Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Planted my garden

Well, I'm not currently growing a baby :-( , but I have planted my garden (green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, basil, yellow squash, zucchini, beets, carrots, cucumbers, watermelon, cantelope, corn) so I'm hoping that it will only take a little water to watch this harvest grow. Still waiting for the next one. If only babies were this easy.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hello Aunt Flo

The hormones are officially out of my system as evidenced by the arrival of my menses. My boobs are still huge (no complaints in the Knight home) but all other hormone-induced pregnancy symptoms are gone.

I left a message for Dr. Smotrich and I'm guessing I will be starting birth control pills in the coming week to suppress ovulation.

Cultural translation: Aunt Flo (AF) is blogger code for "flow", or menstration. :-)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Plans for New Cycle

Dr. Smotrich gave me the update from his consultation with our IPs. They are going to submit a sperm sample for testing to rule out the possibility of a DNA-related cause for our failed cycle. The testing will take about two weeks.

They are also going to be selecting another egg donor for a fresh cycle. The donor cycle requires minimum of 6 weeks, so I'm thinking we might be ready for the next transfer in about two months.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Negative beta

Dr. Smotrich called me personally to deliver the sad news.... not pregnant. We only have one embryo frozen so he is going to ask the IPs to do another fresh cycle, but the decision will be theirs.

I feel sad, empty, and disappointed - and I know my IPs will be feeling this pain as well and that only increases the sorrow I feel at knowing we weren't successful.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Another negative

Tested this morning again.... still negative. My fellow surro in Colorado is still testing negative too, so we are hoping, praying, and crossing our fingers for a positive blood test on Monday. (Her test is Tuesday.)

I have SO MANY pregnancy symptoms but no way of knowing if its a real pregnancy or hormone-induced by the injections. Find out on Monday.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Still too early?

I took another home pregnancy test this morning and it was negative. Hoping that it is still too early to get a positive result. Will test again tomorrow morning, and then the REAL test will be via blood on Monday.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Progesterone Advice for Newbies

To the up and coming surrogates:

Use a heat pack after intramuscular injections. It really does make a HUGE difference in soreness the following day. I did the injections without a heat pack for about a week and I can tell you it really makes a world of difference to use heat for 30min afterwards.

Have a bandaid ready. You don't want to be running to the medicine cabinet with blood dripping down your cheek. Sometimes it won't bleed at all, other times it's a sizeable dribble.


Monday, February 1, 2010


Like my fellow surros who recently had their transfer, I am impatiently waiting for the day of the blood test (Feb 8) to find out whether or not we are successful. Today I very nearly stopped at a drugstore for a twin-pack home pregnancy test with the intention of going straight home to do a test (saving the other one for Wednesday). We all know that a test this early is going to be negative.... but it's so hard to wait! This will be my first planned pregnancy, so waiting to find out is new for me.

But if WE are this anxious, just imagine how terrible this waiting period must be for our IPs!

Blood test results today were within normal limits for Progesterone and Delestrogen, so there will be no change in my dosage. :-)