2nd beta draw was Friday, and the number is pretty encouraging: 958. It was around 72 hours since the first one, which means that our doubling time was good (approximately 56.5 hours). Based on those things, it sounds like we’re on the road towards a viable pregnancy.
The RE was also kind enough to call me a couple hours after the NC e-mailed me the results. He wanted to make sure that I understood the significance of the numbers (apparently not everyone researches these things for 2 years like I did), and to see if I had any questions. Overall, Dr. K’s been awesome. I don’t think I mentioned before that our transfer took place the day before Easter, which was supposed to be the last day of his vacation. He came in to the clinic that morning specifically for our transfer, waited around an hour afterwards to make sure our GS was feeling all right, and then left. Given that I’ve heard of RE’s manipulating cycles so all retrievals in a month are done over a 4 day period, then all transfers done the next 5 days for their convenience, I was really touched that he was willing to sacrifice a vacation day for us. Although they probably didn’t compare to some of the gifts from other patients, I brought in 4 dozen homemade cookies (chocolate chip and white chocolate cranberry oatmeal) for him and the staff as a small thank-you.
Anyways, he also told me that if I wasn’t able to make it for the first ultrasound, the clinic would call me during it so that I could listen in. Not quite the same as being there, obviously, but that’s still better than nothing. If there are heartbeats at that time (I don’t think it’s likely, since we won’t even be 6 weeks yet), then they’ll even make a recording so we can listen to it again later. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I actually got a little choked up by all this. It’s hard to believe that I might actually, finally, become a mother.