Just a very quicky post to update the beta trajectory. Had my third beta yesterday morning. Funny story: I got up super early, as the lab at my clinic is only open 6:30-8:15am every morning. I get there and it was literally standing room only. I’ve never seen so many people in the waiting room before, even for a Saturday.
Apparently, there was a screw-up in the phlebotomist schedule because by 7:30am, she still hadn’t shown up. The ultrasound tech apologized to the growing crowd; at least I’m getting a gift card out of this. Which, odd: they offered Starbucks’ gift cards (“Put a star next to your name if you don’t like Starbucks,” said the tech. Dunkin Donuts for me it is). You’d think maybe not offering coffee gift cards to people trying to get pregnant, but whatever.
I finally got my blood drawn at close to 8am. I feel awful for the people that showed up there as soon as the clinic opened.
Alright, alright: I’ll quit stalling and give you the goods you’re really here for
Third beta came in at 6,403. Right on target for healthy beta progression!
I asked the nurse who called with the good news what she thought, based from my numbers. “It could really go either way,” she said, “but I think it’s a healthy singleton. You’ll hopefully know more this Thursday at your first ultrasound.”
First ultrasound this Thursday?! Whoa. Squeeee! Thursday cannot get here fast enough.
They did notice that my progesterone was super low, somewhere around 5, down from 30 something at my last beta on October 13th. This is because I stopped the PIO shots and am on Crinone only, so the progesterone goes straight to my uterus and isn’t measured in my bloodstream. Just to be safe, my RE decided to add oral progesterone to my protocol. I’m now taking 100mg of Prometrium three times a day.
(G-d help Larry.)
And, remember how I wrote this weekend about how I’m having a little bit of an issue with transitioning from formerly infertile to newly pregnant? And I might be teensy-weensy bit of a control freak by peeing on sticks? Here are said sticks:
While I know this is still very early (I think I’m officially 6 weeks today? I’m not sure. No clue how to measure this) and we haven’t even heard the heartbeat(s) yet, I decided it’s time to stop living in fear and start living in the joyous moment for what it is.
Yesterday, I went to Babies R Us for the first time in a very long time. I have a whole separate post to write about the experience and also a paid product review to talk about too, but at the end of the day’s event I was working, I decided to take the plunge.
I bought myself our first two baby things.
The first was a little space-themed t-shirt, since we’ve been calling this whole thing Mission Team Zoll #3. This is also a clue to our nursery theme, which I won’t be unveiling for a little while more until we can actually find items to reflect our very quirky (and very Team Zoll) theme. And then I got this too, since we’ve been calling our little embryos our MVPs:
I gave it to Larry with a little card last night, after he had been out celebrating his new daddy-to-be status with some guy pals.
It’s time to stop cowering in fear and start celebrating the joy of this moment
T-minus 4 days and counting until our first ultrasound!