Monday, August 27, 2012

First Ultrasound

Ok, so I don't want this to turn into a pregnancy blog, but part of IVF is also the care you receive when you finally do get pregnant. 

With IVF, you are considered high risk, even if everything is healthy and looking good.  So they have you do an ultrasound at 6 weeks to check for ectopic pregnancy (something I was high risk for) and to make sure everything is progressing well.  Then they also check your hormone levels to evaluate your medication needs.

We had our first ultrasound on the 22nd.  I was actually almost 7 weeks along.  Everything looked really good and we even got to hear the heartbeat!  I think I am still in shock--I really was starting to think this would never happen for us. 

The baby is only the size of a blueberry, but that's pretty huge considering that only a few weeks ago it was microscopic! 

The heartbeat is 125 bpm. 
We also had my hormone levels checked, and they were way high, so they said to stop doing the shots and then have my levels checked the next day.  They were still high enough, so I am officially shot-free!  I have had to have daily shots since the beginning of June, so this is an awesome feeling!  But I would do it as long as necessary to keep the baby healthy!

So we are praying that things continue to progress nicely, and that ultimately we end up with a healthy baby.  Boy, girl, tall, short, it doesn't matter.  We are already so in love.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Results Are In...

Well, it's been 2 1/2 years of waiting, praying, doctors, what-ifs, and heartache.  After all this time, we finally have good news!
Yup, that's right!  We're having a baby!  Thank you all so much for your prayers and support during this time.  It hasn't been easy, but it is definitely worth it.  We are so blessed to be a part of one of God's miracles!

We were really lucky and only had to do one round of IVF.  They put in one embryo, so we will have a singleton, which is fine by me!  I would be so happy to have twins, but I'm sure it is quite the undertaking.

I am still taking my Estrogen and Progesterone, so I don't quite feel "normal" yet, but it's so worth it!  I'll do whatever it takes to keep this baby healthy!  So thank you for your continued prayer for our growing baby.  Love you all!