Tuesday, March 11, 2014

timeline of events

I decided to just publish this even though I totally slacked in the update department, so it's really a pretty incomplete record. TMI warning - early pregnancy weird/bodily things ahead. Menfolk may want to divert their gaze. I'd also like to point out I will not be doing the weekly belly updates this go around, at least not publicly. I may start a little pregnancy scrapbook for this kiddo but I had been thus far hesitant for fear of growing too attached to the little one and then losing it. I had a follow-up appointment at my OB yesterday afternoon and she couldn't find the heartbeat on the Doppler so she did a quick ultrasound. Heartbeat was going strong in the 170s so maybe I will start the book after all... :)


How we got here:
We started trying for our next family member in mid-December. I falsely assumed it would happen immediately since I got pregnant due to one time when I had the miscarriage. I was wrong and pretty worried (natch) that something was horribly wrong with me since the miscarriage. We pushed on.

Tonight when I went to the bathroom I had some very scarce spotting. I grew frustrated and assumed it was a sign of an impending period about a week and a half early. Jon suggested implantation bleeding. I didn't think that was possible because I seem to ovulate later (around day 16... basing this off the night in question for the last pregnancy) and it just seemed too late to have bleeding. After some Googling I decided this may have actually been implantation bleeding.

I noticed my boobs seemed perkier than usual. I immediately got suspicious because this was the first (and only) thing I noticed with Elden before I found out I was pregnant. I didn't say anything to Jon because I tend to imagine things that aren't there when I am hopeful. Later that night, completely unprompted, Jon remarks, "your boobs look really perky right now!" Operation pee on a stick (POAS) every morning commences.

I woke up at 4 and had to pee. I quickly did my trusty Dollar Tree test, saw nothing, went back to bed. A few hours later Jon noticed a faint faint test line (i.e., pregnant). However, outside of the 10-minute window it is likely a false positive due to an evaporation line. Took a ClearBlue digital test with weeks pregnant predictor. Comes out "Not Pregnant." Continue Operation POAS tomorrow.

I woke up at 5 and had to pee. Once again donned the trusty Dollar Tree stick. Within 5 minutes, these are my results:
I go back into our dark bedroom, test in hand. Jon sleepily asks, "still negative?" I respond, "not exactly..." and he shot out of bed and asked to see it. He saw it. We smiled, hugged. Truthfully, I am still very much in disbelief. I've been on and off crampy, particularly on my left side, the last 3 days. I've also been a tidbit more tired than usual. I'm taking all of these as good signs because they were absent with my last pregnancy. That being said, my positive was incredibly faint and I wouldn't even anticipate my period until the 11th or 12th (my cycles are still jacked from the miscarriage) so there is a lot of room for things to go wrong. I'm going to take a cheapy dollar test (sadly the Dollar Tree was out so they aren't the same brand) tomorrow and Monday to see if my test line is getting darker. Either way, I will call my OB on Monday to schedule my bloodwork because either way (healthy pregnancy or miscarriage) they will need to know. I'm trying not to be hopeful--remnants of the miscarriage--but I have an unusual sense of peace about all of it. I'm praying this little pumpkin sticks. Based solely on my last period, my due date is October 21st. Once we [hopefully] see healthy hcg numbers in my bloodwork we will tell our families. Not planning on telling the rest of the world til we at least see the heartbeat on an ultrasound, though.

I did more home pregnancy tests and they all came back with a resounding positive. We told our parents over the weekend--they were excited. My first beta came back at 81/progesterone 25 which are great numbers, but they needed to retest today. I didn't expect my results til tomorrow so lo and behold my shock when I saw them on the portal today. My beta increased to 1360 which is fantastic! I call in the morning to setup my first ultrasound and prenatal visit. We also told our siblings today.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats! Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!