Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A little bean!

There's a little bean in there with a beating heart. My doctor also did a pelvic exam and my cervix is "nice and closed". So, I don't know what the lack of symptoms is about, but I am going to remain positive. All is going as it should. The heartrate was 127 bmp, which I thought sounded a little low, but my doctor assured me it was totally fine at this stage. The baby measured right on target at 6w6d. And he is assuming that the cramping/pain I'm feeling is related to the huge cyst. Now it's at 57mm. I'm on pelvic rest to try to keep it from rupturing, and it should resolve on it's own by 20 weeks.

My next appointment isn't until January 18 due to our trip to Santa Fe next week. I have a long wait ahead of me!

When I sent the news via text to some friends, one wrote back, "Good things can happen to you, too, Tina, so enjoy it!" I know I tend to focus on the negative since it seems like I've had a "dark cloud" hanging over me the past few years. I am going to try to live each moment with this little bean positively. He or she deserves that, and so do my husband and son. They deserve a happy, positive wife and mother. Thanks everyone for the good thoughts and prayers!

Friday, December 25, 2009

The panic sets in...

I have "lost" any early pregnancy symptoms that I had. I also had some minor cramping on Christmas Day and the day after. I have an ultrasound tomorrow morning at 8:20 - they snuck me in because of the cramping. We'll see where we stand then. I haven't had any spotting, so I'm not losing all hope, but I know that's not a sure sign that things are ok. I am so envious of those who get a positive pregnancy test and can shout from the rooftops and "count on" a baby in the end. I know it doesn't always work that way, but I do wish I had a little more confidence and could enjoy this part of pregnancy. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow morning!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ultrasound Report...

I had my ultrasound yesterday morning, and things seem to be where they should be. The sac measured 5w5d (and I was 5w6dpIUI). The tech also saw a good yolk sac as well. I can't get in next week for my follow up to hopefully see a little beating heart because of holiday schedules at my RE's office. So I have to wait until Monday, January 4th. That seems so far away. If I make it that far, I should be close to 8 weeks at that point. I definitely feel like things are in limbo right now.

Symptom-wise, things are very mild. I have some food aversion at times, and occasionally sore breasts, but nothing major. I almost wish I was puking my guts out - it would be some reassurance! I didn't with Christopher, but I felt nauseated from 7 to 12 weeks or so.

So, that's the report. We're heading to see Jer's family right after Christmas. I probably won't have much to report until after the new year. Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Ultrasound Scheduled - eek!

Next Tuesday at 10:00 I will see what's going on in there. My last beta was 2193 (a doubling time of 31 hours). Hoping for a beating heart, but I will be 5w6d at that point (if I conceived/ovulated the day of the IUI). Still not having many symptoms except extreme insomnia early in the morning, but that could be stress related. We shall see...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


It's been quiet around here. I'm exhausted. In good news, my hcg levels continue to rise. Yesterday's beta (19dpIUI) was 485. Things are looking good at the moment. I'm thinking I will have an ultrasound Friday or early next week.

In bad news, Jer is getting a pay cut. Nice of the company to announce it the week before Christmas, huh? We will be ok - it's fairly small - about $175 per month. But he feels embarrassed (even though it's nothing he did), and I just worry that my staying at home is such a burden. It's something we both feel strongly about, and who is going to employ a teacher who is due in August just before school starts?? So we will cut back and try to look at the positives. Our little ones don't need "things" or extravagant trips - they just need our love and simple things in life, right? I sure hope so. And these years go by so fast - so before too long, I'll be able to get back to work if we need it then and things will be ok. It's just an emotional time. Good news clouded by bad...

But here's a smile that melts my heart!

Friday, December 11, 2009


I have my second beta today. The last 3 pregnancies have had dropping betas on the second draw, so that leaves me extremely nervous about today. I am hoping and praying with everything I've got that this little bean is here to stay and will be a screaming baby in a little less than a year.

I hope my RE's office doesn't take their sweet time calling me with the news either. I'll update when I have the numbers.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Beta #1 at 13dpo

hCG - 46
progesterone - 79

Next one is on Friday - so we'll know more then. The numbers are better than any of my losses, but still at the "just below average" range. Though I know the doubling time is what really matters. Now the worry really begins!


