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Allllllllllll day sickness

I have NO IDEA why it's called morning sickness. I wake up, I feel fine. I take a shower, I feel fine. I eat breakfast, I feel fine. 20 minutes later, I feel like I'm on a 15ft boat on 20ft seas. Alllllllll day. Riding in the car is hell, which is not good as I have a 40 minute commute to my office. Walking helps, sometimes. When it doesn't, it's worse. Sea-Bands do help some. Ginger helps. Eating (weirdly) helps. But nothing makes it go away. Sigh. Oh, and I am so tired I can barely function. But I can't sleep when I want to throw up. It's not fun - like a three-month hangover without all the booze. BUT - baby looks good so far. We have another ultrasound on Thursday but here is a picture from last week:



Our little blueberry was measuring 2 days ahead and had a lovely heartbeat of 136bpm. So, my due date is Nov. 22.
E is thrilled, his parents are thrilled, and when I don't want to puke or sleep, I'm thrilled. More updates soon!

Symptoms

Someone asked what symptoms I've had so far - a better question is probably what symptoms I haven't had.  So here is a list:

- Much larger breasts - I've gone up both a cup and a strap size.  I will probably go up at least one more.
- Tired, tired, tired - I went to bed at 8:30 last night
- Morning Sickness - no pukies yet but they are coming - I feel pretty close a lot of the time now
- Blue Veins everywhere - legs, chest stomach, back, ugh!
- Headaches - these are better now but the first week was hell
- Food aversions and cravings - right now I want all the sweet potatoes I can eat, Chinese hot and sour soup, and rose ice cream from Ici, this amazing little place in Berkeley.  I cannot stand the idea of anything green that's cooked (salad is fine), chicken soup, noodles, and anything seafood.
- Cramps - a few of the scary kind, more of the normal pinching, pulling, tight feeling
-Spotting - yep, the scary one, but it's been light and it goes away, so so far so good.
-Hot flashes - especially at night, making it hard to sleep.  Baby powder on the sheets save me.  Have I mentioned that it's been in the 40s and 50s at night and we don't have the heat on?
- Bitchiness - ooooofffff!!! And can you say moody???? An ASPCA commercial was good for 40 minutes of crying the other night.  E is thanking our friend Dave for the phrase "I was only kidding."

Other than that, well, pretty  much it's all good.  Now baby just has to hang on for 34 more weeks!

Big News

 So I start this journal talking about infertlity and it turns out that, well, I'm pregnant!  I just cannot believe it!!!   We found out on March 14 that the surgery and acupuncture have in fact worked and we are expecting our first on Nov. 24th!  It has been a bit of a roller-coaster so far.  My betas are as follows:

11 dpo (days past ovulation) -14 (a little low but well within average)
13 dpo -41
14 dpo - 57 (a little slow to go up but ok)
16 dpo - 123 (great #)
21 dpo - 2731!!!

That 21 dpo number is well within the range for multiples - we could be having natural twins, although I would be shocked if we were!

I've had some mild spotting, and my initial hormone levels were a bit low, but these #s show that at least for now, all is very well.  I think the spotting was from overdoing it, so I just have to take it easy for the next few weeks.

Our first u/s will be in two weeks and hopefully we will see the heartbeat.  We will definitly know then whether it is one or two.  I cannot wait for that exam, because once we get past that and all is well, our chances of a miscarriage drop dramatically.  I must say though, these numbers are way, way, way above what they were last time, so I am cautiously optimistic this time. 

Ok, I was pretty spoiled . . .

From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

You bold the applicable items...

1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
9. Were read children's books by a parent.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively.
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18.
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs.
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18.
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels. OCCASIONALLY
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18.
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them.
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child.
23. You and your family lived in a single-family house.
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
25. You had your own room as a child.
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
31. Went on a cruise with your family.
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family. (Well, a.c. bills, since I grew up in Florida).

This says it all

I love these! - The stages of the TWW!










And when you finally get the desired outcome:


The Dreaded TWW

Well, I'm in the dreaded Two Week Wait - that time between when you ovulate and when a pregnancy test is even remotely going to tell you whether you are pregnant this time. So I am just going nuts for the next couple of days. This is also the time where Dollar Store makes its money on pregnancy tests because every woman who is at this point can't waste the really expensive tests (FRER, Clear-Blu, et. al), but are dying to pee on a stick (or in a cup). Dollar store tests are, yes, really just a dollar. Believe it or not, they are pretty good, although the latest batch has had some false positives. So I need to go stock up because they will be my outlet for the next couple of days.

In the meantime, saw my acupuncturist today to help with my knee that has been acting up yet again. When I told her where I was in my cycle, she got an interesting look on her face. I'm wondering if she knows something I don't. Only 10 more days or so before we know for sure whether we hit the jackpot or if we are on to IUI next cycle. Gotta love my Reproductive Endocrniologist - he flat out told us "Once you come to me, it's all about the science, not about the romance." So true.

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