Friday, August 4, 2017

7 weeks 4 days

After our last photo session I started thinking that the size of the toy should reflect the actual size of the baby.

While I love this chart I found on Pinterest...



I think the girls are confused about the size of the baby. I scoured the internet trying to find actual sizes of the characters and the only thing I could find was an image of their silhouettes in size order (it doesn't specifically say their size). 

That being said, I went rogue and searched through the girls' toys to map out the weeks. I plan to incorporate princesses and other Disney characters (not just Pixar). It's going to be great!!

At 7 weeks 4 days, our baby is slightly bigger than 0.5 inch. In our world, that translates to Cinderella's glass slipper!





It's amazing how something so small can make you so sick!!! 

Here is a video from today's ultrasound...



And our pictures..





We go back next Thursday to see some arm stumps (Dr. Castlebaum calls it the Teddy Graham phase)!

In other news, we are going to officially announce our pregnancy in October while in Disney World!! The girls are pumped. We are going to go to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! Meg and I are excited to celebrate our 10 year anniversary at the happiest place on Earth! 

It's going to be hard to keep it a secret for 60+ more days. Meg's pants are already getting tight. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

6.5 weeks

The baby is about the size of an ant. It was very difficult to find this week's Disney character, but thanks to eBay we now own Flik (from A Bug's Life)





Added bonus...I found a few pictures from when we went to Disney and met Flik in Animal Kingdom!!




Harper was too afraid to go near Flik, but she did pose with Baloo and King Louie


She was so little!!






Sunday, July 30, 2017

Heartbeat

I just realized that I never blogged after our last appointment!!!

We saw the heartbeat!!! It was amazing. I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to record during the appointment, but I did it anyway...enjoy!



Baby #3 and his/her fetal pole


The proud big sisters!


Updates:
We are waiting for our special figurine to arrive to take our next weekly photograph. 

We received a voicemail from Dr. Castlebaum Friday evening congratulating us and saying that he sent a message to our OB saying "we won again." He also said he missed our family and hopes to see us for one ultrasound before we graduate...Reason 1,572,864 why we love him!!!

Meg started a new medicine..diclegis...she takes one at bedtime and it helps her morning (all day) sickness. She still has bouts of nausea, but it is much more manageable now! 

We go back to the doctors Friday, August 4! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pregnancy Photos

I've decided to take our weekly pregnancy pictures in a different direction this time around. Instead of using food, the girls will be using Disney characters.

Week 5...

We are filled with JOY that the first ultrasound went well. The baby is the size of a sesame seed (0-4mm) 




I will post week 6 picture after our ultrasound on Thursday! I'll make sure to get a picture of Meg too...she's struggling to function lately! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

First Ultrasound

This morning we had our first ultrasound for baby 3...we saw the gestational sac and yolk sac. The doctor says everything looks perfect! 





The doctor just called with Meg's bloodwork. Her hcg is up to 20,201 and her progesterone is at 20. We go in for our next ultrasound next Thursday. We will hopefully get to see the heartbeat (fingers crossed!)

Megan is feeling pretty sick these days. It's different than with the girls. She has an overwhelming feeling of nausea and terrible acid reflux. 

We are heading to the beach tomorrow. Should be a fun weekend! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sharing the news

Avery and Harper have been to every doctor's appointment (except the recent IUI). They keep asking for updates (they have been telling people that there is a baby in Meg's belly for weeks). 

Meg had today off. We coined today Family Fun Day! We took the girls bowling for the first time. We ate lunch at the mall, made friends at Build a Bear, napped, went swimming and played games. We also shared the actual news with them today...













Thursday, July 13, 2017

Second Beta

History:
Meg's 2nd beta with Avery was 651 (from 258). Her Progesterone dropped so they had us go in for a third beta. With Harper, her second beta was 783. 

