Happy 11 weeks to us! Things are still going so well. I feel like it has been so long since we have been to the dr now! I have more blood work on the 25th and then the dr appointment a couple days later. I’m feeling great. I have had a few stretching ligament pains. If you don’t know what that is. It basically feels like someone has taken a knife to your belly and is just stabbing and twisting it! I’m so excited for when I really start getting a big belly so I look pregnant! Baby B is a great little friend, I’m so very happy that I haven’t had any crazy pregnancy headaches.
Let’s see what baby B has been doing!!!
Slightly more than one-and-a-half inches long now and weighing about a quarter of an ounce, your baby has been pretty busy growing this week. While you can’t tell this baby’s gender by its cover yet, ovaries are developing if it’s a girl. And by week 11 of pregnancy, baby has distinct human characteristics: hands and feet in front of her body, ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages on the tip of her tiny nose, a tongue and palate in the mouth and visible nipples. Hair follicles are forming on the crown (as well as over the rest of the body). What else makes your baby look human? Those hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (meaning goodbye to those frog-like webbed hands and feet). Meanwhile, fingernail and toenail beds begin to develop this week; in the next few weeks, the nails themselves will start to grow (so don’t forget to add a baby nail clipper to your to-buy list).
At the same time, your baby’s body is straightening and her torso is lengthening (sounds like a yoga pose, doesn’t it?). Other poses your baby can assume now: stretches, somersaults and forward rolls.
Well we skipped week 8… Oops time gets away from me! We had another dr appointment yesterday and had a ultrasound too! Baby B is starting to look like a actual real baby! I took a video and sent it to J so she could see. The baby was even wiggling around in there, so adorable! They also said the heart rate was 172 this time. I’m feeling really good other then just being so darn tired! Although the last couple of days I have felt like my energy is coming back woohoo. I do get slightly nauseous from time to time but nothing bad at all. I’m just getting excited for the second trimester so I can start feeling the baby move that’s my favorite part! I’ll go back to the dr at 12 weeks so that’s only 3 weeks away. It will just be a regular appointment I don’t think I will have an ultrasound or anything.
Now let’s see what baby B is doing this week!
Would you believe your baby is only an embryo for one more week and is already developing into a fetus? She’s now about one inch long, the size of a medium green olive (but no martinis, please). The head has straightened out and is more fully developed and the ears are continuing to grow, making baby look more human. Plus, toes are visible, and all of baby’s essential organs (heart, brain, kidneys, liver and lungs) have begun to develop. Your soon-to-be-fetus is also making spontaneous movements of her arms and legs now that minuscule muscles are beginning to develop, though you won’t feel your tiny dancer for at least another month or two. While it’s way too early to feel anything, it’s not too early to hear something (possibly). Your baby’s heart is developed enough — and has grown large enough — for its beats to be heard with a Doppler, a handheld ultrasound device that amplifies the lub-dub sound the heart makes. But don’t worry if your practitioner can’t pick up the sound of your baby’s heartbeat yet. It just means your shy gal is hiding in the corner of your uterus or has her back facing out, making it hard for the Doppler to find its target. In a few weeks, or at your next visit, that miraculous sound is certain to be audible for your listening pleasure.
Ok so yesterday was our ultrasound appointment! At 8:30 am!!!! I barely got there in time because my kids don’t know what hurry means. Ha. J and K were both able to come for a super fast day trip to see their baby. It was such an exciting time. The dr had everyone close there eyes and just listen to the sound of the heartbeat. Baby B had a great little heart 127 bpm. He also asked before the ultrasound now how many are we looking for. I said oh just one we only put one in. Twins would have came as quite a shock to us all, but it does happen and embryos can split! We just saw one wooohoooo. As of yesterday the baby seemed to measure 6 weeks and 6 days he said though yesterday was 7 weeks. We had a great visit with lots of laughter. As far as me and symptoms I still feel great. I’m definitely still tired all day and now recently I’ve been VERY emotional. Those of you that know me well know I’m not a emotional person I do my best to never cry. Well it’s not working well with this pregnancy! Baby B has my emotions all crazy.
Last Saturday Ricky took me to a pet store I love to go to so I can snuggle puppies. Well when we were there I ended up holding a baby RAT!!!! ewwww I know. Actually he was super super sweet and soft and just sat on me. The lady told all about them and how they are great pets and they are so smart and you can teach them tricks and potty train them etc etc. well obviously I decided I loved this little guy but it was time to put him up. Ricky said don’t worry we can research them more and decide what to do. The lady then says oh yes don’t worry we get them in ALL the time. I said wow I had no idea rats were such popular pets. She then looked at me and says oh well most people buy them as feeders for their reptiles! I literally lost it and ugly cried in the middle of a crowded store. Like hard to talk crazy cried. I had to explain to this poor girl that I was newly pregnant and I guess a bit emotional. She felt so bad. I mean I knew people had snakes and stuff but I honestly thought they just ate mice! I still feel absolutely awful for that poor guy. I cried for a good two days about him. I know it’s silly to cry over a rat but I totally did. Lol.
My butt is really really sore. These shots are definitely getting less and less fun. I’m hoping I can be done with them closer to the 10 week mark but I have a feeling this RE (reproductive Endocrinologist) will make me do the full 12 weeks. Now we just wait for information from the clinic on what they want us to do next.
