A lot has happened since I last posted! The stress of all of it, plus the constant doctor appointments, left me not wanting to recap anything. Since the last post, I went back to the doctor and I had two, possible three follies, that developed on my extended cycle – 5 extra days of letrozole. They weren’t ready though, so I had to go back two days later. They looked good at this appointment, a 21 and a 15/16, so I triggered that night and went back the next morning for IUI.
After my IUI, I went to work & tried to concentrate. When I got home from work, I was out walking our pup when I looked down and saw a 4 leaf clover! I plucked it from the ground and took a picture. Hoping for good luck.
Then it was a waiting game. I started progesterone supplements 3 days later. Progesterone is no fun! But, totally worth it, obviously. Time passed slowwwwly and the second week of my TWW, I had to travel for work. I was gone for 12 days post iui, 12 and 14 – 14 being the day I should have had my beta had I been at home. I decided to test on 13 dpiui with a Clear Blue digital I brought from home and I was shocked to see PREGNANT. WHAT. I decided to keep it a secret from my husband who was back at home. I tested later that day with an FRER and got a good second line – no squinting needed – but then I had a little red spotting and naturally started freaking out. I tested 14 dpiui with two more FRERs and they were positive, too, and no more spotting. One of them was at 11:30 PM when I got home from traveling and showed my hubby who thought it was my first time testing and totally whacky that I was doing it at night and less than 12 hours from my beta appointment.
The next day, 15 dpiui, as I was driving to finally get my beta blood work, I started spotting again. I told the nurse who was taking my blood and she said it’s normal to spot and not to worry. Later that day, after a looooong morning/afternoon of waiting, I got my beta results… 176.9 and my progesterone is a 33! The nurse said these were good numbers, and I’m pregnant! Still in shock, but not letting myself get too excited to maybe lessen the excitement. I spent the entire week doing a deep cleaning/organization of our house while the hubbs worked on our bathroom remodel. Oh and my birthday was yesterday. A very, very happy birthday to me!
So today, I had my second beta blood work done at 18 dpiui – after hours of waiting, my results finally came in after hours (the lab I went to screwed up!) – my hcg level is in the 560s! I forgot the actual number and they haven’t posted it to my online portal, but I am so thrilled because they have tripled since my last beta 72 hours ago. They scheduled my ultrasound and more blood work for two weeks out.
I am so excited, and scared, all at the same time! We are so beyond lucky that IUI #1 worked for us. I know so many people aren’t as fortunate, and I was prepared for a long battle. I’m still prepared, because even if everything goes well, these next 9 months will be a battle growing and doing everything I can to protect this baby and knowing the whole time that some things are out of my hands. But for now, I am just going to be excited, scared and so so so deeply, eternally grateful.
The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.
To everyone experiencing the devastating journey of infertility, I wish you faith, hope, love and luck. My journey isn’t over either by any means, so wishing the same for myself.