Whew! We saw the Heartbeat!

Finally, my first ultrasound day came. I was pretty nervous because I had freaked myself out. I wasn’t feeling many symptoms, and wasn’t ‘feeling’ pregnant so i started going on the internet (bad idea) and found a lot of information that stressed me out. (Why do I do this to myself)

Anyway, the first ultrasound went well, we saw our fertility doctor for our ‘last appointment’ and had the ultrasound where we saw the sack and our little peanut. The technician pointed to a flutter and told us that was the heartbeat! it was 136 beats per minute but strong and healthy. We were 7 weeks 3 days yesterday at our ultrasound but our little peanut measured at 8 weeks 2 days so our RE was pleased with that. (My pregnancy apps say our babe should be the size of a blueberry this week!)

Once you hear the heartbeat our RE said that the chance of miscarriage is low, like 3%.Mr. Truffles was so cute pumping his fist in the air (kinda like golfers do) walking out of the clinic to the car. Mr. Truffles and I told my family already (they live in town) and we are waiting to tell his family (who live out of town) and are planning a visit to see them at the end of this month at around our 10 week mark.

Mr. Truffles and I are slowly allowing ourselves to be excited. We’re planning a lot of wknd trips for ourselves, and with friends, and are slowly thinking of where we’d want to go on our big babymoon. I found Mr. Truffles reading the baby book that our RE gave us yesterday and I couldn’t help but smile. These days we often like to just sit on the couch or lay in bed imagining what it will really be like to have our baby here! We never used to allow ourselves to ‘go there’ because it would make us so sad, but already our little peanut has brought us so much joy!

We have our first appointment with our regular OBGYN on February 20th. We were recommended to a specific doctor who is known to be excellent by our RE. It was kind of an ordeal getting an appointment with her because she’s so busy but Mr. Truffles worked his magic (after I was defeated) and got us an appointment at our 10 week mark. I’m sad to be leaving my clinic because they are so responsive, so wonderful, and so professional. But I’m glad to have graduated and to be moving on.

Thanks for all your support friends!

xo, trufflelove

What happens after 5 day transfer?

(taken from: http://www.nyufertilitycenter.org/ivf/embryo_transfer)

5-Day Transfer

Days Past
Transfer (DPT)
Embryo Development
One The blastocyst begins to hatch out of its shell
Two The blastocyst continues to hatch out of its shell and begins to attach itself to the uterus
Three The blastocyst attaches deeper into the uterine lining, beginning implantation
Four Implantation continues
Five Implantation is complete, cells that will eventually become the placenta and fetus have begun to develop
Six Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) starts to enter the blood stream
Seven Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted
Eight Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted
Nine Levels of hCG are now high enough to detect a pregnancy

Interesting to see where we’re at. I hope my embie(s) are busy implanting!!!

A little about me …

I guess it’d be good to do a little intro about myself and where my hubby and I are in our journey in trying to make our family.

I’m 31, and Mr. Truffle is 33. We were married in 2007 when we were 26 and 28.  Since then, we’ve been traveling and enjoying life. Mr. Truffle has been a traveler since before we met, so when we got married, we traveled all over; Thailand, Malaysia, Carribean, South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, Spain, France, Italy, London and more. All the while that we were traveling and living life, I was also taking night classes in Grad School AND working a full time job. I look back and I still don’t know how I did that.

Anyway, we said after our Europe trip, we’d start trying. This was when I was 28, in 2010. Since then this has been our fertility journey:

7/2010-7/2011 – Trying naturally for 6 months and then decided to try opk sticks. Finding out that I ovulate a bit late on my regular 28-30 day cycle.

8/2011  – Start charting my bbt temps. I find that I have a slightly short luteal phase, but nothing a little vitamin B Complex can’t fix

11/2011 – Go to my OBGYN to let them know “um, I’m 30 years old and I’ve been trying for a year with no luck” they do a few blood tests and everything looks fine. They say I can go to Fertility Clinic if I feel I need to.

3/2012 – I go make my first appointment. Mr. Truffle does a SA – everything on his end is perfect. I do an HSG and they tell me that my tubes are open but I MAY have polyps (what?).

4/2012– I find I do not have polyps through a diagnostic hysteroscopy. I’m relieved, but not really. At this point I was excited to just go ahead and remove the polyps already so I could hurry up and get preggers! if it’s not the polyps, what IS it? Ugh, I guess it is a good thing I dont’ have polyps, I should be thankful that nothing is ‘wrong.’

5/2012 – IUI #1 – medicated with 5mg of Letrazole, natural ovulation. BFN (1 day chem preg – I’ll expand in another post)

6/2012 – IUI #2 – medicated with 5mg of Letrzole, CD9 fsh (Brevelle injection), Ovridel (trigger), 100mg of Prometrium (progesterone)  BFN

6/20/2012 – Ever since we started the IUI #2, Mr. Truffle and I have been contemplating IVF, and we are 99% sure we will do that this cycle. (I’m currently on CD2) Today is our RE’s IVF seminar that they hold once a month. We have to tell my Nurse Practitioner (NP) if we are doing IVF for sure by Thursday (tomorrow) so that I could start my birth control pills.

So my diagnosis? Unexplained Infertility (Bleh). My thoughts on infertility… at first was devestation. ‘Why ME! – why can’t I be one of those girls who got pregnant on the first try!’ But now, it has now subsided to a weird level of acceptance numbness maybe? I believe that I will get pregnant, and I believe that I will be a mother, I am just frustrated (and annoyed) at the process.

-truffle