Our miracle RAINBOW BABY BOY arrived 8/2018

1st IVF = BFN
2nd IVF = Baby A, born May 2015
3rd IVF = Miscarriage at 14 weeks
4th IVF = BFN
After we paid for 5th IVF, positive pregnancy without IVF!

Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.

Friday, November 4, 2016

1st Sonogram + Rising HCG

On the Friday before Halloween, I had my first sonogram and there was something there! Because it was so early, a gestational sac was visible. Just one. They said I was 5.5 weeks along, two weeks farther than I realized. I forgot you get "credit" for two weeks! This puts me with a June 27th due date. Because we will do c-section, baby will be here around June 13th.
Seeing something on the sonogram made me feel so relieved and even more hopeful. Then, yesterday, I was given my HCG results: 11,287 up from 842 a week prior. This means our baby is a growin'! I breathed another huge sigh of relief. When we saw Baby A's heartbeat at 6 weeks, there was another sac visible, but it was gone by the next week. I was worried this could be the same. But, since my HCG is right on track, we know that it is actually growing and not just a sac.

My next ultrasound on November 7th should detect a heartbeat! I cannot wait! Then, at 10 weeks, we will have the genetic testing done which will tell us everything is okay, and also the gender. No longer requiring amniocentesis (which poses a risk to baby), this is just a blood test! The final hurdle we then need to clear is at 12 weeks, when I enter my second trimester and the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically. We're more than half way there!

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