Now for what baby is doing!
Your baby at 7 weeks
The big news this week: Your baby’s hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs – although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny baby fingers and toes you’re daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that’s the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.
If you could see inside your womb, you’d spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby’s brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby’s growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body
Sorry I hadn’t posted yet this week! Monday was our last official beta blood test and the numbers were great! 4562! Now we get to do an ultrasound finally. J and K are getting to come too! We are planning for next Thursday. I’m still taking the shots every night and the patches and pills. I’m hoping we can be done with them soon! We should be able to see the heartbeat at the ultrasound so that’s exciting! I’m still feeling great! Just extra sleepy. Also here is a first belly picture for 6 weeks! It’s mostly just my normal belly lol 😂
Baby news for 6 weeks.
You might be coping with full-blown pregnancy symptoms (poor girl), but there’s plenty of good news too. The folds of tissue in the prominent bump on top — the head — are developing into your baby’s jaw, cheeks and chin, which will eventually become one adorable face. And are those little indentations on both sides of the head the sweet dimples you always hoped your baby would inherit from your mom’s side of the family? No, they’re ear canals in the making. Small dots on the face will form the eyes and button nose in a few weeks. Also taking shape this week: her kidneys, liver and lungs, along with her little heart, which is now beating about 110 times a minute (and getting faster every day). During embryo and fetal development, practitioners measure babies as small as yours from precious little crown to cute little rump. That’s because as your baby grows, her legs will be bent, making it hard to get an accurate read on the full length of the body. When you’re six weeks pregnant, your baby’s crown-to-rump measurement is anywhere from a fifth to a quarter of an inch and growing — making it the size of a nail head or a sweet pea (your little sweet pea!)
So as you guys know my last blood draw was not making J or I feel very good. I’ve always had my numbers double on time with out a question. So obviously we have been slightly worried and we fell down the google trap. You can read one million great inspirational stories about beta numbers being low and slow and having great pregnancies after , But then you read that one and then another negative and that’s all you can think about. We tried getting the ivf clinic to just let us test Friday because we didn’t want to stress and suffer all weekend. That was a big fat NO GO. They just said nope wait until Monday. So this is when we started scheming. We tried to think of how we could cheat the system. I had just one order paper left to get our blood work done. I thought how much trouble would we be in if I pretended to be super confused on the days lol. Like oh you said Monday but I got confused and went Friday??? I decided that was a bad idea. Then I thought hey they have no dates in the orders and I fill them in as I go! Sooo I just made an extra copy of it. I mean why give me open beta orders if you don’t want me to use them and abuse the system right? I then had to call the monitoring clinic here to make sure they could even do it and if they would help us keep our super secret and NOT send it to the IVF dr so we wouldn’t be caught cheating. Turns out they were super on board to help. It was honestly so much fun planning and scheming with J. We were like two teenagers all morning lol. So needless to say I went for more blood work today. Then I instantly felt like oh crap. I was like what if the numbers are really bad what then? Do we own up to it and call the dr or fake like it never happened and just suffer all weekend anyway and go again on Monday? Uggggg stress!!! So we waited all afternoon until the results were finally in. We figured it out and if the numbers were to double like they were supposed to we would be at 918. So I was hoping for something at least close to that number. Then when she said the number I freaked out and made her say it again because I thought I must have misheard her. She said 1277!!!!! WOOOHOOOO our secret scheme worked!!!! Now we are definitely super excited and resting so much easier now this weekend. Now we just have to go back Monday and pretend to be so shocked by our big numbers. I sure hope you enjoyed this story just half as much as we did planning and executing this extra blood draw. Thank you all for reading and praying and sharing!
So on Tuesday we had our second beta blood draw. The numbers came back at 459. I’ve been pretty worried about this number. It’s technically still in the realm of normal and it did rise. I was just hoping for a good strong hike in the numbers to make us feel like we did with our first beta! 132 was a good strong first number. Things could still be fine with the number we have now but I can’t help but to worry a bit. When the nurse called all she said was it was higher and that we would do another beta on Monday morning. So we have to wait six days!!!! Uggggg we feel like this is so long to wait. I’m also sure Monday will take forever to get them numbers back. We are obviously hoping to have a good big number on Monday so we can just hurry up and set up a ultrasound to check on baby B. I’m also still doing all the shots and boy are they taking a toll on my poor butt! This time I’m getting big golf ball sized knots and huge bruises! Please continue to pray for us and that J and I can stay calm and be patient.
Today was the blood draw for the pregnancy hormone hcg. They call it the beta. I went first thing this morning at 9:00 am. I called twice and finally got the numbers back. They came in at 132! So we’re officially pregnant!!! J is so excited obviously lol. I have to go back on Tuesday for another blood draw. I have been feeling normal and fine. The only signs/symptoms I have are extreme fatigue lol and hunger! So basically I want to eat and sleep more. I try to nap everyday. Today I napped so hard my alarm scared me when I had to go get kailynn from school! Thanks again to everyone who reads and shares and prays for us! I feel incredibly blessed to be able to help this family. I also feel incredibly blessed to have had all three transfers to have worked for me on the first time so far every time. Many girls and family’s have to do many transfers before it finally works.