I’ve been slacking on the blogging lately, so this is going to be a long one!!
I went in to have my follicles checked again on the 20th, and there were about 5 that were way too big. Since we had doubled my dose of Clomid this cycle, we were really worried that this meant I would end up with 5 eggs, meaning the cycle would have to be canceled. She told me that she wanted me to come back on Thursday the 23rd to check them again, hoping between one and three had pulled ahead of the pack. Sure enough, I had two large follicles! One was 18mm and one was 16mm, and they were both considered viable. I was sent home with the trigger shot and an insemination date of Saturday the 25th! (I had the nurses at work give me the shot because I totally wimped out again.
We went in to see Gina for the insemination on Saturday, and were really bummed out when we found out that she was busy and Dr. Nemiro was going to be doing the procedure. We love him, but we’ve grown pretty close to Gina and we felt a little let down. After the procedure failed the first time, we were already a little apprehensive to jump right back in, and it was another little let down. The procedure was also much more painful this time around, but not too bad.
We love sperm!
Our son or daughter!
This cat is painted on the wall of the procedure room… judging and looking directly at my vagina.
On Saturday the 1st, I started feeling extremely tired and had a headache all day. I started feeling really nauseated every time I ate anything, no matter how small. On Sunday, we decided that I should take one of the cheap pregnancy tests. It was sadly negative, but we didn’t get too down about it since it’s still very early. After I continued to have the same symptoms all through Sunday and Monday morning, we took a First Response test and couldn’t believe our eyes when a tiny faint pink line began to appear! We immediately high-fived and then started hugging each other and jumping around! We were so excited!!!!!!
Throughout yesterday, we took a LOT of tests… way more than we should have! Here are just a few of them:
The cheap 88 cent test that was negative on Saturday was very clearly positive on Monday. We started to second guess ourselves last night and today because we thought that this could be the HCG trigger shot that I had 12 days ago. We started feeling really stupid for telling all of our family and friends when we could have been wrong the whole time. Then, I started having some cramping and spotting. Since my period isn’t expected until Saturday the 8th and I’m 10 days past IUI, I am pretty sure that this is implantation spotting! We also remembered that negative test on Sunday, and now every single test (we’ve tried about 6 brands) has been a faint but clear positive! It is definitely safe to say that we are pregnant 😀
We called the doctor to tell them, and they don’t want me to come in for an ultrasound until the 24th, at which time I will be a little over 6 weeks. Since I’m already on a progesterone regimen and taking prenatal vitamins, there is really no reason for him to check me out. If anything changes between now and then, we will let him know and go from there.
According to the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, my due date should be on May 17th. It feels so far away! The whole idea that this is actually happening is still very surreal. It doesn’t feel real yet! It’s also pretty scary to think that since I had two eggs this cycle, I could very possibly be carrying fraternal twins! (Ashley’s not too big on that idea, lol!!)
While we’re very joyful and so exited to be bringing a life into this world, our joy was not shared by a few people. We told our families and they were all thrilled, all of our parents and siblings were awesome (Maggie won’t shut up about us having twins! lol). Our closest friends were also thrilled and some even cried when we told them. However, let’s just say that you really find out who your friends are (and aren’t) when you hear their reactions to this sort of news. Though we were sad that some people weren’t planning on supporting us, it was bittersweet to have the opportunity to cut those ties earlier rather than later. We also have TONS of truly joyful and positive reactions to focus on, and remember that those people will be here for us this whole way. Our baby is going to have so many Aunts and Uncles, it’s crazy!
We also went to Target yesterday and absolutely could not resist buying a Finding Nemo onesie set. It’s a little early, especially since we don’t know the sex, but it was too cute to pass up. I think we’ll wait to buy anything else until we know what we’re having lol!
So that’s it for now… our journey has now officially begun! We will keep everyone posted, and hopefully we will have some darker positive test results to show off in a couple of days.
Love to all,
Devan and Ashley (AND BABY!)