Thursday, February 23, 2012

Just a quick one...

Hello!  Just wanted to jump on here quick to give an update....well, an update to let you know that there isn't really anything to update unless you are interested in waiting....which is what we are doing.  We are in the dreaded "two week wait"  or TWW for those of you who have been on message boards and things about IVF or surrogacy.  That means, that between the IVF (we in the biz  call it the transfer) and the date of the first blood pregnancy test ( the beta), there is about 2 weeks to wait.  Luckily for us it's only 12 days instead of 14.  You wouldn't think that two days would be such a difference maker, but when it comes to this stuff, every minute seems like forever!  So, last thursday we had the transfer, and implanted 2-5 day blastocysts (I know, I'm going crazy with all the lingo, think of it as free education!), and they were AA and AB quality.  In english, that means that the retrieved eggs were fertilized and then they let them grow for 5 days and then they implanted them directly into my uterus ( I know that's where they went because I got to watch it all on the ultrasound, prety cool).  It really is pretty amazing when you think about all of it that they can even do this stuff, but it is such a miracle for some people that wouldn't otherwise have children!  So....back to the TWW (you remember, the two week wait) that ends on Tuesday when I got get bloodwork really early in the morning and they tell us what the "beta" number is.  The great advantage of the blood over the home urine test is that you get a number.  Now, everything you will read and everything the doctor will tell you is that you can't tell how many are in there with that number.  But you sure can do alot of guessing if it's high!!!

Normally there is a few days of bloodwork to make sure it's going up like it's suposed to, but technically anything over 25 is considered for real pregnant.  So, as you can imagine, this is some very stressful and exciting waiting time!  I know how excited I am, so I can only imagine that is just a fraction compared to what the parents are feeling.  You want to be optimistic and think everything wil be perfect, but you also don't want to get your hopes up too high and have them be diappointed.  So, right now......we wait.....and we hope....and we pray.....and there isn't much else to do. 

Well.....except for those crazy little home tests that actually can come back positive before you get the bloowork......


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