Monday, October 31, 2011

The number of the day is...

Beta 12dp5dt

BAM!  Now that is what I am talking about!!!!  The general rule is that you want beta levels to double every 48 hours.  With this said, we were looking for anything over 345, so 585 is a rockin' beta level!  This  is definitely confirmation that our pregnancy is on the right track!  God's plan is unfolding before our very eyes and our dreams are coming true!  Glory be to God.  

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
2Corinthians 9:15 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Beta for 9dp5dt is......

138!!!!!! We are so happy! That's a good, strong number!! We are definitely pregnant!!!!

Amanda's next beta will be Monday!! Please continue to keep us in your prayers!!! We are just over the moon right now excited!!!!!!!

Waiting for the first beta results...

Amanda went to a clinic here this morning to have her first beta drawn.. Now we're just patiently & anxiously waiting on the results!!

While we're waiting, I thought I'd share some pictures of the kids last night at a Halloween Party at our fitness center.. The kids had a blast!!

Cheese!! Hunter, Braxton & Brady

Brady indulging in the yummy, chocolate covered fruit!

Bailey, the pretty, pink, pirate!

Whatcha have in your candy bucket Bailey?


Time for zumba!! Doing the robot dance! haha.. this was TOO funny!

So adorable!

Bailey won first for best costume!!

Relaxing after a long night of fun!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pregnant or not pregnant.. that IS the question!

Ok, so it started Sunday, October 23rd.. We decided to start REALLY early on the HPTs... We couldn't wait until Monday as previously planned, even though we knew this was really early to be testing, but we did it anyway all in fun.. So Sunday morning Amanda saved her urine in a cup at 3.5dp5dt (3.5 days past a 5 day transfer..) and then Rudy & I went over their house that night where Amanda took 2 pregnancy tests.. One tested the morning urine and one from the evening... She left them in the bathroom, turned off the lights, then a few minutes later Randy, Amanda, Rudy & I cautiously walked in, not really expecting to see anything.. but knowing if you can even see the faintest line, it's a great sign.. and here's what happened...

After comparing the 3.5 day to the 4 day, we could definitely see a difference. The 3.5 day test did not showa second line at all, but the 4 day had a faint line that you could definitely see. So after about 20 minutes of staring at the tests, lol, the guys were saying what if that one test was a fluke.. or what if the line was already there and we hadn't noticed before, So, that's all it took.. Amanda was going to take another test to confirm if our eyes were just playing tricks on us.. but first, the guys had to examine the test & make sure that there was absolutely no line showing prior to her taking the test:

So after the guys agreed there were NO lines Amanda was off to take the final 4 day (4dp5dt) First Response test.

What an unbelievable night!! This only left us more excited for the next night, hoping to see a darker line. So Rudy, Braxton & I went back over Randy & Amanda's the following night (Monday). After dinner Amanda had glow bracelets & necklaces for the kids to play with while we tested our day 5 test:


So while the kids played, Amanda went back to take another test so we could see if the line was any darker than the previous day. It was a different test than she had taken the previous night, and we were a little disappointed the line wasn't any darker.. :( So, the guys suggested she take a digital, just for fun to see if it showed positive. Amanda was definitely hesitant at first, she was afraid we'd all be disappointed if it said "Not Pregnant".. but we all assured her we wouldn't be disappointed and I think we all subconsciously knew that it was way too early for a digital positive (which has to have at least 40-50 HCG level) to show "Pregnant".. So here's the video of what happened.. You can see at the beginning that we were all thinking it wasn't going to be a good result since it is only 5 days past & probably way to early for a digi positive.. so here's what happened:


Was that not amazing or what??????? WOW!!! We're pregnant!!!!!! This was such a magical moment that I'll never forget! I just can't stop watching this video and reliving this moment. We just feel so blessed right now. Thank you Lord for blessing us and answering our prayers!!

Here are some of our HPT pictures!!

This was Monday's.. 5dp5dt!!

This is today's (Wednesday, 7dp5dt)

The first beta test is this Friday!! 9dp5dt!! We'll update you soon on the results!!

Thank you everyone for your continued prayers!!! We are just over the moon excited right now!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Transfer Video!!

This and That...Oh yeah and THE TRANSFER!!!!

"Their peas are in my pod!"

