Archive for March, 2016

Happy Easter!

Woke up early this Easter morning, not to hide Easter eggs , make baskets, or go to church, but to get my blood drawn at Houston  IVF clinic.  Headed out at 6:30am, for what was a scheduled 7:30am lab appointment.   Turns out, when I arrived it was “hopping” there at the clinic on Easter.  I consider this a glorious thing, what a blessed day for couples to be working on growing a family 🙂  However, I did have to wait an hour to be seen.

I drove home, and once again did my best to keep myself occupied and pass the time.  I even cleaned the house.  Yes, my husband usually cleans, but he was out playing golf. He will come home to a nice surprise.   As I am messing around the  house, I get a very early call back from the clinic at 10:30am.  The nurse had great news to share.  My hcg level is 869, a very strong number as it more then doubled from the first level on Friday of 305.

B told me she would be in church from 11-2pm today, so if the clinic calls I need to text her.  I sent a text as fast I could, to see if she could actually talk, it was not 11am yet.  She did not respond, so I figured she must already be at church or busy with the twins.  I left her a text with the exciting news.  She texted back with smilies!  We also schedule the first ultrasound for April 8th @ 1pm.  D&B will be 6 weeks pregnant at that point, which is the normal protocol to have the scan done.  This is going to be a long wait, to find out if their family will grow by 1 or 2 🙂

 

It’s Good Friday!

Not only is today Good Friday, but it is also BETA day!   I woke up early and took the hour drive for my 7:30am blood draw.  The BETA will give a reading of my hcg level or the amount of pregnancy hormone the body is producing.    Basically, this is an official pregnancy test and we are all anxious to hear the results.  Unfortunately,  it will be several hours of waiting on the lab 😦

My daughter wanted to go see the new Divergent movie, so we all went to see it.  I figured it sure would be a good way to pass the time and keep me occupied.  The clinic usually calls with lab results between 1-3pm.  To my surprise while waiting in line to by movie tickets my phone rings and it is only 11:30am.   I looked at the phone and it was the clinic!!

I am excited to say B&D are pregnant!  The BETA was 305 a nice strong number since they are just looking for it to be around 100.  I will repeat the BETA on Sunday which is also EASTER 🙂   They do an additional test to make sure the number doubles in 2 days.   That only leads to more waiting and anxiousness to find out if there is 1 or 2 babies snuggled in there .

 

 

 

Embryo Transfer 3/16/2016

Time for the next phase of this adventure.  Today, we had the embryo transfer.  My husband, Andrew and I started out the day with an early morning run.  I wanted to make sure to get one final run in before taking the next week off of physical activity.  After we got home, I made some breakfast for my kids and then got ready to get the rest of a big done started.   Andrew and I drove to the airport to pick up B from the airport at 9am.  She had to travel here from Dallas alone as D was working.   We headed of to The Egg and I for a tasty breakfast.

After we sat down at the table, the waiter brought over the daily special menu.  As read the items it could have only been a divine intervention as I read “Pineapple Pancakes”!  It has been said that pineapples help in the process of embryos “sticking”.   Of course I had to order those pineapple pancakes.  It was also a  blessing because it sure helped make the decision on  what to order very easy.  Othewise, I wanted to order like everything on the menu!

We finished eating and headed over to the clinic for our 11am appointment .   The nurse came by to let us know that both embryos survived the thaw and both were top graded 4BB.   This was great news.  If one or both did not survive the thaw they would have need to thaw 1 or 2 more.   I took my valium and we entered the transfer room.  In the blink of an eye 2 strong embryos are now snuggled in my uterus and the waiting game begins to see that they stick!

What a joy it was to share some great laughs and talks with B today.   As we dropped her back off at the airport I just felt the need to give he the 2 biggest hugs ever and told her I  will be taking good care of her babies 🙂

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Moving On Up

Yesterday, I had an appointment at the IVF clinic to check my lining and get lab work.  My daughter, Madison, had to come with me because the appointment was at 7:30am.  The nurse came to the waiting area to call me back and Madison just followed me.  I didn’t think anything about it at the time.  Then, after we got the room, the light went off and I remembered I have to have a wand ultrasound.  I knew Madison could not see anything as I do have a sheet on me, but might be more then Madison would want to be in the room for.  As we waited I explained the situation to my girl.  I told her they use a wand to see my lining and make sure my body would be ready to transfer the embryos.

The doctor came in and luckily the exam was extremely quicker then normal.  He said, “well done,  lining looks perfect”.   After he left the room, Madison said “mom, that was a man, a man just examined you?  Oh my, goodness that is weird.  What would dad think?”   I was in stitches and could not stop giggling.  I told her it was completely normal to have male doctors and that it is not a big deal.  When I decided to become a surrogate, I had no idea just how much I would learn but even my husband and children about infertility, the reproductive system, hormones, pregnancy and more.

Later in the day, my nurse called me with results from the lab work.   My levels were above the required numbers and the doctor was pleased.  The nurse then asked if I would be able to move the transfer up, if the couple wanted to.  I said “you bet, I was ready the day we started this adventure!”  The intended mom texted me soon after, to say that the transfer would be on Wednesday , March 16th at 11:30am instead of Friday.  This was exciting news, 2 less days to wait and 2 days closer for the the couple to have some siblings for Brooks and Elise.

Unfortunately, the intended dad D, has work commitments and will not be at the embryo transfer in just 6 more days.  Mom, B, will be here and I just can’t wait to see her and give her a hug as I know she is nervous and yet so happy!