Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I'm really pregnant!

Yesterday morning Josh (my DH) and I drove out to Fort Worth for my first beta test.  For those not familiar, a beta blood test looks for the amount of HcG (the pregnancy hormone) in your blood.  An average number for a single baby is between 50-100 at the number of days past ovulation I am (14 or 9dp5dt). 

My beta was 220!!

First off, it’s a great solid number.  At the very least it indicates that we should have at least one very healthy baby snuggled in.  It could also mean we are looking at twins, but it is still really early to be sure.  Our 6 week sonogram will give us a more definite answer which should be right around the beginning of September.

When I told M. what the number was he said “OMG there are like 15 people I need to text!” – He was very excited!

I can’t say that I feel very pregnant yet, other than just being really tired.  Naps are glorious things and I wish my office allowed me to take one around 3pm every afternoon. 

So, we repeat the beta test tomorrow (8/1/12) to make sure it is doubling enough.  Basically, you want the HcG to be increasing at least 50% for every 48 hours, or better. 

I’m going to take a wild guess that it’s going to be 485 tomorrow… we’ll see how accurate I am then.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

And so it begins...

(I feel like the Mortal Kombat music should be playing now…)

In May of 2011 I signed up with a surrogacy agency based in Dallas, Simple Surrogacy.  I matched quickly with a very nice couple, but after 9 months we separated without getting to the medications stage.

I was very disappointed that things didn’t work out the way I had hoped, but after a short break of a week or so, I contact the agency again and told them I was ready to match with someone else.

A few days later I was sent ‘M’s’ Profile.  (Until I get his consent I’ll just use his first initial)

I’ve never considered myself to be traditional, but when I realized that he would be a single father I had to really think if I was okay with that.  After really reading the things he put in his profile, then meeting him for dinner, I knew he would be a wonderful father and I really wanted to be the surrogate to help him with that.

A few days later we were an official match.  We started contracts shortly after, and then medications in mid-June.

After 30 Lupron shots, and

67 estrogen pills, and

6 days of Progesterone shots

we transferred two 5 day old beautiful Grade A “hatching” embryos – or Blastocysts more accurately.    

Today, July 25th is officially 4dp5dt (4 days past a 5 day transfer) and I got my very first, very very light, positive pregnancy test!  (I know for non-surro eyes it might be really hard to see, but I promise it's there)

I’m going to keep POAS (peeing on a stick hehe) each day and posting a picture of tests as the second line gets darker and darker.

I'll be continuing the estrogen and progesterone shots for another 61 days (my bottom feels like a pin cushion already).

We have our beta blood test on 7/30 to confirm the pregnancy!