Growth Ultrasound (30 weeks)

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What do you know, the growth ultrasound went really well! The tech was very nice and took all of the key measurements three times (midwife only took one fundal measurement…). Surro boy measured at 31 weeks and 2 days, just barely a week ahead and that put him in the 59th percentile. The tech went on the say that normal range would have been anything between 27 weeks and 32 weeks. She also got several great images for the IP’s. As with all of the more recent ultrasounds surro baby boy was more than happy to give a clear view to confirm his gender. We also saw that he has enough hair to pick up on the ultrasound as a fuzzy line. The parents were thrilled to see him again and are getting more excited with each update.

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21 – 23 weeks, growing right along

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I should really start putting my blog posts as a calendar reminder on my phone… it started to dawn on me that I may have skipped a week but here I am posting nearly three weeks after my last one. Woops!

The follow up ultrasound had to be pushed out an additional week due to a family emergency that had us unexpectedly out of town for a week. This time I ate a little bit of trail mix on my way to the appointment to encourage the little guy to move around a little bit or at least be a little more cooperative if we needed him to move for a better angle on an organ. He did wonderfully! Full cooperation. 😀 There were some amazing images and the level of detail that can be seen on such small organs will never cease to amaze and fascinate me. The heart was so clear and beautifully functioning and I think my favorite part of the ultrasound. The tech also showed me a few other angles and explained that at this stage if there was a cleft lip you would be able to see it. I had no idea that could be detected so early now. Absolutely amazing. Surro boy had some great poses for the camera too, including in the first image below where he had the thinking man pose (fist on the forehead).

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Think, think, think

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foot print

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3D, umbilical cord looped over right elbow, arms on either side of his face

The week while we were out of town I received a very sweet message from the IP’s asking for my input on the baby’s name. I didn’t expect it at all and it was such a gift and honor to be involved in that process. Coincidentally they had picked a name I was already rather partial too, a brother of mine, so it was a very easy approval on my part. But it was such a kind gesture that thoroughly made my day.

As my belly expands surro baby boy has had movement higher and higher in my abdomen. Every now and then he’ll surprise me with a sudden round house kick explosion out of nowhere that makes me jump from shock. I’ve also been able to see my belly move a few times if he has continuous movement and I’m sitting still. Which at this point is a bit of a rare combination. But it did happen yesterday while I was chatting with the IP’s so I took a picture of my belly from my point of view for them. 🙂

A funny and sweet story, my 2 year old was trying to use my belly button as a peep hole to see the baby and see what he was up to. When she couldn’t feel any movement she said “aww baby sweeping”. So sweet! And I love that they are involved and understand that we as a family are helping another family become whole.

This coming Monday is my last prenatal appointment with my Doctor here in the Austin, TX area. I can’t believe that is already here! My previous OB in San Diego, CA is expecting me for my next appointment at the end of September.  I will write more about that in a separate post.

Still Here!

Apparently my second trimester energy boost came just in time for life to get really really busy! For the most part there has been smooth sailings over the past month (I can’t believe it has been a Month since I last posted!!). I’ve had a couple of concerns though and as a result have been put on light activity indefinitely. That order came just two days before I was going to kick off attending a new work out class. Oh well, between chasing my two young kiddos and regular visits to the pool I am remaining active enough. And from my point of view I’d much rather air on the side of caution especially since I am carrying for another family. They trusted me with their most precious cargo and I don’t take that responsibility lightly.

Food: I’ve been craving terrible ballpark style nachos but have only indulged once because we haven’t been attending any baseball games lately and most places that offer nachos are fancier combinations. Fruit, veggies, and soup (several types) have been at the top of my intake list along with water, lots and lots of water. I eat when I’m hungry which hasn’t exactly been consistent. Sometimes I wake up ready to eat like an animal, others I am not in any hurry.

Baby: Little surro baby boy is starting to make his active self more and more known to me. Earlier this week he woke me in the middle of the night was a serious dance session. The IP’s loved hearing the news! They’ve also sent me some voice recordings for me to play to baby, which I love. I’ll be asking for more recordings eventually but there isn’t any harm in replaying the ones I have.

Body: Expanding! I joked with my husband that he’d have to help keep an eye on my clothes because I can’t see my belly button when standing straight up. If my klutzy self gets anything between just above my belly button and upper thighs I won’t have a clue. Ha!

The next doctor’s appointments are just a week and a half away. That will be the 20 week anatomy ultrasound and prenatal. It is also the half way milestone and I should be in contact with my coordinator to start arranging some big plans for the third trimester. It seems like this pregnancy is flying by!

Below are belly pictures from week 15 – 18:

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10 Weeks and Last Monitoring Appointment

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In the image above: head is toward the left, arm in the middle, and legs on the right.

