I figured I would go ahead and post in here because I know several of you are probably waiting on these results (almost) as much as I am. I went to get my blood drawn this morning at 7:30 and told them I needed same day results. Of course that means I not only have to wait for them to do the labs, but then they have to send the results to San Diego, and then I have to wait for someone over there to find it in their heart to get in touch with me – oh and don’t forget that they are 2 hours behind us. So as I write this at 12:30 central time, they are probably only on their second cup of coffee over there.
The good news is, that I was able to go get my blood drawn at the clinic where the hubs works, so the lab people were nice enough to send over the results when they got them. Last I heard from them, they still didn’t have my progesterone levels so that may be why I haven’t heard from San Diego yet. But we did get the most important number, my HCG (the pregnancy hormone) number. Anything over a 5 is pregnant.
Am I driving you crazy yet? I know, I’m just making you wait longer, but I can’t help myself. Anyway, my HCG was 283! I am officially pregnant. Woohoo! To put it into perspective, my first HCG when I was pregnant with Anadine was 72. This feels like such a big number compared to that. According to what I can find on Google, the normal range for a singleton pregnancy at 4 weeks is between 5 and 426, so I am definitely in that range. Also every pregnancy is different, and this little guy hopefully is just nuzzled in there extra well.
And now for my confession…I’ve actually known for a couple of days. I’ve taken three tests, one a day for the last three days, and I have watched the line get darker and darker. I was shocked when I saw a pretty dark line 6 days past transfer. I was gearing myself for not seeing anything because I thought it would be too early, but low and behold it was there! I remember my first test with Anadine, which was 10 days past transfer, (although it was a three day transfer not five, so that makes a difference) looked negative unless I held it in the light just right. This one was a very definite positive.
We have just been beside ourselves. Of course now we wait and make sure the number doubles by Wednesday. As long as it doubles every 48-72 hours, we know the pregnancy is progressing normally.
So now some orders of business:
- If you know me in the real world, please don’t tell anyone who isn’t following this blog. There are several people who know we were doing IVF, but many people don’t and we don’t want to leak the secret until the end of the first trimester when we are more in the clear.
- I don’t want to stop blogging, as I know some of you will want pregnancy updates. But I also don’t want my success to be in the faces of people who may not be able to handle it when all they’re looking for is DE IVF support. So I am going to create a new page within this blog where you can go to get the pregnancy stuff. I’ll post here every once in a while with things that cross my mind pertaining to IVF or DE IVF, but I don’t want whatever I write about pregnancy or mommy-hood to be a trigger for those who are still in the trenches of trying to make that baby.
I will update on Wednesday with my hopefully doubling HCG numbers. If I can figure out how to create a blog within a blog by then, it will be over on that page.
Thanks for all of the prayers and support. I am cautiously optimistic at this point, so keep the prayers coming!