the shots felt like a bee sting.
then i had to ride the tracks down to sandy every day so they could do an ultra sound (the probing kind) and take my blood to test my hormone levels so they could adjust the doses. this went on for around 2 weeks. then when all my eggs were mature, i had surgery to get the eggs out.
my ovaries felt so swollen and tender because ovaries are usually the size of an almond, but when doing IVF, they are the size of a small orange. the day after the egg retrieval, my sweet grandpa Weaver passed away. he died of alstheimers disease. it was crazy timing because without him, i would not have had this oppurtunity. i hope he knows how much i appreciate him. anyways, after the egg retrieval, the eggs were fertilized by Alec's sperm in a petrie dish. (weird) we had 5 good embryos. they decided to wait until day 3 to see which ones looked best for implantation. on day 3 they all still looked good. so my dr. called me and told me to wait until day 5. thats when an embryo becomes a blastocyst. (blastocysts have a higher chance of becoming a baby.) but he also informed me that they may all die before then, so i was taking a chance. i decided to wait. (i was way stressed out) so on day 5, we went to the dr. office, and they informed us that only 2 of the 5 had made it to become a blastocyst. Then we had to decide to put 1 or 2 in. Alec insisted on putting them both in, so i agreed. then we had to wait for 2 weeks to see if we were pregnant or not... (longest 2 weeks of my life)
here we are about to transfer the 2 embryos. Alec had to wear a hospital gown too... we also were in a dark room because the embryos are sensitive to light. they also told us not to wear any strong scents because the embryos are sensitive to smell... weird!!
here they are... 2 beautiful day 5 blastocysts. we named them bubbles and Q. Im not sure where we got those... were just weirdos.
here is my great hubby... he deserves a medal for putting up with me through this journey... heaven knows i was not easy to live with. so while waiting those agonizing 2 weeks, i was sure that i was going to get my period.. i had the worst cramps. they told me not to take home tests because you can get a false positive. they gave me a trigger shot right before i had the egg retrieval. they cause positive pregnancy tests for up to 2 weeks after getting them. i had an appt. to get a blood draw to find out. the night before the blood draw... i broke down and tested at home....
i was so shocked when i saw this.... i didn't let myself get too excited yet because i told myself it was just because of that shot i had taken.... so the next day, i went in for my blood draw. they said they would call me within 4 hours to tell me the results. that was a long 4 hours. they called me and told me that i was PREGNANT!!! i was so happy that i hung up, called Alec at work and we both balled. i was on cloud 9 all day. i cant even begin to express the joy i felt. and i know i have so many family and friends that were praying for me! i am so blessed! then i had to go in the next week to see how many had implanted, because i had put 2 embryos in...
BAM! i had twins!! i was excited and really nervous all at once... they still didn't have heart beats yet though, i was only 5 weeks. i had to go in at 6 weeks to see if they had a heart beat. the next week, only one had a heart beat, and the other had split into identical twins!!! AHHHHH! i thought i was going to have 3 babies! i went in 2 weeks later to see if the twins had heartbeats, and they didnt. i spent those 2 weeks laying awake with worry. i was so happy to be pregnant but also sad that there were no heart beats on those twins. it was a roller coaster. when i went in at 8 weeks, my dr. confirmed that i would be having one baby. i would be lying if i said i wasn't a little relieved... 3 babies would have been really challenging. so we announced our pregnancy like this on Facebook
and, were having a little boy. due on February 1st 2015. we could not be any more excited!!!! i have been pretty sick this pregnancy, but i would gladly puke every day if it means i get to be his mommy.
this is the only picture i have been able to see of his face because he is always hiding from us... and he is also really smashed in there... i cant wait to see him!