Friday, November 25, 2011

The Story of Baby Awesome AKA My Compact Six...

...okay, wow! Thank you for all the great comments and tweets! Matt and I are very excited but also, a little nervous...okay, I'm nervous and Matt thinks his wife is a crazy freak. This whole thing is just surreal to us and I really feel like I'm in a constant 2ww from appointment to appointment but I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world! I'm going to try to summarize the last 17ish weeks for you so here goes...

After our IVF cycle last December, we froze 3 embryos. On August 26th, we transferred all three. Matt was really leary about transferring all three but I told him that if we end up with three babies at once, we'll make it work! My favorite doctor at the clinic did my transfer so I was super excited!

The Wednesday after Labor Day, I went in for my first beta test and it was positive!!! Matt had forgot his phone at home that day so I was freaking out and couldn't tell anyone. I went to the local bakery and picked up a sticky bun and put it on the table with a note that said, "We've got a bun(s) in the oven!" When Matt walked in, I could hear him opening the bag and he took FOREVER to get to the living room. When he did, he was smirking and munching on the bun and said, "So...what did the doctor say?" Men!

I went back the next week and my beta numbers were doubling like there were supposed to. I started to do a little research and saw that we were OFF THE CHARTS for triplets! When I told Matt, he was freaking out but I surprisingly stayed very calm. The next week or so, we went in for our first u/s and the tech confirmed that we had 2 babies. However, Baby B had a very low heartbeat (probably my heartbeat). At 6 weeks, we got to hear the heartbeat, I was grinning from ear to ear and Matt was practically laying on top of me to get a closer view of the u/s screen. We went back 2 week later again at 8 weeks and they confirmed Baby B had no heartbeat but Baby A was doing great. Matt didn't go with me to this appointment and it was CRAZY to see that the baby already looked like a baby! The tech hooked me up with some good pictures to take home to Matt since he couldn't come.

After that appointment, I graduated from WashU and was released to see my own OB. If you remember, I don't have one because I broke up with mine. I have since found one that I LOVE, who is actually a D.O. At 10 weeks, Baby Awesome looked....well, awesome! :) I've had one more appointment since and didn't have an u/s but a Doppler hearing and Baby A's heartbeat was strong and right where it was supposed to be.

So today I'm 15w4d (give or take a dr measures one way and the other another so it confuses me). I feel blessed to have had an easy pregnancy so far...a little nausea but I've only actually thrown up once, lots of constipation (funny moms out there, I don't remember reading THAT anywhere on your blogs!) and my new bedtime is 8pm. I've had some headaches the past couple weeks but I'm accounting that to stress at work and I'm refusing to take any meds other than my prenatals. I went off all my fertility meds and shots on Halloween per doctor's orders and my hips are so very thankful.

I call Baby A either Baby Awesome or My Compact Six. There's no way to know for sure which embryo it is but I strongly believe my Compact Six is the one that's growing inside me right now (a compact six embryo is REALLY good). My due date is May 13 which ironically is Mother's Day. As far as gender, I do not want to find out but Matt does. At this point, I think I have him convinced not to find out but I'm sure that'll change before the appointment gets here. I also don't want to tell names but my husband's a blabbermouth and has already told some people!!! I got on to him so again, we'll see if he stops or not.

Of course, we want a happy, healthy baby but Matt really wants a boy and I want a girl. I feel strongly that it's going to be a boy because I refer to the baby as he/him and we immediately had a boy name but haven't even thought of a girl name so maybe this means we're already preparing for a boy so it's really a girl? WHO KNOWS!?!

In true Alyssa fashion, I'm a total worrier, nothing has changed on that end. If Matt would've let me wait longer to tell people, I would've but he was ready to tell at 6 weeks! If I feel weird, I think something's wrong, if I feel normal, I think something's wrong...I just want to make sure everything is okay!

So I think that sums things up and answers most questions. Let me know if I didn't answer something. I'll try to post pictures of the u/s next week and I'll also do a post about how we told our families. I tried to be as creative as possible for all of them.

Now you all know why I haven't been blogging and commenting lately...this lady is in bed at 8 every night!


melinda said...

If I feel weird, I think something's wrong, if I feel normal, I think something's wrong.

This sounds like a 9-month taper! :)

Hilary Lane said...

Aww, so exciting to read! Funny, my coworker, who had never planned on having children. She actually went to the doctor because she had been SO constipated & that's how she found out she was pregnant. Guess its better than morning sickness, haha.

Meredith said...

I was totally the same about always thinking something was wrong! I hope that your worries subside!

Mary said...

Alyssa, I missed your big news a few days ago, but I wanted to say CONGRATS! I am absolutely thrilled for you guys. I can definitely relate to the worrying, but try to relax and enjoy being pregnant. It goes by so fast! I hope you get that second trimester energy boost soon!

Liz said...

Well you've made it to the second trimester so hopefully you can relax a bit and just enjoy the holidays. I hear it's the best time to be pregnant!

Stephany said...

I am so, so excited for you, Alyssa! I can't wait to follow along with you on this exciting journey. Yay, Baby Awesome!