3/11/2009

6 Week update


I apologize for the hiatus, but I just haven't been on my computer. I've been using only the cell phone for my Internet stuff. Anyway...

I am 6 weeks pregnant today! It still seems so surreal to me. Ever since my nurse told us how far along we were (at 4 weeks 2 days), Jerry has woken up every morning and exclaimed how far along we are and then he kisses my belly. Awww. Jerry has been doing everything, and I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g... Cooking, cleaning, laundry, yard work, grocery shopping, you name it he did it. He wouldn't let me lift a finger. The only thing I've been doing is being a lazy lump on a log. Whenever I get up, he asks me, "What are you doing?" or "What do you need? I'll get it for you." He's so good to me. What more could a girl want? I won't go into the mushy mode... lol

Here are some milestones that are going on with the baby this week:

The head, tail, and arm buds are easily recognizable.
The optic vesicles and lenses form.
Limb buds are present.
The earliest form of the liver, pancreas, lungs, thyroid gland, and heart appear.
Blood circulation is well established. The heart bulges from the body.
The cerebral brain hemispheres are enlarging.
In the stomach area, the primary intestinal loop is present.
At this time, the baby weighs 1/1,000 of an ounce and is a quarter of an inch long.

Amazing, isn't it?

Anyway, onto the update on me...

Last Wednesday, I had my 1st hormone check after the first beta. My E2 was 1500 (they want over 300) and P4 was 9.8 (they want over 6). I was told to stay on the 4 Vivelle patches every other day and Prometrium suppositories three times a day.

Last Thursday, I got the results of my 3rd hyper-coag panel. It wasn't the full panel, as they only re-tested the ones that came back abnormal (November '08) and then normal (January '09) for Protein-S and Plasminogen. So this third time (February '09) was going to be the tie-breaker, so to speak. The tests came back normal, with the Protein-S level at 103 (the norm is 58 - 150) and Plasminogen at 123 (the norm is 78 - 130). So it looks like I don't have to be on Lovenox, although I would gladly take it if need be.

This morning, I went for my 2nd hormone check. My E2 is 662 and P4 is 9.5. I am concerned about the big drop in my E2 level. That's a big drop, at least to me, to go from 1500 to 662 in one week without changing anything. As if I didn't have enough to worry about, this afternoon I started some brownish spotting. It's not much, but being the TP obsessor that I am, it's noticeable. Tomorrow, my nurse is going to discuss with Dr. Schoolcraft and call me back. I'm anxious to hear back from her.

I'm trying to remain calm, but it's so hard. We're just taking it one step at a time. Tomorrow, I'm looking forward to getting a call from my nurse. Then we'll know what's next (add more estrogen meds, another hormone check, etc.). My ultrasound is scheduled for March 17th - St. Patrick's Day. Hopefully, it'll be a lucky day for us. We need to hear at least one set of heart beat. Grow baby/babies grow. Mommy and Daddy love you and need you to grow. Please!!

9 comments:

Nikki said...

I don't know about the E2 levels, but I want to wish you luck with the nurse's call tomorrow and with the u/s next week!

Keep us updated, and wish you guys the best!

DAVs said...

I wish I knew about the estrogen levels but I think I've heard other women deal with falling levels and things ended up being just fine. I'm so impressed with your DH :)
Can't wait for the u/s results1

Sheri said...

Continued well wishes to you and your little shamrock(s) on St. Paddy's day!

Grow baby(s) grow!

Telle said...

Thanks for the update! Good for Jerry!!! You lucky lady you!!!!! I will continue to keep my fingers and toes crossed for your appt on Tuesday!!!!

JJ said...

I hope the nurse calls soon and reassures you. I have no idea about the E2 levels in early pregnancy. Your DH is wonderful, he must be so incredibly happy that you're finally on this path. I can't wait to see your news on Tuesday! Hugs.

Jill M. said...

Awww, what a sweet husband you have!!! You two soooo deserve this!

Wow, reading those milestones and then reading the size of the little one, it just gives me this overwhelming feeling of, how could there not be a God?

I don't know anything about pg hormone levels since I've never been pg, but I think you're in good hands. As far as the spotting, very very common, I see posts about it all the time.

I have no advice for remaining calm as I don't think I could be either.

Happy Hug!

onemuse said...

I spotted brown for a loooooong time with baby #2, so I'm sure it's nothing. I remember how scary it is to see, but it almost always means nothing.

I'll continue to send prayers for your little bean to snuggle in tightly for the next 9 months! (((Hugs!)))

Donna said...

My RE told me that if she had a nickel for every pregnant lady that complained about spotting she could retire. My best wishes are with you! So glad you updated!

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Hoping St. Paddy's day brings you a u/s with two beautiful babies!