Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ultrasound #...6

How can we just be at the end of the first trimester and we've already had 6 ultrasounds? Craziness.

Gabby's appointment was this morning and she tried to connect us via Skype, but was having trouble so we switched to speakerphone. It wasn't my favorite, couldn't hear that well, but I got the big deets - and I guess that's all that matters.

Still two babies! Hurray!!! Man, the seconds seem like hours when you're just waiting and there's silence on the phone. More than once I gestured towards L, "What is going on? Oh no," and at one point I even put my head in my hands despairing of, I don't know what, but something.

Didn't get actual heartbeat rates, but they both in the 160s. One baby was measuring 14 weeks and one was measuring 13.9 weeks (I don't understand .9 because today is 13w4d, but I'm guessing that's a little over 13w6d but not quite 14). Sweet! The doctor commented that there is sibling rivalry already! :) That size is really great to hear because a few weeks ago they were both measuring right on time, and the third baby (that got reduced :(  ) was the one measuring ahead, so it seems as if the extra room has helped thus far. Her cervix is measuring 3.5 cm* (I questioned the doc about it because I think it's a little short for where she is in the pregnancy but he said it was totally fine, and ok, I guess I'll believe him since he's an actual doctor and all I have is Google! :) and the amniotic fluid levels look great, the "wall" between the two sacs look great, everything looks really good. I'm given the go ahead to tell people. Ack! I am totally calling my sister tonight to tell her the news! :)

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*I know some of you may be like, "Why does she give all this number information, no one cares" and it's really just so that I remember it and can compare in the future! :)
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One placenta is anterior and one is posterior, which might account for why Gabby normally can only find 1 heartbeat (I think she's found the second one twice in all the times she's looked for it). And the baby on top was doing a headstand today! He's definitely going to be our little troublemaker.

So we're all set to come back in another two weeks and then the doctor says if we're willing to come back in 2.5 weeks, we can do the anatomy scan. Do you know what that means? Gender!!!! Ahhh!! Oh my goodness, this is all so new to me and I can't believe we're talking about this already! Unfortunately it's going to fall on Rosh Hashanah (Monday 9/17) so our doctor won't be the one to do it, but we're going to go back to Boston and another great doctor will do it (better than him, he said.)  I will totally wait the extra three days for that. Plus he said Boston just got brand new ultrasound machines so they will probably give great pictures for a "photoshoot." So now I'm SO EXCITED!

Gabby pressed him on the spotting (she said it's all brown and just when she wipes but it keeps coming) and he looked everywhere. He really didn't see anything but he said it had all pooled somewhere (this was hard to hear/understand over the phone) and therefore he's not at all concerned but thinks that it was either leftover implantation bleeding that got "caught" and is now draining out or the third placenta. Either way, he's not concerned. I know I shouldn't be either, but I like answers and never seem to get them in life so I'm cautiously optimistic, but not wholly.

I totally want to be over-the-moon excited and I am, but for some reason I feel like if I let myself get too excited it's going to jinx things. It's so stupid I know. Gabby says she's not worried anymore and I shouldn't either but I will until viability I'm sure. It's definitely a contradiction how on some days I feel like I want to say I think this will work out, but other days no. Oh well, 'tis the life of an RPLer, I guess.

Can't wait until I get the scan pictures in the mail! And today Giuliana and Bill's baby was born (or last night) so this seems perfect. Last night we watched the final episode of the last season (I downloaded the whole season on Itunes last week) where they enter the "safe zone" and tell everyone. I don't really believe in a "safe zone" until viability, but it was very appropo for today!

12 comments:

  1. Wow, I can't believe you are this far already! This is so great, and you are so deserving! Very excited for you!

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  2. Awesome appointment! And I do care about the little facts ;) Share away! 3.5 is perfectly normal from what I've heard. Mine was often about 3-3.5cm at our checks.

    I am so happy that things are going well! Hoping they continue that way!

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  3. I am SO happy for you!! I am so glad to read that Gabby pressed for answers about the spotting - even happier that the doctor said there is nothing to worry about.

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  4. Awesome news!! And trust me you'll worry until your babies are born! Its just mothers instinct! And I agree that 3.5 for cervix is GREAT!I'm high risk so I get mine checked every 3 weeks and before it was measuring 3.88 at 18 weeks, then 3.56 at 21 then I just went in at 24 and it was a 4!! So it could always jump back up! Can't wait to hear how the family reacts!

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  5. Eeek! That's all great news! It's so funny how I think so much like you do. After another good u/s last week, we decided it was time to start telling people, but it's been a week and I still haven't mustered up the courage to spill the beans. Like you said, I think it's because I'm afraid of jinxing things as soon as the words spill out of my mouth. Have fun telling, and I'm so jealous you get to have your a/s so soon!

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  6. I totally get the feeling like your going to jinx it comment! I still feel that way with every baby-related thing I say or do. But little by little it will get easier to have hope! You have already made it through some of the hardest times and things just get safer and safer with every passing week. :) I'm so glad the ultrasound was so great!!

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  7. YAY!!!!! I'm so glad your so far along. In just a few weeks well be at 24 weeks and can breath!

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  8. Hooray for the end of your first trimester and the all clear to start telling people! I hope you post about your sister's reaction (and that she has the appropriate super excited reaction). :)

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  9. Share all the details you want. I did that with my last pregnancy and once our carrier is pregnanct I will be posting that all as well. I get the jinxing feelings and the being a huge contradiction all too well. I can't believe in just a few more weeks you will be getting your anatomy scan, I am so excited for you:)
    I have been wanting to see this past season of Giuliana and Bill and haven't been able to, but need to now.

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  10. I just stumbled across your blog today and am excited to follow your journey! My husband and I just did an FET with a gestational carrier on 8/29, so we're in the torturous 2ww now. Your story gives me hope. :) I'm sorry for all the heartache you've experienced up to this point. I post anonymously on my surrogacy blog, too (http://carriedblog.blogspot.com/).

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