Monday, July 2, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
You might be coping with full-blown pregnancy symptoms (sorry), but there's plenty of good news too. Your baby's jaw, cheeks, chin, eyes, ears, and nose are beginning to form what will eventually become one adorable face. In addition, her kidneys, liver, and lungs are developing, and her heart is now beating 80 times a minute (and getting faster every day). All this and she's still no bigger than the length of a nail head (about a quarter of an inch) from crown to rump!
Your Body in Week 6 of Pregnancy
Your body may not yet have changed on the outside, but there's a lot happening on the inside. For one thing, the pregnancy hormone hCG is causing an increase of blood flow to your pelvic area, and your kidneys are becoming more efficient at ridding your body of waste; add to that the fact that your growing uterus is beginning to push down on your bladder and you've got a perfect (pee) storm. What else is going on in there? Bloating, queasiness, and cravings (or food aversions).
So far so good. I haven't had any increasingly bad symptoms and I still feel the same for the most part, thank goodness. I have noticed that most of my jeans are REALLY tight on me now. It doesn't help that I used to wear them fitted to begin with but now I have no wiggle room whatsoever. I'm basically living in stretchy leggings and sweatpants until I start shopping for actual maternity clothes. Leo and I went to see Dr. R today and he says everything is going well. He also told us that my official due date is December 19th and we are really excited that our baby will be spending his/her 1st Christmas with us this year!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Our baby is in the small black circle in the middle of the pic :-)|
"Folic acid can reduce your risk of having a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain and spinal cord, called the ‘neural tube.’ A baby with spina bifida, the most common neural tube defect, is born with a spine that is not closed. The exposed nerves are damaged, leaving the child with varying degrees of paralysis, incontinence, and sometimes mental retardation.
Neural tube defects develop in the first 28 days after conception, before many women realise they are pregnant. Because about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, the Department of Health recommends that you take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day while you are trying to conceive, and should continue taking this dose for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. . A woman who has had a prior child with a neural tube defect should discuss the appropriate dose of folic acid with her doctor before her next pregnancy. Studies have shown that taking a larger dose (up to 4,000 micrograms) at least one month before and during the first trimester may be beneficial.
There are natural sources of folic acid: green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, and citrus fruits. It is also found in many fortified breakfast cereals and some vitamin supplements.
Calcium during pregnancy can prevent a new mother from losing her own bone density, as the foetus uses the mineral for bone growth.
Iron helps both the mother and baby's blood carry oxygen.
While a daily vitamin supplement is no substitute for a healthy diet, most women need supplements to make sure they get adequate levels of these minerals."
Monday, April 23, 2012
Your baby now resembles a teeny tadpole (complete with a tiny tail) and is about the size of an orange seed. The circulatory (or blood) system, along with the heart, is the first part of that tiny body to be functional; and as your baby's heart starts to form, you may even be able to see it beating on an early ultrasound. Another part of your little tadpole that is under construction: the neural tube, which will eventually become your baby's brain and spinal cord.
Your Body in Week 5 of Pregnancy
Your body's had all the early pregnancy signs — the missed period, nausea, tender breasts, and fatigue. And now you've got proof as your pee works its magic on that test strip — yup, you're officially preggers! This news will probably elicit a combo platter of emotions ranging from sheer joy to sheer terror as the reality that you're going to be a mom sets in. Mood swings are totally normal (kind of like PMS on overdrive) and you'd better get used to them since they'll be hanging around for the next nine months or so.
Source: What to expect
Ok, so now I know for sure that women get weird cravings when they're pregnant. The other day I would not be satisfied unless I had tuna with tomatoes, corn, and mayo! It probably sounds disgusting to most people, but I needed it so much that my mouth was watering at the thought of it, lol. In addition to the weird cravings, I've also felt like going to the potty much more often than usual. My bladder just isn't what it used to be, especially in the mornings. I feel like I have to run to the bathroom as soon as I wake up, if I don't already get woken up for having to go. Aside from the nausea I felt 2 Saturdays ago, I only felt sick once more yesterday afternoon, but eating saltines and ginger ale helped curb the queasy feelings.
