TTC friends, I promise I will try to write about other topics, in addition to pregnancy! Please don’t leave me! 🙂 I love you! I’m still here for you!
5 weeks, 4 days! Ahh!
First an update on Friday’s beta: 3,241! That’s 47.72 hours doubling time, which is great! I did have 36, 41, and then 42 hours previously. I think it starts to slow down as you go along, so Monday it could even be 72 hours? At least that’s what I’ve read. It seems like everyone is different. I love having the reassurance of betas, but I’m trying not to let them worry me unnecessarily either. It’s so nerve-racking awaiting the results. Just Monday and Wednesday left to go for betas (I hope) because I can stop when we see a heartbeat. I’ll have other labs to do, but not as often (and those don’t worry me).
We told my side of the family yesterday! I know it’s really early, but we’ve only told mostly immediate family. We will need their support, if for some reason, things don’t work out. Plus, they live a distance away, so I won’t see them again for awhile. I had already told my Mom and Dad over the phone, when I found out my betas were good. Also, one of my sisters already knew. Yesterday, we got to tell my grandma and her husband, brother & sister-in-law, sister & brother-in-law, and my nieces and nephews.
We gathered around the table to pray together. (I knew this was the best time – when everyone would be in the same room at the same time). Before they could say the prayer, I said we had something to tell them. I hurried up and blurted out, “We are finally having a baby!!!” I didn’t know what the best phrase would be, since I have Recurrent Pregnancy Loss. I almost wanted to say, “We might be having a baby if we make it through all of these milestones and don’t have any major problems!” But that seemed long and confusing. LOL. They know about my problems. Plus, this time feels different – like we could have a baby, maybe.
Anyway, I can’t remember what all I said, but I told them we had our first ultrasound yesterday (that’s when I started crying) and relayed to them how well everything is going. There were lots of hugs and excitement! I showed them the ultrasound picture, but I think most of them were shocked or didn’t know what they were looking at. LOL. My sister and my sister-in-law were crying quite a bit and kept hugging me. I cried more as I tried to explain things and answer their questions. My 2 baby nieces started crying because they thought we were sad – awww. Everyone was so surprised. It was great. 🙂
I gave my Dad permission to tell my grandma (his mom), because things are so busy right now. And the same goes for my Mom’s Dad. I made cute cards for them, signed from us and baby. I know Mom and Dad will be dying to tell them before I would get a chance, so I said they could go ahead.
Again, it all seems like a dream to be going through these steps!
Oh, and I was ready to print off nice copies of the ultrasound pic before going yesterday – but the darn printer crapped out on me! 😦 It’s not grabbing the paper (any kind of paper) and pulling it through. Andy and I tried everything. I wanted a more special announcement, but it was still really special. I want to try to make copies before we go to Andy’s side of the family on Christmas day. It will be another small gathering with his close family. We don’t want to tell everyone else for a few weeks or longer, assuming all goes well.
So those who know: my online buddies, a couple of my real-life friends, my close family, (soon Andy’s close family) and my boss. So exciting!
P.S. I’m feeling good! I have a couple of real symptoms. I will add a “symptoms” section to my “Pee Sticks, Betas, and Other Updates” page. I’m also adding a “bump pics” section. Just now, I did a “live pee stick dipping” video, that I was add as well. 🙂 I will try to keep updating that page for all things related to my bean. I’m pretty sure I’m done POAS now though. 😉 Today was the first day I had done it since 5 weeks on the dot. Seems odd to not do it anymore!