It is early, everyone is asleep in the house except for Luna, the year old Cavapoo. She wakes us up around 6 am every morning, so now I am up. I have been looking forward to a long weekend where we don’t have any set plans and I can get a few things done around the house that need attention, mainly cleaning and organizing my son’s room. I haven’t tackled his room yet, but that is on the list Will it stay on the list or get done? It is a disaster in there and his drawers are overflowing with clothes that either fit or are two sizes too small.
We have family pictures coming up in a few weeks and I need to see if there is anything worth wearing. I did a little shopping yesterday with my Mom for her birthday and did find a few things for the boys to wear, now my daughter and I need to see if we can find something in our closets to match or I will head out again. Have I mentioned already how much I hate the preparation of family pictures? Since the kids were born, we have done a family photo shoot every year and I always love the outcome, but thinking about what to wear, where to take the pictures and getting my son to smile is a tad stressful for me, but in the end, there are always shots that I love.
During our shopping trip, I ended up finding a few great fall items and new boots. Usually it is hard for me to find things I like, but this year knowing I will have an expanding belly I can’t help but find things I love. Plus I found a bunch of things for my mom and can’t wait for her birthday at the end of the month. It was nice to spend some time with her, even though she is 10 minutes away, I don’t get the girl time I use to have with her.
While out and about she asked what was new and so I just talked about work and a concert we went to Friday night…more to share there. I wanted so badly to tell her an update, that I had the FET last Monday, and I took a pregnancy test Friday because I couldn’t stand it anymore. Or that I was starting to feel pregnancy symptoms (my chest is so sore) even with a negative test on Friday. But only a week or two more and I can share the good news with her as well as the rest of the family.
The pregnancy test I took Friday was way to early, but the thoughts and ideas of being pregnant were all too consuming. I was having no symptoms at all with the exception of being tired (likely the progesterone) and some cramping and twinges happening that could indicate implantation. I knew it was too early, but it was like I had to take the test to remind myself to be patient. So I did, and when I didn’t see the second line I wasn’t sad, upset or discourage but rather it was like a weight had been lifted and I could finally relax. I looked up more information on the implantation process and what I found:
One – The blastocyst begins to hatch out of its shell
Two – The blastocyst continues to hatch out of its shell and begins to attach itself to the uterus
Three – The blastocyst attaches deeper into the uterine lining, beginning implantation
Four – Implantation continues
Five – Implantation is complete, cells that will eventually become the placenta and fetus have begun to develop
Six – Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) starts to enter the blood stream
Seven – Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted
Eight – Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted
Nine – Levels of hCG are now high enough to detect a pregnancy
I took the test on day four which implantation was still occurring and hCG levels won’t even register with an early home pregnancy test until today which is Sunday. I have decided that I will take another test on Wednesday which is 9 days past the transfer date and then again Friday and Sunday if I need to before the blood test on Monday. On Saturday, the day after the negative test, my chest started getting sore and today it is really sore. Many people claim to have a sore chest on the progesterone, but it hasn’t affected me in that way until now. I am taking that as a positive sign at this point, it feels like the only things I can do. I have decided not to let Sara and Derek know about the pregnancy tests, I want the blood test to be the big reveal for them. After the blood test, we will do an ultrasound about a week later to see how many embryos there are and then a final ultrasound at the fertility clinic to test for a heart beat. After that we should be cleared to see an OBGYN of our choice through the pregnancy.
So I said I would come back to this and it is worth sharing…Two nights ago our family headed to Summer Jam, a Hip Hop and Rap concert a local radio station was putting on featuring Lil Jon, the End Game and Sage the Gemini. I purchased media from them, so I got 6 VIP passes for my family and the kids each brought a friend. There was a nice area to watch the show from without being in the big crowd, free drinks and food and the temperature was perfect.
My son Will and his friend Jonny really wanted some new gold flat hats they saw a booth near the VIP section. Will asked for a dollar and let us know that he was going to go down on the grass and dance for money to earn the hats. I thought it was entrepreneurial of him and certainly didn’t think people would actually pay to watch him pop and lock and do stalls. The next thing I knew, the woman from the hat stand went with the boys and started to video tape them, then she dropped some money in the hat. And then another person dropped in money, and another and another until finally after 20 minutes, the boys had earned $46.
What I didn’t know is that the woman at the hat stand had told the boys that if they can earn $50 she would give them two hats instead of the regular price of $35 each (hats are EXPENSIVE!). We were so proud of their hard work, we kicked in the extra dollars and purchased the hats. It was amazing to see my son and his friend dancing their way into something they really wanted. Kids these days are so spoiled and expect the world sometimes, including my own. The feedback from the crowd was intoxicating, men and women walking up and fist bumping and telling the boys to keep it up, and people video taping (wow can you tell I am old, would a younger person say recording?) to show their friends. The boys were elated and the confidence it provided really boosted them, so much that they now want to dance on the street corners like they do in bigger cities. So if you see two little guys dancing their hearts out, I just ask that you stop and take in their enthusiasm, it is contagious.