Friday, April 20, 2012
The next day, Leo and I met up with my 2 besties at the Melting Pot for dinner. It was an interesting experience but if I could go back in time, I'd definitely choose another restaurant. Their only saving grace was the dessert... sooo yummy! I love catching up with these guys because regardless of what we have going on, we can always pick up wherever we left off. One of them is planning a huge wedding set for next year (where I will be his best "man"), the other one just got a new car and was looking into moving to a bigger place with her hubby, and of course there's me who's pregnant. Although we're all pretty much the same age, we're at such different stages of our lives right now. I think that's why we mesh so well, we are uniquely independent yet very similar in lots of ways. It's hard to explain but if you knew us you'd understand.
Lastly, on the actual day of my birthday, my hubby and I just went to my mom's house after work and ordered take out from a local Peruvian restaurant, El Chevere. Nice quiet dinner at mom's and then we went home to rest.
|Onion volcano (after)|
|I <3 rice|
|Dinner is served!|
|Yes, this is MY baby inspired birthday cake; |
Giselle is my middle name, lol.
|My bro & I|
|The growing family!|
Saturday, April 14, 2012
No bigger than a poppy seed, the ball of cells that will develop into your baby has completed its journey from your fallopian tube to your uterus. Once settled in its new home, it will undergo the great divide — splitting into two groups. Half will become your baby (or embryo), while the other half forms the placenta, your baby's lifeline until delivery. The multilayered embryo then begins to grow into specialized parts of your baby's body. The inner layer, known as the endoderm, will develop into your baby's digestive system, liver, and lungs. The middle layer, called the mesoderm, will soon be your baby's heart, sex organs, bones, kidneys, and muscles. The outer layer, or ectoderm, will eventually form your baby's nervous system, hair, skin, and eyes.
Your Body in Week 4 of Pregnancy
While the tiny ball of cells that is your baby begins to undergo its magical transformation into a multilayered embryo, your body is going through a magical transformation of its own — from a reliable buddy to a weird and wacky science experiment. You may start exhibiting early pregnancy symptoms like bloating, cramping, and mood swings that feel similar to premenstrual symptoms. You might also experience implantation bleeding , a common (and harmless) light pink, red, or brown spotting that can occur when the egg settles into your uterus.You might feel a little pressure in your abdomen (nothing to worry about!) and your breasts may feel a little tender and become even bigger (but get ready for more growth spurts!).
Source: What to Expect
I know it's still really early to go telling the world about this pregnancy but we've already told our close friends and family since they already knew we were going through the IVF procedures. Immediately after telling my hubby, Leo, I told my mom, of course. It was a quick phone conversation because I was at work, but she was so happy I could hear her about to cry. I knew I was going to her house later on that day because she's been giving my progesterone shots so I kept it short. As soon as she saw me that evening, her eyes teared up and she started crying. She said she was so happy for us and to take care of myself so that the baby would be healthy and strong. That's the mom gene that's always looking out for me like I'm still her baby, but I know I always will be. She couldn't stop hugging and kissing me and I have to admit I almost started crying too. She loves me so much and I am really excited to give her her 1st grandchild! My younger brother was there too and he was really excited to hear the good news about him being an uncle.
Next, we went to my in-laws house since our parents live minutes away from each other. We saw my mother in law, who literally started dancing in the street when we told her about the pregnancy. She was thrilled with with the news and told us about her newest art pieces she'd been painting recently since we told her about doing the procedures. The pieces are really great and I'm looking forward to having some in our house. In addition to one of the new paintings she made, I really want to have the watercolor of Leo as a baby. I think it would look perfect in the baby's nursery!
