5 Weeks (Nov. 25-Dec. 1)
Week 5 arrived pretty quickly because week 4 was full of activity (repeat blood tests to check my levels, an ultrasound, family plans, etc.). As much as I didn't want to wish away any time, these first few weeks were hard in their own way because we just wanted to fast forward and get past 5 weeks and make sure we had some babies safely growing in there. So far, seeing a gestational sac (especially 2!) was further than we got 2 years ago when we miscarried at 5 weeks before even getting to that point. It was surreal. At this point, it was the week of Thanksgiving. It was a short week at school (luckily!) and family was in town so it was exciting and busy again! I was hoping so badly that things would hang on and that me acting weird wouldn't give anything away (I wear my heart/emotions/everything on my sleeve/face and I figured everyone knew the second I knew! Talk about paranoia!).
Thanksgiving was easier to survive than I thought. We had already told my brother/fam about not drinking and then had to tell my dad the same. He doesn't drink himself either so I don't think that was too odd. We did, however, have to do injections after dinner though (my days changed from Tues/Fri to Mon/Thurs that week) so we had to announce to them as well that we were again prepping for another cycle. Luckily they didn't question because none of them know the details/protocol first hand, so I feel like anything we said would have flown. It was so hard not to announce that day because I had seen so many adorable Thanksgiving-themed announcements on Pinterest that week (2 turkeys in this oven, etc. etc.) but it was definitely not time yet and we had to keep our secret safe.
By this point I didn't really have any symptoms yet. I was getting nauseous before transfer because of the estrogen shots (especially if I didn't eat often enough) and getting a little tired/bloated from the progesterone, but that's pretty much it. I was always hungry but that wasn't much of a new thing for me. I was getting what seemed to be weekly headaches/mini migraines but we chalk that up to the hormone fluctuations. All in all it was a good week and a fun one! The day after Thanksgiving, we went to NYC with Mark and the kids. We spent the morning at The Museum of Natural History and then had lunch/walked around in Central Park. It was around 60 degrees, which is so unlike November in NY!! It was beautiful!
7 Weeks (Dec. 9-15)
At 7 weeks we were excited to have an upcoming appointment with my OB. It was still a week away but it was something fun to look forward to!! Also at this point, we were weaning off of the estrogen shots. Our Dr. told us at the 6-week ultrasound (which was 2 days shy of 7 weeks) that he would be weaning us off. We originally did a dose of 4mg (which isn't much at all on the syringe) and it was slowly starting to go down a mg each night (remember we were at 2x a week still). Just before 7 weeks we went down to 3 mg, then during 7 weeks we got to decrease to 2 and then 1mg. 1mg at the end of 7 weeks ended up being our last estrogen shot, I believe. :) Yay to moving down to just 1 needle every night, no more doubles twice a week! Wahoo!
I also started to develop an ear infection around this week... grrr. I went to urgent care when I couldn't hear out of one ear and they prescribed amoxycillin. I ran it by my nurses at the clinic and they assured me it was safe. I, of course, was upset in thinking "Great, I finally get this far and now need to take meds?!" It didn't seem fair and I was extremely nervous for the baby but looked it up like 5x a day and was finally at peace (despite Scott promising it was fine and telling me to stop Googling- sorry hun!). Other than the ear infection and just being clogged up/nasal congestion (hello, Winter and ridiculous warm/cold temp changes! Everyone was sick!), I felt mostly fine still. Thankfully still no nausea and just overall felt pretty good. I finally gave in to the fact that maybe my ear infection was a good thing because the antibiotics might help keep other school germs away from me.
There was a little confusion/discrepancy on our due date as well. In all the excitement at the fertility clinic, we never received an official due date from them, but it's so easy to look it up online and figure it out. Most often, people go by the first day of their last period as day 1. However, doing IVF makes things more specific and sometimes throws off the timeline a bit. We knew our transfer was November 9th and that it was considered a day-5 transfer so we calculated the due date of July 27, 2016. The OB wanted to go off my last period, which changed it to July 24. The ultrasound Dr thought the baby was measuring a few days or so behind/small (we think because it wasn't clear) and he estimated August 2nd. We walked out confused but still wanted to stick with 7/27 for us. We felt that was still the most accurate and that once baby was bigger we would get a better idea of what he/she was measuring.
Also, to this point I gained anywhere up to 5 pounds. I wasn't too thrilled with that but honestly think most of it was from the hormone injections, having zero energy to exercise, and eating so much more. I'm trying to eat smart when I can but it's also known amongst the IVF community that the meds will definitely make you bloated and gain a few pounds.
I have to admit the flu shot wasn't terrible and I survived the blood draw just fine as well (lots of vials- I didn't even count!). We were back on Cloud 9 with another look at our strong heartbeat and we were instructed to come back again in 4 weeks.... Wait, what?! We had only gone 1-2 weeks at this point, how in the world would we survive FOUR WEEKS with nothing? We thought we would go insane but we had to wait another month before seeing Bee again. <3
The start to 11 weeks fell on Scott's 33rd birthday... 11 on 33! :) Scott didn't want me to get him any gifts so we could save some money, but I got him some gifts from me AND from the baby, so he couldn't really argue with that. ;) haha. I got him some Daddy books and a SuperDad t-shirt with the Superman logo. Week 11 wasn't too eventful other than Scott's birthday AND that we got to take our announcement pics!! Our friend Manny came up for the weekend to take them for us. He's a photographer and we had kind of begged him to do our pics. That weekend we drove up to Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park and took some cute pics outdoors. It was pretty cold and started to drizzle on and off but we managed to get in almost 2 hours of a fun baby announcement photoshoot before going out to celebrate Scott's birthday. :) *Some announcement pics were used in our announcement newsletter but they were in a collage so I will post them separately in a separate post later this week.
Still feeling great- same symptoms, if any. :)