So about that announcement we made this morning…

by Lindsey on June 1, 2015

in Infertility, J&L Start a Family

After taking 31 days off from social media, I have an overwhelming amount of things to update you on, but I think I’ll start with some details behind the photo we posted this morning :)

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It’s true, we’re finally pregnant!!

Before I go any further I just have to say, I can’t think of a better way to give infertility the big Middle Finger, than to conceive during National Infertility Awareness Week :)

But in all seriousness, these last two years have been some of the hardest we ever thought imaginable. You have all been here for us from the very beginning and we couldn’t have gotten here without you! Your love, support, prayers, and encouragement have carried us through all of the ups and downs, and we thank you, more than we could ever express, for continuing to stand in our corner. We are so lucky to have you all in our lives!

So, without further ado, here are the details!

Based on the timing of everything, we knew we should find out the weekend of May 1-3. However, after the heartache we went through last time, I decided to wait a week to take a test, just to be sure. Of course, that put us at Mother’s Day, which I knew would either be awesome or awful, pending the outcome. Justin works on Sundays, and we had company coming, so he suggested that we test Saturday morning, before anyone arrived, and when he could be there. I woke up bright and early Saturday morning (5/9) and took the test. It was positive! I ran in and told Justin, and we were both super excited, but also a little gun-shy from our previous experience.

Since we’re going through fertility treatments, we were able to go in for bloodwork that morning. We did so, and my first HCG beta was 2054! We were just hoping for anything higher than last time (42), so we about peed our pants when we saw that number! We ended up telling my parents and brother while they were visiting that weekend, but were anxious for the second beta to truly confirm.

Monday morning (5/11), we went in for the second beta, and I was so nervous I was shaking. The girl who did the bloodwork tried to assure me that with that high of a number last time, I was probably in the clear, but I wasn’t going to believe anything until I saw it. Later that afternoon, when the results posted, I called Justin so he’d be “with me” while reviewing, and it was 4234! Seeing that number more than double finally gave us a chance to breathe! Everyone at the doctor’s office thought maybe it was multiples, until they remembered that I had waited a whole week to test. I’m so glad we did, just for that extra reassurance!

Since we were already further along than they expected, they scheduled our 5wk ultrasound for that Thursday (5/14). We were able to see a gestational sac and a yolk sac, and everything was measuring exactly how we had calculated! Seeing that black circle on the screen, even being hardly anything at this point, put both of our minds at ease. This was really happening!!

We went on vacation the week of May 18-23, which was perfect timing because we really needed to just get away and enjoy this together. Plus, I was able to do nothing but relax while the exhaustion symptoms kicked in, which came with full force that week!

When we got back, we had our 8wk ultrasound scheduled for Thursday (5/28). The hope was that we’d hear a heartbeat at this one. I realize many of you are probably thinking “you can’t do that until 10 weeks”, which is true at an OB office, but not so much at a fertility clinic, as they have different tools that pick it up sooner. Our doctor told us that if they can find a heartbeat at 8 weeks, the chance of miscarriage decreases significantly, so we were really looking forward to this appointment.

Unfortunately, it was still too small to hear anything that day, but we were able to see it! Justin and I both sat there in awe (I, of course, crying my eyes out), watching it flutter on the screen at 155 beats per minute! After the fact, we wished we had recorded it, so that’s something I’m gonna ask to do next time. Needless to say, it was the absolute very best birthday present I could have ever asked for!

Finding the heartbeat was our official “graduation” from the fertility clinic! At this point we have been passed to our OB, and we have our first appt there tomorrow! We are looking forward to finding out what our next steps are!

Barbara June 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Congratulations! I am so excited for you both!

Brad Rose June 1, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Congrats you two!!! We’ll be praying the whole way through with you guys!!

Vanessa June 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Congratulations!!! So happy & excited for the both of you!!! Nick & I always thought you guys would make such great parents! Enjoy your pregnancy!!

katelin June 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Reading this post again & it just makes me so happy for you guys! xo

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