Wednesday, March 20, 2013

They're finally here!

We are so grateful for the IVF process.  We now have these two beauties in our arms.  Born Jan 25th 2013.  Chloe Marie 3 lb 14 oz, Brooke Isabella 4 lb 13 oz.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

8/9/12 - LAST Ultrasound and Blood Work

This morning I had my LAST fertility center appointment.  I can't believe I'm done there.  I'm sooo grateful for all that they have done to get me to this point. 

Corey is working in China for the next few weeks so of course he missed out on the ultrasound today which he was really sad about.  My mom decided to drive here from Utah so she could go with me because she wanted to see the babies :) 

A couple of nights ago in Utah I was telling my mom that I was really nervous about the ultrasound and I was worried they would say "Huh... it looks like there are no babies in there" or that their heartbeats have stopped.  :(

She suggested I get a blessing from my dad and brother so I did and it was wonderful and I didn't stress about it anymore.

At the ultrasound this morning they showed me their heart flutters and the babies were moving so much.  The nurses said they were both dancing.  I filmed a little bit of it so I could show Corey later. 

The Dr said their heart rates and sizes looked great and they've grown a lot since the last appointment.  My mom kept crying while watching the babies.  I kept telling them how weird it is that I'm pregnant and that I don't feel pregnant.  I can't believe there are TWO wiggly little babies inside me!  What a blessing!

Tuesday I took my last progesterone pill and now I'm only taking pre-natals.  They'll call me this afternoon with my blood work results which I expect to be normal with no med change instructions.

Dr D knows my OBGYN very well and told me he will contact him about my case before my appointment tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow at 9:10am is my first OBGYN appointment.  I wrote out a list of questions for him. 

After Dr D told me some last minute instructions he gave me a big hug and told me I have graduated.  He told me to keep him updated and send him pictures of the babies when they're born.

Wow.  This fertility journey is coming to a close.  For anyone starting or thinking about starting IVF I would say DO IT and enjoy it and relax.  Everything will be alright and it's not as bad as you think.  And of course it's ALL WORTH IT. 

Hopefully everything goes well in the next few months.  If anything comes up related to fertility I will post here.  Otherwise... you can keep updated on the pregnancy and babies through my family blog.

I'll warn you now that I hadn't been keeping it updated but I will try to be better!  Now that I've gotten used to posting so often I think I will be on track for keeping it updated.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

8/5/12 - Hey I Just Met You, And This Is Crazy, But Here's My Needle, Inject Me Maybe?

I had an interesting experience a couple of nights ago. I was on my way up to Utah to visit my family and my alarm went off reminding me to take progesterone pill.

Whoops! I forgot the pills at home! I texted a nurse from the fertility center and explained that I could have my brother bring up the pills in a couple days when he comes. I told her I had an emergency needle with 2mL of progesterone in oil (which I was told to always carry with me in case I start bleeding). She suggested that I use 1mL that night and 1mL the next. My husband didn't go to Utah with me and the only people in town were my younger sisters that I just didn't feel comfortable with them doing the injection. So... I called my mom and she called a lady in town that goes to church with her, she's a nurse and agreed to do my injections each night. So I went over to her house and she did my injection while I laid on her bed :). Weird, but I was so grateful that she was willing to do it.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

8/2/12 - Blood Work

I had blood work yesterday morning.  They called and said to continue on one progesterone pill per day until Tuesday next week, then come on Thursday (8/9) for my last blood work and ultrasound before being transferred to the OBGYN.  Unfortunately Corey will be working in CHINA for the next couple of weeks so he will miss the last fertility center appointment AND the first OBGYN appointment.

I have been feeling very tired.  Especially at night.  I get home from work and I don't want to do ANYTHING.  :)

My tummy has a very small bump but isn't getting too crazy.  I have lost weight in all other areas.  I can't believe that I will probably have these babies in about 6 months!!  That's crazy!

We're so happy and grateful for each day that we can countdown with NO complications.  Please continue to pray that these little ones will be STRONG and HEALTHY.  :)


Monday, July 30, 2012

7/30/12 - Blood Work

I had blood work this morning. The nurse called this afternoon and said the Dr wants me to decrease my progesterone to one per day, which I think is good because I must be producing enough on my own.

Next blood work is in two days.

Monday, July 23, 2012

7/23/12 - 2nd Ultrasound

This morning was our 2nd ultrasound.  At first when the image showed up on the screen there was just one big black blob and the ultrasound tech said "here's you're baby" and we both immediately said "There's only one!?" then she said "NO, here's the other..." as she moved the angle of the ultrasound wand and showed us both babies.  :)  For a second there we thought we lost one.

They took a bunch of measurements and monitored the heart rates.  144 and 147.  I asked if that was normal and they said yes.

Then we saw the heart flutters :)  It's too early to hear the heart beats but we could see them on the screen!  It was so neat. 

The Dr. called this afternoon and said my blood work showed that everything looked good and I can stop the Estrace (estrogen) pills AND the Vivelle Dot (estrogen patches).  Yay!

Oh and I decided to jump on the scale this morning and much to my surprise I have lost 6lbs since getting pregnant.  No throwing up, just lots of food aversions and I can't eat as big of portions as I used to.

This is still real!!  Corey and I are loving every moment.  Anytime I tell him I feel naseous he says "GOOD Kim GOOD!".  :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

7/20/12 - Blood Work, Is This Real?

I missed the call from the nurse this afternoon.  Her voicemail said that my blood work was fine and to continue on all meds and next blood work will be Monday 7/23.  I'll also have an ultrasound that day!!!  :)

I'm in my 7th week and I have a tiny bump/bulge on my lower abdomen.  It's definitely not my normal tummy.  It's all firm.  This is cool.  :)  I know it's SUPER early, but this is the life of a twinner mommy. :)  I'm definitely not "SHOWING" by any means, but Corey and I can feel a small difference. 

It's so weird because I still sometimes feel like it's not real.  I'm sure other IVF-er moms understand.  I sometimes think... "well, I haven't started my period yet, so the Dr. MUST know what he's talking about... and there was that ultrasound that we saw... so I guess they're really in there and this is really happening"

We are SO grateful :))))

We can't wait till Monday.  I hope everything looks good.