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The State of Belle’s Uterus Is: OCCUPIED (and bonus “vlog”)




Yup. That’s my beta at 12 days past 5 day transfer, essentially 17 days past ovulation if I were a normal human who could conceive without a crew of strangers up in my business.


Oh my gosh, you guys this is so much better than Pip, and Pip’s beta was still quite high for a singleton. The Professor is convinced we are going to BOGO – Buy One Get One – but I’m still pretty darn sure I have one super healthy over achiever singleton in there. Time will tell!

Repeat beta on Wednesday to check and see if things are doubling properly. Then we’ll schedule my first ultrasound. For those who know me in real life and have been bugging me about when they can call/acknowledge/flood me with texts and emails/visit me and throw confetti, the Professor and I would like to wait until we see a good heartbeat. Hopefully in two weeks or so we’ll be ready to celebrate. Until then, let’s continue to pretend that there is nothing happening in the ute.

I decided to stay home from work today because I’m still snotty and sneezing and coughing and in general I feel pretty gross. I also just sneezed a huge loogie onto my hand. Lovely.

Also on tap for today is my Vlog debut. In a foolish moment of weakness I joined Stupid Stork’s video challenge. For this we were instructed to video ourselves answering some questions. Being a total over achiever  and a crazy cat lady, I also took the opportunity to introduce you to my sleepy cats. Behold: One Awkward Belle and four cats who really did not want to be bothered during their nap time.

NOTE: This Vlog will only be up for a short amount of time and then I’ll set it to password protected because I sort of don’t want any Tom Dick or Harry to see it! If you miss it, email me and I’ll send you the login info.

ALSO NOTE: I meant to give a tour of my living room but forgot thanks to my excitement over showing you my cats!

Check out the other lovely ladies who are participating!

Aspgriswold at Growing Griswolds
Jenny at Sprout
LeslieGail at My Hormonacoaster
Hapa Hopes at Hapa Hopes
Bridget at Iydkmigthtky
Kristin at Return to Go
Arwen Rose at MRKH Musings
Kitty Belle at The Hopeful Journey
Stork Chaser at Dog Mom Chasing the Stork
SM at Unexplained Rantings   (password: magical toes)
Belle at Scrambled Eggs
Sharon at Ova Achiever





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  1. L #
    October 22, 2012

    Yay! Yay! yay!! that is a beautiful number… I think it is the season for BOGO 🙂

  2. Lee #
    October 22, 2012

    … and love the video & the kits! 🙂

  3. Ginny #
    October 22, 2012

    YAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grow, baby(ies) Grow!!!! Loooove those kitties, too!

  4. October 22, 2012

    Beautiful, amazing beta!! I was waiting for this update 🙂 Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed for a nice doubling time and even nicer heartbeat in the near future. That’s such a great number too 🙂

  5. October 22, 2012

    amazing! so so pleased for you guys, and what an awesome beta

  6. October 22, 2012

    Whoo-hoo! Awesome number!

    Sorry you’re suffering with a cold. You do a much better job of pulling yourself together when sick than I do. 🙂

    The cats are adorable!

  7. October 22, 2012

    Congratulations!! I knew it!

    • October 22, 2012

      PS! Pinot Noir and chocolate cake! YES!!

  8. October 22, 2012

    Yeah!!!! Hurray!!!

    And I think you look pretty good for someone who is sick. And meeting your kitties was great too. Congratulations, Belle.

  9. October 22, 2012

    So happy for you!

  10. October 22, 2012

    Yay!!!!! Amazing beta. You are most definitely pregnant!!! My beta at 17dpo with twins was 1153, that said….I just checked the betabase and your
    Beta is above average for 17dpo with twins….so be prepared!!

  11. R #
    October 22, 2012

    Omg. Amazing news! Love you!

    • October 23, 2012

      Hey! I have missed you! Shoot me an update!

  12. October 22, 2012

    Yeah, wonderful news! get better soon though. I’m enjoying watching everyone’s video today, fun stuff and your cats are adorable, just like yourself.

  13. October 22, 2012

    YAY thats an awersome number! Mine at 17dpo was 778 and we HAD BOGO – so could be! Can’t wait to find out!

  14. October 22, 2012

    I. am. so. excited!!!! Congratulations, Belle, occupied uterus and all 🙂 I have such a good feeling about this little one, and I can’t wait for your ultrasound!

  15. October 22, 2012

    Woo hooooo! That is amazing news! My daughter had a beta of 1500 at 19DPO so it is absolutely possible you have a over achieving singleton in there.


