35-week update

How far along: 35 weeks – if I go into labor now, the OB won’t try to stop it, and there’s a 99% chance baby girl will do well!

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, DHA, probiotic, Levothyroxine 100 mcg

Gestational diabetes: I’ve had some high numbers after lunch, even though I ate about the same as before, so I had to really cut back on carbs then. Salad with protein seems to be the way to go. The MFM specialist was overall very happy with how my numbers are doing, so it looks like I’m still off insulin for now!

Baby is the size of: a honeydew – 5 lb 11 oz by the MFM’s measurements today!

Belly pictures: Rare full-length pictures, with a dress from my favorite line – so glad it works well for maternity too! And amazed I didn’t have to have it hemmed – usually I have to for maxi’s. If I could live in this dress the rest of this pregnancy, I would – it’s that comfortable.

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Total weight gain: No change from last week, currently 17.8 lbs up from pre-fertility treatment.

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep: Still only sleeping consistently 5-6 hours a night – hopefully I will get more when I’m not up late trying to catch up on work. Just have to make it through next Friday!

Symptoms/Feeling: Definitely feeling more tired earlier on in the day at work. The constipation is getting worse, despite my all-day intake of water and chia seeds. I try to tell myself it’s the closest thing to practice I can get for delivery.

Best moment of this week: Definitely the sight of her cute nose and lips from below just now!

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Then followed by seeing a couple previews from our maternity photo shoot over the weekend – any doubts I had about splurging on this no longer exist, especially since she was so affordable! The photographer did an amazing job, and once she edits and processes them in a couple weeks, I’ll post the ones that keep us anonymous 🙂

Miss anything: Time and bread. I have been really craving it lately 😦

Movement: Yes, serious alien action going on around here throughout the day.

Food cravings: I want breeeeeeaaaad. And caaaaaake. And cooooookies. Lol.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing these days, thank goodness.

Labor signs: A few Braxton-Hicks.

Belly button in or out:  It looks like a very short volcano – outer skin is pooched out but the indentation is definitely still there.

Wedding rings on or off: On and loose, crazily enough.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy mostly, but I think I will be much happier once I’m done with work. At least we’re just about done interviewing for the open position and have picked somebody to make an offer to. I have my last 12-hour day tomorrow, and a 10-hour day Monday. Those will be the toughest to get through.

I’m stressing a little bit about finances, since I realized I will have more unpaid days thanks to very little sick leave left after time off for IUI’s and IVF last year. We should be fine, I just have to be extra careful about spending, especially with our largest estimated tax payment coming up in June. Unfortunately I just got word that my car brakes are on the low side, and I definitely don’t want to have to worry about that after baby girl arrives, so there goes $700.

Purchases/preparations for baby: Hubby has stuffed most everything baby-related into the future nursery, but we still need to clear out the closet and bookshelves to get everything put away. I have a baby shower at work next week, after which I plan to make all the final purchases for things we really need. Need to test out the car seat on the Baby Jogger City Mini to see if it’s easy enough to avoid buying a snap & go – I’d rather not spend that money if I can help it.

Looking forward to: A lot happening this weekend – Baby 101 class (I felt silly signing up for myself but really want hubby to go through it and of course will join him in solidarity), friend’s bridal shower, kid’s consignment store tent sale, SUP yoga class, and brunch with some girlfriends. And I wonder why I’m so behind on work and laundry…

26-week update

How far along: 26 weeks

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, DHA, probiotic, Levothyroxine 100 mcg

Gestational diabetes: I saw the maternal-fetal-medicine specialist today for a more detailed ultrasound and counseling. Baby girl looked great and is measuring just a few days behind, which is appropriate for being Asian 🙂 He praised me for my good blood pressure and weight, and on-target blood sugars when following the diet. I can now check my sugars just once a day, though my breakfast and dinner numbers today were a tad high, so I’ll likely keep checking those the next couple days to make sure they don’t stay that way. I’m getting close to cutting out all carbs at breakfast soon – numbers are borderline. It’ll get tougher to control as the placenta grows and pumps out more hormones, so I do anticipate starting insulin at some point.

Baby is the size of: an eggplant (and approximately 1 lb 13 oz by ultrasound today)

Belly pictures: Another pre-maternity outfit – though before pregnancy, I would’ve gone without leggings, this is more tunic than dress now 🙂

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Total weight gain: Down 0.2 pounds from last week, thanks to the GD diet, so still almost 17 pounds up from pre-fertility weight.

Stretch marks: None that I can see!

Sleep: Still pretty good, sometimes I wake up around 5am to pee, but I’m able to get back to sleep easily.

Symptoms/Feeling: Still really good, I occasionally get some round ligament pains, but they aren’t bad and don’t last long. Constipation is better (again – GD diet), I get heartburn rarely.

Best moment of this week: The MFM specialist had fun checking out everything on baby girl, including really detailed looks at her heart – he said it was easy to see since I’m thin. Then he took my favorite ultrasound image of baby girl yet – here she is covering her eyes and pouting! Hard to say whose nose she has, but I think she has daddy’s fuller lips.

