I Made It! (with a twist)

So I made it to and through week 12!!! Woo Hoo!!! However, it started with a mini meltdown because on Sat the 19th, the Fertility Center called me and asked that I come back in on Monday to do more blood work. My levels were holding, but they wanted to make sure they didn't drop too much off all of the meds (estrogen and progesterone.) I went in Monday and on Wednesday, they called and told me that they did drop and that I needed to go back on progesterone (thats what the shots were) but that I could do the suppositories instead of the shots. I got worried and asked if he was ok in there even though it dipped and kinda freaked out. She assured me he was fine and asked if I wanted to come in and have an ultrasound so I felt better. How amazing is that? I mean, these ladies have been with me on this journey for OVER a year and really care. It means so much to me.

So I did go in the next day and facetimed mom during the ultrasound. He has gotten so big!!! And he was just moving all around in there, happy as a clam. I did feel so much better, she was right. I was and am still super frustrated with my non cooperative body and that I have to be back on meds but here we are. I may have to be on some form of them for quite awhile and as long as it

keeps him healthy and ok in there, thats fine. I still may whine about it, but its ok.

That was 2 weeks ago- Since then I have been doing the suppositories and my levels went up. In between all of that, I met with the OBGyn and then this week I went for my first appointment at the High Risk Pregnancy Center. They were great! I talked with the genetic counselor for a bit and even though I already did the PGS testing in the embryonic stage, I went ahead and agreed to the basic blood work testing to make sure all is well. I FINALLY heard his heartbeat too!! I've had about 5 ultrasounds thus far and hadn't heard him yet. He sounded great and his lil heart made mine pitter patter. That ultrasound appointment had all kinds of benchmarks.

They measured him and the fluid behind his neck (Nuchal translucency is a collection of fluid under the skin at the back of your baby's neck. The amount of fluid ismeasured during a nuchal translucency (NT) ultrasound scan: between 11 weeks and 14 weeks of pregnancy. or when your baby measures between 45mm (1.8in) and 84mm (3.3in).) They also had to make sure the bone in his nose was present to help rule out Down's Syndrome. Why? Because " In a high proportion of fetuses with trisomy 21 and other chromosomal abnormalities the nasal bone is hypoplastic or not visible at 11-13 weeks' gestation." (www.babycenter.ca) His was there and the fluid in his neck was good. whew!

Now, the risk for a lot of these issues is substantially smaller due to the fact that I used a 22 year old's egg instead of my dusty ol' 36 year old egg. And I had all the testing done before and she had all the testing done before she even donated. But always good to make sure all is well.

Dr. Hill did put me on baby aspirin because I am old ( my words, not hers lol), and because my bmi is elevated, as a preventative measure for preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs only during pregnancy. Some symptoms of preeclampsia may include high blood pressure and protein in the urine, occurring after week 20 of pregnancy. Preeclampsia is often precluded by gestational hypertension. I'll be 14 weeks this Thursday!

I will return in 7 weeks to the High Risk Center and then pretty often after that for monitoring. I am still being monitored at the Fertility Center as well for the progesterone. I heard today from them that my progesterone was looking good and I could stop the meds (again) and go in for testing on Thursday. Hopefully my body won't be a jerk and I can stay off of them!!! grrrrr. They make me even more sleepy than normal.

What else is happening? My hands have the beginnings of carpal tunnel, mainly when I sleep, so they go numb. Super awesome! lol (insert eye roll) I have braces for my wrists from a previous injury so I'll sleep in those and see if it helps. I like to sleep on my stomach (enjoying that while I can!) and I curl my hands in under my head like a cat. Sooooo I'm not helping myself! But even if I go to sleep all splayed out like a starfish I wind up on my stomach and on my curled up hands. argh! So apparently I am not a cat and my hands are numb lol!

My abdomen muscles are starting to stretch which feels super weird if I move too fast, but other than my clothes (particularly pants with structure and my cute bras) aren't fitting, I feel good. I need a massage and a facial though, like, everyday! ha! I have lost about 9 pounds since my ObGyn appointment a month ago- mostly due to my wacko appetite. But hey, anything I lose out of that 20 extra pounds I gained over the last year is fine by me. It'll be back by the end! lol

But, I am feeling good, Aiden is doing good, and we're trucking along!

Stay tuned!!