    • October 23, 2012

      I’m rooting for a singleton. Although, if we had twins the cat to lap ratio would be equal…

  16. October 22, 2012

    Hellz yeah!!! So happy to hear this fantastic beta news. Super strong indeed…. you have a little fighter in there (or two!)

  17. Juno #
    October 22, 2012

    I’m going with BOGO too. Congrats!!!!!

  18. karaleen #
    October 22, 2012

    Yay!!! Awesome Beta!!!!!
    Loved the vlog…. I don’t know why you say you don’t like your current pixie hair cut…I think it is darling on you. you have the perfect shaped face for it and I think it is very very flattering. Loved virtually meeting your kitties. I miss having a cat. I had my Bukko Kitty for 16 years…but the husband is a dog guy so we now have dogs and they are awesome too.
    Once again…so excited on your stellar beta. Get well soon.

  19. October 22, 2012

    This is just wonderful news!! I am super hopeful that this is it. So happy! xoxo

  20. Mel #
    October 22, 2012

    Congrats!!!!! So excited for you guys

    Ps your vlog was so fun to watch you are adorable

  21. October 22, 2012

    Man, that’s a great beta! I’m sort of worried about twins this time around – seems like a lot of FET’s are resulting in twins. My beta with Matthew was 561 10dp5dt so I’m shooting for anything less than 845 tomorrow (11dp5dt) to help relieve my twin fears. (I know it doesn’t work this way – but in my head – it does.)

    For YOU? I hope it’s twins because that would be great for the first baby! But one would be awesome too! No matter what – you’re looking to take home a baby in June 😉

    Good luck hanging in there until the ultrasound! Ugh.

  22. October 22, 2012

    Big congratulations to you! I hope you get your ultrasound soon!

  23. October 22, 2012

    Yay! I’m so happy for you!

  24. Maria #
    October 22, 2012

    Congratulations!!!!!!! So happy and excited for you! 🙂

  25. October 22, 2012

    YAYYYYY!!!!! Congratulations! What wonderful news! Praying that Wednesday has doubled appropriately and you can breathe a little easier!

  26. jak #
    October 22, 2012

    very strong beta:) that’s excellent. not sure it’s BOGO, but it’s always hard for me to figure out exactly where we all are given the totally true point you made that with all our med treatments, we dont know WTF (where) we are in real cycle time.

    nice vlog. again, i assert that your cats are fake, or at least they are alien outer space cat cyborgs because i do not see cat hair everywhere like there should be. they are beautiful, cyborg or no.

    HAPPY DOUBLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)))))))))))))

    • October 23, 2012

      Ha! Jak, I will take some photos of my house on a normal day. I assure you, I do hasty cleaning before photographing or videoing. And Photoshop is actually a great tool to erase cat clumps!

  27. October 22, 2012

    Woohoo! Awesome number. I understand your hesitation to celebrate, so in the meantime, we’ll be doing it for you. Best of wishes for an even awesomer number on Wednesday!

  28. October 22, 2012

    Woohoooooo!!!! Now that’s an amazing beta! My beta at ’16dpo’ was 430 – and that was with a BOGO…so I’m just sayin’, you know, that you might have gotten the BOGO too! Either way, you’re off to an amazing start and I hope you can take it easy for a day or two and enjoy being pregnant! 🙂

  29. October 22, 2012

    Congratulations!! I couldn’t be happier for you!

  30. October 22, 2012

    Congrats fellow vlogger, what a fab number!! You are so glam! I too love, love, love the BBC sherlock 🙂

  31. stupidstork #
    October 22, 2012

    Amazing number senorita!

    1. Steve Martin is getting betrothed all over the place today.

    2. You look like someone famous and this is really going to keep me up at night trying to place it.

    3. Everyone loves the Swedish chef. I join you in this habit, as after I cook it looks like the zombie apocalypse has finally come to fruition and I have used my pans to defend myself.

    4. Love Sherlock.

    5. Pleeeeaaaaase tell me your first song was “somebody’s getting married’ because if so, I think you just became my personal hero.

    6. That picture of the professor almost made me fall off my couch.

    7. I am devastated – DEVASTATED – that you didn’t show your weird talent. 😉

    • October 23, 2012

      Thanks, Stork!
      1. Lucky guy 🙂
      2. I have no idea!
      3. I think making a mess ensures tastier food.
      4. ❤
      5. IT WAS! YOU WIN!
      6. He would KILL Me if he knew I used it 🙂
      7. Maybe we need another video challenge to show off our weird talents? 😉

  32. October 22, 2012

    YAAAY! So happy for you.

