Thank you all for the outpouring of congratulations, well-wishes, prayers, kindness, enthusiasm and understanding.
I really am not trying to hide the pregnancy anywhere - it's in my chart, it's here, there are tickers floating about. I just don't want to make a big deal out of it yet outside of here. It's still only 10 dpo, after all, and my missed period is still a couple of days away. Given past history, I am leery of putting a lot out there and making a fuss, lest it end poorly. But I knew I couldn't possibly keep it quiet here, as I expect a lot of ups and downs in the next few days/weeks as we start the whirlwind of testing to see if this might finally be our healthy, sticking, growing baby.
So far I am encouraged by the lack of signs that my period is coming and the persistent nausea and sore boobs and gas and fatigue. I am proceeding with cautious optimism, and feeling good that in 8-14 hours I've gone from faint lines to clear positives. I'll give you an exceedingly blurry pictorial in a moment. I will probably take more tests over the next few days, but it seems clear that hcg is on the rise. My cramps are very similar to my first pregnancy, which is something of a relief.
-EDD is 01-09-10 (at the moment)
-I will call on Friday when I have officially missed a period and ask my mw to schedule the beta series. I currently anticipate beta draws on Monday and Wednesday and possibly Friday. It is possible she will draw on Friday afternoon though. I'll certainly keep everyone updated. I generally receive the results the day following the draw.
-If all goes well with the betas (and really, also if it doesn't), I anticipate an u/s between 6 and 7 weeks. It's possible I will have 2 - one as soon as hcg is over 1500 to verify intrauterine pregnancy and one after 6/7 weeks to look for a heartbeat. I would prefer one late enough to see a heartbeat, but am already nervous either way.
-I will make more public declarations/updates as things look better.
-DH is thrilled and has kept me happy and laughing, even when I'm flapping around like a crazed chicken. If I can remember half the nonsense he's spouted, I'll report it.
And some pics, very very blurry pics because my camera is seriously old, but enjoy:
Frankly, the fact that I got the test in advance of a period, and that they are getting darker so quickly already puts us way ahead of where we started the last one, so I'm feeling good.