10 weeks + 2 days ultrasound showed a healthy and growing right on track surro baby with a heart rate of 174 beats per minute. As Dr. Propst said, everything looks wonderful! Today was also my last appointment at Texas Fertility Center as my outside monitoring facility. It was a little bittersweet for me because I have really enjoyed TFC and Dr. Propst. He took an interest in my case and made it a point to get me on his schedule each week. Overall a wonderful facility and staff, couldn’t recommend them higher to anyone in the central Texas area in need of fertility assistance.

I received the official email today from a wonderful nurse at Life IVF Center that said I am Done With Medication and graduated to my OB/GYN for regular prenatal appointments. I repeat, put down the needles! There should be a little celebration but I’m too tired, ha. This evening I also received a phone call from Dr. Yelian from Life IVF to congratulate me on the major milestones, personally check on how I was feeling, and see if I had any questions for him. The personal touch really speaks volumes to me. Today was a very good day (medically).

10 Weeks:
Crown to Rump Length (CRL) 32.7 mm / 1.29 inches
Gestational Sac (GS) 42×32 mm

This week several sites had three different fruits to compare to for the baby size, a fig, prune, and kumquat. Since kumquat was the easiest one for me to draw that is the one I am going with this week. Not the most scientific approach by any means but it worked for me. His body length will almost double in the next three weeks.

  • Baby has working arm joints, and his cartilage and bones are forming.
  • His vital organs are fully developed and they’re starting to function.
  • His fingernails and hair are starting to appear, too.
  • Plus, he’s swallowing and kicking in there. (I got to see the kicking during last week’s ultrasound)

Pregnancy Symptoms

    • You may have aches and pains in your abdomen, as baby’s putting a pressure on your organs, veins, muscles and ligaments.
    • You’re probably still feeling nauseated and emotional. (thankful for Diclegis!)
    • Tired! Not only is your body working really hard to grow baby, but your sleep might be distrupted by some pretty weird dreams. (SO TRUE! I didn’t remember to crazy dreams starting so early. My husband gets a kick out of hearing them)
    • An increase in vaginal discharge (ew!)
    • Bigger belly and boobs — this is around the time you probably can start to see some real changes in your body. (See pictures below. I can definitely feel the difference and am starting to hunt down some stretchy pants.)
    • Visible veins — those blue streaks are carrying a ton of extra blood to baby. (It looks like I have super veins!)

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Left to right: Before transfer, 8 weeks, and 10 weeks

http://www.thebump.com/pregnancy-week-by-week/10-weeks-pregnant

9 Weeks and Ultrasound Appointment

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In the image above: head is toward the left, legs kicking on the right.

9 weeks + 2 days ultrasound showed a kicking and wiggling healthy little boy with a very active heart beat of 180 beats per minute. The umbilical cord was also very clear in the ultrasound images which was a beautiful site. As always I took video of the monitor and the above picture of surro baby boy and messaged them straight to the parents after the appointment was done. Their happiness with each positive report is infectious! So wonderful. 🙂

I received an updated treatment schedule for the week from Life IVF and learned that there will be one more monitoring appointment at Texas Fertility Center with Dr. Anthony Propst. I am also in the process of trying to confirm my medication schedule for the next week. It was originally communicated to me that all medication would be done as of 10 weeks gestation but my last email also said to not stop on my own before my last appointment. There is a little contradiction there as I will be 10 weeks on Wednesday but my last appointment will be Friday. Hopefully I will get their response soon because I only have medication in stock through Wednesday.

9 Weeks:
Crown to Rump Length (CRL) 23.3 mm / 0.92 inches
Gestational Sac (GS) 34×34 mm

Baby is the size of a grape or green olive and approximately .9 inches long and weighing 0.07 ounces. This week marks a significant milestone. He’s no longer an embryo. He’s a fetus! More distinct facial features are developing and he might now have a strong enough heartbeat to be picked up by a fetal doppler. This also marks the third month, only one more month of the first trimester. The unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy should be starting to level off soon. My growing bump will also start to look more like a baby bump instead of a big meal in the weeks to come.

http://www.thebump.com/pregnancy-week-by-week/9-weeks-pregnant

8 +2 Ultrasound

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Little surro baby boy is 8 weeks and 2 days in the ultrasound image above.  He’s growing right along!

Crown Rump Length: 15.4mm
Baby’s Heart Rate: 140 beats per minute
Gestational Sac: 28.5mm

There will be another ultrasound this Friday and possibly the following before I graduate to my OB/GYN office for standard prenatal appointments.

