Tick, tock… tick… tock.
The minutes seem to be slugging by as we wait for the phone to ring. I cleverly changed the ring for “Shady Grove Fertility” to a soft, chipper ring so I wouldn’t get my hopes up when my normal ring chimed.
I read, journal, check Facebook.
My LabCorp account states the bloodwork has been delivered to my doctor’s office.
At 9:01am, the bouncy musical ring chimes from my phone.
I hop up, prance into the office so Hubby and I can answer together.
“Hello,” I say.
“Hi Hilary, this is Christine from Shady Grove Fertility, how are you?”
We exchange pleasantries.
“Well, I have the results from your lab and…
you are pregnant!”
Wahoo! We are pregnant! What an overwhelm of excitement that washes over me.
She continues that she would like for me to have another blood draw in 2 days to make sure my HcG is increasing at a healthy rate. We will then do a vaginal ultrasound to confirm the heartbeat at week 6.
Smiling from ear to ear, I take down the information.
So, how far along am I? I ask.
Today is 4 weeks and 5 days.
Holy cow! I think
Your due date on August 28, 2019.
I can’t believe it!
I guess the medical field begins counting day 1 on the day of my last period and since we went through IVF, the day of the transfer was already 2 weeks and 5 days pregnant.
Woah… we are pregnant!
For the next two days, it’s all so surreal.
I have heard many stories of people miscarrying (even with IVF) and so I am holding my breath.
I want to shout the great news from the rooftop but am also scared that I’m counting my chicken before it hatches.
Hubby and I decide to wait for this next blood test to let out a little sigh of relief.
We also know that we have a few more major milestones to hit before we can really celebrate and share this information with all the world to know*.
- The second blood test to show an increase in HcG means the fetus is growing.
- The 6-week transvaginal ultrasound to hear the heartbeat and measure the fetus
- Most pregnancies will have the first ultrasound at 10-12 weeks, but since I am still under the care of Shady Grove, they are ensuring this pregnancy is viable.
- Getting to week 13 to know we are through the first trimester with a healthy baby
Two days later I get an early morning blood draw.
Within a couple of hours, the same cheery ring comes through my phone.
Confirmed: a healthy increase in HcG, we are on track for a healthy, wonderful pregnancy!
(* I hate to disappoint anyone but I hope you will forgive me as I have not been posting in real-time. Out of protection for our hearts in this process Hubby and I decided to put a little space between the actual dates of this happening and when it was shared with the world… we are excited to report at this moment of posting we are currently 12.5 weeks pregnant!!)