Present:
Meg went to RMA first more bloodwork this morning. They just called back. Her progesterone is 25.2 and her hcg was either 1582 or 1852 (Megan can't remember) 

Symptoms:
Meg threw up at work the other day. Since then. she has been feeling really blah and has a constant feeling of nausea. She's also physically exhausted and has sore boobs. Good times!!! 

We have our first ultrasound a week from today! (Next Thursday) 

We haven't told the girls yet. It's only a matter of time!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Updated history

I took the time to quickly update our history this morning, but I didn't have a chance to post pictures.

Here are a few from tonight...In honor of today's news, Meg needed a new pregnancy survival kit! 


I took the girls into the pool after school. Myles helped to supervise...










It's official...again!

Meg's beta came back at 262. Progesterone was 26.2.

She also had her first bout of morning sickness today. Hopefully this means we have another "healthy" baby on our hands...my Grammy told Megan (while pregnant with Avery) that morning sickness is a good thing because it means the baby is healthy. 

I'm assuming Meg will go back in two days for a second beta, but I haven't heard that yet. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Still pregnant

Today is Day 13. Meg just used the last of our pregnancy tests to confirm that she's still pregnant. The line is undoubtedly darker!




We have the blood test scheduled for tomorrow morning. 

With Avery, Meg's first beta was 258. Her Progesterone was 23. With Harper, Meg's first beta was 191. Her Progesterone was 19. 

I'm interested to find out where our numbers fall this time around. Fingers crossed for a healthy baby and doubling numbers!! 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Everything is better when you're at the beach

Four years ago Megan and I brought Avery to Ocean City, New Jersey for a mini family vacation. There, we tested positive (on Day 10) with Harper. We were surrounded by friends and family and minus the fact that Avery got her first bad ear infection and the trip ended with us in a NJ emergency room, it was perfect.

Today is Day 10 and again we are in Ocean City with family and friends. We went to bed REALLY late. I had a hard time falling asleep and when I did I had dreams about testing. Harper just woke me up to go to the bathroom (she rarely does that). It's 3:20AM Megan just took a pregnancy test and the results are in...



Monday, June 26, 2017

Fingers Crossed

We dropped the girls off at school this morning. On the way to our appointment we stopped at a bagel place. It was really good!

 
 

We were the only people in the waiting room at RMA. Meg read her book and I watched Prison Break. They called us back shortly after 8:45. 

 

Our donor provided us with 70 million sperm with 40% motility (Avery had 60 million 40%, Harper had 100 million 30% motility) The Doctor came in, confirmed the donor's number and Meg's Birthday and then quickly reviewed Meg's paperwork.
 

He said that there is no doubt that she is ovulating (her surge was 95 yesterday). He also said that this is going to be a perfect cycle for us. Fingers crossed he is right!

Today we used our last vial from donor 12360. It's an odd feeling. I'm a firm believer in "everything happens for a reason." While I wish last month worked it would make total sense for this to close out our TTC process.

We go back in for a pregnancy test on July 10th. Until then we will focus on our upcoming trip to the beach! 

Today we will put our feet up, relax, and watch movies while the girls are at school! 

 
 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Round 2!

We went to RMA this morning for bloodwork and another ultrasound (cycle day 13). The girls stole the hearts of everyone (as usual)!

 

The doctor greeted the girls and addressed their matching outfits. It was cute. 

He said that Megan has a "magnificent lining." He quickly measured her follicles. I caught a glimpse of one, but he was very brief and didn't elaborate like other doctors. I think it said 21.5mm.

 

He told us that everything looks great and that he suspects tomorrow will be our next IUI. 

On the way out we checked the location of our sperm and stalked our favorite Doctor's schedule in hopes of coordinating the IUI. 

 

We just received the results from the bloodwork (estrogen 341, progesterone 1) We will have our second IUI for baby #3 tomorrow morning!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Next round

Today is Day 3 of Meg's cycle. We went in for bloodwork and an ultrasound. Everything looked great. Our next appointment is June 25 (Day 13) Stay tuned...