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Miss anything: As always, time! Everybody keeps saying to sleep as much as I can, but I feel like there’s so much to prepare before she comes along. I do get 7-8 hours a night pretty consistently at least.

Movement: She’s as active as ever, and I felt and saw her hiccup at the same time today on ultrasound – pretty funny! She’s breech right now, so those are definitely kicks I’m feeling in my lower right side a lot of the time.

Food cravings: Thankful for being able to fulfill my ice cream and milk tea cravings at bedtime, since the rest of my day’s consumption gets pretty boring.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, been feeling good in this respect!

Labor signs: A few Braxton-Hicks here and there.

Belly button in or out:  Still solidly in there. I’m guessing it’ll flatten by late 3rd trimester.

Wedding rings on or off: Still on and loose.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but occasionally hungry. Having to hold myself back when going out to eat definitely makes me grumpy. We have a wedding Saturday, and will be interesting to see how I’ll figure out portions then.

Purchases for baby: I’d bought a ceiling fan to install in the future nursery last month, since it gets very hot in there during the summer, even with air conditioning. The electricians installed it today, having to run a new power source to it since there was nothing in the ceiling before, and that makes it by far our most expensive purchase!

Looking forward to: Wedding and a birthday this weekend, though I have to really watch what I eat!

“Beautiful baby!”

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The best words I could hear from the ultrasound tech after 5 minutes of silent poking and prodding, waiting for baby to turn just the right way, so she could obtain the measurements she needed for this morning’s nuchal translucency ultrasound. I woke up at 5:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep, between the anticipation for Vegas and the ultrasound. Gave myself my last progesterone shot, and finished packing before taking off for the appointment. Afterwards, I found the NP who’d performed my last couple IUIs and excitedly showed her the pictures. She found out I’m just seeing a regular OB at my office, and strongly advised I request to see the perinatologist since IVF babies often have growth restriction issues and should be considered high-risk. I’m debating since I’m not really sure what that could add beyond more appointments and detailed ultrasounds (that may or may not show anything of significance – I can’t tell you how many times there’s a finding that means nothing after birth). Thinking I’ll email the couple perinatologist friends I have for their opinion. But for now, I plan to fully enjoy these next few days of R&R, and will be thankful for a short uneventful flight, and hopefully the return of my appetite!

11-week update

How far along: 11 weeks (and NOT 10 weeks 2 days per my OB’s official declaration today – woohoo!)

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, DHA, probiotic, 1-2 generic Tums (both for calcium and antacid), vitamin B6 50 mg twice a day for morning sickness, Levothyroxine 112 mcg, Progesterone in oil 50 mg intramuscular injection, Progesterone 100 mg vaginal suppository. Waiting on today’s progesterone level to see if I can start weaning off finally! I bled a lot again with this morning’s injection :/

Baby is the size of: a fig

Belly pictures: *POP* Hubby finally thinks I’m actually showing 😛

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Total weight gain: Holding steady from last week, up 2.4 lbs from pre-fertility treatment weight.

Maternity clothes: I really need to hang it all up so I can take advantage of wearing them. And looking forward to maybe finding some items at the Vegas outlets!

Stretch marks: Nope.

Sleep: My fatigue is not as constant. OB explained it pretty well today – he said though I’ll feel better as I get to the 2nd trimester, there will be several days when I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck again, and those likely coincide with when baby is having a growth spurt.

Symptoms/Feeling: Morning sickness, you suck! I want my voracious appetite back.

Best moment of this week: Seeing the baby a couple hours ago, and hearing the heartbeat for the first time 🙂 Sounded nice and strong (that’s the frequency you see at the bottom of the pic). Baby measured just 3 days behind my due date of May 28 – looking back, I was 3 days behind at my first ultrasound, so who knows – we all know babies don’t pay much attention to those due dates anyways 🙂

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Miss anything: Sushi – don’t ask me how I crave something like sushi when I’m barely able to keep carbs and fruit down, but ah well. I may treat myself to trustworthy good-quality stuff later in the pregnancy.

Movement: Baby was ACTIVE for the ultrasound today – started waving its hands and then bounced up and down a couple times like it was on a trampoline, totally made me laugh out loud! I need to remember to be prepared to video the next time. But still over a month away from feeling any.

Food cravings: Carbs, salt, and sour stuff. My old residency friend who lives in Hawaii sent me a package of stuff covered in li hing mui powder – so awesome!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Driving up and down the hill. Moving around too quickly, especially after eating. I really feel like I need to get back to more vigorous exercise, but I’m a little scared of throwing up right now.

Have you started to show yet: It’s very tough to keep the belly under wraps now.

Gender: Today the OB guessed baby is a girl just because he couldn’t see much of anything between the legs, but we’ll see what the Verifi test shows, which I had drawn this morning.

Labor signs: Nope.

Belly button in or out:  Innie.

Wedding rings on or off: Staying on.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, despite the craziness of cold and flu season picking up at work. I do have less morning sickness while working at least – distraction definitely helps.

Looking forward to: Nuchal translucency ultrasound means another chance to see the bean next Tuesday! From there I’m driving straight to the airport to head to VEGAS!!

First ultrasound!