The next day, I was meeting with 3 of my girlfriends who I haven't seen in a long time. We all used to work together two years ago and luckily we still keep in touch. They were all really supportive when I'd told them about starting IVF and especially when I kept chickening out, lol. I'd only told one of them about going through the procedure but she still didn't know I'd gotten the results. The news got out quick; within minutes of my arrival! They'd gotten to the restaurant before me and were already drinking margaritas so when I ordered a Sprite, one of them asked "What are you, pregnant?" To this I simply stated, "Yes." I think it took a second to sink in and then came all the hugs and excited cheers. They were really excited, especially when I showed them the picture and they saw 2 little ones. Now they can't wait to see if I'm having twins and want to meet up at least once a month so they can see my belly grow... love these girls!
|Funny & I hope so!|
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Side note: I'd begun the Progesterone and Estradiol on Monday and here's some more info on the meds.
"Women undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technology procedures, such as in vitro fertilization or IVF, usually need progesterone supplementation after the eggs (oocytes) are removed during an oocyte retrieval procedure. Women need more progesterone supplementation after retrieval procedures, secondary to the medications used in an IVF cycle, which may decrease proper progesterone formation as well as due to the retrieval process itself, which can deplete progesterone producing cells."
|My tiny Estradiol pills, 3x a day|
Sunday, April 8, 2012
When we got there, I filed out some more paperwork and the nurses took me in to get changed. They then took some blood and led me to the OR table where I got strapped in for the procedure. Dr. R came in and began explaining the process step by step as he worked and then we were done! It all happened so fast that I couldn't believe it was over. I think it hit me as the nurses were removing my straps because all of a sudden, I burst into tears. My OR nurse brought me some tissue, wiped my tears, and told me to smile because it was a happy day. She was right but I couldn't help myself. I don't know if it was all the hormones or just me or a combination of the two, but I was feeling so emotional at that moment. After a couple of minutes, Dr. R came back with a picture of my little ones and reassured me that everything looks well and that now all I had to do is rest. It's so amazing what he's done and even though I always said I just wanted one baby, as I lay there with their picture in my hands, I secretly hoped both would make it. I stayed lying down for 20 minutes before leaving to go home and the next three days were pretty boring. It was nice to rest but I'd actually caught a cold the day before the transfer and was sneezing, coughing, and sniffling the whole time. So much for relaxing but at least I was home with my hubby and our little ones.
|Our 2 littles|
Friday, March 30, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
"NOVAREL® (chorionic gonadotropin for injection, USP) is ahuman chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) that is used to stimulate egg release (ovulation) in the infertile woman who has not ovulated, and whose cause of infertility is not due to primary ovarian failure. Before administering NOVAREL®, patients have usually received previous treatment with gonadotropins, such as BRAVELLE® (urofollitropin for injection, purified), MENOPUR® (menotropins for injection, USP), or REPRONEX®(menotropins for injection, USP)."
BTW: March 22 was my pup, Brodi's, 1st birthday!!
|Isn't he super cute?|
Monday, March 19, 2012
It's now Monday night and my 3rd day on Repronex. First, let me say how much this stuff burned on the 1st day! Lupron was like injecting water into my belly, Repronex is more like injecting poison. I looked online for ways to alleviate the pain and read that if you wait 20 minutes after mixing it, it doesn't burn as much. I tried it and luckily it worked! Second, I want to say how much of a pain it is to mix it without the Qcap. It takes me about a half hour to mix 4 vials of Repronex with 1 cc of Sodium Chloride. The process sucks: You have to fill the syringe with 1 cc of Sodium Chloride and then slowly inject it into 1 vial of the Repronex powder. Swirl the vial gently to dissolve the powder and make sure not to make air bubbles. Then, withdraw the solution from the vial and inject into the next vial of Repronex. Continue the process for each vial until all 4 are dissolved into the syringe. It drove me crazy that I could never seem to withdraw all of the solution from each of the vials. Even though I'm adding to the solution each time I mix it, I always ended up with less solution than when I started.
