Back at it today! We did the morning routine, dropping Arabella and Teagen off at their schools, and then Finnegan, the foster baby & I headed out of town for my third beta test. This involved a 30 minute drive, a 20 minute wait, about 15 minutes of meeting with the phlebotomist to do the paperwork and draw the blood, and then another 30 minutes of driving home. I couldn't have asked for better helpers! They both did awesome. We also enjoyed having the waiting room to ourselves.
We went about our day, and kept checking for the results. Since they told me they look for the beta to double in the course of two days, and there were three days between tests, I had 1,135 in my head as the ideal number for today. I was happy to get the email!
We continue to get great numbers! If you recall, on the first test they were looking for a number over 50, and then just wanting the number to double for the second test. These have been strong numbers all along, which is really exciting!
Next up, we will have an ultrasound in a couple of weeks, where we will be looking for the gestational sac, the yolk sac, and the embryo. It would be great to see the heartbeat at that point, but as I'll be just a bit over 6 weeks I know that there's a chance we won't get to see it. Sometimes the heartbeat isn't visible until 7 or 8 weeks. I have to remember that because I know I will be worried if we can't see it!
Tonight my next batch of meds arrived. As I mentioned the other day, we may have had a successful transfer but that doesn't mean it's time to stop the medications. I've currently been taking meds for 7 weeks, and I could be on them for about 8 more weeks if I have to stay on them until the expected 12 week mark. So I'm about at the halfway point!
So what is all in this pile of joy? Actually less than the first 5 weeks of meds in terms of variety. I had to take a handful of different meds in the early weeks that I don't have to take anymore. We've got a new sharps container, which is good because our last one is so full we have a little stockpile that couldn't fit. Prenatal vitamins and baby aspirin will continue to be taken daily, as they have from the start. Then we have two forms of progesterone, which is vital to sustain the pregnancy. They will be taken daily until my body starts to produce what it needs to on it's own. The final medication is estrogen, which I still have a good supply of so they didn't send more. That one is also an injection, which I will continue to take twice a week. So, a variety of pills daily, and nightly injections, with one shot most nights and two shots on Mondays and Fridays. Today is a two shot night!
It's time to get the kiddos to bed; we are currently reading a book about outer space and the boys are really enjoying it! Finnegan has already read it a few times and he just can't get enough. I adore his thirst for knowledge... he is definitely his father's son. ;)