Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Took the Test at the Doc's Office...

...and it was positive.


My HCG level, which I think is the same as the beta tests I read about on other blogs, was 173 nine days after the five day transfer. Anything over 100 is considered a good number.


It's still really early. I still feel pretty normal. My blood sugars have been a little wacky these past few days.

But we actually have an appointment for an ultrasound in two weeks to see (oh pleasepleaseplease, let it all be normal) if we can see a heartbeat onscreen.

I have NOT NOT NOT told anyone in person about this except Mr. Lyrehca and my assorted doctors' offices. IF I SOMEHOW KNOW YOU IN PERSON, OR YOU KNOW PEOPLE I KNOW IN PERSON, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep it to yourself. We just don't want to tell people too early and then be devastated if something goes wrong.

I took the blood test yesterday morning, then went to work and sat in a meeting all morning. Then the call came in to my cell phone around 1:10. From experience, I've let the voice mail pick up so I can process the answer on my own.

When I saw who was calling, my heart started pounding and I quickly tested at 117. Then I listed to the message.

"Hi, we have some good news, your HCG level was 173, which is a good, strong number. Please call us back so we can schedule an ultrasound appointment."

I couldn't believe it. I started crying right at my desk. Then I walked out of my low-privacy office and called Mr. Lyrehca from outside the building.

"Are you in a meeting?"


"Are you sitting down?"


"Well, I think you're going to make an excellent Daddy."


He started crying right away too. Neither one of us could believe it.

We'd planned to go out to dinner last night no matter what the result was. When he came to my office to pick me up, we were both giddy. Over dinner, I couldn't help but think how glad I was we were celebrating something great and not drowning our sadness.

And just for fun, we stopped at CVS on the way home and bought a cheap home pregnancy test.

And while posting a photo is beyond my skillset right now, the two lines that popped up were strong and pink.

So here we go. Thank you to everyone online for sticking around for the ride so far.


Anonymous said...


Good luck and best wishes for a happy and healthy nine months.

Nicole P said...

I am SO happy for you and the Mr. Pretty soon we can start cheering -Go Fetus(es?)!

Can't wait to read more.

Anonymous said...

So terribly psched for you! I have goose bumps and can't stop smiling :)

Keeping my fingers crossed for a happy and healthy pregancy and a wonderful baby in nine months!

Sandra Miller said...


I'm tearing up just typing this comment.

Wonderful, really wonderful news.

Kevin said...

Oh, that's the best news!
Congrats to you and Mr. L.

And taking Nicole's lead:
"Go fetus! Go fetus!"

caren said...

Hooray!! Hooray!! I am very excited for you both (all?) I'll keep you in my thoughts and hope that you will have nothing but an easy and smooth 9 months...


Kerri. said...

Oh my goodness! (whispered) Congratulations!!! I am so, so happy for you. The goosebumps I have and the tears in my eyes were instant at the first line of your post.

I'm sending you every positive, heartfelt thought possible for the next ... nine months!

art-sweet said...


I am so THRILLED for you! THRILLED, I say. All caps.

(and yes, beta and hcg level are the same thing)

Here's hoping the next nine months are smooth and easy for you!

Minnesota Nice said...

What an perfect example you are setting for us all in HOPE, TRUST, and RISK-TAKING!!!
Bask and savor.


Anil said...

Congratulations. This is a great NEWS. All the best to you

Kelsey said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! Thanks for sharing the news with us! Here's praying everything goes wonderfully!!

BigP's Heather said...

YAY! Congratulations!!

Shannon said...

Hey!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!

Many good wishes to you :)

Serenity said...

YAY!!!!!! That's awesome!!!!

Apparently I started reading your blog at a good time... :)


Michko said...

I knew it! I knew it! I just knew it! Awesome news! I'm grinning from ear to ear for you. Anxiously awaiting updates.

Violet said...

Ohh huzzah huzzah!

L, you probably won't believe this, but I'm crying happy tears for you. Never met you, but your writing over this journey has moved me a great deal.

I'll be thinking very good thoughts for you and the tiny one. Take care.

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS! This is fantastic news.

Anonymous said...


Maura said...

I am so happy for you!

Penny Ratzlaff said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! (I'm reading this at work and crying like a baby.)

I'm soooo happy for you!!!

Thanks for sharing your news with us!!!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything is smooth sailing from here on out.

Scott K. Johnson said...

Thank you for your (always) kind words.

I'm very happy for the both of you, and hope for the best in the coming days/months, etc.

When's the party? :-)

Speaking of party, my "word verification" for this comment is "prraty". (that almost spells "party" right?) Concidence? I think not!

If not a mother... said...


Shana said...

That is SO wonderful. Congratulations!!!

Meredith said...

I was holding my breath as I clicked on your blog .... Congrats!

I'm thrilled for all three of you!

Let the wild ride begin!

namaste said...

Oh my gosh... HOORAY!!!!!!!


Hopeful Mother said...

I just started reading your blog, but wanted to say:

Congratulations are in order!


Lollipop Goldstein said...

Shh Shh Shh I'm quietly shouting quiet hoorays! I clicked from your email to the blog and first got the insulin level entry so I was so confused. I'm like what is it! So I went one entry back and found the positive. Huge smile on my face. We're actually at an ice cream shop at the beach right now but I had to write you a congratulations. Let me know when you start celebrating loudly so I can yell until I'm hoarse!

Major Bedhead said...

I got all mushy and weepy reading that. Such wonderful news. I'm so happy for you. Congratulations!


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