Dating scan…

So we were originally meant to have our dating scan done this week sometime (7 weeks) but when I rang up my fertility specialist last week to book in for this week they told me he couldn’t do it as he was leaving for holidays the very next day and wouldn’t be back until Oct 6th! I’d be 9 weeks by then. I was really bummed because I just really wanted to see our little baby and make sure everything was moving along nicely. Soooo we went ahead and booked in with him for Oct 6th. But….today I couldn’t take it anymore I needed to get my dating scan done! So I just went to our normal GP doctors clinic to see if they could get me a referral – and they did! So I got to see our beautiful little ‘sunbeam’ (Jason’s nickname for baby lol) this morning. It was AMAZING and it all went perfectly. Baby was measuring at exactly 7 weeks and 1 day – smack bang on track. And when I saw that little flicker of a heartbeat everything was at ease. It was perfection. Heart rate was 135 and going strong. The ultrasound technician did say that both of my ovaries were still a little swollen from the IVF medication but nothing to be concerned about. Looking forward to seeing how much baby has grown by the time we head in for our 9 week ultrasound with our fertility doctor. This will be our last appointment with him, then we are back to normal GP/midwife care. Our fertility clinic Monash IVF sent us our letter and pregnancy handbook last week, saying we have officially graduated from them, it’s so bittersweet. I’m going to miss the nurses – they were all so so lovely. Bring on the 7ish months – I’m ready for everything this pregnancy has in store for us!

 
 

   

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Beta #3 & Week 6: Bump-Date…

So went in for beta number 3 (yay last one!) last tuesday and it was a strong 24,200. So so happy everything is growing and rising like it should be. Time for Week 6: Bump Date!!!

How far along? 6 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: Gain, 0.5kg roughly.

Maternity clothes? Still loving maternity jeans but thats it so far.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Getting a good 9-10 hours a night and still feeling very fatigued during the day. ugh!
Best moment this week: Counting down to the ultrasound and ‘graduating’ from our fertility clinic. Bitter sweet.

Worst moment this week: Nausea!!!
Have you told family and friends: Waiting for the Facebook announcement until after we are in the 2nd trimester…if we can last that long.

Movement: Too early just yet.
Food cravings: Apples and Vegemite…not together lol
Have you started to show yet: I’m gonna say yes, so bloody bloated.
Leakage: Nope.
Gender prediction: I’m still thinking boy…

 Labor Signs: Way too early!

Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Yea happy and just sleepy haha
Milestones: Goodbye fertility clinic, we have graduated!


Beta #2: Results…

  
Beta #2 was this morning (18dp5dt) and just got the call back from my nurse. HCG is now at 5,180! (Yay for rising numbers!) They are looking for the numbers to double every 48-72 hours and mine more than doubled from my 1st beta so we are very happy with that. My progesterone is at 181 with is also great she said, I still need to be on my progesterone pessaries twice a day until I see my fertility doctor for our first ultrasound. (Only 2 weeks away!!!) So glad everything is moving in the right direction. Keep growing baby! 

Week 5: Bump Date…


Today I am 5 weeks pregnant! I still have a 2nd beta this thursday to go to as well as a 3rd the following week. I thought I would start documenting my pregnancy with this little ‘weekly pregnancy questionnaire‘ It is also my husbands and I’s 2nd wedding anniversary today, So to him I say: I LOVE YOU! Thanks for putting up with me for the past 2 years as your wife…I’m so lucky to have you as my husband, my soul mate, my best friend and the father to our babies xx

 

Ok enough of the sappy stuff and onto the questions…

How far along? 5 weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t actually checked yet…I’ll step on the scales and find out…maybe…Lol.

Maternity clothes? Yes, LOVING my maternity jeans- so comfortable. My regular jeans are snug already..
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Loving it! Finding myself so sleepy the last week or so.
Best moment this week: Getting our beta results and knowing for sure we were ‘knocked up’

Worst moment this week: Dizziness, headaches and fatigue!
Have you told family and friends: Yes- announced to close family and friends. Waiting for the Facebook announcement until after we are in the 2nd trimester…if we can last that long.

Movement: Too early just yet.
Food cravings: Pasta dishes…anything with PASTA! Give me the carbs!
Have you started to show yet: My little ‘mummy tummy’ pooch is turning into a little baby bump…or just BLOAT!
Leakage: Nope.
Gender prediction: Jason thinks girl…I think boy..but then I change my mind back and forth lol. I’ll be happy with either!

 Labor Signs: Way too early!

Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On..and loose as it is haha. Never did get around to resizing them.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Mmm I think mostly happy. Maybe a few ‘moody’ moments.
Milestones: GETTING PREGNANT! Thank you IVF nurses, doctors and scientists!!

 

 

Beta #1: results…

  
Went in this morning to get my Beta HCG blood levels done. It was then a loooong 4 hours until I got the phone call from my clinic with the news. My IVF nurse called just after lunchtime to let me know that….WE ARE OFFICIALLY PREGNANT!!! My beta (aka HCG levels) were 499, she said anything between 20-400 is what this stage of pregnancy normally is – so I’m well over the 400 mark! YAY!!! More bloods will be done at 5 weeks and then again at 6 weeks just to make sure levels keep rising. First ultrasound will be at 7 weeks! We are so so so happy and blessed! Feels so real now that it’s confirmed ! She also said i’m roughly 4 weeks and 2 days pregnant just like I worked out, my progesterone is at 120 and anything over 100 is good. Thanks for all the well wishes and support from you ladies, means the world to me!! 

I’m pregnant!?!

  
Tomorrow is my official beta test. I’m excited to see how my HCG levels are looking. I of course couldn’t help but take every single test I had in the house over the last 5 days (really bad POAS +pee on a stick+ addiction!) So first test I took on 3dp5dt was a huge negative, then 4dp5dt I could see the faintest little line…So here is my test progression picture. I did also used some blue dye tests (Clearblue and Crystal Clear) but they barely showed a line, yet I was getting very visible positives on these first response test, these are definitely my test of choice – and of course the most expensive…  

We also decided to do a Clearblue digital test on Saturday morning (7dp5dt) Jason had the honour of dipping it in my cup of pee haha…and I almost peed my pants when we came back to read the results. I just had a feeling my levels might have been too low to get a positive on the digital but there it was...I screamed and jumped with excitement. Still in awe of it all!  

   

We have only told mine and Jason’s family and very close friends, keeping it off Facebook etc until at least 12 weeks. I do share a lot about my journey on my Instagram account – but I only have a very small amount of people I know in real like on there, it’s more of a support place where I can talk and share with other mums and ladies undergoing fertility treatment. 

So because I’m crazy I did another digital yesterday afternoon and it went up to the 2-3 week reading – just proof that my HCG levels are still rising! I only have 1 more test left in the house, another Clearblue digital – but I’m saving that for a 3+ reading next week. No more peeing on sticks I promise!!! I think once the blood test comes back my urge to pee on sticks will subside haha. 

Thank you so very much for all of the well wishes and congrats – it has filled my heart with so much love and joy! I don’t know how I could have gotten through this crazy IVF journey without all of the support you wonderful ladies have shown me!!