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I took a digital 1 day earlier than the last time and YES I got my 3+ weeks! So this hopefully means the doubling time is right on track? 

I’m hoping this means we will get to see the baby’s or babies ‘ heartbeat(s) next Friday!

I said ‘babies’ because we found out on our bill that assisted hatching was done on the embryo.  I mean.  We weren’t told that that procedure was performed on the embryo at all.  I wonder why they had to do that on a 5AA embryo.  I didn’t see this reflected in the bill for my son before.  Hmmm. 

Well. With ivf, we have to be ready for any kind of shock or surprise I guess.  The previous time my nurse said I was sure to be carrying identicals due to the sky high hcg levels – I had 1 healthy baby boy.  This time round she said the hcg level is in the normal range and hence it’s likely to be a singleton girl. 

The time taken to get the 3+ on the clearblue appears to be the same though.  Hmmm. 

What’s different this time round?  I had a few mild bouts of uneasiness and heartburn and that’s it – no nausea (hopefully NOT AT ALL). I still have cramps when I sleep.   No bleeding (thankfully). I’m hoping this will be a waaay more pleasant pregnancy compared to last year.  

I think my career has taken quite a significant hit. But I  do think it’s a necessary sacrifice. I can always rebuild my career later when my lids are more independent.  Now, I want to be able to spend as much quality time with my son and build my family.  So I am leaning on my husband to succeed in his career – I want him to be successful no matter what but it must seems more crucial now that mine is taking a hit.  

I have to admit that I feel a little upset about this but I also feel that I’ve to get my priorities right. We’ve gone through so much to build our family and that needs to be our priority. I just don’t want to take that for granted at all.  
So yes. I’ve to keep reminding myself of this whenever I feel like I’m getting behind at work.  



Beta’s in! 

4 weeks and 2 days pregnant ( 2 weeks added to a 16 day old embryo) and the beta is at 523!

With my son last year,  it was at 978! 

So hopefully this pregnancy will be more manageable than the last!  

2 more weeks to the first ultrasound and hopefully the baby is growing at a good spot!

Embryo grades

Our remaining 6 embryos’ storage expires in Jan next year so hubby and I were planning to extend the storage to another year.   And then I decided to ask the embryologist for the exact grades of all my embryos. Previously we were given a document with pictures of the 8 blasts and they were just labelled as being ‘very good’ poor ‘average ‘. So I wanted the exact grade which consists of a number and 2 letters.  The number refers to size of the embryo and ranges from 1 to 6. 6 refers to a fully hatched blast, 5 refers to a hatching blast and so on.  The letters beside the number refer to the grade of the fetal cell and placenta respectively. I got all of this info from a friend and my hubby (from dr google). 

So the 2 that were transferred (one of which is my 10.5 month old son) were a 5AA grade.  Both were hatching at the time of transfer.  The rest were 3AA, 3AA, 4BB, 3BB, 3BB, 3BB.

Interesting stuff. Well 1 more day to the blood test!  I’m gonna pee on another digital test tomorrow morning. 

8dp5dt (warning:bfp post)

Right. So today I took out my digital to test and it went blank on me after I peed on it. Like, wth. I was so annoyed.  Got dear hubby to get me a new one and tested it with afternoon pee held for maybe 3hrs? And it showed 1 to 2 weeks. 

In my previous pregnancy on 8dp5dt, I got 2 to 3 weeks.  But I also had super unbelievably high hcg levels which led my clinic to think that I might have been expecting twins. In the end it was one very strong singleton. 

So this, nevertheless,  plunged me into worries that my hcg was not high enough etc etc negative thoughts.  My hubby said 8dp5dt is a 13 day embryo so 1-2 weeks is accurate.  I don’t know.  

My nurse asked me for updates and I showed her all the bfp photos etc and she said I could come in on Fri for the blood draw and top up all my meds. Most importantly,  extend my medical leave – my workplace is becoming a nightmare now.  
So here I am counting down to Friday,  which is another 2 days. 

My b****** are starting to get a teeny bit sore. I have quite a bit of AF style cramps especially at night,  especially after using the crinone crap. So hcg levels – high,  low, adequate? I don’t know.  I really don’t know what to make of it.  

This is the latest line test done on 7dp5dt on a FRER. I’ve 1 more digital and 1 more Watson’s brand line test before i go for the blood draw.  

Embryo no. 2 nestled in my womb!

That’s right. I was a nervous wreck this morning before the FET. Not about the outcome but about the process. The whole operating theatre-sanitizer hospital environment, the scurrying nurses and of course, all the horrid needles.

This embryo is a hatching blastocyst with a ‘very good’ grade just like my son. I don’t know what to think of it all. It’s quite a different experience this time round. I’ve been adequately occupied with my son and I haven’t quite mulled over the FET as much as I did the first time round. In fact I was so darn busy, I had no time to think.

Of course I do pray and hope it works. I guess I will find out by the end of this week if it had worked or not. I’m on leave until next Friday and I’ll have the official blood test measuring my hcg count next Sat.