Tomorrow (Monday, November 2nd) will be 26 weeks for us! We can't believe it. Coco is just about finished with her second trimester! She enters her third trimester at the end of this week. Coco appears to have a committment to fitness just like her Daddies! She is jumping around a lot. We got this great note from Kira who gave us an update on what she is feeling.
"I'm doing fine...I haven't gotten sick(knock on wood) despite all the sickies in my house. Coco's doing great! Kicking and moving all around. I can definitely feel her kicks from the outside now. It works best when I'm lying flat on my back, so that my weight/stomach is evenly distributed. When's she's head down, kicking up, and I'm sitting on the couch, it feels like she's kicking me in the chest, but that's because when I'm sitting everything is more squished together. When I'm lying down, the kicks are more in the center of my stomach, since I'm streched out more. Hopefully, that makes sense,lol.
I was enjoying feeling her move around this morning around 6am, but then Ellie woke up, so my "bonding time" with Coco was over. Once I get up, and move around she's moves a little less. Time is flying by...I'll be 26 weeks on Monday. Coco is going to be here in 3 months!"
Kira is all ready for the embryos! Where's the doctor?
Home Pregnancy Tests (HPTs)
Well, lots of people in the surrogacy industry (doctors, & agencies) don't like HPTs. There is a chance that a HPT can indicate a false positive so blood tests are the best means of verifying pregnancy. That said, the 2 week wait between the embryo transfer and the blood test, is excruciating so many IPs (intended parents) and surrogates rely on HPTs to get some clue as to whether they are pregnant or not. HPTs can detect HCG (the pregnancy hormone) fairly early on, often several days before the surrogates missed period. 4 days after the transfer of our 6-day old embryos, our surrogate took a HPT and got a positive. As she has gone further along, the tests have gotten darker (that's good!). In the pictures, the control line is on the right and the pregnancy indicator line is on the left.
HPTs: 5/26, 5/27 & 5/28
HPTs getting darker...5, 6 & 7 days after transfer
HPTs: 5/29, 5/30 & 5/31
16 was taken just before our first beta test - beta was 305!
HPTs: 6/2 & 6/4
18 was taken the day of our 2nd beta test - beta was 985!
Chris, Kira & Victor after dinner
We had a great dinner at Cafe Firenze on April 2nd
We are two Dads documenting life with our wonderful daughters, Coco and Kiki and our two super cool dogs: Shih Tzu, NeNe and terrier poodle mix Snowball. This is going to be the adventure of a lifetime and we invite you to share it with us!