Beta #2 – 706

I did not quite express how nervous I was about this second beta. I wanted to push that fear down, down, down. But oh did it come back up Monday morning, waiting to be called back to have my blood drawn, I ran outside the front doors of the clinic to the bushes beside the sidewalk and did my gag-dry-heave 1-2 (something I did again in the evening after eating a cookie). Even DH was nervous, and he rarely is.

But at 10 a.m., I got the news via email from RBA: second beta great. Second beta 706. Second beta = it is on!


I am flooded with relief. I feel infinitely more confident. And yesterday, I was so hungry all day—my stomach would feel empty about an hour or two after I ate. After work, I ate dinner, and immediately crashed on the couch at 8 p.m. and proceeded to sleep until 4 a.m., at which point I was famished and proceeded to have a full breakfast. Then I went back to bed until now. This is delightful. Fun. Hopeful. Good. We still call it “little star,” but now also “baybina.”

DH is sweet and slow and thoughtful and just keeps looking at me, looking into my eyes.

I have to get ready for work now but wanted to let  you know the good news. I’ll find out more in a week!

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  1. Congratulations!!!! Sorry for the delay!

  2. Stellar second beta, my friend! HURRAY! It most certainly IS on. Love these early pregnancy posts. There is something hilariously wonderful about the utter joy mixed with things like dry heaving. Can’t wait for the first ultrasound! Yay!

  3. How wonderful! Stick around, little star. You are so loved!

  4. That’s a fantastic second beta!! Congrats! Such great news.

  5. Sunetra

     /  September 17, 2013

    This is wonderful news!!! So happy and excited for you!

  6. Yay, congrats on a great second beta!!! Totally worth a little dry heaving.

  7. Laurel

     /  September 17, 2013

    FANTASTIC!!! What an amazing feeling to finally feel like the clouds are parting! Ha. Maybe that sounds ridiculous, but it’s the first thing that popped in my mind. It’s how I would feel at least. Congrats to both you and your DH… and your lucky star! Looking forward to following this journey!

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  9. Tess

     /  September 18, 2013

    This is wonderful! I also love the nickname! :)


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  • About Me

    Me: 41
    DH: 38

    Fertility issue:
    Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
    6 pregnancy losses
    All early
    5 with my own eggs
    1 with donor egg

    Abnormal embryos

    Factor V Leiden heterozygous
    MTHFR heterozygous

    AFC: 2 - 12
    AMH: 0.2
    FSH: 6.8
    E2: 40
    LH: 2.8


    April 2011 -
    Natural conception, first try. Blighted ovum (gestational sac only). D&C to remove products of conception at 9 weeks.

    Oct 2011 -
    Natural conception, first try. Blighted ovum (gestational sac & yolk sac). Took Cytotec to induce miscarriage at 9 weeks. PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, night terrors followed.

    Winter 2012 -
    Two rounds of Femara/Clomid + IUIs at Columbia and RS of NY. The idea: to produce more eggs and increase chances of catching a good one. BFNs.

    April 2012 -
    Natural conception, first try. Ultrasound showed activity in the uterus, but no complete sac. Diagnosed with "missed abortion." Natural miscarriage at 5 weeks.

    June 2012 -
    Conception after 7 mg Femara for 5 days + IUI. Diagnosed with chemical pregnancy. Natural miscarriage at 4.5 weeks.

    August 2012 -
    Natural conception, without trying. Chemical pregnancy and natural miscarriage at 5 weeks.

    October 2012 -
    ODWU at Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM).

    January 2013 -
    IVF with Dr. Schoolcraft.
    Straight Antagonist protocol

    What he predicted:
    I will produce 11 eggs
    Good chance 1 will be normal
    30% chance 2 will be normal
    Transfer 1, then a 45% chance of success
    Transfer 2, then a 65% chance of success

    What happened:
    7 follicles stimulated
    6 mature eggs retrieved
    2 died during ICSI
    4 fertilized
    3 out of 4 embryos CCS-tested
    All abnormal

    Aug/Sept 2013-
    Frozen Donor Egg IVF at Reproductive Biology Associates (RBA)
    What Dr. Shapiro predicted:
    6 or 7 will fertilize
    1 we will transfer
    1 - 3 we will freeze

    Protocol: Lupron, Vivelle patches, Crinone

    8 frozen eggs from donor thawed
    6 fertilized
    1 Day-5 Grade A XBbb blastocyst transferred
    1 Day-5 Grade A EBbb blastocyst frozen
    1 Day-6 Grade A XBbb blastocyst frozen

    September 13, 2013: Pregnant

    Prenatal vitamins & baby aspirin,
    Vivelle patches & Crinone

    Beta #1: 171
    Beta #2: 706
    Beta #3: 7,437

    6 w 3 d: measured 6 w 1 d
    FHR: 80 bpm
    Fetus did not grow
    7 w: FHR 121 bpm
    8 w: heart stopped
    9 w: D and C

    Test results: We lost a normal karyotype male for unexplained reasons

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    Therapy/energy work
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    March 14, 2014:
    Double FET at RBA
    1 Day-5 Grade A EBbb blastocyst
    1 Day-6 Grade A XBbb blastocyst

    March 24, 2014:

    Prenatals, baby aspirin, Folgard, Vivelle, Crinone, Lovenox

    Beta #1: 295
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    Beta #3: 12,153

    1 fetus implanted

    Measured on track

    Fetal heart rate:
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    Due date: Dec, 4 2014!

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