The Numbers Are In!

So, I have already experienced the feeling of cheering my child on during a competition.  Over the last week and a half, our little peppercorn(s) have been tested on their ability to produce the pregnancy hormone, hCG.

Last Tuesday was the first test.  That one was easy, since I cheated and took a home test.  The result, as I’ve mentioned before, was 157.17 mIU/ml.  Not bad, seeing as pregnant is anything above 5 mIU/ml.  Then, last Thursday, we had the second test, which resulted in 333.53 mIU/ml.  Again, pretty awesome, since all the numbers had to do was double.  That also gave me the doubling rate, which was 1.8 days or 44.2 hours.  In other, less technical terms, the hormone level doubles a little less than every two days.

Today was the final test.  The number just had to be high enough to indicate a doubling rate of between 2-4 days.  The result: 6229 mIU/ml!!!!!  That means that my doubling rate went to 1.7 days or 39.78 hours!

Needless to say, our offspring is/are already showing the signs of overachievement.

There is still no clear indication of whether or not both little embryos are growing.

Next Friday, we are scheduled for our second set of baby pictures, aka, the ULTRASOUND!!!!

Until then,

Heather

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Deep in the Heart of Texas

Last weekend, Hubster and I took a trip down to Ft. Worth, TX to go see a man about a horse. Actually, it was to see a doctor about a baby, but, hey, we were in Texas, so it sounded good.

Anyway, we got to the Fort Worth Fertility Clinic early Monday morning during a torrential rain storm. Leave it to us to bring the rain. We were quickly taken to a consultation room where soon after, we were greeted by Dr. Kaufmann. His bedside, er, tableside, manner was so comforting! He had already read our file, realized we were Veterans in the IVF world, and sat back to discuss our next steps. He got to know us a bit better, and we found out he trained under the Dr. Jones’ of Jones Institute, as well as worked with a couple of other doctors we have met along the way. It was nice to know that he knew all of the past players in our game of “Make a Baby”. He talked to us about percentages, and how the process worked when freezing was involved, and then told me to get ready for an exam. The exam, which consisted of a hydrosalpingogram (I now have an idea of what it feels like when your water breaks) and a hysteroscopy (technicolor!). Total time? About 10 minutes, tops. I got to see all of it, because the clinic is advanced enough to actually have a monitor on the wall facing the bed. Everything looked great. In fact, for the second time on this journey, we were informed I have a beautiful uterus (Dr. Ohninger at Jones was the first. Probably where he gets it from).

After that, we were taken back into the consultation room (well, Hubster came in a little later after he did his, ahem, contribution. Very shortly after that, we met with Leesa, who went over the financial part of it (all told, about $18K. $10K for the eggs, and $8K for the procedure). When we were done with Leesa, we met Michelle, who talked to us about the timeframe. Both Leesa and Michelle have been communicating with me for the last month through phone and email, so it was wonderful to put faces to the names!

Then, we went home. There was nothing for us to do last week, because we were waiting on Aunt Flow to show, which she did right on time Saturday afternoon. I emailed Michelle and Leesa, who both emailed me within an hour to let me know there was nothing to do until today.

This morning, I got an email from Michelle confirming that we still wanted to do a July transfer, and after I confirmed, she called me, to let me know she was going to create a calendar and put the prescriptions in.

So, needless to say, This Texas girl is proud of her state. If you can make the trip, check out Fort Worth Fertility (www.fwivf.com). The clinic is amazing, the people are amazing, and, I honestly think they are the ones that will make our dream come true.

Loves and Hugs,
Heather

The Two Week Wait (that isn’t going to last two weeks)

So, when we did the transfer last Wednesday, the IVF Nurse Coordinator said, and I quote, “you are forbidden to buy a home pregnancy test (HPT) before the 24th”. See, they want us to wait, in case we got a false positive or (a false negative) mainly due to the hCG lingering from the trigger shot  So, after surviving (barely) the last 6 days, I went on my usual binge searching on Google to find out:

Do I absolutely HAVE to wait the whole two weeks?

Well, come to find out, and this comes from several IVF websites (not Wikipedia, I promise!), there is actually a threshold day in which we can cheat and do a HPT.  And that threshold is tomorrow, folks!  So, what did this strong women with tons of resolve do tonight?  That’s right, I went to Walgreen’s and bought two 3 packs of pee sticks.  And, of course, I couldn’t wait until tomorrow morning.  So, to reward me for my tenacity, the first test I did tonight was a dud.  No, really, not even the “control” line that always shows up showed up.  So, I’m forced to wait until the morning.

For the rest of you fellow Dreamers, you’ll have to wait until we get the confirmation from the blood test.  I know, I’m evil.  But, I don’t want you all to get excited, just to be let down when the blood test proves the HPTs wrong.  On the other hand, I don’t want to announce negatives, when, on Monday, we get a positive.  So, no news on the cheating I’m doing at home until after Monday, okay?  No hard feelings.  I’m hoping that we will have plenty of time to all be super excited soon enough.

 

❤ Heather

For those that want to know, after the 10th day after trigger shot, any hCG that is present in your body should not be from the trigger shot.  Here’s a chart I found on one of the IVF sites:

A Day-by-Day Look at an IVF Two Week Wait

 

Cycle Day Event Additional Information
12 hCG trigger injection for ovulation induction  
13 (waiting) the time between trigger and retrieval is approximately 36 hours
14 Retrieval Ovulation;
start of luteal phase
15 24-hour fertilization report  
16 (waiting)  
17 3-day transfer  
18 (waiting) 1dp3dt
19 5-day transfer 2dp3dt
20 (waiting) 3dp3dt;
1dp5dt;
Normal human embryos hatch and implant 5 – 7 days after fertilization.
21 (waiting) 4dp3dt;
2dp5dt
22 10 days past trigger (the last day any hCG from the trigger shotshould be in your system). 5dp3dt;
3dp5dt
23 Start HPTs today, using your first morning pee (hCG is present in urine in the highest concentration first thing in the morning). 6dp3dt;
4dp5dt
24 POAS (pee on a stick!) 7dp3dt;
5dp5dt
25 POAS 8dp3dt;
6dp5dt
26 POAS 9dp3dt;
7dp5dt
27 POAS 10dp3dt;
8dp5dt
28 Official Quantitative hCG Blood Test
(This is done at your doctor’s office or a lab.)
11dp3dt;
9dp5dt;
Missed period (+) or beginning of period (-).

Disclaimer: Though I am a Google nerd, this does not, in any way, make me an expert.  If you follow the above tip and get a false positive, my heart truly breaks for you, but I am not responsible for it.  However, if you get a true positive…I am totally responsible, and I demand that, in return, you use at least one letter of my name in your baby’s name.  I have 12 different ones from which to choose, so the odds are, you were going to use one of them anyway.  Here are the letters, in no particular order: iclvhtrmaegu.  🙂