8 weeks

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8 weeks pregnant today and I’m having a hard time imagining ever going this far or further without knowing I was pregnant. It’s pretty hard to ignore. Hormones are amazing and baffling things but I also feel like they’re pranksters keeping you on your toes. What will sound good today? Will I be nauseous? Will little things cause me to be irritable? Who knows, is the honest answer.

Physically I’m feeling fluffy through the belly area even though I’m still down 3 pounds from my transfer weight. The fluff has led to my starting to dig out a couple of stretchy maternity shorts and comfy maxi skirts. I’m not quite to maternity clothes yet but the waist line in my normal clothes when I sit are uncomfortable. I’ve jokingly said I wish pregnancy could just poof into a bump and skip the fluffy stage so it’s at least a little obvious that I’m pregnant. Soon enough surro baby boy will make his presence known to all passersby.

Being 8 weeks also means I can start my two week count down to no more injections and graduating from reproductive endocrinologist (RE) monitoring. Woo! My back side will be thrilled and my lovely husband will be happy to put the needles down too.

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Heart Beat Confirmation (7 weeks + 2 days)

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Friday morning has turned into my weekly routine of blood work and a drive to Texas Fertility Center for an ultrasound. This last Friday I was 7 weeks and 2 days. Baby boy was measuring right on track and we were able to officially record his heart beat! I recorded the ultrasound monitor with my cell phone and messaged the video to the IP’s as soon as the appointment was over. They were over the moon! It was so sweet to get their words of thanks and excitement. That is what I look forward to the most is their reactions to seeing their baby or getting an update. How amazing is it that I can post a video from my cell phone into an international group chat that instantly uploads for them to see on the other side of the world? I just love it!

One thing that I did ask the Doctor at the appointment was to look to see if I/we have been doing my PIO injection in the right areas because I was worried about fluctuating P4 levels. He said that we were in the right area but if it would be easier for me I could use the thigh, but also not to be too worried about levels because my body is creating progesterone at the same time. The doctors at Texas Fertility Center have all been amazing, and I think I’ve seen all except one. I would highly recommend them to anybody requiring fertility assistance in the central Texas area.

This week’s post was a little delayed because my partner in crime (aka husband) was out of town on business which meant as soon as my girls were in bed I was very soon to follow. Thankfully there was a day time nap today for the first time in over a week and I am feeling alert and up to the task of doing a little writing. My track record definitely includes extreme fatigue in the first trimester but thankfully I can look forward to an energy boost once that second trimester starts to settle in. Only 5-7 weeks until second trimester energy boost. Commence count down, Ha! No, but the energy boost will be greatly appreciated when it does roll around.

7 Weeks
Baby is the size of a Blueberry, 10.3 mm/ .41 inch
I have had more bouts of nausea that have led to a few reluctantly skipped meals. The doctor recommended that if it keeps up to request some anti nausea medication so that it doesn’t interfere with nutrition. And as aforementioned, fatigue.

Now to finish lapping up my little hot fudge sundae!

6 Weeks + 2 Days Ultrasound

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Today I discovered that I’ve been off by 1 day when counting the weeks pregnant. Apparently “my day” is Wednesday, not Tuesday. This means the ultrasound is for 6 weeks and 2 days.  Everything is still so small that it is difficult to see details. The gestational sac doubled in size since last Friday. And we did get to see a little flutter but the heart rate monitor inside the ultrasound couldn’t record the tiny little heart beat just yet. The doctor said there should be a clearer image next week.

Isn’t it amazing to think that a heart beat can be seen at so early a stage? With my two previous pregnancies the earliest image I had was almost 9 weeks. I’ve never experienced visual and numeric proof so early on.  Watching the big amazing changes happen each week are simply awe inspiring.

Food wise, just about anything with curry sounds very appealing. Unfortunately for me the closest good Indian and Thai food is about 30 minutes away. I have considered making the drive for 3 – 4 entrées to go so I can refrigerate them and spread out the delicious enjoyment over a few days. The more I think about, the closer it becomes to being a reality.

5 1/2 Week Ultrasound

This morning was another check on P4 levels then the first prenatal ultrasound. I was able to take video of the monitor during the ultrasound and sent it to the IP’s immediately after the appointment. The level excitement and appreciation to be able to experience the ultrasound first hand was so precious. There were a lot of rose, smile face, and heart emoticons.

Below is a picture of the first ultrasound. The black oval in the middle of the uterus is the gestational sac measuring at 7×6 mm. At this stage things are too small to pick up any greater detail until the next weeks.

5 1/2 Weeks Gestational Sac

5 1/2 Weeks Gestational Sac

I will be having weekly appointments of blood draw and ultrasound until I graduate to my OB/GYN around 10 weeks pregnant. Which means every Friday there will be a visual update on the little surro baby.