 

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

False Hopes

After testing negative on Day 11 and 12 we started to make peace with trying again in June. We even went so far as to say we wouldn't even test again (I thought we were out of tests when I suggested this) 

Yesterday (Day 13), Meg woke up at 4 am and peed on the last remaining stick in the house. The faintest blue line IMMEDIATELY appeared. 

We were both in shock. We laughed. We hugged. We went back to sleep.

Something told us that we needed to confirm what felt like a miracle, so we went to Target as soon as it opened. We came home and saw another negative. Part of me thought that Meg's pee was just too diluted (I swear she pees every hour!) but I started googling.

I looked up evaporation lines. We followed the instructions. We saw the line right away so we weren't outside of the timeframe. 

More googling...Walgreen Early Pregnancy Test (generic version compared to EPT with 99.9% accuracy) There were MANY negative reviews. Some that said the test registered false postive.

Meg took another pregnancy test this morning (First response) and it was negative. We were (and still are) extremely disappointed. I don't understand, but this morning's blood test just confirmed that this cycle did not work.

We have one more vial. We are waiting for Meg's period. We will go back to the doctor on Day 3 of her cycle.

Ugh.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

10 days later

Today marks 10 days post IUI. We tested positive on Day 10 with both Avery and Harper. Today we weren't as lucky.

It should have been the first day we tested, but Megan has gone through two boxes already. With 5 negative tests(4 of which were way too early) we are both extremely discouraged.

I set my alarm so I could wake up with her this morning. Turns out she woke up early. Megan didn't even leave the test out for me to see.

This was the precursor to a stupid fight. 

There is still time left, but mentally we are both preparing for another cycle. 

I hate this feeling.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Update

We spent the day at the beach on Saturday. The girls had a blast!! 

 
  

Meg was REALLY emotional. She cried several times-1. she couldn't reach the bar to hang the clothes in our new closet 2. She heard a sappy song and started sharing memories of when we first met (I'll give her this one!)

 

Sunday:
Meg took a pregnancy test on even though I told her it was way too early. It was negative.

Monday:

Meg had a doc appointment to check her progesterone. They called back around 2:30 in the afternoon and said that her progesterone was a 26.

An escaped convict caused all of the schools to close!  We spent the day cleaning and organizing. We even went to the mall for dinner! 

 

Tuesday:

We celebrated Avery's graduation from Pre-Kindergarten.

 
 
 

When did they get so big?!

Wednesday:

Megan took another test this morning (9 days post IUI)   It was negative. She's feeling discouraged, but it's still early. We tested positive on Day 10 with both girls.

The doctors have Meg's system down to a science, but in the event this works we will have had 3 successful IUI's in a row. Statistically, that's VERY unlikely!

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Heads up-good luck?!

I was on point with documenting our IUI, but moving monopolized our time and delayed my post...

Rewind to this rainy Memorial Day...our appointment was at 8:30. We arrived early and checked in. The girls ate breakfast and played on our phones. They called Meg back to verify the donor's number before they would thaw the sperm. We waited for what seemed like the longest 20 minutes EVER!

We had to verify the donor's number again while waiting in the room. The nurse told us that our vial had 100 million sperm with 40% motility (we had 60 million with 40% motility with Avery and 100 million with 30% motility with Harper) The nurse gave Meg a sheet and told her to hop onto the table.

While waiting for the doctor I maintained tradition and said, "This is it. Don't get scared now!" Meg laughed. 

The doctor walked in and had us state our donor's number one last time. She asked what we were up to. We told her we were moving and sure enough it was over.

We waited and relaxed for 15 minutes. I played with the doctor's headlamp. Avery yelled at me!!!

On the way out, Avery found a penny heads up! Fingers crossed!!!

Meg goes back into the doctor on June 5th to check her progesterone levels. The pregnancy test is scheduled for June 12th.

We will test at home on June 8th. That would be 10 days post IUI. We tested positive with both girls on Day 10.

The best part...pictures!!!!