We arrived right on time to the RE’s this morning, and there were already 3 patients waiting, including one for egg retrieval. We waited 20 minutes in the waiting room, then they brought us back… only to wait another 20 minutes! Hubby was starting to lose it. I laid down and shut my eyes as I dealt with fish oil burps. Finally the RE came in, and we got down to business. The screen was turned slightly away from me, but I was pretty sure I glimpsed a yolk sac, and then he confirmed that he saw one yolk sac, and a heartbeat! Our bean is measuring 0.26 cm which is average for 5 weeks 6 days, a little behind my dates of 6 weeks 2 days (OOPS I Googled, but I’m fine because there was a good heartbeat). He turned the screen so we could both see, and we watched the tiny flickering heartbeat, which by my estimate, was just over 100 bpm 🙂 So I’m continuing with the progesterone injections and suppositories, but can now stop the aspirin. Hurray, one less pill to have to take! My next ultrasound is in 2 weeks, unfortunately when hubby is out of town, but I’m so glad he was here to see the heartbeat with me for the first time 🙂2014-10-04 09.18.58

Our little bean! Crossmarks marking the crown-to-rump measurement.

So yes, that does mean one didn’t implant along the way. I am sad to lose that one, more than I was expecting since I really have been terrified of a twin pregnancy all this time. My scientific mind knows that this will be a safer pregnancy, and give me the best chances of having a healthy full-term baby in the end.

Afterwards, my hubby and I discussed again when to tell our parents. His family can NOT keep a secret for anything, and he said now, he’d really prefer to wait until the end of 1st trimester. I agreed, knowing that my mom can’t really keep her mouth shut either. So as strange as it is for my sister and some of our friends to know before them, it’s what feels right to us. The fact that we don’t see them often definitely makes it easier.

Now that it’s looking like we will be able to go somewhere in February, we’re trying to figure out where. I’d like somewhere warm and tropical, but we have good friends that just moved to NYC and that will be our last chance to see them. I can’t believe we’re really thinking about heading there when it’ll be in the 20s-30s! That is a whole set of maternity clothes I do NOT have 😛

S*** people say in the RE’s waiting room

“There are TWO! He said our chances were LOW… but there are TWO in there! How is this possible??”

 – Stunned IVF patient whose 2 embryos stuck

“I’m leaving. It’s 10 minutes past my appointment time, and I can’t wait any longer. Please tell Dr. *** to call me afterwards to tell me if he recommends using a surrogate.”

– Frustrated patient (note the RE was running 15 minutes late – not bad in my book!)

“Hi. I’m returning your call about [blah blah blah…]”

– Man on the phone for at least 15 minutes (still on when I was called back)

I was lucky today and finished seeing my patients and closed all my charts with plenty of time to spare. So much time, that even after browsing a nearby dollar store, I was still 40 minutes early for my appointment. So I ended up in the waiting room for almost an hour. Bear in mind, this is a tiny triangle-shaped waiting room, with seating for 10 people tops. You hear everything, especially if you happen to be sitting near the reception desk. I had a hard time keeping a straight face hearing some of these things. And seriously, what is it with carrying on full conversations in public on the phone like that, without even a courtesy whisper? Or I dunno, stepping out in the hallway??

So of course, right after I finished my post yesterday, I went to the bathroom and saw EWCM, which has continued in full force today along with increasing belly fullness. I was very eager to see if the ultrasound would confirm what I was feeling, and it did! 5 follicles on each side, measuring 7-10mm each. The RE didn’t order blood today – whew… still bruised from last week and I have no doubts my estrogen has increased given all the EWCM. He told me I’m responding exactly as he expects. I’m to continue all my meds at their current dosages, and have a follow-up Saturday morning. Unfortunately he couldn’t pin down a retrieval date – still too early. Ugh, work scheduling will be a mess with the 3-day weekend, but not much I can do about it. For those interested, here’s how my Google calendar looks now that I’m further along in the process. Getting closer! Things should start to move more quickly in the next week.

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Triggering!

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That’s my 21mm(!) follicle right there! Waiting to get my HCG trigger, then coming in for IUI tomorrow and Friday. Opted for that instead of triggering tonight and just having it Friday, since I have tomorrow off anyways, and I’m worried we’ll miss it if I don’t do one tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

Addendum: In my excitement, I took a picture of my right ovary with no dominant follicles. Oops. Oh the HCG trigger was awesome! Didn’t feel a thing! Nurse took forever to call me back but seriously was like nothing.

Update after ultrasound – meh.

The clinic wasn’t sure why I was just canceled and not rescheduled, but a nurse was able to work me into the other NP’s schedule. As usual, my right ovary played hard-to-get, and it took her a while to find anything, partly because there were no active follicles to be found 😦 The one on my left that was 11mm 3 days ago was only 14-15mm, kind of slow growth for a medicated cycle. We debated what to do next – ultimately I decided to wait for another ultrasound on Wednesday since I honestly feel no signs of anything close to ovulation yet. So after getting so worked up this morning about the canceled appointment, it sucks to get let down. I’m kind of a thrill-seeker and LOVE roller coasters, but I really want off this particular one soon.