Friday, July 29, 2011

Hcg Levels Still On The Rise...

On July 18th, 5dt14dpt,  J went for her second Hcg test.  Hcg still on the rise!  Yes!  It brought tears to my eyes!  It was one step closer to having our dreams come together.  Lisa said they would like her Hcg level to be at least 1,788.  J's Hcg came back at 2,092!  Wow!  I couldn't get over it.  When Brian came home from work we did our "happy dance" dancing around the kitchen, while Travis looked at us as if we were crazy!  lol :)

We don't know as of yet if their our multiples or not, but I was told it was a strong positive pregnancy.  We were to have another ultrasound on July 21 to find out how many sacs there are, but J and I agreed to wait and do the ultrasound for the number of sacs and heartbeat at the same time.  We go on July 30th for our first ultrasound!  Cross your fingers!  Until then, keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

Exciting News!!

On July 14th, 5dt10dpt, our J had her Hcg level drawn.  I received a call in the afternoon from Lisa at FCI that the pregnancy test came back POSITIVE!  How exciting!  FCI were expecting Hcg levels of 50 or above.  J came back with 447!  I was lost for words.  We have been through so much.  Of course I was excited, but then after it sank in,  reality kicked in and I had to take a step back and caution took over.  I didn't want to be too excited and then my bubble get popped.  I, myself, have medically, traveled a long road and have been through so much to get to this point.  It was like when I first found out I was pregnant with Travis.  I took the first pregnancy test and it said negative.  Four days later I took another and it said "positive".  I still wouldn't believe it so I made a doctor's appoint to get my blood drawn and the results didn't change.  It was definitely a "positive".  When I got sick with leukemia when I was 18 years old, one set of doctors said I probably won't be able to have children and then two months later another set of doctors told me I had a 50/50 chance.  Travis was definitely my miracle baby!  …and now another miracle!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It finally happened...

Our donor passed the medical screening and was good to go.  That was great news after have gone through two prior donors.  After coordinating the egg donor and our surrogate, we were finally able to begin our IVF cycle in June.  Our donor started her medicines on June 6 and responded very nicely to the stimulation.  We ended up with 21 measurable follicles!  Out of the 21 follicles 17 were injected with Brian's sperm and 14 continued to grow to embryos.  What a GREAT number to work with!  Much, much better than when I went through IVF myself and only had one to work with.

Well, 4th of July was the date for transfer.  Five o'clock in the morning rolled around really quick to get ready and be downtown Chicago at 7:30 a.m.  Good thing we didn't have to fight traffic.  It was smooth sailing all the way downtown.  J & M were already there smiling and cheery as usual.  We couldn't have asked for a better couple to work with.  Our surrogate is always smiling every time you see her and M is so supportive.   Every time we talk on the phone or see each other we always share a good laugh and are so comfortable around each other.

We met with the Endocrinologist  and confirmed that we were transferring two embryos.  The two embryos were graded as a 2AB (the "Beauty Queen") and 2BB.  The men were sent out of the room and I was able to stay and observe the transfer.  The Ultrasound Tech was amazed how wonderful  J's uterus lining looked.  Two thumbs up!  :)   I told J "I don't whose more nervous me or you."  She responded that I was probably more nervous.  I have to agree.  J was so laid back like it was just another task in her day.  She is such an amazing person to give this gift of bringing a life of a child into this world for another person.  Such an unselfish act.  The procedure was over within 15 - 20 minutes.

We were planning on going to breakfast after transfer, but J was told to go home and rest and have M pamper her for the next day or two.  Oh, well, next time.

July 14 is the big day to check levels!  Let's hope it will be a 4th of July to remember!  Cross those fingers and toes for us!  Sticky thoughts until then...