Our Embryos First Hours on Video! Amazing

My baby just hours old!

My husband and I decided to use an embryoscope for this round of IVF.  We were given the option, for an additional cost, and since this would be our first fresh round of IVF ICSI we wanted to put everything into it.  It was our 5th round and we knew we were coming down to the wire with time and tries.

You will see the Nucleus girl/boy form at about 13 Hours
At about 29 Hours it begins to split

Well it was a success and the doctors are 99% that this is the embryo that took!
Just amazing!

Today we are 8 weeks and 3 days along.  We had an ultrasound today and the babies body, arms and legs were moving all around! So happy and emotional as I feel this pregnancy will stick!

8 Weeks Pregnant -Too Sick for A Pic

Little did I know how ill I would feel.  I always envisioned feeling better than ever once I got pregnant.  Boy was I wrong! I feel just awful. If I am not hugging the porcelain thrown I am exhausted and suffering from headaches. I can not wait for this part to be over although would not trade it. 

How far along: 8 Weeks 2 Days

Total weigh gain: Lost 1 pound this week (likely due to morning sickness)

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: I need a nap every day

Movement: None

Food cravings: I seem to crave flavorful food but these are also the foods I throw up :(

Nausea: Has gotten much worse this week.  

Mood: depressed. Not happy to admit this but with all the sickness and headaches I am finding it hard t o be happy

Moment to Remember of the week: Lent has begun this week. 

Looking forward to:  Ultrasound tomorrow!  

7 Weeks Pregnant

I am 7 weeks pregnant!   So I have come to find out that I had calculated wrong, I was 4 days behind.  As of today I am 7 weeks 4 days. I will have to catch up as I go.

I seem to have a nice bump going which is a little weird since the baby is the size of a blueberry. I must be just bloated.

How far along: 7 weeks 4 day

Total weigh gain: None since last week

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: Getting better.  I sleep a lot and nap often

Movement: None

Food cravings: Spicy or Buffalo Sauce

Nausea: I have not been able to eat much of a variety due to this but learning to keep it under better control.

Mood: Exited and nervous!  I feel pregnant but still can't help worry if it is still there!

Moment to Remember of the week: Yet another Blizzard last weekend 24 inches ontop of the 60 inches we already had!  WOW!  Something I will be telling Baby about!

It was Valentines Day Saturday (when we got the big snow storm) but my husband surprised me with a night out to a Jazz Club in Boston the night before.  Very romantic.  "water please"

Looking forward to:  My first ultrasound on Monday!  Please be ok!

Please excuse my husbands police uniform over the door

My journey has changed.

2 1/2 years ago I was pregnant.   After seeing the heartbeat at 6 weeks 3 days it was a huge surprise to hear the sad news at 11 weeks that there was no longer a heartbeat. The baby stopped growing at about 7 weeks.  Well I am now 7 weeks pregnant  and feeling extremely emotional. I am scared.  I think I will be scared until I hold our baby in my arms.

I guess that is what this journey does to us.  When everything is good we are forced to see the possible disappointment. I can't seem to shake all of the pain of the past few years. I know I should be happy and purely ecstatic but I can't help but to feel nervous all the time too. I tell myself, if I could just feel the baby kick I would feel better.

Breaking down, I called my IVF clinic and asked if I come in for an earlier ultrasound. This was Thursday.  They agreed to see me the next morning and my husband happily took the day off.  I think he was more interested in knowing if it was one baby or two.  For me I just needed to know if it was there and viable.  It was effecting my every day life and I was breaking down.

Well... it is 1 Baby!  Measuring 7 weeks this past Friday, four days ahead of what I thought. 

The heartbeat was 133 and I was told that is strong.  

I feel relieved and hopeful!  

I will continue to post my weekly progress and I thank you for still following even though my journey has changed.  

Happy Valentine's Day! My gift to my husband!

My Valentine's Day gift to my husband! 
These are heart punches from our wedding cards.  I bought a terrible on sale print at HomeGoods, took out the print and hot glued my hearts inside the frame. I love it and so does he!   


6 weeks pregnant - There is a Baby In There!

So I am 6 weeks pregnant and I think I am in denial! I could not have any more symptoms than I already do but still, I just can't wait to see that it is real with my own eyes via ultra sound.  I have 2 weeks to wait! 

Today I feel:
  • super bloated
  • nauseous in the morning and at night
  • I have super headaches
  • I am completely exhausted by 3pm every day 
  • and pretty much feel like crap all around.
Sounds good doesn't it!  LOL!
I am not thrilled about taking my picture as I feel like crap but... I told myself years ago that taking 1 picture a week would be so cute to have as a memento. It will also keep me honest.  With all the snow storms New England has faced these past 2 1/2 weeks I am pretty sure that I have gone up a pant size with all the non activity and eating we have been doing!  Plus I am super bloated. The scale is not my friend at the moment. 

How far along: 6 weeks 1 day

Total weigh gain: I think a couple pounds due to bloating and being snowed in :/ looking at this pic um yea!

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: Not so good

Movement: None

Food cravings: Spicy or Buffalo Sauce

Nausea: Morning and night like clockwork

Mood: Hmm.. have to admit I am a bit moody.  Watch out!

Moment to Remember of the week: 24 inches of snow!   on top of the 40+ we have already gotten this month!  "The Blizzard of 2015"

Looking forward to:  My first ultrasound in 2 weeks!  Is there 1 baby or 2?

Snow, snow and more snow!

When Christmas was on it's was I vividly remember wishing for a white Christmas. Well, that did not happen but this February certainly has been a cold snowy one here on the North Shore of Boston.

We have had 2 storms both with over 1 foot of snow.  One was "The Blizzard of 2015"!  We are now bracing ourselves for yet another storm!  over 24 inches.  Yikes..! I am in what they are calling "The Jackpot" area.  Lucky us... (hit the sarcasm button)
My only question is...  Where are we going to put it?

The good side: ..if there is one

  • I am early pregnant and my husband is doing all the shoveling
  • My mom was pregnant with me during the blizzard of 78, now I am pregnant how cool!  
  • Great sledding down our driveway! 
  • Good time to try new recipes! 

You can see how deep the snow banks are by the basketball net
This is actually our second driveway.  That pot is huge on each side! 

Snow bank is rising above the kitchen window!  Must be over my head

A couple hours later! 

Rising Beta!


I had my follow up appointment 3 days after my initial blood work.
They took my blood since I was there and it did rise nicely from 186.5 to 793.5 (in 3 days)
I will be heading in at 8 weeks for my first ultrasound! This is driving me crazy!   Such a long wait.

For those of you that have not followed my journey, I lost my first pregnancy at 11 weeks.  It had stopped groing at about 7 weeks I was told. That was my first IVF round.   Now 5 rounds later I am ecstatic to be pregnant again. I am happy to wait past that 7week mark but can't help be impatient.  

So... my numbers seem a little high.  I realize a singleton can have high numbers and that the beta is not always an indicator of the number of babies but from what I've seen for averages... There is a chance it could be twins?   This is scary to me and I really can not wait for this 8 weeks to be up!  I just want to know there is something there!

Hurry up and wait, right!

How I'm feeling:

  • Still big cramps at times 
  • Boobs are soar 
  • A little tired 
  • very moody :(
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