Thursday, February 23, 2006

A Litany Is Not Too Much to Ask

I'm all quivery and shakey. I want to believe the RE office when they tell me it's okay that the number didn't double, and really they want doubling in 48 to 72 hours. But then I can't quite get the "We're cautious," statement from the nurse out of my head either.

She's cautious? I'm freaking cautious.

I want to write more to you since you were all so totally wonderful with my last post and I feel like I need to give you more, but I'm so so scared.

Today's number: 83.8

We're 13 points under doubling. I go back on Saturday.

I joked with PortLairge about the name of this baby if it's a girl: "Elizabeth Anne Mary Our Lady of Prompt Succor and All the Saints Above." I might not be kidding if this works. And I might consider adding some of these names too.


Blogger Hoping said...

I'm hanging in there with you and praying for all three of you. The hcg numbers went up and that is good, keep us posted!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Emmakirst said...

Remember they said 48-72 hrs. The important thing is the hcg is increasing. Praying that the numbers keep increasing. Take care.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Shinny said...

I was told that as long as the numbers go up at least 50% in 48 hours and then again in another 48 hours that it is good. I had the same thing with my last pregnancy only my numbers only increased 48% and that was when the doctor changed the story from having to double to only having to increase by 50%.
Good luck to you and wishing you the best.

4:25 PM  
Blogger April said...

Thinking of you both.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Lynnette said...

I stand by my earlier comment, "anything over 80 is great." Thinking of you and Partner.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Trista said...

Kristin didn't double. You're still increasing, and you're only 13 points from a double. That's good, remember, I am refusing to give up!

4:47 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

NBHHY. The increase is good! Very good! Hang in there, and (kicking self in shin) try to stay calm and relaxed. Reading the other comments is reassuring too. It's a lot beter than my first time, when my first beta was 45; second was 26 (that's never good).

So hope, she's not letting go! So far so good! Keep us posted with anything - ramblings musings, vents - we're right there with you. I'll check in again, just want to make sure you're well. All bits dutifully crossed : )

5:22 PM  
Blogger art-sweet said...

STAY, Embryo STAY (in the uterus). Now Sit. Heel. Fetch. Good, Embryo, good.

5:55 PM  
Blogger art-sweet said...

Oh, and on the subject of the saints... It's Jewish tradition to name children after the first initial of a deceased relative. This leaves us with an "F" for my maternal grandmother. I was lobbying for "Felicia" for a potential girl... makes even more sense if Felicity is a patron saint of barrenness. But Pili doesn't like it, and I really MUST stop naming my children before they're conceived. Or adopted. Or whatever. Sigh.

5:56 PM  
Blogger PortLairge said...

HA HA. My mothers name is Philomena but she says St Philomena was demoted from Sainhood so you'll have to strike that off the list.
As for your beta- it's only 13 points off and it is 48 to 72 hours for the doubling. I am so sorry you and partner have to go through this but your numbers are rising and that is good. I am ever hopeful and confident.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Manuela said...

Crossing all my bits accordingly.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Ornery said...

Came here from Manuela's blog. Just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I'm sure that the "we're cautious" statement is just a standard "cover our asses" measure on the part of your nurse. I guess they can't throw a ticker tape parade for everyone who has a positive pregnancy test. Maybe they save that for the third beta result. (Which I'm sure is going to be higher than you could ever fathom.) Hell - If I get a result higher than 2 on my first beta - I'm having my own parade!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Gabrielle said...

Fingers and everything else crossed for the next beta tomorrow. Like everyone else is saying, you are almost doubling - YAY!!! You ARE pregnant! Double YAY!!! I am off to celebrate for you! M

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

I've got everything crossed for you.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

There are LOTS of babies in the blogosphere with not-quite-48-hr doublings in their past. I'm fervently hoping that yours will be one of them!

10:07 PM  
Blogger Michko said...

new reader...linked from Artificially Sweetened...been following your plight for some time. just wanted to say congrats!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Nico said...

So glad to hear the beta is increasing... and as everyone else has said, you're close to a double. Praying that your embryo is just taking its sweet time about this, and will stick around!!!

9:14 AM  
Anonymous pixi said...

I'm so hoping, Katie, SO hoping. I think those numbers hold a lot of promise. And I hope Saturday's count is even more encouraging. Praying for you guys.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's going up and up and up and up.

How cool is that?

10:34 AM  
Anonymous mamacate said...

Fingers very crossed.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Emilin said...

Plenty of us were low-beta babies, we just don't know it because no one checked. And there are plenty of babies who *were* low-beta embryos.

And I know that none of that information helps you or changes what's going to happen, but the three of us over here are praying for you and remain hopeful that this is really it.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous cj said...

Hi Katie... I wish nothing but the absolute best for you and partner. I don't know a lot about beata's or IVF - but I do know that its very hard on you and partner. I know that you are giving it your absolute best and have put your entire heart and soul into it. You are very brave and I admire your courage to do this. I'm thinking of you and keeping you and partner in my thoughts and prayers keeping you all very close to my heart.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Pamplemousse said...

Stay cool, Miss Katie, stay cool (channeling Benny from Crossroads for you now haha!)

2:42 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I know Em already posted, but I thought I'd add my congrats and crossed fingers. I feel so bad that we weren't following your story around transfer. Kind of busy around here. As I'm sure you will discover in, oh, say nine months or so.

Email me (or Emilin, she checks hers more often) if you want to talk about second parent adoption stuff. There are things to say in a slightly less public forum. Also, once we are on to celebrating, we can tell you where NOT to go for childbirth prep and give you the name of a kickass doula.

5:31 PM  
Blogger chris said...

Doubling is so overrated. Seriously, all but one of my miscarriages had betas that tripled every 48 hours. And we all know how that ended. The one that had perfect doubling (but started out really high) also ended in miscarriage. So there you go.

If you need to read about someone with wonky (and yours are not wonky) betas, read Brooklyn girl, who now has a lovely baby boy from that experience.

Hang in there.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful news!

1:11 AM  

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