Anyway, this is my box of Repronex and some info on what it does.
|Repronex, Phase 2|
|Top row is Sodium Chloride, bottom row is Repronex|
"This medication is used to treat certain fertility problems in women. It provides follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) that help stimulate healthy ovaries to make eggs. This medication is usually used in combination with another hormone (human chorionic gonadotropin-hCG) to help you become pregnant by bringing about the growth and release of a mature egg (ovulation)."
|My new daily kit|
Friday, March 16, 2012
Yesterday was the 1st day of my dot and thus begins a new cycle. I'm hoping everything goes well this time... I kinda got off to a bad start by missing my appointment this morning. I blamed my job but really I just overslept. I feel terrible about it but I was just so darn sleepy. Luckily, I'm able to go in tomorrow to make up for it. So far I'm doing really well because my dot is lighter than usual and I don't have any cramps or headaches. I don't know if that's good or bad but I'll definitely ask tomorrow.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Last Friday I experienced a minor setback with this IVF cycle. I went to the Dr. R's office twice in one day. My 1st appointment was for blood work and a sonogram and the 2nd appointment was for a pelvic exam by the Dr. I received instructions for starting the Repronex later on as long as the blood results came back positive. It didn't even cross my mind that something would be wrong but by 3 pm, the Dr.'s office called and let me know that my dot was on it's way due to a high level of some hormone in my blood. Therefore, I shouldn't start on the Repronex and should just wait for my dot and call them back then. In other words this cycle flopped and now we're back to Phase 1 as soon as I get my dot. I guess it's not completely terrible... I wouldn't want to continue the process knowing it's not gonna work anyway. I trust my Dr. to know what's best even if it makes me feel bad. Hubby says not to worry and that everything will be fine. Now if only he could convince me.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
My daily kit, Phase 1.
My inspiration for doing all this: iheartorganizing. All of her photos and ideas are amazing! My favorite part of her site is the Project Gallery, which has loads of helpful advice for organizing every area of your home. I really liked her kid's closet and I'm thinking of doing something similar in my baby's room. I just have empty it out first. In the spirit of keeping it real, it looks like this right now lol.
I'll update with all the new pics when we're done.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
The item I purchased was a baby sling by Seven Everyday Slings. I'd seen it on my FB news feed because I follow a page to someone who does extreme couponing. She posted an offer about the baby sling being free with having to pay only $11.99 for S&H. It sounded like a good deal so I took my measurement and ordered one. I wished I could pick out a non neural color design but I have no way of knowing what sex my baby will be until several months from now if the procedure works this cycle. Clearly I'm being an optimist.
The color I ordered is Caramel Latte. Isn't it adorable?
Saturday, February 25, 2012
CD #10: I was feeling pretty crappy, lol. Not to start off on a bad note but I woke up with a terrible headache that made my eyes sensitive to even the slightest bit of light. I ended up staying in from work and felt better by the afternoon so my hubby & I went out to buy our Valentine's Day gifts... new RAZR phones. More practical than romantic but we don't make a big deal about Hallmark holidays anymore. Just being together is enough for us.
|My new purple RAZR.|
CD #11: Valentine's Day. I was welcomed back at work with what was going to be a written warning for "excessive absences." Turns out that the days I'd used for a gallbladder surgery last year were being counted against me. Luckily it got cleared up but I still worried because I'm going to need to use more sick days when I do the retrieval and the embryo transfer. My manager suggested I call our insurance company to find out about other options. They informed me that I could apply for intermittent family leave where my job is legally protected if the time off meets their medical criteria. What a relief!
CD #12: My hubby & I had our first appointment with his urologist. He did a quick consult and said that everything looked well and that he'd be working closely with Dr. R to ensure the best results. After the appointment, we had dinner at a local restaurant we hadn't been to in a long time and shared some memories about our last visit there with someone very special to us who is always in our hearts.
