Wednesday, April 15, 2009

20dp3dt - The news... and it's BIG!

This week has been the longest and most agonizing of my life. Longer than than the wait to do an IVF cycle and longer than the beta wait when I suspected a BFP. During my acupuncture session this morning, when I was in between wakefulness and sleep, I asked God to give us only what we could handle. Nothing more, nothing less.

Then we had our first prenatal ultrasound and it was spectacular.

The nurse practitioner scanned left to right and I counted the yolk sacs... 1...2... oh my gosh... what was that?! ...3? Did I see three? Wait! I wasn't sure what I had seen, and the nurse practitioner was silent at this point, scanning back and forth. It was impossible to know whether I had double counted or not. Tick, tock, tick, tock.

Then she counted out loud, with my husband sitting right next to me. He seemed totally calm and serene, but he was no doubt holding his breath. This was the moment of truth we had waited for. She pointed to the screen: "I see one... two... sacs." I waited for her to catch on and point out the third. "And there might be another one. Yes, there are definitely three sacs. Look!"

(Deafening silence from the peanut gallery)

"Here's one little guy hanging out all by himself, and here are the other two," she said more confidently, showing the sacs in detail as she measured them.

My husband and I exchanged holy sh!t looks and laughed. Elated, shocked, terrified, but mostly elated.

We go back next weekend for the second ultrasound at 6w5d and hope to see three strong, healthy heartbeats.

In the meantime, the hCG continued to double at breakneck speed.

14dpo: 193
16dpo: 531 (32 hour doubling time)
23dpo: 9706 (40 hour doubling time)

We are grateful that it's not ectopic, or a blighted ovum, or a molar pregnancy, or any of the other devastating things that it could have been.

The NP answered all of our questions, and then said, "Just enjoy today, enjoy this week. We see a lot of nausea around week 7 and 8, and there will be lots of time to talk about all of the other questions you will have. Just relish today's good news."

27 comments:

My Endo Journey said...

OMG! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!! :) How many did you have implanted, I forget. ENJOY the day! Apparently God thinks you are an amazingly strong people. :) I love the prayer you said. We should all say that, everyday!

Carrie said...

OH HOLY GOD!!! I am so excited for you guys! This is such wonderful news and I am so happy that you got to see your three little beans on the screen today. WOW!

I am so excited for your next scan! I can't wait to hear more good news out of you. :)

Huge, jumping up and down hugs!!!
Carrie

Just Me said...

OMG... huge Congrats.. a healthy and safe pregnancy to you...

Anonymous said...

WOW! I have been watching this s p a c e!.....feeling a certain anxiety for your update and latest news...hoping that there would be at least one good solid sac. Well, me dear: HOLY COW....all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW! As you say...Enjoy today, each day and take care of yourselves - the five of you ;)

Hugs
Shaz

Alyssa said...

YAYYYY!!!! Congrats :) I'm so happy for you!

Nikki said...

WOW! Congratulations!

Mommy of a miracle said...

Holy Moly! That is so awesome!

Emmy said...

Oh my goodness!! Congratulations! Wow. I can only imagine what you must be feeling!

Anonymous said...

I am sure you are elated but also feeling somewhat surreal right now.....I can imagine the thoughts spinning, the heart doing it's skips, moments of excited anxiety....Just have to say it....you got to be careful of what you ask for...right? One way or another our wishes do come true :) Oh in this moment on this day I am so happy for you. Don't want to be too premature in actions, but my exicted thoughts are telling me to SAVE baby things, SAVE baby things....heck you are going to need a LOT....as things stand on this magnificent day. Hugs to both of you. Shaz

meinsideout said...

woo hoo!!! I have goosebumps all over my body!!!!! Wow. Just wow!

I cannot wait to hear about the next u/s.

((HUGS))

poppy.f.seed said...

wow, that is crazy. I am glad you are elated. congrats!

callmemama said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Congrats :)

Megs said...

Holy cow!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! So incredibly excited for you guys! Enjoy the rest of your week and take care of yourself +3!!

Lorza said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so freakin' excited for you!!! I just teared up reading your news! Isn't it CRAZY?!?!?! Keep on doing a great job incubating those beans Momma! {{{Excited jumping up and down hugs}}}

Somewhat Ordinary said...

Congrats x3!!

Nichole said...

Oh my GOSH!!! That is phenomenal! Congrats and hang tight little ones! Mommy and Daddy have been waiting for you for a LONG time!
HUGE HUGS!

Joannah said...

That's amazing! Instant family!!! Congratulations.

:-)

K said...

OMG! That's awesome. Good for you...

Nicole said...

Unbelievable! What an amazing surprise!!!! Congratulations and can't wait to watch your progress!

Anonymous said...

Hi there!
My name is Julia Battistone and i attend Cardinal Newman High School in Toronto, Ontario.
I have been reading a lot of your blogs and i would love to have a small, quick interview via email with you for my family studies class. I am writing a research paper on why couples choose reproductive technology. All the information is kept confidential and i would really appreciate some of your time.
If its not a problem at all, you can email me at j-battistone@hotmail.com.
Thank you for your time, and congratulations on the recent big news :)

R.J. said...

Holy insta-family Batman!! I am speechless. How right you were to cycle right away again! It's your time. Congrats and I can't wait to hear more!! This is fantastic news!

Dani said...

How exciting!!! Congrats to you guys. After reading your history, can I ask why you did a 3 day transfer this time and not a 5 day? we are getting ready to do our 2nd IVF and have been thinking day 3 with assisted hatching. any insight would be appreciated.
Congrats again!!!

mekate said...

HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!
How terrific! Enjoy your good news indeed. I guess God decided you could handle a lot! Wow wow wow.
Amazing news. whoa baby. I mean, baby baby baby

Ms. Perky said...

What overwhelming and exciting news. I can certainly relate - having been there myself. If there's anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Hope.Faith.Patience said...

Three!!!Congratulations! That's AMAZING!!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog as I scan the web during my 2ww.
Congratulations on the triplets!
I'm 7dp3dt 1st ivf. It's great to read about another person with a similar perspective.
My beta is on Monday. I have not poas yet.
I'm attributing every symptom to the PIO and trying to remain calm and positive. Reading your blog helped. :)

Angry Infertile said...

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!'