Tuesday, April 28, 2009

10 Weeks & only thrown up 3 Times!!!

I am finally back to my blog. So sorry for the delay! I went to Las Vegas for a Perfect Wedding Guide conference (for work) April 15th-18th. Came back with a cold virus that I could not get rid of, so I had no social life for that whole week! Believe it or not I am still battling this stupid cold...still coughing & hacking up a lung! (Well..that's what it sounds like.) Then our computer has been jacked I haven't been able to scan my ultrasound pics etc. to get this blog going. It's back & in action here we go!

We have had an ultrasound every week since I found out I was pregnant! Most women don't have their first ultrasound until 8 or 9 weeks...but when you are an In-Vitro patient you have to go all the time. Which is fine with us...because we get to see every little speck of growth...which is really awesome. 
This ultrasound is from 4-10-09, I was 6 1/2 weeks pregnant. We actually heard the 1st flutter of a heartbeat at this appt. Ryan couldn't really make it out...but I could..and the dr. of course. We all, Ryan & the nurse...Dr. Bates held it together though ;) 
This is the normal view.

This is the Enlarged view: so you can see the circle is the yolk sak & where the arrow is pointing is the Baby Key :)

This one is just 5 days later! (I told you I go a lot!) :) 4-15-09, 7 weeks.  I was leaving this day for my flight to Las Vegas...Dr. Bates wanted to be sure everything was good before I left town. 
As you can see everything just got slightly larger! But all was good so off to Vegas I went!

4-22-09, 8 weeks along. This is the normal view..No that is not 2 babies in that sack...everyone who has seen this pic' has asked me that. :) Baby Key is the larger shape, the smaller oval beside him/her is the yolk sack. The yolk sack at this point is getting smaller & smaller b/c the placenta is taking over. I asked where that yolk sack goes? They said it just "goes away"...I'll never "see" it. Your body just absorbs it. Cool huh? 

The Enlarged view actually looks like something now!!! 
This one is from 4-28-09, 9 weeks along. 
This is the normal view...and you can probably tell...his/her head is on the left with little arms curled up to it's mouth! 

This is the Enlarged can see the little leg stumps on either side on the right. 

That was my last appointment with my Fertility Dr. :( Sad day..I will miss that office! They are wonderful! Dr. Bates said everything is perfect so he is releasing me to an OB. Since it was my last appt when my Dr. heard the heartbeat again on this visit he took mine & Ryan's phones & recorded it for us!!! So we have it to listen to at anytime! Ryan will periodically text me to tell me he can't stop listening to it. :) So sweet!
I had an OB/GYN at St. Vincents hospital but my doc recommended I stay at UAB. UAB has the high risk facilities so no matter what hospital I am at in town...if something happens "high risk" (which is likely with my blood conditions/clotting) then they would just have to ship me over to UAB.  I feel better staying at UAB for that reason...and of course that eases Ryan & our families minds too! I didn't really have much of a relationship with my former OB anyways..since I have been an infertility patient I haven't even seen her in like 2 years. fertility Dr. picked someone at UAB for me. I had no clue who to choose...he knows who needs to "handle" me. SO..Dr. Cheree Stuart it is! I see her tomorrow morning, 4-6-09. I am real excited to meet her! Bad news is this will be the 1st appt Ryan misses. :( He had surgery today to remove a hemorrhoid :(  so he is out of commission for a few days. Tonight he said he is never working out again! That told me just how much pain he is in! If you know my husband you know he has lifted weights uhhhh since middle school & has never he approaches his 32nd bday this month! :) 
Regarding my "sickness" during this pregnancy..I am very grateful! I have only thrown up 3 times so far. This past Sunday was the last time. Since I am 10 weeks now..I only have 2 more weeks of my first trimester...which hopefully will mean no nausea!!! I have a lot of that..but thankfully not a lot of the actual thing.  Other than that I have just been very picky about what I want to eat. I had "wheat free" pizza lastnight that I made at home b/c I wanted pizza sauce soooooo bad! Then, tonight after Ryan & I watched a Papa Johns commercial he wanted pizza & I did too! So...I decided to order it & I scraped the sauce & toppings off onto my wheat free crust. :) It was delicious! I normally don't ever order extra toppings..but I did this time..extra sauce! I think I could just drink a jar of pizza sauce right now! So weird! Along with that is the salty craving I have ALL THE TIME. I don't think it ever stops. I normally love sweets but not since I have been pregnant! You can't even tempt me. I carry chips with me all the time. (even at church..but don't tell) :) 

