There is a tiny human growing inside of me. It is actually in there. Holy shit you guys.
I’m going to take a stab at doing a templated update thing. Haven’t decided if I want to long term or not so y’all tell me? Here goes …
How far along? 6 weeks 3 days
Baby is the size of: a chocolate chip? Maine blueberry?
Total weight gain/loss: About the same but I’m not really paying attention
Maternity clothes: Obviously not. BUT since starting IVF meds (aka entering the land of the eternal bloat), I’ve been mostly wearing Betabrand’s dress pant yoga pants. Every day. They’re amazing. I have 5 pairs. I will refer you if you want some (then we both get $15 off).
Coming out of the baby closet status: Way back at the beginning of our TTC process, we had a plan. No one knows until we have a confirmed heartbeat, and then only immediate family and best friends. Everyone else after the 1st trimester. Lol, then we were infertile and a lot more people got into that “in the know” inner circle.
We decided to tell parents and BFFs who were in the know re: our IVF cycle pretty quickly. At this point, we’ve told my parents (via FaceTime – it was so awesome to see their reactions. This is their first grandbaby and they are so excited for us), Em’s dad, BFFs who are also pregnant/8 days ahead of us/also did FET, my best friend, and 3 of my best work friends. We are telling Em’s mom in person this weekend since we are traveling to Philly to spend Easter with her. I plan to tell my siblings (all 3 at once via Google Hangout ideally) after the 8 week ultrasound? Ugh, long answer, sorry. TL;DR – parents and BFFs know, everyone else can wait.
Have you started to show yet? Nope. Still bloated from the meds though.
Sleep: I’m generally more tired – going to bed earlier and napping occasionally. Right now I’m ready to hit the hay and it’s exactly 7:45.
Best moment this week: Baby’s first ultrasound today! It was amazing and such a relief to see the little dude and his/her little heartbeat. Long useless story, but our doctor was in California last week on vacation and I got a call/voicemail at 11pm last night that her flight was canceled because of the snow storm (don’t even get me started on how I had to scrape off my car on March 21st) and that they’d call to reschedule. Cue the panic because I barely made it through the weekend waiting for this ultrasound. Anyway, when I called this morning to reschedule they told me to come in anyway and that I’d see the nurse after instead of my RE. Phew.
So we had our first ultrasound and everything looks good! It’s making things feel so much more real for me. Here are the stats:
- Crown to Rump measurement: 5.8mm
- Measuring at: 6 weeks 3 days (right on target!)
- Heartbeat: 116 bpm
They printed pics fand gave them to us in this adorable “Baby’s First Pictures” envelope!
Love how the tech labeled the baby. Lest we lose track.
Miss Anything? Wine
Food cravings: Not really. I really wanted avocado? So maybe that?
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really. Kind of the thought of sweet things.
Symptoms: Honestly, not really. Today more than any other day I’ve had some “nausea,” but in a really low key way. Just kind of excessive salivation and low grade nausea. Helped by eating something. My breasts are only minimally tender (my nurse today said this is because my body has already absorbed the progesterone or something?). Today I peed like every hour but I also drank a lot of water. I’m thirsty all the time, that’s maybe a symptom? And fatigue. But they’re all sometimes and they’re all really nothing to write home about.
Purchases: Nothing. Not ready for that yet. Em did buy new tires, and she basically begged the sales guy to upsell her to the most expensive ones because “precious cargo,” so perhaps that counts.
Looking forward to: Another ultrasound in 2 weeks and getting to the point where we can share the good news.
So, hey, that was an enjoyable exercise. Other updates from today’s ultrasound/appointment:
- I’m probably allergic/sensitive to the adhesive on the damn estrogen patches. Duh, I could have told you that. They leave rashes for over a week and itch like hell. I did bloodwork today to see how my estrogen absorption is. I may get to stop te patch and up the pills (or potentially take the pills vaginally? Which seems weird). I’ll find out tomorrow
- They’re also testing my progesterone just to see, which I’m glad about.
- I’m allowed to have orgasms again, praise the lord.
- I made another ultrasound appointment for April 5th, at which point I will be 8 weeks 4 days. I’ll get to see my RE then too (barring another freak snow storm), and will then “graduate” to my regular OB/GYN.
- I haven’t chosen an OB/GYN yet so I should probably get on that.
I’m trying my best to enjoy early pregnancy instead of worrying it all away. Today’s ultrasound is helping. I’m getting pretty excited. Out little guy is due November 11, 2016!