Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sigh of Relief

You'd think on Monday after getting the official news from my RE that we are pregnant that I would finally believe it.  Well, actually, I did believe I was pregnant.  I just wasn't convinced I would stay that way.  I know we still have a LONG way to go, but oh, how relieved I am right now after getting the number for beta #2.

I distracted myself by doing a little much needed Christmas shopping this afternoon after they took my blood, but that didn't last long.  I wanted to be home for the phone call which I was supposed to be getting between 2:00-3:00.

They still didn't call by 3:00.  I thought one of two things:

1. Nobody wanted to make the phone call because they didn't want to have to report the bad news.


2. Since I already got the good news on Monday, I wasn't at the top of the priority list for phone calls today so was the last call today.

I prayed for door #2.  At 3:49 I finally called Hubby to tell him I still hadn't gotten the phone call.  I knew he was dying to hear the news also, as he'd already called bugging me for the report earlier in the day when I had no news.  I didn't want him to think I'd forgotten to call him.

Finally at 3:53, I got THE CALL.  And my HCG has more than doubled.  YAY!!!  It is at 1480.  Praise the Lord, I am so relieved.  It was such a relief lifted from my shoulders that as soon as I got off the phone I cried.  I couldn't help it.  Even though my first beta numbers were amazing, I still couldn't help but worry that somehow, they wouldn't progress.  Now, I know the baby or babies are still growing inside of me.  I guess they are not really babies yet since they're just more like a blob of cells at this point, but WILL be a baby.  Or babies.  With that beta number it's hard not to think that there might be two.  Holy Cow!

I also asked how we were supposed to calculate how far along I am, or when the due date is.  I didn't know if we start counting from the day 3 transfer date, which would have been Dec. 3rd., only 16 days ago, or the fertilization date which was only 19 days ago.

I was wrong on both accounts.  I am actually considered to be at 4 weeks and 5 days.  What!!??!?  That doesn't even remotely make sense to me since the sperm and the egg didn't even MEET until 2 weeks, 5 days ago!  The nurse said something about the process starting before the egg retrieval even takes place.  Huh.  That just blew my mind.  Maybe that is common knowledge to the rest of you, but I had no idea.

Wow.  I'm 4 weeks, 5 days along.  Just wow.

The due date is approximately August 23rd.  You know what I first thought when I heard that?  Softball.  August 23rd is toward the end of the month.  The USA/ASA Nationals are the first week of August.  Maybe we can make it after all.

Highly doubtful though.  Like I would be allowed to travel at that point.  And if it's twins, chances of an early delivery are great.  We'll just have to see what happens.

I absolutely cannot believe I actually have a due date.  And I'm 4 weeks, 5 days along.  Holy smokes.  Unbelievable.

Our first ultrasound is scheduled for December 31st.  I am so excited. 


  1. I am sooo happy for you!! It's happening!! (I'm just going to keep saying it!)

  2. How amazing it must feel to hear that news and have an actual due date!!!! I'm so happy for you.

    1. Thank you! I can't believe I actually have a due date! lol

  3. Yay! I'm so glad you got great news and you feel better! I can't wait to hear about the ultrasound!

  4. Congrats again. I, too, am baffled by how they calculate due date. I'll just go with it but it makes zero sense to me.

    1. I was reading up on this. Apparently you start counting from the first day of your last period. I never had a period due to the meds I was on to match my cycle to my sisters in prep for the embryo's, so they just go 2 weeks back from the egg retrieval/fertilization day. Totally blew me away that I am considered that far along already! Amazing!

  5. My heart just breaks for you. I can only imagine how devestating this has ended up being for the two of you. And even Sis.