Progesterone, you are no friend of mine!  Six days before transfer I started daily doses of the dreaded progesterone.  We are not talking about small doses here, we are talking 2cc EVERY SINGLE DAY!  My bum is so very sore, red, irritated and bruised! One might think that the big fat 1 1/2 inch needle would be the painful part.  That needle may look scary but it's not the actual stick from the needle or the injecting of the medication that bothers me, it's the soreness that occurs deep in my muscle the next day.  Some days the soreness is not so bad, more like I just had a great workout (wishful thinking).  Other days, I feel as though I was SHOT (no pun intended) in the butt  and its so painful that I walk funny all day long.   I am allowed to whine a bit, right?  I am slowly learning that if I break the injections in half this helps tremendously with the pain.  Heather, our nurse from SIRM, suggested injecting 1cc in one side and 1 cc in the other side.  Even though, yes it is 2 separate sticks, this will most definitely relieve soreness and pain.  Deep massaging and applying heat around the injection site have also helped with relief. I will be continuing the progesterone until we see the heartbeat of a little peanut or a negative pregnancy is discovered.  
As you may have already read earlier in our blog, we had dinner over at Kristen & Rudy's Monday night.  It was a chance for us all to fellowship and celebrate together before the transfer.  We had the opportunity to meet and visit with Jerry and Carolyn, who are Kristen's Mom and Step-Dad.  After our delicious fajita dinner, we visited a bit more before Kristen and Rudy presented me with the a basket full of goodies!  The  most important gifts in the basket, that were sticking out like a sore thumb, of course were the 2 boxes of pregnancy tests.  Awww...thanks you guys, what I always wanted!  Also included in the basket were lots of Bath & Body works aromatherapy relaxation kits, bath salts, personalized coffee/drink cup, jewelry that is symbolic to our journey, and my very favorite part of the whole basket was the "Putting their peas in my Pod" T-shirt!  Love, love that!   
 Although Kristen already blogged about Transfer day,  I also wanted to write a little bit about that day.  The day went just as planned!  No hiccups!  The number one question that is just so natural for people to ask is "Are you nervous or are you getting nervous?" My answer which was surprising to some was, "No".   My heart has been at peace since we started our journey and continued even throughout the transfer.  God has a plan, one which I have in trusted full faith in!  
Please continue praying that God's will is served during this chapter in all of our lives.  What most of you may not realize is that there is only a 50% chance that I will even become pregnant.  You would think it would be a given when they put two healthy embryos into a snug healthy uterus that surely a pregnancy would result.  However, that is not the case.  Next Friday, October 28 is when I am scheduled for my first blood work to be drawn.  Hopefully the levels will determine if we are pregnant or not.  Think positive!
Since the transfer I have been a complete bum and couch potato.  Transfer Protocol requires 24 hours bed rest!  Randy has been taking good care of me; I couldn't ask for a better hubby to support me throughout this process.  Stay tuned for updates...

Brady is quite the photographer as he captures Braxton in front of the skeleton 

My Kristen & Rudy! 

Hopefully this time next year there will be more lil' ones!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Transfer day - We did it!!!!!!!!!

Wow, words can't even express the feelings I have wrapped around my heart right now. Honestly, today could not have gone any better!! After dropping off Brax, sitting through an hour of lecture.. I met Rudy at my mother-in-law's around 10:15am. She was boasting with excitement about what was to come later in the day (as were we). Rudy and I hopped in the truck & drove over to Randy's mom's (2 blocks away!) and we picked up Randy & Amanda and off we were to the big "D"!

When we arrived in Dallas we had about 1 hour to spare, so we grabbed a quick bite at "In & Out Burger"! Rudy & I had never been there before and I must admit, it was really good!! Then we headed on over to the hospital and we had "Rockstar" parking as Amanda would say, lol..
I insisted that we take some pictures in the beautiful lobby and one by-stander was so nice to take this group shot of all of us!

After an employee told us we were "taking magnificent photos, but we would have to stop because of patient protection", lol.. We headed up to the 6th floor of the hospital and waited for a short while and then Randy & Amanda went back and she gowned up.. Look how cute they are!

a few minutes later we walked back and then the embryologist informed us that our 2 frozen embryos (in straw #1) were looking great.. expanding and looking well!

