I've been offline the last few days due to staying with my parents for a Thanksgiving break. Glad to be back home! I spent 3 full days with my sweet 8 month old niece who lives in Savannah, GA and my 2 sisters and mom. It was fun getting a preview of my future life. I got to change a poopy diaper this morning. Good times. I really hate that my sister and neice live 9 hours away, though Savannah is a great place to visit.
I am still not visibly pregnant, but I did get to try out the fetal doppler that I ordered when I got home this afternoon. It was a little difficult to get a accurate reading of the baby's heartbeat, but we detected it at about 130-140 bpm. I don't want to get obsessed with it, so I think a once a week reading will be enough. It just gives me a little peace of mind to know that he/she is still swimming around in there.
Last night, we went to see Twilight- Breaking Dawn. Probably not the best movie for me. Bella has a pretty freaky pregnancy!
On Thanksgiving, my dad's side of the family celebrated my grandmother's 90th birthday. My grandmother has dementia, though she still has the same personality. She has no short term memory and she has gotten very frail. She was appropriate in her reaction to her great - granddaughter, but she kept asking whose baby it was. My 90 year old grandmother and my neice are similar in that they both need round the clock caregiving, help getting dressed, getting fed, and dressed. Though it is a little sad to see my once vibrant grandmother, now frail and dependent, I suppose it is the cycle of life.
During the Thanksgiving meal prayer, my father added that he was particularly thankful for me and my husband being pregnant. All my aunts, uncles and cousins were very excited for us. My aunts knew that we had been out to Colorado. It was fun to finally share the good news, though I am still not quite out of my first trimester.
As of today, I am off all supplementaly hormone therapy! No suppository tonight. No estrogen patches. I feel like I am riding a bike with no hands! I'll check my levels on Monday.
Hope that all of you had a restful and joyful Thanksgiving break with family and friends. Thanks to all of you for your support, humor and thoughtfulness over the last year. It has definitely made going through IVF alot easier.