Wednesday, 13 August 2014

So far, so good

Still here!  And still pregnant.  We had another ultrasound on Monday (7w3d) and baby (holyshitBABY!!) was measuring two days ahead with a heartbeat of 158.  We've officially graduated from our RE and don't have another appointment until our nuchal translucency scan around 11 weeks.  Guess I'll just have to somehow get through the next month assuming things are still developing as they should!

Actually, I'm weirdly positive about this whole thing. Weirdly for me, anyway, given my tendency towards pessimism in all things.  I think it might have something to do with the fact that we're not dealing with my crappy old eggs anymore.  Every time we did a cycle with my eggs, I knew the odds were stacked against us so I kind of just assumed that things wouldn't work out.  Knowing that my egg quality was so poor, I think even if I'd managed a sustained pregnancy I probably would have been super stressed thinking that it wouldn't last.  But because we're dealing with phenomenal 27-year old donor eggs, that worry is a lot less present right now.  It's not entirely absent, though, and so far we've only told a handful of people including close family and a few friends who knew we were going to Prague for DEIVF.

So yeah, things have been going pretty well overall.  At first I didn't have any morning sickness at all, and then when I finally got it a little bit it wasn't at all like I expected.  I always figured it would be like on TV where all of a sudden, a pregnant lady gets hit with a wave of nausea and runs to the bathroom to puke her guts up.  I'm sure it's like that for some people, but for me it's been more like a constant low-level generally icky queasy feeling that hangs around throughout the day, but never really gets bad enough to make me vomit.


And speaking of handling, the one pregnancy symptom that M has been loving so far: BOOBS.  I've never been particularly well-endowed, and when I'm working out regularly and eating well I can drop as low as an A-cup.  And, since I'm pushing 40, that A-cup has gotten steadily flatter and decidedly less perky as the years pass.

Not anymore, baby.  Right now I'm rockin' some tig ol' bitties!  Well, OK, I'm sure I'm only a generous B-cup at the moment but these things are defying gravity.  I take my bra off before bed and they do.  Not.  Move.  They're firm and proud and perfectly round.  It's like I've had implants.  Which, considering how much money we spent to finally get me pregnant, seems like a fair deal.  Luckily for me, my breasts have never really been that sensitive (playing with my boobs as foreplay?  You might as well be fondling my elbow) so I haven't had to worry about tenderness or anything that would prevent M from having tons of motorboating fun.


My trifecta of symptoms is also including freakish levels of hunger that come on with lightning speed.  I've been trying to eat smaller, more frequent meals but some days it seems like I can barely go half an hour without needing to eat.  If I don't deal with the issue right away, my body skips that in-between phase of "a little gurgly in the tummy" hunger and fast-forwards straight to "my stomach is devouring itself" levels of hunger.  I get cranky and confused and all I can think about is how soon can I get some food in my face.


All in all, things are have been pretty uneventful and that's just fine by me. 

21 comments:

  1. I am so happy things are going well!!! I was laughing so hard about boobs. Bob would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have the kind of enjoyment that M gets to have. I told him about what's happening to you, and he said he can't wait to be able to have that.

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  2. Congrats on graduating from your RE! No news is good news, and I'm so glad this cycle has given you peace of mind.

    --Violetta

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  3. Oh, I am so happy for you!! Yeah, having donor egg-conceived baby a-growing is the best piece of mind, isn't it? Enjoy those boobies -- I laughed at your elbow comparison, ME TOO. But now I can't bear DH to go near them. Can't imagine the level of pain / sensitivity most women experience! So excited that you graduated, woohoo!!

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  4. Its so awesome to read a pregnancy post drom you!

    Isn't the boob thing awesome? Andino loved it too but unfortunately I am very sensitive in the ol' nips! Well, I was before breastfeeding but I probably won't be anymore. I wonder if you'll have an easier time nursing... If yyou plan to do so

    So happy for you :)

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  5. Congrats!!! Very happy for you that things are going well. All those pregnancy symptoms help to keep us feeling sane & that the baby is still growing well through the long first trimester.

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  6. So exciting!! Very happy for you!

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  7. I had that exact same experience of "morning sickness" - but all day. I described it as feeling like I got off a rocky boat about an hour ago. Just all day, low level green. I cannot recommend ginger chews enough. I would motorboat the Ginger People's plain ginger chews if they wouldn't kick me out of Trader Joe's.
    So excited for you and I think that your positivity is DEAD ON. Sometimes you know! Happy happy.

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  8. I am so happy to read this and see how well you are doing. From my experience, measuring ahead is a VERY good thing and should be a huge reassurance. My girls have measured ahead since day one. I am super jealous about the boob thing. I am still waiting!!

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  9. How great to read a pregnancy post! keep them coming. :-) Good to hear you are already finding some things to enjoy about pregnancy. It's probably just a well that you started out small as those boobs grow and grow and...(I have trouble even with maternity tops). I'm sure you have great pecs from working out so that helps perk them up! Also glad to hear the nausea is manageable at this point. Definitely follow your body's lead about when and how much to eat and hopefully it stays that way!!

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  10. Glad to hear all is well and that you are having few pesky symptoms. :) That is too funny about your boobs! Glad they aren't super sensitive so your DH can have his fun :)

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  11. As I believe you said to me once, boring is good. Stay boring, my friend!

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  12. Fantastic. Uneventful, as it should be. Any comment/explanation yet from doctors for the high betas? Just curious. And your nausea sounds exactly like mine was, the lingering, non-vomit kind. (:

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  13. Great news and so glad you are generally feeling pretty good! And the added bonus of boobs - woo!

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  14. Oh hooray! Was hoping for another update from you... these early days can be so nerve-wracking. But sounds like everything is ticking along merrily and all those symptoms must be pretty reassuring. Just don't panic when suddenly you aren't nauseous anymore or whatever :) And yeah, totally feel you on the hunger thing -- there is NO in-between stage. It's either perfectly satiated or GET OUT OF MY WAY AND SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR FOOD NOW! And fair enough, your body is trying to grown a damn human, the least you can do is feed it, I guess!

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  15. Yes!! I've been hoping for an update. Congratulations! So, so happy for you! Susan

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  16. Yay! Just yay. So happy to read this post! May the nausea continue just enough to reassure you, and may you (and hubby) enjoy those boobs!

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  17. Ha, this made me giggle!!! The boob thing, I'm right there with you, never really did a whole lot for me and they don't bug me now so N loves it!

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  18. So happy to read an update from you and I'm so happy that things are still going well! Yay!

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  19. Been happy dancing since I read this. This is amazingly happy news!!! I totally get feeling positive because of DE; I was so scared and nervous during my last cycle, kind of dreading it, but I can't wait for my DE cycle!

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  20. This post makes me so happy. Seriously. I will randomly think about you being pregnant during the day and smile. And I don't even know your real name. The internet is weird.
    I had the non-vomiting kind of morning sickness. Although it wasn't a low-level queasy feeling...it was intense and miserable and unrelenting. You couldn't pay me to even be in the same room as food, much less eat it. So, I am hoping yours stays mild.
    (and enjoy the boobs while you have them. mine are now somehow smaller than before I was pregnant and I wasn't working with a lot to begin with.)

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