Beta #3

After some significant frustration with the nurses at my OB's office, I finally received my 3rd beta results this morning from the bloodwork that was taken on the 25th (originally scheduled for the 27th). 

My betas look like this:

4/16/2012- 61 Progesterone 10.1
4/18/2012- 157 Progesterone 11.6
4/25/2012- 3531 

I am thrilled with these results! I wish progesterone had been taken but, again, the nurses in my doctor's office aren't exactly the best nurses. I have several things to discuss with my doctor at my first appointment and on top of the list... the serious lack of professionalism and compassion his nursing staff has showed me over the last 2 weeks. 

Anyway, these are the numbers. I still can't believe I'm actually pregnant. Amazing.

8* week Bumpdate

 *There's an asterisk by 8 because until my ultrasound on 5/4/12, I am technically 8 weeks pregnant today. I, however, know that I'm around 6 weeks.

How far along? 8* see above

Weight gain/loss:   Remember how I mentioned last week that my scale was broken? I really think it is. This morning it says I weighed 143.8 which is a 3 pound loss since last week. That's not possible. If anything, I feel like I've gained weight.

Feeling: Still feeling pretty normal for the most part. I've had 2 very bad dizzy spells...to the point that I don't remember the rest of the night. I've still got some bloat going on but it doesn't feel as bad as it was last week. I haven't had any nausea yet so I guess that's a good thing? I'd like a couple of small reminders every now and then that I am, in fact, growing a human so some nausea would likely be appreciated every now and then. 

Maternity clothes? None yet. I think mom is going to take me shopping when we have our girls weekend the 12th and 13th. Definitely looking forward to looking at maternity clothes and getting idea of pricing and sizing.

Sleep: I'm sleeping very well at night. I'm not feeling any exhaustion yet but I have noticed a lot more yawning and an overall laziness feeling.

Food cravings: No real cravings yet.

Movement? None.

What I miss? CAFFEINE!!! Although I am doing very well with the lack of caffeine, I still miss it so much!

Best moment this week: Finally spending some time in the sun. Got my first sunburn of the year and a little raccoon eye going on. We spent some great time with family and friends this weekend (when we weren't working). I am so excited that boating season started 2 whole months early thanks to the warm weather we've been having. We have been out on the lake since late March but this was the first weekend that I felt the conditions were right for a swimsuit.

What I'm looking forward to:  Our first appointment is Friday. I'm counting down the hours until I see this baby on that monitor! And...Cody (my 18 year old brother-in-law) is playing his final regular games of the season for baseball this week. Tonight was the final regular season game he started pitching (he's the teams main pitcher) and tomorrow is senior night at the final game of the regular season. He will go on to pitch in college as he's already been offered some scholarships to various schools but I can't believe this is it for high school. Of course, they've made it to the tournaments so I still have some more games to watch but this is it for regular ball. :(

Next Appointment: May 4th.

Milestones: Week 8*- baby is the size of a raspberry...the little arms and legs are moving like crazy. OR Week 6- baby is the size of a sweet pea...blood is starting to circulate


7* week bumpdate

 *There's an asterisk by 7 because until my ultrasound on 5/4/12, I am technically 7 weeks pregnant today. I, however, know that I'm around 5 weeks.

How far along? 7* see above

Weight gain/loss:    Apparently my scale is lying to me at home because it says I'm up 1.8 pounds from last Monday. Today I weigh 146.8 as opposed to 145 last Monday. I think I need a new scale... especially since just 2 years ago it said 118.

Feeling: I've had some mild cramping/twinges a few times a day but no nausea or anything of the sort. I've also had some killer bloat and minor backaches. Overall I feel pretty normal though.

Maternity clothes? None yet but I have a feeling I'll need a BellaBand soon as I was already outgrowing my pants from gaining some weight before I found out I was pregnant. My pants are definitely much tighter in the evening and into the night.

Sleep: Not really any difference yet. I've been waking up about 30 minutes earlier than usual though. I've also been really uncomfortable sleeping on the boat. This started last Saturday night (before I found out) so I know it's not in my head.

Food cravings: I really wanted some Krispy Kreme earlier in the week but once we got it, I wanted nothing to do with it.

Movement? None.

What I miss? Mountain Dew. I went from drinking 6-8 cans a day down to 1 in the afternoon. I might die, ya'll! This is probably going to be the hardest thing for me. I am a serious caffeine addict. I've had some terrible headaches this week due to the lack of caffeine.

Best moment this week: By far, telling our parents. I think they were more excited then we were. My mom and dad have already started shopping. This baby is going to be spoiled for sure!

What I'm looking forward to: Since I'm on progesterone oral supplements, I will have another round of betas and progesterone check on Friday the 27th. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how things are progressing and then, of course, my first appointment and ultrasound on Friday 5/4.

Next Appointment: May 4th.

Milestones: Week 7*- baby is the size of a blueberry...brain is growing fast. OR Week 5- baby is the size of an appleseed...major organs and systems are now forming.

Against my better judgment this early on, we made our first baby purchase Sunday, the 22nd. We saw the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib at an Essex Outlet here in Nashville about a month ago and fell in love with it; thought it would be perfect for the boat. The same travel crib is $220-$260 on Amazon. The Outlet had it advertised for $145. We went today just to see if they still had it and sure enough, they still had the display model. I asked if we could get a discount since it was the display and when the lady said $69, I pretty much yelled "We'll take it". I think it was one heck of a deal and there was just no way I could pass it up.


Well, friends....

After 2.5 years, the words "I'M PREGNANT" have finally come out of my mouth on a few occasions. 

Check these BEAUTIFUL lines out...

On Sunday, April 15, 2012 Josh and I finally found out that I'm pregnant. 

Beta #1 (4/16/12): 61 Progesterone 10.1
Beta #2 (4/18/12): 157 Progesterone 11.6

I am taking Prometrium to help increase the progesterone levels but my doctor believes we have nothing to worry about at this point. I will have another beta on 4/27/12 just to make sure the Prometrium is doing its' job and my first appointment and ultrasound is scheduled for 2 weeks from today on Friday, May 4th.

Going by my last period, today would be 6w4d. I, however, do not believe I am that far along and I believe my betas support that belief as well. I don't think I'm any further than 5 weeks or so. I know you're asking, "well, Jenn, didn't you chart this cycle"? No. No, no I didn't and I am constantly kicking myself in the ass for it. As much as I hate to say this... we did NOTHING this cycle but have sex. No clomid, no charting, no OPKs, no timed sex... absolutely nothing.

We went ahead and took my first bump pic Monday the 16th which, as of right now, is considered 6 weeks and the day I've had the most bloat yet (and this was before dinner).

Other than bloat and some mild cramping, I've had no symptoms yet. I'd be happy with a little nausea every now and then though. Ya know... because I'm a freak like that. 

We've already told immediate family and some random best friends. We told our parents on Monday by framing them the picture below. When I handed each mom the frame, I told them that we wanted them to know there are 3 people in the picture. My mom jumped off the couch immediately while dad was a little confused. Josh's stepmom was really confused. Really, really confused. He finally said.. Tina, she's pregnant! I know his dad got it because while Tina was trying to figure it out, John was grinning from ear to ear which, by the way, is damn near impossible to make that man do.

For now, I'm going to enjoy every minute of this and try not to stress about the "what if's" even though they cross my mind frequently. Today, I am pregnant and I am already in love with this child.