CD #15: We put on our dancing shoes and hit the big city for a night out of dining and entertainment. The celebration was for our friend's birthday at the Copacabana in NYC. They served a delicious 3 course dinner for us on one floor and then we headed upstairs for some party music. It was an incredibly fun time! We hadn't done anything like this in a long time and it didn't end until my little head finally hit the pillow at around 5 am the next morning. As I said on FB, "U know it was a good night when u wake up & find out there's a fraud protection block on ur acct for unusual activity!!"
|At the Copacabana, my hubby and I are the couple in the bottom left.|
CD #21: Yesterday I got the green light to begin my Lupron injections. I must admit, the first one was a little scary. I was fine during the preparation but when it was time to inject the liquid, I stalled about 4 times before actually doing it. Lucky for me, I have an amazing husband to coach me through the process. It wasn't nearly as bad as I imagined it'd be, so today's shot went much quicker. Can you believe that I'm almost excited about taking these injections now, lol?!
Well, now that I'm caught up with the tales of my journey, I can go to bed and rest. Good night.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Last Saturday, my hubby and I hosted a Winter BBQ party at our house. We can't really take credit for the idea tho, for that we have my hubby's friend to thank. He convinced us it could be done even in the midst of potential snow flurries. We quickly called up some friends and prepared for the event. Luckily the flurries ended very early in the day, almost everyone we called showed up, and my hubby's friend did all the cooking on the grill. All I had to do was make was a potato salad. Some of our friends thought the sudden winter BBQ was actually a party to announce my pregnancy. I hated to disappoint them but we're just not there yet. It's funny because they don't know that we're trying and all that we're going through to make it happen, but it's nice to see that our friends are really looking forward to us having a baby. I love them all for always supporting us and wanting the best for us. All in all, the BBQ was a success and everyone had a good time, some a whole lot more than others (had to be there). I can't wait to do it again! Maybe next time there'll actually be some good news to announce.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Anyway, as we walked into her office, my confidence grew and I suddenly felt like my psych degree would pay off all at once. There was a reason we were sent here, I just had to find her angle... what was she looking for? After a couple of formalities, I gathered she was most interested in our reaction to questions regarding the possibility of multiples. As far as we're concerned a baby is a blessing and if we happen to get two then we'll consider ourselves twice as lucky! Needless to say we genuinely nailed it and our psych's letter of approval is making its way to Dr. R's office.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
What it is:
Uses: temporarily relieves symptoms associated with delayed menses, such as cramps, backache, anxiety, mood changes, nervous tension, irritability, headache & bloating."
While the description says it basically just treats the symptoms, I've been reading many posts on message boards that says it actually helps regulate your cycle and bring it on within days of taking the pills. The worst thing I've read in relation to inducing my dot is that it doesn't work, so if there are no horrible, life threatening side effects it sounds good to me. Apparently, it can be found at your local drugstore, too. Needless to say, I will be taking a slight detour on the way home from work to pick it up tomorrow.
Update: My local Rite Aid didn't have it. I've been having such rotten luck this week. :(
|My lovely necklace|
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Today my hubby, Leo and I were supposed to be meeting with his urologist for the first time. I really didn't know what to expect from this visit but anything that gets us closer to conceiving our baby is a step in the right direction. A brief history on the matter: My hubby and I have been TTCing for about 2 years now since we got married on May 9, 2009. He's in a wheelchair due to an accident that happened a couple of years before that, but we've been together since May 3, 2003. Unfortunately, we haven't been blessed with a baby yet so we turned to the expertise of a really great infertility specialist, Dr. R, to help us out. He'll be taking care of everything that I need and the urologist he referred us to will help with everything Leo needs. However, due to major staffing issues at my job, I was unable to get out on time and we had to reschedule the appointment. I'm kinda bummed out by this and now have to wait until February 15 to go back. At least this isn't as bad as when I had to reschedule my whole IVF procedure last week for the same reason. I was ready to begin the first step to the IVF process but now I have to wait for my next cycle. It's making me anxious to wait this long because, seriously, haven't I waited long enough! I don't mean to sound so inpatient, but I know I'm definitely ready for this!!
|Here we are on our wedding day!|