We received the best news ever!!! The embryo transfer was successful and we are now expecting Baby #2, due in February! Enzo is going to have a little brother!
We are so thankful for the miracle of IVF and I can’t get over what an amazing job our doctor has. He literally gets to create life and make people’s dreams come true. I’m in awe of him and what he does. And he acts like it’s no big deal… like he’s just doing his job. How do you ever thank someone for making it possible for you to have a family that you wouldn’t have otherwise? We can’t even begin to describe how appreciative and grateful we are to him.
After the embryo transfer, I spent three days trying to be as bed-ridden as I could. Which was difficult with a 14 month old, but my husband was very helpful. This is the first time he’s been in town during my procedure, and he was so nice and caring, running around taking care of Enzo and I. It was pretty nice to have some help for a couple weeks!
The first thing people always ask is, “do you feel pregnant?” But the thing about doing IVF, is that since you’re taking synthetic hormones, you can have symptoms regardless of if you’re pregnant or not. I learned to just ignore all the symptoms instead of focusing on them and getting excited for potentially no reason. However, with this being my second pregnancy, I’m able to compare to my first and say there have been similarities and some giveaway symptoms during the two-week-wait that told me I was most likely pregnant.
During my two-week-wait with Enzo, the one symptom I had that was different from all previous cycles was cold night sweats. Like the serious kind, when you wake up at 3am completely soaked… hair soaked, blanket soaked, and absolutely freezing. I had those again this time and pretty much knew! But still continued to ignore and didn’t get excited. I also never tell my husband about any symptoms or any positive thoughts I have (like that I think I might be pregnant) because I don’t want to get him excited until we know for certain.
Another couple symptoms that have been consistent with my first pregnancy are the dizziness and the shortness of breath. If I stand up for too long, walk too much, or need to eat I get extremely dizzy. Like ‘the room is spinning’ kind of dizzy. Additionally, if I’m having a conversation, I find myself having to take deep controlled breaths and take a second to re-catch my breath. It’s incredible how much oxygen such a tiny thing requires!
Due to Covid, this cycle has been much different than our previous cycles and it’s looking like the pregnancy will be as well. With Enzo, I had weekly visits and ultrasounds until 12 weeks when I graduated to my Obstetrician. But this time, we only go in on week 5, 7, and 10. I’ll admit, I’m a little bummed because one of the cool things was getting to see the baby grow every week. Plus, it gave an additional layer of assurance that everything was progressing normally and the baby was doing well. I honestly don’t know how women who get pregnant naturally can handle the wait to even see the baby on an ultrasound until after 12 weeks, which is when most Obstetricians first see pregnant patients.
During my pregnancy with Enzo, we also did significantly more monitoring and ultrasounds at our high-risk pregnancy imaging center because of the marginal cord insertion. I’m wondering if we will need the same kind of monitoring this time or if it will be less. We will need to wait and see.
Currently, I’m 5 weeks pregnant. I went to see our doctor yesterday and we got to see the gestational sac! It’s just a little black circle at this point, but it’s already so cute. I go back in 2 weeks and we get to see the heartbeat! I’ll post another update then!!