Check back later this week for my ultrasound pictures from tomorrow! 
~ Mama Kelly :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

6 Weeks Pregnant...1st Ultrasound!!!

Well...I had to call my nurse last Monday to ask her how far along I am. :-) I knew things were different with In-Vitro instead of guessing I called & asked. As of last Monday, March 30th, I was 5 weeks pregnant. As of tomorrow, April 6th I'll be 6 weeks! Once I found out I was pregnant that Monday, March 23rd, they had me come in two more times that week for blood work. They wanted to continue checking my Beta HCG level. So the first time was 40 which meant YAY! I am pregnant! Then on Wed. it was 70, then on Friday it was 114.47. Since it increased as it should I didn't have to have anymore labs last week...Yay!!! But I did go in this past Friday for my 1st Ultrasound! They told me they just wanted to check for the sac to be sure it's in the uterus as it should be. was! As you can see in the pic below there is a tiny, tiny, tiny, :-) black circle! That would be the "baby." :-) I asked the Dr. if there was even a speck in that circle & he so no..not really. BUT this Friday there should be a tiny something in there that we can see! Hopefully we can hear a little fluttering of the heart too!

This is just an enlarged view of the "baby" (black circle).

I think hearing or seeing something in there will convince me I am really pregnant. Thankfully I am not sick or crazy tired... so I don't really notice I am pregnant. I DO notice how hungry I am ALL the time! When I begin to get hungry I have a 10 minute time frame before I HAVE TO BE FED! My new friends are Welch's fruit snacks & South Beach Diet Peanut Butter Protein Bars! I keep them with me at all times now. My other not so new...but mor regular friend is my favorite mexican restaurant... Sabor Latino. If I am getting so hungry I start feeling light headed & nauscious then I rush to eat there b/c I know they'll feed me chips as soon as I walk in the door! :-) I also found another infertile friend I passed on my blog address & contact info. I want to help as many women as possible with the struggle to conceive. It happens for a reason...and to help others may be that reason! So..gotta take advantage of it!
Well..My Ryan is doing great with the whole baby news. I don't think it's real for him yet either. He kisses my belly periodically & text me a lot that he loves me & our baby. :-) He's so precious! Ryan's not real fond of I am currently warming him up to the idea that..without a doubt our office WILL be the nursery since it's closest to our bedroom & furthest from the noisy kitchen, laundry room, living room, etc. And warming him up to the fact that my 4 door, '95 Infinity which is really more like 2 door b/c there is no leg room...will not be a good everyday car for a carseat! :-) I LOVE MY CAR...but it will be better for daddy. :-) And his Jeep Cherokee SUV will be fantastic for ME! :-) It will hold me, the carseat, & friends! Perfect!!! I still have 9 months to convince him. :-)
On a horribly sad note...we found out FOR SURE this past Wednesday that my mother-in-law, Bev Key, does have cancer. :-( She has T-Rich, B Cell, Lymphoma. This is an uncommon one & is Non-Hodgkins. She is stage 3-4 & it's highly aggressive. She will begin chemo this week & have 6-8 sessions total over a 4 1/2 month period. She has been undergoing a lot of test to finally come to this diagnosis. Please keep her in your prayers as she deals with this battle that so many have to deal with these days. I am so glad to be able to give her a grandchild to look forward too! A bright spot at the end of the tunnel!
I'll post next weekend with more ultrasound pics!