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Friday, May 28, 2010

We're moving July 1st! (mixed feelings)

I'm relieved, happy, excited, nervous, anxious, scared...blah

We went to see an apartment on Wednesday that we both liked. It's a smaller apartment and 2BRs instead of 3 but it's cozy and still plenty spacious. The living room, dining room, and bedrooms are all great sizes so we're happy about that. Also the LR, DR, and kitchen are close to one another so it does lend itself to an open floor plan feel. The kitchen, unfortunately, is tiny. There is no counter space...but then again, there's no counter space where we are now even though the kitchen itself is large. The bathroom is ok...nothing special. At least it doesn't have fugly pink tiling like our current one. It's also a 3rd floor walk up but there are only 2 flights to climb.

There is off street parking, literally a 15 second walk from the front door of the building to a bus stop which hubbs can take to work. We will also have laundry in the basement which is cool. I've never had that.

We're just relieved to be getting out of our current nightmare situation. We are trying to get the landlady to sign a letter stating both parties are mutually agreeing to allow the lease to be broken and that upon a satisfactory inspection, we;d get our security deposit back. We are still waiting for it to be signed. She claims she is willing to sign it but, of course, has to make sure the wording is ok. We are signing the lease for the new apartment this afternoon! We're also happy that we get to actually start setting up a nursery in a few months (well...in the 3rd tri)! We would have never done so if we were staying in the current apartment. Not with knowing that the lease would be expired a few months after the baby would be born. We'd never stay there beyond the lease expiration.

Anyway, please wish us luck because we definitely will need it! And if you've visited and commented this week, thank you!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Slacking on ICLW...and new EDD!

I've been seriously slacking on ICLW these past 2 days. Everything has been a blur since Monday. Hubbs was finally fed up when the landlord kept up her phantom complaints. He called a realtor and told them we needed to see some apartments asap. So Monday evening we saw 3 possible apartments (all way to small and the only decent one was too much $).

We got home after 9pm and I was so sleepy that I just couldn't open my laptop to visit some blogs. And I had been busy all day at work that day. Yesterday I was super busy at work. As a moatter of fact I was out of the office all afternoon. When I got home I cooked and was so hot and tired I just layed on the couch like a lump and watched TV.

I am going to do my best to visit blogs and comment today since I don't have any more meetings today. This evening we're going to see another apartment. I'll have to update you all on the letter we drafted up to terminate our lease.

Aaaanyways...today we had our 3rd ultrasound. I found out I'm 7w1d so now my new EDD is 1/11/11! Isn't that cool?! RE said everything looks great. I get to reduce my PIO dose by half starting tonight and she said I should only have 1 week left on it! I have my last appointment with the RE next Wednesday the 2nd of June and then they will release me to my OB. I had my first OB apt already shceduled for the 2nd so I'm going to cancel it and keep my apt for the 16th instead. Makes more sense that way.

I leave you with a pic of our little bean at 7w1d (today):

Monday, May 24, 2010

Landlord nightmare!

My husband and I moved into a new apartment on April 1st and are already planning on moving out in a month or two. We've been having the worst experience with our landlady EVER! We are awesome tenants and do not deserve the twilight-zone experience we've been living through.

We live in a 2 family house where the landlady lives on the 1st floor and we live above her on the 2nd floor. We have recently discovered that she is certifiably loony toons! we are so upsent because we invested a lot of our own time, effort, and money on updating this apartment and now we are willing to throw all of that away to preserne our own sanity.

See our apartment renovation pics here.

Here are some glimpses into our world...what we've been living with for the past 7 weeks.
  • The day we moved in, she showed up a picture of her husband and told us that she has a restraining orer on him for extreme violence and to call the police if we ever see him on the property. Uhhh....wtf?
  • She calls the cops to the house every other week claiming someone is trying to break into her apartment and then ignores our calls when we try to call her to ask if anything is wrong
  • She called the cops last Friday and claimed...get this...that there are 3 people that come in and out of our apartment on a regular basis (she says 2 work for "the state" and 1 works for DYFS - which is what CPS is called in NJ). She said that they tried to get into her apartment and threatened to rape her. WHA????!!! These 3 people are a total fabrication on her part. She demanded that the officer search every single room in our apartment (which, of course, turned up absolutely nothing but a very well-kept, clean apartment).
  • She has called to tell us to stop slamming doors which we never do
  • She told us to stop "chit-chatting" at 3:30am because it annoys her (we are knocked out at that time)
  • She told us to stop playing our music so loud. We don't play the music loud. And whenever we do play music it is always early afternoon or evening on the weekends. We are always conscious of her downstairs so we would never play music after 9:30pm.
  • She smokes heavily inside her apartment. Her bedroom is right under ours so there are many times that I have to leave our bedroom or close the door to our half bath (inside our bedroom) because the smoke smell is so strong. We have told her about this. She has apologized yet it has not stopped at all.
  • She just got the central air system switched to cool (4 days ago) and has already called last night to tell us that she is going to shut the system down because it is costing her too much to operate it and that we have to have air conditioners put in.

