Monday, April 20, 2009

4w4d - Beta #2

First things first, my 2nd beta was this morning and my levels have really taken off. My beta was 56 on Thursday and since they are supposed to double every 48-72 hours, we were expecting a # between the mid100's-mid200's today. I was shocked and elated when my nurse told me my beta was over 600!!!!!!! Woo-hoo! Looks like I'm baking one tough, strong cookie! My nurse said it was a "beautiful and impressive number!" Doubling time of 28.35 hours. My p4 is over 30 which is also quite a jump from Thursday.

Sean & I spent the weekend on Cloud 9. We went to Barn.es and Noble on Friday and I picked up What to Expect and Your Pregnancy Week by Week and perused some pregnancy magazines. Sean even peeped at a baby name book! It melted my heart. You should have seen how proud I was walking through the store with my VERY OWN pregnancy books! I signed up for Baby.center and spent the weekend soaking up pregnancy related info. On Sunday, we went to the mall and even allowed ourselves to walk around PBK. Sean was so cute. He fell in love with the Lullaby Rocker! He has been joking all weekend that he is going to be working an awful lot over the next 8 months to afford all the cute things we Ooohed and Ahhhed over.

He has also been spoiling me rotten. He cleaned the whole first floor, did all the yard work, cooked and ordered to me to the couch & wouldn't let me lift a finger whenever we were home. He is very overprotective right now and I would be lying if I said I didn't love it!

My parents are giddy. My stepfather has nicknamed the baby Ralphie and every time I call he says,"Ralphie's Mommy is on the phone!" We crack up every time, but have to remind him that Ralph is not even on our top 10,000.

Despite having a wonderful weekend, I had some major anxiety going into this morning's blood work. I had a tiny bit of brown spotting on my liner last night and this morning when I wiped there was some brown tinged mucous on the t.p. Most of my symptoms have been very mild and even subsided a little since last week. It was kind of a stressful morning - we had a toilet overflow and traffic and weather were terrible so my anxiety was SKY HIGH by time I got to my clinic. My nurse reassured me that the spotting was normal and might even be in part from switching from Endometrin to PIO (the endometrin was uber expensive and I already have 2 vials of PIO, so we switched).

Needless to say, my anxiety quickly switched to elation when I heard about my beta number. What a roller coaster!

Symptom Checker: boobs are much less sore than they were, but I have had a shooting pain in my left one on and off. Last night, I had a sharp, shooting pain/cramp on the left side of my lower belly. I fell asleep on the couch around 9pm which is super early for me, so I guess I was pooped. I am very thirsty and am drinking lots and lots of water. I feel kinda yucky ever since I ate lunch today - sorta like I have a stomachache. Super sharp sense of smell continues - I feel like I smell people's perfume, breath, detergent, shampoo etc...

My clinic doesn't want to see me again until NEXT Monday for another beta and my u/s is in approximately 2 weeks, but it is not on the scheduled yet. I guess I just need to try to relax and enjoy the next week and try not to stress too much about what is going on in there.

Still in awe..still amazing...back on Cloud 9! The Year of Hope has been very good to us so far...

25 comments:

sunflowerchilde said...

This is awesome!

Um ... can we trade husbands for a weekend? Mine's a good guy, but I sure could use someone to cook and clean for me. You are a lucky girl!

Carrie said...

Holy BETA!!! That is awesome news- doesn't that feel great??

I am so glad you aren't feeling too sick, but I know it is scary when the symptoms ebb and flow. I am feeling much less nauseous which freaks me out, though babies are looking great.

I am so glad you are enjoying all of pregnancy's media- the books and magazines are so fun, right?

So, so happy for you!
Carrie

wasted egg said...

What a great Beta #. I kept checking back today to see your update! I'm glad your doing the PIO it is suppose to be more effective. Very very exciting!!!!

Lorza said...

WOO HOOO! That is awesome! I am so excited for you guys! {{HUGS}}

Christi said...

so awesome! I'm on cloud 9 with ya! I'm so excited, going to be so hard these next few weeks waiting to see what's going on in there....

Kristen said...

I'm so incredibly excited for you!!!!!!! Better save me a seat over on SAIF, okay? :-)

Meant to be a mom said...

Your beta sounds so great. Good job to your little growing so well.
What a sweet hubby you have also. He'll be a great dad.
As far as the spotting, and I'm not sure what yours is surely from but I had spotting from the progesterone softening my cervix. It scared me to death also and didn't stop until nearly 8 weeks. Anyways can't wait to hear how the ultrasound goes in 2 weeks. Happy to hear things are going so well. Prayers for your little one.

Barefoot said...

Congrats on the great beta!!! That is truly awesome.

I see we both spent some quality time in PBK this weekend!!

It's reassuring to be reminded that symptoms come and go...thanks for that!

cady said...

Awesome beta! I had spotting and even light bleeding throughout my first trimester. I freaked, but everything was fine. They told me it likely is caused by the baby pulling on the uterine wall. Your hubby's being awesome! Mine is the same...I'm 8 weeks on Wed and he still won't let me do anything around the house!

Ashley said...

I'm soo happpy for you!!!

meinsideout said...

Emily - this was the light in my day - I am so happy for you.

((HUGS))

Andrea said...

Wooohooooo!!! That is awesome! Congrats!

Caroline said...

Congratulations Emily! You deserve this. Enjoy your cloud 9. Caroline xx

M. said...

Multiples maybe?! Sounds like it to me! I mean, holy beta batman! And your symptoms are textbook-- specifically, the spotting. Anyway, no matter what, that baby is a strong cookie for sure :) Yay!

poppy.f.seed said...

This is great news! Enjoy it all.
For me, the key was to eat a little bit, pretty often, to keep nausea down.

Leslie Laine said...

Great news, Emily! It's so good to hear how well things are going! :)

Leslie Laine said...

P.S. Doesn't it feel great to buy your very own copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting? It was kind of ceremonious for us! :) Enjoy every minute!!!

mylifechronicles said...

This is sooo awesome. I am sooo happy to hear this. ((HUGS))
Enjoy the books... they are fun to read. :)

bella1021 said...

YEAH!!!!

I signed up for babycenter yesterday too! Glad hubby is pampering ;) mine is getting better!

Where's my miracle? said...

All wonderful news!! I love to hear it! That beta was extra high! Sounds like you are well on your way! Happy, happy, happy!!!!

kayjay said...

That is so wonderful about the high beta! I can't help but wonder if there is more than one since it shot up so high. When is the first u/s going to be? Man - you lucky, lucky duck! I have crossed my fingers that you will have a very uneventful 9 months!!!

sweetpeanme said...

You are living what we can only dream of!!!!!!!! It is so much fun to read your posts!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!! :o)

bb said...

Congrats and what excitement!! You give me hope ;-)

Lost in Space said...

That is quite the second beta! Congrats!!

Jennifer said...

I am so happy for you! What a great 2nd beta #!!!!