  33. SM #
    October 22, 2012

    Congrats!!! I’m so happy for you!!!

  34. infertilitycansuckit #
    October 22, 2012

    Wow!! Amazing number!! So excited for you 🙂 Totally love the Vlog too…we are currently obsessed with Sherlock as well. And, of course, your cats are gorgeous!

    • October 23, 2012

      Oh Sherlock… so dreamy… The Professor is quite jealous of my feelings towards Sherlock, actually 🙂

  35. October 22, 2012

    Amazing beta! And I love our video too!

  36. October 22, 2012

    Please know I yelled out a big “Yayyyy!” when I read this! Great number 🙂

  37. Kristy #
    October 22, 2012

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  38. WTW #
    October 22, 2012

    Hi there! Came over to check out your vlog (I was too chicken to do one!) and I see that we are just days apart with our positive Betas! Mine at 17dpo (Friday) was 572! I wonder if either of us have BOGO! I guess time will tell. Good luck and congrats! I’ll be following along to see how it all turns out!

    • WTW #
      October 22, 2012

      Oops, I also meant to say I LOVE that you introduced us to your kitties. I’m a crazy cat lady too…although we only have one because my husband won’t let me get more 😦

    • October 23, 2012

      Squee! Congrats on your BFP!

  39. October 22, 2012

    Great beta!! Although it took me a second to figure out the the cartoon people were numbers…my brain still isn’t working properly! : ) Check out if you feel like stalking numbers. It reassuring in that it shows that there is a HUGE range of normal.

    • October 23, 2012

      Oh, I was checking Beta Base AS I was on the phone with the nurse 😉 I like being within normal ranges. It is so rare that I am “normal!” Thinking of your small one these days…

  40. October 22, 2012

    Love love love this! How have I not seen your blog before? I completely agree with you on Sherlock. He is so hot! The pickle question was one of mine!! 🙂 🙂 Congrats on the BETA super super happy for you!!! Wishing you the best on this pregnancy!!

    • October 23, 2012

      OMG, pickle question writer! You are my question hero 🙂 I’m also wondering how I have not found your blog yet. So glad we finally “met”!

  41. NaomiJ #
    October 22, 2012

    Congratulations, that is fantastic news! Long time reader (from Melb, Australia), first time commenter. I am ten weeks pregnant with twins (FET #1) and my beta at 14dp3dt was 800+ I think you may have two buns in your oven! Best of luck.

    • October 23, 2012

      Hey thanks for commenting Naomi and huge congrats on your sweet babes! I am so scared of twins! But I was also SO SCARED of the dinky sub-q shots and look at me now all letting the husband jab me in the ass nightly. I can handle whatever the universe throws at me 😉

  42. October 22, 2012

    Amazing beta number Belle!!! I just knew this would be a good day for you! And your face, well, I love that too!

    • October 23, 2012

      Awe, thanks Jenn! I had planned to watch everyone’s videos at work today but forgot my headphones and will have to wait until tomorrow. I sure hope no one takes theirs down!

  43. October 22, 2012

    Lovely to see you and hear you. I am so glad we all did this, I have really enjoyed my glimpse of everyone today. And your cats are adorable.

  44. October 22, 2012


    I went back and checked- my beta at 17dpo was 1174 (just for reference). I’m not sure if you really want BOGO but if you do I am hoping for you! If not, I hope this just means one healthy and strongly implanted embryo!!!!

    • October 23, 2012

      While I would love and celebrate BOGO, I really hope for one healthy take-home baby. I have mad respect for your baby caring abilities, by the way! Some days I get anxious just reading your posts! Like laundry… with twins… in the city! You are super woman for sure 🙂

  45. October 22, 2012

    First of congrats!!! That is a beautiful and wonderful number!!! I am so in love with your kitties…!!!

  46. Lisa @ hapahopes #
    October 22, 2012

    Congrats on your little occupant!!!!

    And I loved how your face lit up when you started introducing your cats. Too cute!

    • October 23, 2012

      I’m a dorky proud cat mom. Seriously, I’m selling an antique bedroom set this week and I can’t wait till the buyers come over mainly so I can show them all my cats. It’s ridiculous!

  47. October 22, 2012

    Woohoo!!! Congratulations! 🙂

  48. October 22, 2012

    Congrats on the beta number!!! Loved the vlog. Those cats are so pretty.

    • October 23, 2012

      Thanks, bloggie friend. Our cats are rad 🙂

  49. 35life #
    October 22, 2012

    Yay!! And I loved watching your video!!

