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Friday, January 29, 2010

Week 9!

Baby C (Single baby)


The week started off rough. On Tuesday I woke up at midnight with excruciating back pain. After 4 hours of pain and knowing it was a sign of a possible miscarriage I made Scott take me to Tarzana ER. They ordered an ultrasound which showed all the babies were fine, but my ovaries are still huge from the fertility treatments and he was pressing so hard that I became sick from the pain I was in. They gave me an IV, a small dose of morphine, and anti-nausea medicine. My doctor was concerned with the pain I was in so they admitted me for observation. I began feeling better and was discharged at 9 pm. I owe Scott big time for putting up with me. :) I took the next two days off of work and just rested.

I am feeling much better today and we went back to the doctor for our 9 week appointment. It was a great appointment. All 3 babies have strong heartbeats of over 160 and they are all growing perfectly! We even saw them moving around which was an amazing thing to see. He normally doesn't see patients in week 10, but I talked my way into an appointment because I worry so much. Then he graduates us at week 11. We plan on telling everyone the last week of February so thank you for keeping this a secret for now. I have an updated bump picture and baby pictures so enjoy!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Week 8!

You can start to see the bump (Well it use to be flat so I can tell!)

(Identicals) Baby A is on the left and Baby B is on the right

Baby C (You can see the little hands! The head is on the right)

Today is week 8 and we went back to the doctor for another ultrasound. I LOVE going every week. I know I can't have one every week, but it's fun for now. It's amazing how much the babies have grown since last week. They are starting to look like babies. Babies A & B are the identicals and they are measuring at 8 weeks 0 days, which is perfect. Baby C, the single baby, is measuring 8 weeks 1 day which is also great! Baby C had an awesome heartbeat of 163, Baby B's was also great at 153, Baby C at the first reading was only 109, but he tried again a few minutes later and it was up to 133 so hopefully it continues to get strong. Baby A is the baby that was smaller last week and we heard it's heartbeat for the first time last week so hopefully it will catch up. The doctor was happy with the size of all three and he did not seem overly concerned. He says everything is looking great and I will go back next week to have another check up! OH! The other good thing is that the identicals have their own sacs inside of the amniotic sac which is a good thing with identicals so he was really happy about that.

My morning sickness has not been too bad. It comes and goes, but I don't have a big appetite. The only thing I like eating is oatmeal with cheddar cheese. I know it sounds gross, but it's so good!

Also we have the first sighting of the baby bump! The nurses confirmed it really is a baby bump and even though it's early, I have 3 babies in there! We will be looking for some maternity pants this weekend or at least a band to keep my normal pants on properly so that I don't walk around with my pants unzipped all day!

I look forward to next week when we get to see our babies again!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Over a year later we finally hear 3 beating hearts

Single Baby

So here's the beginning of our journey...

Scott and I have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which basically means I make a lot of eggs, but none of them could get big enough on their own to be released. We resorted to basic fertility drugs that you take orally, but after 4 failed rounds of that we moved on to a fertility specialist.

Right away we felt extremely comfortable with this group of three doctors. We began by doing injections only, but the first round didn't work. We had to wait a month because I developed large cysts. So towards the end of November we began injections again (3 a night!) and we planned to do IUI (insemination). I know you are all shocked that I have been able to do injections nightly and having blood drawn every few days. Trust me I surprised myself and never passed out, thank you very much! However, I didn't respond well to the lowest dose and when they upped it the slightest degree I produced way too many eggs. They said we could either cancel the cycle or convert to invitro (IVF). We chose the later. They retrieved 13 eggs and fertilized 10 and we transferred two grade A embryos (yes they really give them grades) on December 16 and hoped for the best.

On December 23 (2 days before my pregnancy blood test) I was experiencing abdominal pain and my stomach was swelling up. I had a reaction from all of the fertility meds. They said it would be uncomfortable for a few weeks (which it was), but it would heal itself eventually. Luckily it was winter break so all I did was lounge on the couch. While I was at the doctor's office that day, I was joking with them wishing I could find out that day if I was pregnant and they decided to go for it. At 4 o'clock that evening I got the phone call from the doctor and I said "good news or bad" and he said "good news... you're totally pregnant!" I was in shock and so excited. We went back on the 26th for another blood test and my levels went up just as expected which was great. We would go back in two weeks for our first ultrasound.

On January 8th I was exactly 6 weeks pregnant and nervous for the ultrasound. He found one little heart beating and we were so excited. Scott and I both said "is that it?" He said no it looks like we have another one over here and another heart beating! We were both excited that we were having twins. This is what Scott has wanted even before the fertility meds. Thinking it was over the doctor continues... "well this is unique". It turns out one of the embryos split so there are identical twins also. There is a 1% chance of this occurring. We did not hear a heartbeat on that one, but we knew it was still early. In shock and thrilled we made our appointment for the following week.

On January 15th we went back and sure enough we heard all 3 heartbeats! We are so excited and overwhelmed all at the same time. We will go back next week to track the progress. I know triplets can have complications, but we will be under good care from many different doctors. So far I have been feeling pretty good, a little nauseous and very tired, but I'm doing well.

I would love to use this blog to update everyone so that you can all join us on this crazy journey.

Thank you for all of your support!