Saturday, November 29, 2008

Telling our Families

Justin and I told our families that we're expecting twins on Thanksgiving.

My best friend Melissa arrived before our family did because she was going to record everything. After our parents got there, I left the room to change into the shirt I bought that said "Does this baby make me look fat?" I planned on walking into the living room and just standing around until someone noticed it.

We're missing the first 10 seconds or so of the video where I'm standing there in a room full of silence until my father in law shouted "Are you kidding me?!" Here's what happened after, it's a little long (and VERY loud!) -- Melissa recorded for about 5 1/2 minutes ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW9FaX1ylns

About an hour after we told them, I started bleeding and immediately freaked out. Justin called the emergency number at my RE's office. It only took about 5 minutes before the doctor-on-call called us back. She asked if I had any cramping or excessive bleeding (which she explained was filling a pad in an hour) or clotting. I told her no. She said that since I had an internal ultrasound the day before, that was likely causing the bleeding today and that I should take it easy and it was normal. She made an appointment for me on Saturday morning to have another ultrasound to see how the twins were doing and to see if there was any blood pooling in my uterus.

I got back from the appointment just a short while ago and everything looked wonderful. The babies are 8mm long and their little hearts are beating like crazy! Justin and I were so relieved when we saw them.

Overall, despite the scare, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our parents were so excited and I loved their reactions! My parents are very quiet and teary and Justin's parents are very expressive!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Second Ultrasound -- 6w1d

Wow. That's about all I can say about today's appointment. I was lying on the table, a bundle of nerves, just hoping and praying to see at least one of the babies' heartbeats but instead, we got to see both. It was the most amazing feeling! The sacs have gotten SO much bigger since last week.

Morning sickness is starting to set in. It's not terrible, but there are a lot of foods that repulse me and the smell of my kitchen is nauseating. I'm going to stop writing about it because it's making me queasy.
The babies are each the size of a little sweet pea! They are growing very quickly and are forming their eyes, ears, nose, cheeks and chin. Their little hearts are beating and blood is beginning to circulate!


Thursday is the day we tell our families at Thanksgiving dinner that we're expecting 2 new little additions to the family. It's been so hard keeping this a secret! We went out to dinner with my in-laws on Saturday night and I had to make up a lame excuse for why I couldn't have a margarita (my favorite!) at dinner. I think I have them fooled though!

Monday, November 17, 2008

First Ultrasound - 5 weeks 1 day

Justin and I went in to the RE's office for an ultrasound today and we saw 2 beautiful little yolk sacs (Jen, you were right!) and my beta at 21 dpo was 7308!!! Our due date is officially July 19, 2009.

Baby A & Baby B are looking good and we go in next Monday for a second ultrasound where we hopefully see two beautiful, strong little heartbeats.

I know that we still aren't in the clear (will we ever be?!?!), so we still aren't telling our families until after we hear the heartbeats.

Is this really happening?! There are two little miracles growing in me and I'm in love with them already.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Beta #2 Results

My 2nd beta number is 825.1 -- so it more than doubled! My first ultrasound is November 17th. I don't want to tell anybody in my family until after the ultrasound. Justin and I were thinking that Thanksgiving may be a fun day to tell them since both sets of our parents will be at our house for dinner.

This is all so surreal to me. I know that I'm not in the clear yet because it's still so early, but it's hard for me not to be so excited. November 17th can't come quick enough...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Beta Results

I just got the call from my RE's office with my beta results -- 351.2!!! Wow! That's a lot better than I was hoping for! I go back on Wednesday for a second beta. Please pray that it doubles!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

IUI #2 = BFP!!

At work on Friday, I was extremely tired and I felt slight cramping in my stomach so I decided that on my way home that night, I was going to pick up some home pregnancy tests. I was 11 dpiui but I really wasn't too happy with the timing of my IUI this month, so I wasn't really sure what to expect.

IUI story -- My RE is closed on Sunday, so she performed my first IUI on Saturday 10/25. I got a positive OPK on Sunday morning and ovulated at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning -- the cramping woke me out of a deep sleep. Dr. H did my second IUI on Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Back to Friday night...I got home before Justin did so I immediately ran upstairs to do the test. I watched the wetness creep across the results screen. After about 10 seconds I saw that there were two lines. I swear that I will never ever forget that feeling! I ran around my bedroom with the test in my hand...I didn't know what to do with myself. I made the decision to run to Babies R Us to buy a onesie so that I could surprise Justin with an early anniversary present.

When he got home I was vacuuming the living room. He went upstairs to change out of his work clothes, so I followed him up and told him that I had an early anniversary gift for him. He was pretty excited about the gift -- he thought it was a Phillies World Series hat! dork. When he opened it up, he looked at me with the biggest smile on his face and I told him that he's going to be a daddy. He was thrilled -- we hugged, we kissed, and he immediately started calling me his "baby mama." So much for the romance!! I didn't even shed a tear when I told him, I was so giddy.

Here's the bag with the onesies and test in it.


These are the 2 onesies that I picked out...



Since I had another 2 tests in the box, I tested again on Saturday and Sunday...it's a bit compulsive, I know, but I haven't seen a positive result before! I was elated!



I'm currently waiting for my beta results. I was the first patient at my RE's office today! I'm hoping and praying for a strong number.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Empty Nursery

Last month, Justin and I hosted a surprise 50th birthday party for my mom. We had a lot of family and friends over to help us celebrate. A lot of the people who attended the party had never been to our house before so it was really fun to show them all of the hard work we put into our renovations. There is just one room in our house that we aren’t too proud of…our empty nursery. I purposely shut that particular bedroom door because I didn’t want anybody to go in there. It’s basically an empty room with an old desk in it. When we remodeled our basement, we added an office, so we moved all of the furniture down there and designated the old office as "our future nursery."

I honestly believed that that room would have been filled with a crib and a comfy rocker for me to nurse my baby in by now. Not to mention that delicious baby smell! I didn’t intend for it to be an empty room for so long.

Justin asked me last night if I would mind if we hosted a Christmas party for his work friends. I certainly don’t mind – I love throwing parties! But one thing is for sure – if there is no baby on the way come January when he plans on having this party, I’m turning that nursery into a nice sitting room. I don’t think I can handle more people asking when we’re going to have a baby because "this room would be perfect for a nursery."

I’m rounding out the end of my 2-week-wait. I'm feeling a lot better. Yesterday and today the bloat has gone down quite a bit. I don't know if that's a bad sign, but my pants aren't hurting me! I'll continue praying that my IUI worked this time around and I'll also pray for the other women who desperately want to fill their nurseries as well.

Monday, November 3, 2008

7dpo

Today I'm 7 dpo, so I went to my RE for blood work. My progesterone level came back good at 17.2 so now I wait for my beta which is next Monday, November 10th (the day before our three year anniversary!). I've been feeling pretty uncomfortable lately and have been attributing it to the progesterone supplements. I've been painfully bloated and nauseous at times but, contrary to what I've been reading, my temperment has been just fine -- I even checked with Justin and he agreed with me! Phew, at least something has remained the same!
This past Friday, Justin and I met a few friends in downtown Philadelphia for the Phillies World Series parade. What a crazy day that was! Here are a few pictures:

Pat Burrell


Brett Myers and Cole Hamels