Monday, December 9, 2013

Elf in play (641)

Mmmm data. Tasty. I love me some numbers, don't you?

So far, Elf is still in the game. I am firmly, cautiously neutral at this point. Which is far better than my DOOMED baby outlook I've affected. Hopes are not up, hopes are not down, hopes are hopes.

8 of my 10 total pregnancies have had betas. I am a beta reading queen at this point. And with so many under my belt, I have a spreadsheet (of course) to rank them.

In 3 of the 8, I have had abnormal or slow rising betas. 4 of 5 had normal rising betas that still ended in miscarriage.

On the other hand, the best contenders 7 (chromosomally normal loss at 9 weeks after 2 normal heartbeat scans) and 8 (my darling rainbow baby E) started much stronger, much earlier than the others. Elf is a full day ahead of Ocho, which is encouraging given the flameouts you see in the chart. All of which is bullshit of course and the equivalent of trying to read tea leaves. You can't blame a girl for trying to predict outcome.

Now onto the fretting over scheduling viability scan. Do I face ruining Christmas or New Year's?

PS. It adds another data point to the "season of Misfit fertility." Out of 12 months of the year, I only get pregnant in the same 5 months over the last 6 years: April (3), May (2), June (1), September (3), and November (2). Which means I should enjoy the next 4 months before even trying again should our Elf turn out to be an Orc.

21 comments:

  1. So happy to hear this! Elf, grow, grow, grow!

    I love your chart, btw.

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  2. That is a beautiful spreadsheet, even if it can't predict the future. Thinking positive thoughts. I haven't forgotten about the bunny, BTW. I will email you if/when I locate it in the move!

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    1. I am trying to buy one from the UK. If it shows, I will email you, too. Good luck with moving!

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  3. Looking good, Elf. Keep it up! I would push the scan as long as you can stand it, if they'll keep giving you betas for reassurance? Let yourself have Christmas and go from there? Question marks? Eek, eek, eek.

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  4. I'll take it.

    Keep growing, little Elf!

    FWIW, as you probably already know, my pregnancies (with considerably less data) ranged from completely messed up betas (Tiny Boy) and higher than most twins (LG) with miscarriages between.

    I'm the queen of the early scan. To each her own.

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  5. here's my new motto: Let's do this.
    I say it all the time. I say it when I'm tired and we have to go to swimming class at 9:30 in the effing morning in December."Let's do this"
    That's what I have to say to elf: Let's do this, sweetheart. Let's do this.

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  6. Crossing fingers and toes. My mom has a saying that when you have a wish, lift one leg up as you are wishing. It's what I'm doing for you now :o) xo.

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  7. Yay!! That DOES look good! It's tough to know when the viability scan should be. In each pregnancy, I used to wish I could magically forget I was pregnant, that would have been the only way I could hold out for the later scans...sigh

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    1. I had too many, we'll it could just be early scans that had soon-to-be doomed pregnancies. I will try to aim for as little wandy

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  8. I love the chart. I hate the holiday pressure. Hang in there, Elf!

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  9. I can't help but be pleased that Elf is snuggled up to E--I know it's meaningless, but it makes me happy to think that maybe maybe maybe they will be snuggled up together in reality in a year or so...
    That chart is f*ing depressing--nobody should have that much data. But I love the cheerful little check mark. Please, sweet baby Jesus, one more of those little check marks for this amazing family.

    My gloomy vote is to hold out as long as you can... If I can do math, it would only be 7 or 8 weeks at new years, so an earlier than that scan isn't going to tell you much, no? Sorry you can't think through this process with an easy heart.

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  10. Go Elf! You can do this!

    Kel

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  11. Well, it could have been in the "bad side" of the graph. It's definitely not. I'll take it! Come on Elf, I know you have it in yourself.

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  12. Yes, go little elf! I am psyched to see you guys trying for #2. I wish you guys the best. You totally deserve a healthy and happy second one with minimal drama. Take care.

    FYI- I am still blogging these days but I set up a new blog focused now on the happy side of things- http://melissavirginia2013.blogspot.com/

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  13. Come on Elfie!!!!

    I'd wait on the scan, make the data a little more reliable (says the voice of sad experience). I waited until 8+ weeks with current baby for first scan. It was torturous, but better than the previous pregnancy, with the great scans at 6 and 7 weeks that turned out not to mean anything.

    Shit, early pregnancy sucks. But I have strong hopes for this Christmas Elf and I'm glad that the chart bears out the optimism!

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  14. Love the data, love the graph. You, nerd, you. Most, very much the mostest, I love the little Elf is in a good place on that graph.

    I hope he stays there.

    x

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  15. Love the data. Fingers crossed for the elf!!!

    Best of luck on the viability scan, whatever you decide. I always wanted to hold out but was never really able to (mostly because I always started bleeding).

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  16. I didn't realize this was an older post and just read the next one that said your scan is today. Good luck misfits!! I will be thinking of you today.

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