The 6th time’s the charm?

Well, despite my promise, I did take a home pregnancy test last Wednesday (at 11 dpo), and I did allow myself to get excited by a faint line. (I swear it looked darker than the one last month!) And like last month, I started bleeding a few hours later, and thought “Oh well!”

But then my period didn’t progress like usual. (Light flow of super dark blood, not much red, no clots.)

So on Friday, I tested again, and damned if that line wasn’t just a little bit darker.

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I got the nurse to order a beta hCG test, and it came back at 89 mIU/mL. Consulted betabase (which I was happy to see came back online since last time we went through this!), and saw that 89 is about right for 13 dpo, but I was still bleeding…

Tested again on Saturday (since I was leaving for a trip to DC on Sunday), and it came back at 131 mIU/mL, which corresponds to a doubling time of about 45 hours. A little high for the doubling time at that beta, but still in the ballpark…

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Still bleeding, and not feeling particularly pregnant, I was very hesitant to believe that this was real. But then my awesome husband reminded me that I bled when I was barely pregnant with little C. Samuel. He was totally right! I bled for six days and was convinced that I was miscarrying. How did I forget about that?

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I got back from DC on Tuesday night and went in for another beta first thing Wednesday morning. I figured if the 45 hour doubling time held, my beta should be around 600…

It was 1023. Which means the doubling time sped up to just over 32 hours…

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Is this really happening?

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The IUI count, and Halloween cuteness

I’m deep in the 2WW of our sixth month of natural cycle IUIs. It’s only the third cycle that went according to plan (read: including trigger shot), and the fifth that included insemination. Unlike last month, I won’t make the mistake of testing too soon (or at least if I do test, I won’t mistake a squinter for a BFP…)

In the mean time, I’ll contribute to the Halloween cuteness going around. (Those of you who are sick and tired of kids in costumes might want to click elsewhere…)

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Oktoberfest party at a friend’s house the weekend before Halloween

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“Harvest Festival” at C’s daycare Thursday night

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Dressed as Daddy (including salt and pepper hair) for school Halloween parade on Friday

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Trick-or-treating with his bestie Saturday night