First of all, I want to thank everyone for the wonderful comments on my last post. I was pretty low. The weekend's services went well, but it was definitely emotional. Thanks again so much for all of your sweet words.

In other news, I got a positive test last night, and again this morning. I begged to have my beta moved to today, so my next one will be Thursday or Friday to see if things are increasing. I'm hoping this one sticks around! I know all too well that a positive test doesn't necessarily mean what it should, but I'm staying positive!

I'll edit when the nurse calls with my first numbers.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

10 dpIUI and a BFN

I won't test again until Monday night or Tuesday morning...I'm out of tests and heading out of town for my grandfather's funeral. I hope my hunch (that IUI #2 didn't work) is wrong and I get two lines next week. We'll see.

In other news - will find out sometime within the next two weeks if our health coverage remains the same, or changes to a plan that does not cover any fertility treatments. I was going through this thinking we had 6 medicated IUI cycles, but we may not. If that's the case, I'm thinking we will take a little break, then get try Clomid or Femara with a trigger and timed intercourse. Just leaving out the IUI since it's my ovaries that suck, and DH's swimmers seem to do ok (since I've been pregnant 5 times in the last 3 years - but only have one child.)

I hope they decide to give us one more year with the good coverage. I've been an emotional mess these last few days worrying that if I'm not pregnant now, I never will be again. I know we are blessed to have our healthy little boy, and I feel selfish whining about wanting more children when so many I know in this community just want one chance to be a mommy or a daddy, but I still have a physical longing to be pregnant again, and give my son a sibling. I just wish it was easy. Sorry to be a complainer, but that's my mood today...back to editing photos now.

One last thing, honestly, what are your thoughts on me posting a photo or two of my son here? I am hesitant to, since this is an IF blog - though secondary IF. It won't hurt my feelings at all...just wondering about opinions overall. Thanks in advance...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I'm a testaholic!!

So, I totally blew my plan to not test until Monday. Just want to "test out" my trigger. I got a second line this morning on my first "test-out" dollar store test.

I'm horrible at waiting! 8dpIUI - 4 days to go until I can feel like my results are reliable.

Cramping and the Client from Hell!

I had my progesterone draw yesterday, but probably won't hear from the RE with the results of that until Friday. I have been having some cramping and a lower backache for about a day an a half now. I hope my progesterone isn't low, which is causing the AF-like cramps. I started the suppositories last night, so I hope that helps.

This week I had my WORST EVER experience with a photography client. It was three sisters who wanted a large family photo and 3 individual family photo "mini sessions" (I'm doing those for Christmas cards). The session itself was a nightmare. I've never had adults scream at and spank their children at a photo shoot, but it happened numerous times at this one. One father was cussing at his 6 year old daughter...nice. After the session, things got worse. One sister didn't like her photos - she said she was squinting (I didn't know that wasn't her smile - she made the face in ALL of the photos). Then they just became rude. I offered everything I could to make things right again - a reshoot at no charge, going back through all unedited images, letting them look at minimally processed images to see if they liked any others...above and beyond what the "mini session" was supposed to be, which was a short shoot and 5 edited images on CD for Holiday cards, etc. (all for $35, since I'm building my portfolio). I think I am finally rid of them after a few tears to DH and my friends...I've actually never been treated so rudely - and I was working SO hard to make them happy. I guess you can't please everyone. I did make a couple of mistakes at the shoot, but it was such a chaotic situation, and so I think for what they paid, it was reasonable. I'd love to show the photos, but I'm worried about them somehow finding the link on my blog. That's a scary thought!! Maybe I'll post a couple for critique once I know they are done with me for good!

My grandfather passed away early yesterday morning, so I will be at his services Sunday night and Monday morning. Monday will be 12dpIUI, and my unofficial "test day". I hope for some happier news on that morning. I'm sad for my sweet grandmother, but I am happy that my grandfather is now comfortable.

What a week it's been...back to the photo editing. The bad clients have put me behind, and that leads to some insomnia for Tina! :)