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Saturday, December 13, 2008

And the results are in ...

I'm pregnant. Or really, WE are pregnant I suppose is the right way to word it.

Wow, right? It's some wonderfully amazing news. Let me give you the run down of the last few days.

Thursday morning (9dp3dt) I decided to pee on a stick (going forward to be known as POAS). I just couldn't wait anymore. I needed to know what was going on in my body! I got a positive result pretty quickly. The plus sign showed up on the ept. Woo hoo! I took the test at 6am in the morning and had no one to celebrate with! I woke up DH and told him, and he was very sleepy and happy and congratulated me and promptly went back to sleep. I, on the other hand, could not sleep.

The problem was, the test was expired. It was from way back when I was trying to get pregnant before the twins. So I didn't know if an expired test was ok. I did a bit of googling, and sure enough, they say you can get a false positive on an expired test. So Thursday at lunch I went and bought more tests.

*****Warning! Possible TMI to follow.*****
So that afternoon at work I went to the bathroom, and had some reddish/brownish discharge. I immediately freaked. Even though I had been through this before. Even though this EXACT same thing had happened during my cycle with the twins. It's called implantation bleeding, and the doctor said it's completely normal, and that brownish blood is fine. It means it's old blood. It's the red blood that you must be nervous about. But still, no one wants to see any kind of bloody discharge, old or not. It totally messes with your head!

So, that night I POAS again. But this time, it was the new test. Again, I got a positive. I was feeling much more optimistic.

Friday morning I woke up and took the ept Certainty test. It's a digital one. It doesn't have a plus sign, it either prints out the word "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant". We got a pregnant!

So, what to do? I went to work, and called my sister. We chit chatted, and she was pretty much completely convinced that the cycle was a bust. She didn't have any faith and I just couldn't listen to her sound so dejected, so I told her about what I thought was implantation bleeding. It definitely perked her up. And then she said "Ok, I can't wait, let's do a pregnancy test tonight!". After going back and forth for a few minutes, I told her I already had done 3, and they were all positive.

So, I called our clinic and I asked if I could come in for an early beta. Oh, and here is where I admit our little lie. My beta was originally scheduled for Sat Dec 13th, not Monday the 15th. We didn't want to announce anything until we not only got a positive beta, but we had a properly doubling beta. So we decided to say we would find out Monday, knowing that actually the 2nd beta would be that day.

Our clinic told me to come in. This was 10am Friday morning. I left work and ran over there and did my bloodwork. Two hours later the call came in. Positive beta, with a great number, 210!!! That's a great number for 13dpo (days post ovulation) or 10dp3dt. I had my beta with the twins a day later (at 14dpo) and it was 389. So I'm hoping beyond hope for twins!!

So, if you are following along, you will realize that our second beta was actually Sunday. It's always two days after the initial beta. So, that happened yesterday. And our second beta was 462. So we doubled! Woo hoo! We are cautiously optimistic! It's hard to be an infertile, both for me and Chrissy, and feel like pregnancy test = take home baby/babies in 9 months. Infertility kinda takes that away from you. It's a constant worry. A constant waiting for the next step.

But for now, for today, I'm happy. Our first ultrasound is Monday Dec 22nd. We are all excited to see what's going on in there!

So, I'm physically pregnant, but Chrissy is the real one who is expecting a child. There is a shirt that I think I want to buy and wear around. It says "Her bun, my oven". Chrissy, I want to promise you that I will do everything in my power to protect your bun/buns and keep them safe for the next 8 months! I love you and I'm so excited to be on this journey together!

And thanks to you all for your support guys! I'll be updating with more info as I get it!



Stacie said...

Congratulations to you both! How exciting!

sharerc said...

Congratulations to you and your sister. What a great thing you are doing! I have wanted to be a surrogate since I had my twins 7 months ago but still haven't convinced DH. Good luck in your pregnancy!

Anonymous said...


You little sneaky sneak!!!! I've been checking your blog every single day waiting for this news!!!!

Fingers and toes crossed for a very Happy and Healthy (and uneventful) 9 months!!!

And a little prayer for twins as well, how awesome would that be!

E said...

I have chills!! I am so excited for your sister. You are truly amazing!

edie & ella said...

Congratulations.......that's awesome news!!! My fingers are crossed for 2...sam

Aimee said...

Congrats & to your sis!!!! I'm thinking twins too!!! I can imagine your sus and hubby are flying high!!! :o)

Anonymous said...

I couldn't be happier for all of you!!!

Beth said...

How amazingly awesome!!!! It's cliche at this point, but I am in awe of what you are doing. Please tell your sister and her husband congrats and here's hoping for a SECOND set of twins in your family.

Be healthy!


Dora said...

Wonderful news! Congrats to both of you!

Elizabeth said...

Congrats!! I am an IM who is expecting via surrogacy in June, and I am so happy for you and your sister.

Intending To Be Parents said...

AHHHH!!!! That's so awesome!! I don't know how I missed this update, but I'm a little behind in my blog reading right now - running around like a chicken at the moment.
I am sooooo excited for you and for your sister!! Wow wow wow!!
Can't wait to find out if there's 1 or 2 cooking in there!

robo said...

Erica - I can't describe how wonderful it is that you are doing this for Chrissy and Anthony. They deserve a child (or two) and will be wonderful parents. Take care of yourself and all those within and we will see you guys next weekend. Love Robo

Gemini Girl said...

I just got chills. You are amazing. Grow little ones, grow!

Chrissy said...

I don't even know what to say! I read my sister's blog and began to cry. She is so wonderful and selfless to be doing this for me and my husband. I'm so excited for this journey with her and I love the fact that she will have an amzaing bond with my child(ren). I love you very much!!

anna said...

Yey- Congrats!!!! With numbers like that, there's got to be more than one cooking in there! How awesome. How are you feeling (besides excited)? Can't wait to follow along on this ride with you... I hope that ultrasound date is really true and not another fake-out!

MoMo said...

Congrats to you and your sister..what an exciting news!

Valerie said...

Congratulations to all of you!


Nikki TD said...

Tears of joy run down my cheeks and my heart is fluttering with happiness. Love you both and can't wait to meet the baby(ies). Please add me to the shower list and would it be okay if I brought my karaoke machine and/or IPod so I can do a special dance for you guys??? I know your mom has a permanent smile on her face. ;0)

NikkiTD said...

She needs a matching shirt that says "My bun, her oven!"

Cheri McManus-Perez said...

Erica, I think this has to be the most beautiful thing someone can do for another family, especially a sister... I am in tears reading your blog for the first time "backwards". This is such an awesome thing you are doing for your sister and her husband. Hope your pregnancy goes well.