Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1st Pregnancy Post!

I'm so excited to finally be writing in my blog about it's originally intended purpose!!

Last Monday, March 26, is a day that I will never forget! My 2 week wait was finally over! I had experienced many pregnancy symptoms but many of them were like PMS, so I really didn't know what Monday would bring. I went to Brooks Hospital at 7 am for my first pregnancy blood test which measures the level of HCG (pregnancy hormone) in my body. Then I had to wait, I thought the wait would take me into the afternoon but I was shocked when my phone started ringing from my doctors office at about 10:30 am. I was hoping for the best, but preparing myself for the worst! The words out of IVF Nurse Kathy's mouth were "Angie, I have good news for you," thinking about this moment is even making me emotional, I couldn't believe I was receiving THAT phone call, a phone call I wasn't sure if I'd ever get after everything we'd gone through, she told me I was pregnant! I immediately called Casey, and his phone went to voice mail. I knew he was with his Dad, so I called Bob and Casey answered the cell phone. He was in a bad service area and could barely hear me. I was sobbing while trying to tell him that I was pregnant! Well apparently I scared the shit out of him because I called him up crying! I was crying with joy! We immediately started telling our families and some close friends. Casey was ready to tell the whole world then but I wanted to wait a few days. Ohh and my HCG level came up at 350 on Monday, which was good.

I had to go for follow-up blood work on Wednesday to test the HCG level again. In typical pregnancies, the number is supposed to double every 48-72 hours. My doctors office likes to see it double every 48 hours. The nurse called me and told me my HCG level was 536. She said that they weren't too concerned yet, and that they would re-test me again on Friday. I instantly became worried then. Yes, my levels were going up (and not down) but they weren't doing the double like they had hoped for. This scared me and I was so nervous going into Friday.

I had my follow-up blood work on Friday. I waited and waited and waited which felt like FOREVER, I even called once hoping she had my results, but the nurse I speak to was on lunch! My stomach was twisting and turning all morning. I finally talked to her and told me my HCG level was now 871. It's still going up, but certainly not doubling every 48 hours. She also scheduled me for my first ultrasound on Tuesday, April 3. They still weren't concerned because the levels were rising.

I went for my ultrasound and one more blood work on Tuesday morning, this time up to Buffalo IVF. I had the ultrasound with my favorite nurse, Small Judy, she did the ultrasound and there clearly was the gestational sac, it looked good and it was exactly where it needed to be! It was so exciting seeing what our little baby is growing in! We even saw the tiny little yolk sac. Baby is too small to see just yet, but seeing that sac was definitely great news! Later on in the afternoon, I got a phone call that my HCG has now risen to 3230! Yay it's finally close to doing the doubling it's supposed to. While I was at the doctors, the nurse pointed out that generally with IVF and multiple eggs, the levels take longer to double...wish I had known that from the beginning instead of worrying myself, but oh well, that's what I do! Haha.

So now I have a picture of "Orville" hanging up on my desk in my office! I look up and just smile. It's absolutely amazing knowing I have a little baby growing inside of me. Ohh and I'm sure you're wondering about Orville?! Haha. Casey has seen the name Orville everywhere lately, and says we are naming our kid Orville. Well we're not gonna name the kid Orville, instead while it's in my belly, it will be called Orville. So that's what it's referred to as. That's what I call it when talking to it and so does Casey. My Mom pointed out that the poor kid is gonna have the nickname of Orville because that's what it will be called for the first 9 months while growing in my belly! Haha. I am 5 weeks, 6 days along right now, estimated due date is 11/29/2012. So I'm thinking Thanksgiving baby!!

So that's it for now, with my first pregnancy post.

Here are a few stats for myself and Baby Orville.
3/26/12 4w4d HCG 350. Weight 133.4 lbs.
3/28/12 4w6d HCG 536.
3/30/12 5w1d HCG 871.
4/3/12 5w5d HCG 3230. First ultrasound.


  1. I could not stop smiling while reading this!! :-) I just love reading all the details and hearing about how things progressed. I look forward to reading your updates over the next 9 months!

    1. Can't wait for my new grand baby! Do you think Baby Orville will like Turkey Tails for Thanksgiving Dinner?

  2. You don't know how happy that I am that I found you and this blog! Your hopeful attitude and positive thinking has helped me in my own fertility struggle. You never gave up! You believed in your hear that you were meant to be a mom , and that it would happen. It's comforting to be able to have someone relate to what you are dealing with. You are going to have a wonderful story to tell your child someday. Everyone who is going through infertility is a mother. We already have this intense love for a child that we aren’t even pregnant with yet. A Mother will do anything for their child. That's in essence what we are doing. We are doing everything in our power to have a baby. Motherhood just starts sooner for us! Congratulations! You are going to be a wonderful mother.

  3. Congratulations (albeit a little late!) Was this your first IVF?
    PS. I like small Judy too :)