It’s been three years and three pregnancies since I last saw that little flickering on the ultrasound screen, but the good news is that today I got to see it again!
Since I love me some stats: I’m 6w6d, both according to LMP and ovulation date, and the fetal heart rate was 125 (anything over 120 is great). The CRL and gestational sac both measured 7w0d, so right on target. And there was only one embryo in there (phew). As a point of interest, I’ve now gotten pregnant four times in a row on the right side, which suggests that that’s the only functional side left thanks to the scarring from my first pregnancy. The summary: everything looks good so far.
Given my history, the RE wants to see me weekly until I graduate to co-management by my local OB and MFM. So after the ultrasound today I called both of those offices to set up my first appointments. I’m also supposed to re-start Lovenox, and possibly progesterone depending on the results of my blood test today. Fun, fun, fun!
I also sent in the waitlist form for campus daycare. We never sent in the form for either of my last two pregnancies, since we figured there was no point before seeing a heartbeat, so it felt like kind of a big step to do it today. But with spots as hard to come by as they are (since they only take four infants each year), it’s important to do it as soon as possible. It’s a little awkward now that we’re part of that tiny community — the director will see the form, and she knows us now, but I’m sure she deals with knowledge of early pregnancies (and losses) all the time.
So, even though my face is pounding with the Sinus Infection That Will Not End, I’m pretty excited. Not too excited, mind you… I’ve been here twice before, and only one of those ended well, but it’s a really big step in the right direction to get past the point of my previous 1st-trimester losses. And seeing that flickering little heartbeat… well, I can’t help but think about that tiny little life just starting to take shape. It’s hard not to get just the slightest bit attached. I hope we get to meet it some day.