 A few minutes later they wheeled Amanda back with Randy to get her prepared for the transfer. After about 15 minutes Rudy & I went back and saw our beautiful little embryos snuggle in with Amanda and hopefully make a home for the next 8 months!!! It was so surreal.. I think I had chills the entire time.. I'll post the video soon! It went seamlessly with no problems at all! The next 30 minutes were the hardest part.. Amanda had a full bladder and she had to lay flat for half an hour before getting up to go.. Amanda had saved the "Friends" episode where Phoebe is a surrogate for her brother on her iPad. So we listened to it and took pictures to occupy the time and help the minutes pass for Amanda until she could finally get up and run to the restroom!

 Plenty of time to take pictures & absorb the reality of what was happening.. a miracle..

So after 30 min. of laying still, Amanda got up and carefully walked to the restroom.. when she came out we took this picture below with our amazing Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Saleh..

On our way out we talked to a few employees at SIRM including Heather who helped Amanda with her new schedule. She'll continue to take estrogen twice a week, suppository, Progesterone injections every night until heartbeat (ouch, poor thing!) and no picking up anything heavier than 10 lbs until heartbeat. We walked out of the hospital and Rudy & Randy went to get the truck while Amanda & I sat on the bench discussing when we should take the first pregnancy test (how exciting!!). We decided to start really early just for fun, so next Sunday evening we'll all get together and she'll take the first test at 3.5dp5dt.

On our way back home we were all on cloud 9! I think we all had a permanent smile on our face and enjoyed reminiscing about our amazing day!

When we arrived in Waco, Randy's mom Janie & Mike had us all over for chicken fried steak!! It was oh so good and so sweet of them to do for all of us!! All the kids had fun playing together.. Amanda & Randy even had a sweet bday card for Rudy since today is his birthday!! Oh, and you have to check out this sweet pic of Amanda & Brax! What do you think about the shirt we got her, lol!!

After we left Mike & Janie's, my mom had us a bday cake for Rudy & a transfer day cake!! What a surprise..

I honestly couldn't have dreamed of a better transfer day! Today was so amazing and I'm just thanking God every moment for sending us Randy & Amanda to go through this journey with!! Amanda, you are our angel and you are such an amazing woman and friend.. I love you!!

Thanks to everyone for your prayers.. we need all we can get right now.. this is the hardest part.. the wait!!! Here we go...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Celebrating the upcoming transfer!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011.. A fun evening of excitement.. looking forward to our upcoming transfer tomorrow!!!

After Brady & Braxton both said the prayer... time to eat!!

Miss Bailey.. she's such a doll!!!

Ok prayer warriors.. it's that time.. transfer is tomorrow at 1:15!!! Amanda, Randy, Rudy and I will all meet up in the morning and head to Dallas! Amanda will drink about 64oz of water about a hour prior to the transfer since they'd like her bladder full. When we get there we'll find out if our 2 embryos in the first straw make the thaw. If one or both don't make the thaw or expand appropriately, then they'll thaw our last straw of 2 embryos. I'm so nervous & excited.. I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight!

We'll update again tomorrow and let everyone know how the transfer went. Thank you to everyone for your positive thoughts & prayers!! Keep 'em comin'!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Estrogen Levels & Ultrasound #2

Hello my loyal Blogger friends! The big "T" day is quickly approaching, so I wanted to give a quick update. Estrogen levels looked perfect on the first blood test, however on the second test levels were slightly lower than expected. No worries there, a simple increase in dosage put the numbers right where the doctor needed them to be.

My second ultrasound was this past Monday October 10 in Dallas. Dr. Saleh measured the lining of my uterus to make sure it was nice and thick, ready to make a comfy home for baby embies! Dr. Saleh said everything looks perfect and we can proceed with the planned transfer date of Wednesday October 19th. Hooray for good news!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Less than 2 weeks to go!!

I can't believe we are now only 2 weeks away from our transfer!! Our tentative date is still October 19th!!

Amanda had her first ultrasound last Monday (9/26) in Dallas and Dr. Saleh said everything looks great! This Monday she had her first Estrogen test and they said her results show that her body is responding perfectly to the meds!! She had a second Estrogen test today & the RE office will receive the results tomorrow. Next Monday she'll make another trip to Dallas for her next check-up u/s and will get her med calendar for the following weeks.

So far Amanda is doing great and all is going well!! Thank you to everyone who is praying for us! We'll be updating a lot more often now that we're getting close to transfer time!! Keep your prayers coming.. they are greatly appreciated!!!