Monday, May 31, 2010

Who Likes Surprises?

Well, I sure do. But this one really threw me for a loop. Anyone want to guess what it is? Well, first I must say that my hubby is going to *kill* me for spilling the beans, so if you see him you must pretend as though you know NOTHING (at least until his birthday). Got that? Now then...for the surprise. Here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure:





So, what do you think? Are you surprised? I sure was. My first thought was "is this even possible? No...no it's not. So then why on earth are there two lines?" I went to the doctor that very day to have my hCG drawn, because I needed someone to confirm that I wasn't losing my mind. At 12DPO (4/27), my hCG was 50 mIU/ml and my progesterone was 22 ng/ml. Not bad for 12DPO, and it confirmed that I really am pregnant (and due 1/6/11). But that's when the fun started... Because two days later, at 14DPO, my hCG had now risen to 178 mIU/ml (and my progesterone was up to 23.2 ng/ml). That's a doubling time of 26.20 hrs (normal doubling time is approx 48 horus). That was really shocking, to say the least.

4 days later, I had my hCG levels tested again, and they were now up to 1565 mIU/ml, even though I was only expecting 800. This is when I really started to worry. I mean really, my numbers were doubling even faster than when I was pregnant with the twins. This latest level doubled in only 30.61 hrs. Then, 3 days after that (now 21 DPO) my levels had soared to 6156 mIU/ml--doubling in 36.44 hrs. Still way under the 48 hour mark, and by now I only expected doubling in 48-72 hours! Well, my SINGLE little bean was just an overachiever. Here's the ultrasound from 6w 4d:

The baby was only measuring .38cm (6w 0d), but his/her heartbeat was 132bpm! I didn't cry when I had my first ultrasound with the twins...even when I saw those heartbeats for the first time. But with this one, I guess the whole "miracleness" of it got to me, and I burst into tears.

I still don't really believe it, but I guess the symptoms speak for themselves. Since I found out, I've been:
  • completely exhausted
  • peeing all the time
  • dizzy
  • nauseated
  • headachy
  • smelling everything
  • drooling like mad (excess saliva)
  • averse to some foods
  • thirsty
  • having weird dreams
  • moody
Now I don't feel all of these symptoms all the time, except for the exhaustion. I was not *nearly* this tired with the twins, and I don't remember feeling dizzy with them either. I'm not too nauseated, and I feel like I'm hungry a lot, but I haven't gained any weight. Well, I think that's enough for you guys to go with for now...but just know that I'm still terrified that something could happen (even though I haven't had any cramps or bleeding, and we saw that beautiful heartbeat at 6 1/2 weeks). So keep praying for a sticky baby, and I'll keep you updated!

21 comments:

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Yay! Yay! Yay!

(and I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who took multiple tests each day!)

Celia said...

GET OUT! What a miracle! Now go put your feet up!

WiseGuy said...

Whoa, you super caught me there.

Congratulations!!! Amazing Awesome!

Hoping you have a safe and uneventful pregnancy.

Mermaid said...

Wow! That is very exciting.

Gayby Rabies said...

Yay! What a wonderful surprise. Congratulations on your little miracle baby!

Marie said...

Well happy Memorial day to you! So exciting and not expected. Happy "sticky" Congrats to you!

Shauna said...

Congrats Elana! Aren't surprise baby's great?

fuentes said...

Congratulations you’re about a week ahead of me. I was feeling really nauseated for about a week but starting Friday I am feeling better, just hoping that’s not a bad sign as I have not had an ultrasound yet.

Sarah R said...

Yay, yay, yay!!! Congratulations, Elana! How exciting! Someone to stalk. ;) ♥

Deborah said...

Congratulations Elana!!! B'shaah tova!

mommybird said...

Congratulations! Very exciting.

Jamie said...

GASP!!!! I love surprises - especially this one!!

Oh, Elana. I am so very, very happy for you and your family.

Bella said...

WOW!! What a crazy surprise!!! You always hear such stories but you never think it will happen to you! B'sha'ah Tova!

Christina said...

Congrats!!!! That's wonderful news! I'm so happy for you!

Cate said...

Congrats! That is so exciting I love miracle babies!

ssbean said...

Congrats!!! I saw a post of yours on webmd 1st tri. I responded to it, but I think it was a couple wks after you posted. I have recently gotten a surprise BFP, we weren't trying, and I've never ovulated before CD18, but I guess this time I ovulated CD14. My EDD is 2-2-11, I think, but the u/s maybe next wk will reveal more. My HCG at 12dpo was 43, 14dpo was 108, have to go back for another set of BETAs today or tomorrow. I can't believe we get to go through yet another pregnancy together.

aunt-becca said...

b'sha'a tova!!!I am stunned. STUNNED! Speechless, really. This is wonderful, miraculous news and I couldn't be happier for you.

Keiko said...

Mazel tov! A miracle indeed. :)

WiseGuy said...

Congratulations...Rub on that magic for me too, dear!!!


All the best! Good Luck!

cowgirltn said...

What a fun surprise

Kristin said...

Wooohoooo...fabulous news! Of course you are more tired, you have to keep up with the twins in addition to being pregnant.