  50. Cammy #
    October 22, 2012

    Great numbers! I think my first BETA was in the 700’s but not sure on what day PT. Good luck! I have a doppler and heard the baby’s heartbeat at home tonight for the 1st time!!

    • October 23, 2012

      I’m so happy you heard a heartbeat! You should have graduated from the clinic now, right?

      • Cammy #
        October 23, 2012

        Yes! I had my first OB appointment last week and go to Perinatalist next week for screenings. So I am in Lex for everything at this point!

        • October 23, 2012

          Awesome news! Let me know if you are in Lex and want to grab lunch or coffee!

  51. Vanessa #
    October 22, 2012

    AHHHHH!!!! So amazing! Loving that beta… whew, so reassuring. 🙂 Congrats!

    Also: Totally feel your love for both Ira Glass and Benedict Cumberbatch. And pinot noir. And cats. And I also have a similar losing-my-V horror story involving a GREEN-tinted form of contraception. That might be even worse.

    • October 23, 2012

      Love me some Ira Glass. You really should consider sharing this GREEN-tinted story!

  52. October 22, 2012

    BIGGEST SMILE RIGHT NOW! Belle that is an amazing beta! I’m thrilled for you!

  53. October 22, 2012

    Super, super, super news! Hooray!

    And thanks for your lovely little video! It was like having a friend in my living room. You are adorable!

    • October 23, 2012

      Hehe, I felt like I had a friend in the living room when I watched everyone else’s, too. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the congrats!

  54. October 22, 2012

    Congratulations!!! And such a cute video–tissues and all!

  55. October 23, 2012

    Ummmm… I just watched your video and you are even cuter in person than I had envisioned in my head, Belle! You are just charming – and those cats! I can’t get over your sweet cats! Thanks for sharing – that made my night!

    • October 23, 2012

      Awe, shucks! Thanks, lady. Our cats are pretty awesome, challenging as they may be at 4:30 a.m. when they all want fed!

  56. October 23, 2012

    You are adorable! So are your cats! The Professor is right about the cat knowing you are pregnant. Like I alluded to earlier, I’ve seen it before though mainly with a dog. Though he was a pomeranian so very cat like. He used to lay right across my sister in law’s belly and lap, protecting the growing bump. When bub was born, he was very distressed, running from mumma’s legs to pram or cot and back again. Finally, he settled on guarding the pram/cot.

    There’s a bubba in that belly of yours! 🙂

    • October 23, 2012

      Yay! The Professor and I joke that the kids first word is going to be meow. Growing up in a house with four cats might be a little, confusing!

  57. October 23, 2012

    Belle I LOVED LOVED your video and can’t wait to watch more!!! You know how I feel about all the “nothing” that is going on in your ute, so I will just ignore it if you want me to. Even though I won’t be, but you won’t know that 😉

    • October 23, 2012

      What more??? Who said anything about more? 🙂 I honestly don’t know what I would talk about. Maybe we’ll have occasional cat video appearances…

      • October 23, 2012

        LOL! Well, your video was great and I bet we would all love occasional cat video appearances.

  58. JJ #
    October 23, 2012

    Thrilled for you! Congratulations!

  59. October 23, 2012

    Oh my goodness! Your numbers are just wonderful. So happy for you.

    I can understand your feeling of being pregnant but wanting/needing to wait a little before you let it become ‘real’ and making it official. I totally understand. I think DH and I will be the same way the next time around. That moment of seeing the heartbeat is a milestone.

    I loved your vlog and I especially loved the kitties. They’re all beautiful and so expressive but also lazy and entitled, which is how cats should be imho! DH and I always joke that we have dogs to satisfy our need for slavish devotion and cats (yeay,now 2!) to make sure our dogs don’t convince us that we’re more interesting than we actually are 🙂

  60. October 24, 2012

    So I just got the chance to watch the video and you are so adorable! I really enjoyed it, makes me wish I had participated.

  61. October 24, 2012

    I knew it, Belle, I knew it!!!! I’m so freaking excited for you and really enjoyed your vlog. I’m so glad you did it! Also, I loved meeting your Large Fries and think Newton is toooo cute! Eeek! I’m so excited for you!!!!

  62. October 24, 2012

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE SHERLOCK TOO! I just finished the second season and am sad that there aren’t any new episodes yet. Congrats on such a great Beta number! So exciting!

  63. October 24, 2012

    Yay for the great beta and you should do a commercial for Puffs Plus. 🙂

  64. November 30, 2012

    I enjoy, lead to I discovered just what I was taking a look for. You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

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