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Beta Day (9dp5dt)



148! I’m actually that “P” word that I still can’t say!

Dr. A’s nurse said my beta was “excellent” for a single embryo transfer. No repeat beta necessary unless I am feeling obsessive and would like one – which I will on Monday.

First ultrasound is booked for May 14th at 2:45 p.m. Grow Pip Grow!

I want to write you all a book on the swirl of emotions I amย experiencingย but I am working under a serious deadline. Must. Write. Success stories. Hugs to every single one of you who is so kindly dealing with my crazy ups and downs. Pip is gonna have a pile of cyber Aunties. xoxo

*Mustache is a special edition for my sweet friend in Mississippi who is also battling the infertility monster. Much love to you, hon!



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  1. April 26, 2012

    Yeah! SO excited for you. Grow, PIP, Grow!!!! Such CUTE pix!!! …and I love your dress too!!!

    • April 26, 2012

      Thanks! An Athropologie piece purchased on eBay. I love Anthro via eBay ๐Ÿ™‚

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    April 26, 2012


  3. EmHart #
    April 26, 2012

    Whooooooop! That is FANTASTIC news. Yey Pip! Grow baby grow. And by the way it doesn’t seem to matter what ups and downs you have, you always manage to look so effortlessly stylish. I envy that, I pick almost every outfit based entirely on comfort. Hugs from Pip’s English Aunty Em.

    • April 26, 2012

      LOL! I am selective as to what days I photograph myself, for sure. And actually, this outfit was selected specifically for comfort as I am BLOATED ๐Ÿ™‚ flowing top, comfy loose linen pants and a denim jacket if I get cold. The only uncomfortable thing is the yellow bandeau as it seems the boobs have grown a smidgen. :0

  4. April 26, 2012

    I’m just SO excited for you!!!!!!!!!

  5. April 26, 2012

    Wow! That is fantastic. I am super happy for you. And, you have filled me with hope. This whole crazy process can work! It can be worth it! Yay!!!!

    Looking forward to Monday’s beta, your ultrasound on May 14th and everything else to come!

  6. Sarah L #
    April 26, 2012

    Yay yay yay!!!! So happy for you!

  7. April 26, 2012

    Yay! Such great news to support you at home testing!!!

  8. April 26, 2012

    Haha, you crack me up! fantastic news ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. April 26, 2012

    Congrats! Snuggle in Pip!

  10. April 26, 2012

    I’ve been checking for this all morning! That is a fantastic absolutely perfect number!!! I totally thought you would have a low but viable number as your HPTs came in so late, but 148 is perfect!!!!!! Dead on for little Pip!!! Good job mama!

    • April 26, 2012

      It’s a little scary, isn’t it??? I wonder if the light HPTs have anything to do with how much water I drink during the day? I’m a big fan of hydration and have this worry that if I don’t drink enough my blood will be too thick for Pip. I’m sure this is completely ridiculous.

      • April 26, 2012

        It is probably just the lots of drinking, I drink a ton too, I never took an afternoon HPT because I was terrified of freaking myself out with a fading line. Obviously your blood is perfect and pip is loving it! I checked betabase to compare your numbers (cause I’m OCD like that) and pip is over a day ahead of average :)!!!!

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  12. sangela71 #
    April 26, 2012

    Love your photos–totally cracked me up!

    See, I knew you were PREGNANT! What a great first beta. Congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. April 26, 2012

    OK, could you possibly be any more adorable?! Your pictures are too cute and that number?! I just don’t think I could possibly be any happier for you. This is the best news everrrrr! Yay! Can’t wait for the next beta and first ultrasound. So damn exciting!

    • April 26, 2012

      Thanks, Izzy! I’ll feel much more confident after the first ultrasound for sure.

  14. April 26, 2012

    AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS AMAZING!!!! You know that beta is almost as high as my twins beta was around that time! HA! That is one strong little Pip! HOORAY! I’m so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • April 26, 2012

      Robin, that is scary…. I sure hope Pip didn’t split!

  15. Shelley #
    April 26, 2012

    Woo hoo!! I knew it! Congratulations, this is just SO fantastic and inspiring. GROW PIP GROW! There should be a sticker or button for that slogan!

  16. April 26, 2012

    Grow little peanut!

  17. April 26, 2012

    What a HUGE day! So thrilled for you!!! xo

  18. wantababybelly #
    April 26, 2012

    I spent all morning refreshing the page, hoping and praying for this news! You made my day with the special mustache pic also!!! Xoxo

  19. April 26, 2012

    What an awesome day. I won’t ask what your mother had to say about this, but I hope she didn’t rain on your fabulous mustached parade! Congratulations! You might not be able to say it, but I can- you are PREGNANT!!!

  20. April 26, 2012

    Yay Belle! Congratulations!!

  21. April 26, 2012

    now THAT’S a beautiful beta!! congrats!!

  22. 35life #
    April 26, 2012

    So happy for you! What a journey! Love it!

  23. Bethany #
    April 26, 2012

    Belle- Yay for that little Pip growing ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so overjoyed with happiness for you!!! (I just had my IUI today, and this was the first post I saw when I turned on my computer), it gives me so much hope!) I am continuing to keep you and Pip in my thoughts and prayers!! Grow Pip, Grow

  24. April 26, 2012

    Yay! What a great number!

  25. meggola #
    April 26, 2012

    That’s a great beta! Congratulations!!!

  26. April 26, 2012

    YAY PIP!!!! Keep growing! We can’t wait to meet you! Big Congrats to you and your Hubby!

  27. faith #
    April 26, 2012

    I am crying TEARS OF JOY!! For all that you have gone gives me chills (once again..this damn blog!) to say “MY COUSIN IS PREGNANT!!” Whoo Hoo!! So when are you announcing it to the world? (besides on this blog anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. April 26, 2012

    Such exciting news! Have a great weekend!

  29. April 26, 2012

    Here from ICLW. Congrats on your BFP and excellent beta. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Evelyn #
    April 26, 2012

    Congrats. This is excellent news.

  31. April 26, 2012

    Hooorrayyyy!!! Over the moon happy for you! Your smile alone gives the rest of us hope:)
    (I know I won’t give up until I get to feel that kind of happy;) Looking forward to hearing all of the progress Pip makes…sounds like he(or she?:) is a strong little one already!

  32. April 27, 2012

    Fantastic news!! So excited for you!

  33. April 27, 2012

    Congratulations, Belle! I’m so excited for you. Please keep us updated on Pip’s progress ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. April 27, 2012

    Congratulations Belle!! Your are PREGNANT!!! Say it out load, scream it to the heavens!! ๐Ÿ™‚ So so happy for you. I still remember my own amazement and disbelief that it could actually be true that it had happened in the first IVF attempt.
    I’m thrilled as well that you got such a great BETA no. right away and didn’t have to hang around in limbo for a week like I did.

  35. April 27, 2012

    That’s so wonderful!

  36. April 27, 2012

    Hurrah fab news x

  37. April 27, 2012

    Your sense of style is utterly fabulous. And so is that Beta #!!! “Hip hip for Pip!”

  38. April 27, 2012

    Here from ICLW..

    Congrats on your PREGNANCY!!

  39. April 27, 2012

    I love this post! Soooo cute. What a fabulous beta number… you have a strong little one in there! Go Pip, go!

  40. April 30, 2012

    Super cute pics! I am SO so happy for you! 148 is a fabulous first Beta!

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