

My ultrasound yesterday still showed about 7 follies mesuring between 9-15 mm. They said they were growing very slowly and may increase my meds. But then when the nurse called me yesterday afternoon she said to keep everything the same. Wtf? So I emailed my nurse and told her that I was worried they weren’t being aggressive enough. She responded (on a Sunday which was impressive) that I shouldn’t worry. I should think of it as crock pot cooking and that they’re just letting them take their time. So I feel a little better I guess. I’m definitely looking forward to my ultra sound tomorrow and R will be there so I’m happy about that. I am sad to see my brother, sister in law, and nephew leave today though! It’s going to be a much sadder place without that little guy’s smile!

In Colorado tourism news: we went to the Denver zoo on Saturday. I was a lot of fun…for everyone. Baby miles obviously had a good time, but it was a great chance for my aunt, uncle, brother, sister in law, and me to all spend time together outside of the hotel room. Yesterday my aunt and uncle left, so we drove over to boulder so my brother could see it, and then continued up to the rocky mountain national park. It was beautiful! We saw so much wildlife – rams and elk mostly. I took pictures but haven’t downloaded them yet so I will be sure to post them later. It was a gorgeous drive through the mountains. If we have time, I may take R there when he comes.

Next ultrasound is tomorrow. I’ll try to post about it as soon as I can.

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Ultrasound #2 – cycle day 9

My head is all full of numbers now, so I’m not sure if I’m going to get all the facts right. After my nurse calls today I can right everything down and actually get the sizes of all my follicles. The important thing is that the five follicles that were 10-12 mm on Wednesday have all grown and then a few of the smaller ones have caught up. So I have about 7 follicles that are over 10mm and they saw about 4 small follicles that probably won’t catch up but they are good support for the big ones. I am pleased with seven. I have never done this well before and now I just have to hope that they keep on growing at the right rate and that they all have good and healthy eggs inside. I’ll try to post again after the nurse calls to give exact numbers.

Yesterday we drove over to Boulder and had lunch. Then we went to Nederland, CO to hike an easy trail. We also went to their carousel that has the most magnificent story and it was gorgeous! I highly recommend driving over to see it if you’re in the area. It only costs $1 to ride and it truly is a beautiful thing to see. Plus, the tiny town of Nederland is really neat. There’s a great ice cream, garden, and book store (yes it’s all one store). Anyway, Boulder and Nederland are both worth the hour drive. It’s a great day trip!

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First ultrasound

I had my first ultrasound this morning and so far so good. I had three follicles on the left all measuring about 10mm and then two smaller ones at 8 and 9 mm. I had two follicles on the right measuring 10 and 12 mm. For me, this is pretty good. I think my nurse was expecting me to start crying but I told her that this is the best I’ve ver done. At this point in my last IVF cycle I had 8 follicles all under 10 mm. So to have five that are countable, I’m pretty pleased. I would love it if those smaller ones catch up and they all keep growing, but we’ll just have to see. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the call to see if I need to change my dosages at all. I go in for my IVF physical tomorrow and another ultrasound.

In the meantime, we’re going to go to the ikea that is right across the street from the hotel, and then drive over to Boulder for the day. It should be good times!

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