I’m E, and I’m guest-blogging today because K has been exhausted for the last few weeks – because SHE’S PREGNANT! It’s been an adventure, and here’s how it all went down…
After a disappointing last month, when K got her smiley face while out-of-town, we were excited to get the smiley face on a Friday morning. We made an appointment for the next morning. I thought that the clinic was closed, and we’d be just about the only ones there, but it turned out that the place was packed! And it was lucky for us, because another couple helped us figure out the intercom for getting buzzed up. We had a different doctor this time – one that we’d met at the initial, consultation appointment. She was a lot less talkative than the first doctor, but it made me feel comfortable because I felt like she was super focused on what she was doing. It’s like when somebody cuts my hair! I always get nervous if they talk too much, like… shouldn’t you be concentrating? Don’t you need to get in the zone? Anyway, K ended up having a much quicker and easier time with this IUI. She said that she didn’t even feel it, besides a quick cramp when the catheter entered her uterus.
I made a list of things that happened on this second IUI try, just in case it turned out to be our baby’s conception day. We picked up McDonald’s biscuits for breakfast because I was a little hungover. Not a good precedent for the pregnancy, but soooo necessary that morning. I also won a medium fry on a Monopoly piece! We heard Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” on the radio as we drove to the clinic. It was a beautiful fall day, and there was a lot of cold dew on the grass. We were glad that we brought our coats! K went to work after the doctor’s appointment, and I surprised her with sushi for lunch (no fish for mama K though). After lunch, I worked on a patio project in the backyard, and K supervised because she was feeling a little sick. This got much worse the next day, and K had a terrible headache during our softball games. Ever since, she’s had some cramping, but mostly she’s been exhausted all the time.
I have to say, I was a lot more optimistic about the possibility of K getting pregnant after her second IUI. She was still sad that the first one didn’t work, I think, so she didn’t want to get her hopes up too high. Nevertheless, she wanted to take a pregnancy test as early as possible! I looked up reviews after the first IUI and had decided on the First Response Early Results Pregnancy Test. This is the kind that gives you two pink lines if you’re pregnant. We tried the first test 6 days before K’s expected period. We both swore that we saw a faint second line. And, I’m telling you, this thing was really faint. But I knew I saw it because I was expecting the lines to be right next to each other, but I noticed the second line further away than I expected. We took a picture of it and peaked at it all day at work! How do people focus on anything but pregnancy during this process? Anyway, we tried the next day, and the next day, and the next, and, each day, the second line got darker and darker! Still, I was not satisfied because the second line was always light – not dark like the first one. The directions warn that this can happen, but it made me feel like the positive might not be real! I went out and bought a digital pregnancy test. By the way, I always feel so weird buying pregnancy tests. Is that just me? And why are some of them in little, plexiglas cages, like picking one out is naughty or something? Regardless, I will never buy anything but a digital test in the future. This one gave K a definitive “YES +,” and I got super excited at this point!
Next, we called the clinic to report the positive test. They scheduled K for bloodwork on a Saturday, with follow-up on a Monday. They were looking for HcG levels. I’ve learned that this is a pregnancy hormone, and it’s supposed to double every day in early pregnancy. Her levels were excellent, so now we’ve scheduled the first ultrasound! She’s 6 weeks pregnant, and the ultrasound will happen at the end of her seventh week. Meanwhile, we’re hoping everything progresses normally, and we’re also thinking about how to tell all of our parents and friends – who, as far as we know, have absolutely no idea that a baby is in our near future. Eeek!