Or rather, Saturday, cause that’s when we found out that
CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT?!?!?!?
I can barely even contain myself, even now. Ah! Okay. Let me give you some actual details!
When did we find out?
On Saturday morning, I woke up with bad cramps and spotting light pink. I had just had a rough night of sleep, with bunches of night sweats – ALL things that happen when I’m about to start my period. (It didn’t enter my brain that my period wouldn’t start without stopping all the hormones.) I was just CONVINCED that I was out. I was mopey, almost in tears, and so sick over it.
I called my doctor and he said it could be either, and that he isn’t saying we should test, but that at 11dp5dt (11 days past 5 day transfer), it would probably be accurate.
My husband went to the store, bought the test, and we set it aside for a little while. We were waiting on friends to drop their dog at our house for us to babysit while they went on a trip, and wanted to wait until they’d left so we could process on our own.
So, when Sean came home, he went to shower and whatnot, and I sat on the couch to play video games. Needed a distraction!
Then, I suddenly needed to pee SO bad, and we weren’t expecting the friends for another half hour, and I knew I couldn’t wait. So, I snuck in our room and grabbed a test.
If you’ve been in the infertility world for any amount of time, you’ve probably ridden the emotional roller coaster of confronting a negative test. This is what I was FULLY expecting, and was DREADING.
As I sat there, staring at the test, heart in my stomach, the line began appearing. Like, undeniably. I had to set it down because my hands started shaking too much to see clearly!
I IMMEDIATELY ran across the house, and whipped open the bathroom door (thankfully husband was shaving, so hadn’t gotten in the shower yet!) and YELLED “BABE! WE’RE PREGNANT!” while shoving the test in his face.
His sharp inhale of breath and utterly shocked expression was PRICELESS. If I had been in my right mind, I would have tried recording the moment. But, it’ll be something only we share, and I love it for that.
Also, if you’ve seen Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, you’ll know what I mean when I say his expression reminded me of the scene where everyone is gasping at food falling from the sky for the first time (spoiler alert, sorry!).
How many tests have I taken?
Four! I took one on Saturday, and it was so dark, I was in no doubt it was real! Then, I took one on Sunday morning, and a digital on Sunday afternoon. I’ve always read the digital tests are more difficult to get a “pregnant” from, because they aren’t nearly as sensitive as FRER’s. Finally, I took one more on Monday morning.
Who Knew First?
Okay. It’s supposed to be your parents. But! When you go through IVF, you are COMPLETELY robbed of all elements of surprise, just by the very nature of the process. So, I knew my parents were planning to come over for Memorial Day, and would think we weren’t going to find out until our scheduled Beta yesterday.
We went to my best friends’ house on Saturday night, as per usual, and they were the first to know.
THEN! We planned a really clever way to tell my parents when they came over on Monday, and it was PERFECT! It involved staging a game of Scrabble so that Sean went first, and played “WERE” and I was to his left and went second, and spelled “PREGNANT.” Just as I put the last letter down, Sean brought wine glasses to the table and put them in front of my parents, with pacifiers tied to the stems and “Grandma” or “Grandpa” written on a note. They were SHOCKED!!!! It was SO amazing. So sweet to have that moment, where we could share on our own terms, and not because they were waiting for us to call after a doctor appointment.
Did I suspect I might be pregnant? Any symptoms?
Not really! On Friday, I had two big events where I work, one in the morning and one in the evening. In between the two, I took a three hour nap. When I woke up, I felt truly different – bone tired. Just like everyone always talks about when pregnant. Weirdly, though, I haven’t been that tired again. But, on Friday, I wondered if maybe it was a real sign!
Otherwise, I’ve had on and off period type cramps every day since transfer. So, they didn’t ever go away, and then newly begin. They’ve just kind of been there the entire time. The spotting was a big hint, obviously. I just didn’t realize it at the time. And finally, I did actually have two nights of VIVID dreams where I’d had a baby, the days leading up to the test. You never know!
Apart from those things, I don’t have anything else going on yet! Not even sore boobs!
How did the Beta test go?
Results were amazing and encouraging!!! Yesterday I was 14 days past transfer.
Did you do anything special after transfer to “help” implantation?
Yes! I tried to do most of what I read, just to cover my bases. So, here’s what I did:
◊ Pineapple with core for five days after transfer, including the day of
◊ Bed rest for two days, then three more days of laying around – didn’t return to work until day 6
◊ Ate walnuts for the first five days
◊ Drank POM(egranate) juice each day for 5 days
◊ Acupuncture the day before transfer, and two days after
◊ Avacado for the first five days
◊ Two of the first five meals were salmon and shrimp
◊ Snacked on a couple of dark chocolate covered pomegranates for first five days
I think that was it! The R&R were key, I think!
We go back for our second Beta on Thursday morning to make sure the HCG has doubled. Then, our first ultrasound will be June 13th, when we are supposed to be able to hear the heartbeat!!!!!
How far along?
As of today, we are 4 weeks and 6 days pregnant (4+6). Thursdays will be new week markers. So, when we go for our first ultrasound, we’ll be 6 weeks and 6 days (6+6)!
You guys. Thank you SO much for your encouragement and prayers thus far. We crave continued support and prayer as we move forward! Obviously, nothing is guaranteed! All we can do is enjoy each moment to its fullest, and pray for peace no matter what!
What we DO know, is God is SO good. No matter what, He is worthy of praise, and we are basking in His goodness right now!
Here are our announcement pictures, of which I can’t decide on my favorite. So, you get them all! Which is your favorite?