Ahhhhhh!!! I can't wait to leave!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Be careful what you wish for

I've been feeling nauseated almost all day so far...just really off...queasy. Still no actual sickness though.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Feeling pregnant??

This is such a strange experience, this pregnancy business. I haven't felt qeausy in a few days...just when I thought I might actually start morning sickness. Don't get me wrong, I don't LIKE throwing up. I guess I'd just feel more secure at this point after seeing the heartbeat and all.

I read yesterday that women with PCOS are at a much higher risk for miscarriage. That along with my lack of symptoms keeps me worried.

Wednesday I have my 3rd ultrasound so hopefully I'll feel better after that.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Intro for IComLeavWe visitors

I don't know if I'll get any visitors today but I thought I'd provide a brief intro and summary of my journey.

My husband and I married in October of 2008 after having known each other since 2001 and dated since around 2005. I stopped BCP right after the wedding and we were officially TTC. I knew it might take a while because of the BCP but little did I know I have PCOS. About a year after starting TTC I was diagnosed and started seeing an RE (in November 2009). Since then, we've had 4 failed IUIs - 2 with Clomid and 2 with injectables (the last of which ended in a c/p). After the 4th attempt and failure, we decided to move on to IVF. All IUI/IVF cycles have been documented in this blog.

My egg retrieval was on 4/19. They retrieved 23 eggs, 11 fertilized and a total of 5 were healthy enough to transfer 2 on 4/22 and freeze the remaining 3.

On 5/2/10 I took about 5 HPTs, all positive! I finally had my BFP! The next day we went in to have my beta hCG drawn. Beta #1 was 219, Beta #2 was 488, and beta #3 a week later was 6,876! I had an ultrasound 2 days ago and saw our baby for the first time...we also saw the heartbeat!! The RE says everything is looking great and we're cautiously optimistic. I'll have my next ultrasound next week on Wednesday and I think the RE will release me to my OB soon after.

Thank you for visiting! Please leave a comment...I'd like to visit your blog too!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My fear of white panties

I have PCOS and have gone long stretches in between periods many times needing medication to stimulate AF. But for whatever reason I felt like when my period did hit, it was always when I was wearing white panties.

Therefore, I've been totally avoiding my white panties during this pregnancy...such an irrational fear but I can't help it! I need to go buy some new colorful panties.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Is m/s right around the corner?? And other symptoms...

So, I'm now 6w1d pregnant! People keep telling me the m/s must be right around the corner. Most say it hits around 7 weeks, one of my friends said hers started around 6 weeks. Another friend only felt queasy yet never got sick.

I haven't gotten nauseous to the point where I thought I might be sick. No dry heaving or gagging. But I have been experiencing a general sense of queasiness. Usually it's at night a few hours after dinner and a couple times it's been in the morning or various times during the day.

I've also experienced this strange hungry-yet-no-food-really-appeals-to-me-so-I'll-just-eat-whatever-doesn't-seem-gross feeling. You know the feeling, right? And then after I eat, I feel hungry again shortly after. Today I had 2 lunches! One at noon which was some left over baked ziti with ground beef and the other was at around 4pm which was some Easy Mac. I'm hoping to get some protein in today. I've been having trouble getting protein every day. I need to make more of an effort.

The boobs have been sore for a couple weeks now. I've basically been wearing a bra 24/7 for a while now...especially to sleep. I am planning on getting this maternity bra from A Pea in the Pod:

It really just looks like a stretchy sports bra so I hope I don't waste my money on this if it isn't worth it. It's about $50!

So in 2 days (on Wednesday) hubbs and I are going back to the RE for a 2nd u/s! She said we should see the heartbeat so I'm super excited. As always, I'm still nervous but, little by little, the nerves are giving way to more and more excitement!

This almost still doesn't seem 100% real. But I pray to God it is!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Called to get beta #3 results

I wasn't going to call to get them but I just had to. I went on the 12th (Wednesday) -20dp3dt- for my first u/s and they also did b/w. The RE said that she would call if there was some concern about the beta but if not, that means the level looks good. She never called on Wednesday which means the level was good.

But I just HAD to call today to ask the nurse what the level was. She said it was 6,876! Things are looking good!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

1st ultrasound!

RE said everything looks great! She saw the gestational sac and the yolk sac. Next one is next Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

First u/s tomorrow!

Beta #3 and first pregnant u/s is tomorrow! I'm both excited and nervous. I just want the good news to keep coming.

Update on me: I've been sleepy more often. At around 8:30 or 9:00 at night I usually fall asleep on the couch while the hubbs is watching TV. I am not sleeping too well since I have this cold and I pretty much cough all night. My boobies hurt more at night while I'm in bed. I've been wearing a bra to sleep hoping to make it better. The weird hunger all the time has not been so bad the last few days. I wonder if it's because I'm sick. No morning sickness yet and no frequent urination as far as I can tell.

