I barely slept at all Sunday night, in anticipation for my blood test on Monday morning. They drew my blood around 9:30 yesterday morning, but I did not get the results until several hours later. The hours in between were excruciating!
And I barely slept at all last night, debating how to announce the news on the blog. It is such a big deal, and I wanted the post to be memorable. But there is so much on my mind, and in my heart, that it is hard to know what to type. I thought about just sitting on it for a few days, and working on the perfect blog post. But I was afraid you all would take prolonged silence as a bad sign. Since I know so many people have been praying for Andrew, me, and our little embryos, I did not like the thought of leaving you hanging.
I say all that in order to explain that this post is incredibly inadequate. You won’t find any great photos of any cute pregnancy announcements, profound thoughts, or even any Scripture, because it was all I could do to slap these few words together. But what you will find today is GOOD NEWS!
Contrary to Doctor’s orders, I did “cheat” and take a home pregnancy test prior to the scheduled blood test. Okay, so I actually took FIVE tests at home (I bought them from the Dollar Tree… just couldn’t justify spending more than $1 on tests I was not supposed to be taking in the first place.) Testing early may not be the way to go for everyone. Since we had a frozen transfer, there was no chance of any hCG being left in my body, since
frozen transfers do not require trigger shots. This meant that chances of a false positive were pretty slim. And if I tested negative, I would still have the hope that I was just testing too early.
I took my first home pregnancy test on Thursday, six days after our five day transfer. Then I took another on Friday, and again on Saturday and Sunday. Here are the results:
Call me crazy, but I think I see the faint shadow of a second line on the first two tests… It was certainly enough of a line to give me hope. And then, by eight days after our transfer, I knew I saw a line.
At that point, a new prayer formed in my heart: that God would sustain the lives of our babies. That they would stay put, develop, and grow strong, for nine months.
My favorite nurse just called to give me the results of this morning’s blood test, and my hCG level was 60, which is good!
WE ARE PREGNANT!!!
My next blood test is Friday, and that number should double between now and then. It is too soon to have any indication, based on the hCG levels, whether or not we are pregnant with one baby or two.
I’ve told Andrew the good news, but he will not get home from school until this evening. I cannot wait to see him in person. My heart is just so full.
I am praying, praying, praying. Prayers of thanks, and of expectation!