I'm just hoping that my high betas are a good sign and keep doubling like they're supposed to. I hope the RE sees what she's supposed to see tomorrow morning to confirm a healthy pregnancy.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Felling crappy...and sleepy

It's 5:05pm and I get out of work at 5:30. I can't wait! I've been so sleepy for the last several hours. And my throat has been killing me. We slept with a fan again last night and it was on high. I guess it wasn't such a warm night so I was freezing. We were also only covering ourselves with the flat sheet instead of the quilt.

I hope this is only a one day thing because tomorrow is hubby's birthday and I'm taking him to the city for dinner and a comedy club with some friends! I'm looking forward to it but I so do not want to feel this crappy.

Also, we have a slight dilemma. I have to take my PIO shot at 10pm. The comedy show starts at 8pm and should be over before then but our friends are going to be there. Only 1 couple knows about the shots (even though they still don't know about the pregnancy). How the heck am I going to do this? I just can't do it on my own. I need Alex to help. This should be interesting.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

PIO butt lump :(

I just realized that I have a hard lump on my right PIO shot site. It hurts too. It's not black and blue though so I'm glad about that.

Beta #2 = 488!!!

I had my second beta yesterday and it more than doubled! I can't believe this is happening. I am praying that this baby sticks!

I have my first ultrasound appointment scheduled for 5/12 (Next week on Wednesday) with the RE. I will be staying with the RE until 8 weeks and then they will release me to the OB. I think they will be monitoring me weekly until then.

I also scheduled my first OB appointment for June 2nd and a backup for June 16th in case the RE hasn't released me by the 2nd.

Right now I am about 4.5 weeks along so super early. I haven't been experiencing many symptoms. I have been getting hungry more frequently and sore boobs. I did get queasy a couple of times but nothing too bad. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Beta results today!=219!

I'm excited and nervous at the same time! I'm feeling anxious now. I've already gone for my blood work early in the morning and now I'm at work. The nurse normally calls me in the afternoon so now I wait.

I took yet another HPT test this morning and got a lovely plus sign within about 15-20 seconds!

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! I'm just praying for a great beta number ::Oh please Lord let this be it!::

I'll update this post later on.

UPDATE: My beta is 219!!! I'm so happy!!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Apartment before and after pics!

DH and I moved into this new apartment on April 1st. There was much to be done. At first, I didn't even like the apartment at all. I didn't see the potential but hubbs did. The carpets were filthy and everything was outdated.

This is the living room. I'll post several angles.

Yup, that's me...looking doubtful.

This is the dining room. See that nasty stain on the carpet? I really didn't think that would come out. Thank God the landlady had it professionally cleaned before we moved in.

This is our bedroom. The door on the left is the door to our half bath. We only took 1 before pic.

We still have some paint touch-ups (closet doors)


And, last but not least, the kitchen which was the most work.

I didn't bother taking pics of the other 2 bedrooms, any of the bathrooms, or the computer room.

Cautiously optimistic...you know what that means!

I've tested with 5 HPTs today (3 different kinds: 2 CBE +/- tests, 2 cheapie internet strips, and 1 cartridge style...6 if you count the CBE OPK digital) and..........


The morning began on a negative note. I got up at around 7am to pee. I PIAC and had DH read the result while I went back to bed. I was too nervous to look myself. Not realizing that a super faint line is still a positive, he came in and said there was only 1 line. I cried and he held me.

A few minutes later, he went back to the bathroom and tested with another test. He came into the bedroom with both tests and we both saw the 2nd lines! They were pretty faint though.
I held my pee until about 4 pm and got this one:
Now I just need to get awesome beta numbers tomorrow!!!

Celebrating my birthday in NYC

My 30th birthday was on Friday. Hubbs and I hosted dinner at our house with our best friends. He bought me a chocolate cake from some fancy bakery in NYC by his job.

Then on Saturday we took a bus into the city to see Mary Poppins on Broadway! It was awesome. But I have a confession...I leaned over on hubbs and fell asleep for a minute or two in the second half. Lol...I was so sleepy. I told him later and he then confessed that he had fallen asleep a couple of times too. Lol!
It was a gorgeous day in the city, I'm so glad that it wasn't hotter. We did A LOT of walking and subway riding.
After Mary Poppins we walked much of the way to Sofrito in mid-town Manhattan. It's a very popular, swanky Puerto Rican restaurant. The food was yummmmy. We had "tostones montaditos" which are fried plantains with a topping. Ours was topped with shrimp in a creamy, cheesy sauce. So good.
Hubbs had a churrasco (Skirt steak) with mofongo (smashed plantains).

After dinner, we ordered dessert and what do you know? All of a sudden some upbeat music kicked up and the waiters sung happy birthday to me. I was so embarrassed but it was sweet. The waitress lit my candle twice which means I got to make my birthday wish twice (we all know what I wished for!)