Scheduling with my OB

I made my first OB appointment today! Hooray! I feel like that’s such a big milestone. My last appointment at the reproductive center is Monday, but I figured I’d go ahead and make my first appointment with the OB because I wasn’t sure what the wait would be.

When I called, I was told the doctors were booked for the next 3-4 weeks. I gave the receptionist my information, got my appointment time and was told they’d see me then. I asked if she needed to know why I was coming in, and she said no. Regardless, I went ahead and told her I was pregnant from IVF.

“Ohhhhh, that makes a difference!” she said.

Right….which is why I asked if you needed to know in the first place.

Now, instead of going in three weeks from now, my appointment is April 27. In fact, they wanted me to come in tomorrow, but I told them my last appointment at the reproductive center isn’t until Monday. I’m really excited about moving on to my OB. I just hope everything keeps going smoothly.

Houston, We Have a Heartbeat

May I present Lil’ Geek.

6 week u/s

Sure it’s just a blob right now, but it’s the cutest little blob ever! The u/s was great today. Lil’ Geek’s heartbeat is 106 bpm, it measures 3 mm and is right at 6 weeks, which is only two days shy of where I am in my pregnancy. The u/s tech says that’s normal. I, of course, now worry that my little one will one day be riding the short bus. 🙂

I’m just so relieved that Lil’ Geek’s heart is beating away, especially after the two bleeding episodes this week (one which started up overnight). The sonographer told me the bleeding likely is from the baby pulling on the uterine wall and rupturing blood vessels. That’s comforting.

I wasn’t happy with how the u/s was done, though. I had the same sonographer who did my scan on Monday and, like then, she was silent the entire time. When she finished, she said, “Ok, looks good.” And prepared to leave. I had to ask her if there was a baby, if there was a heartbeat and, oh, could I *see* my baby?? Seriously. I don’t understand why there isn’t communication *during* the u/s because when there isn’t, I start to worry. I’m sure that’s understandable.

So, it looks like I have only one week left at Emory. I go in for another u/s next Friday, and then I will be released to my ob/gyn. Hooray! That means Joe and I are going to be touring the local hospital this week to make sure it’s where we want to deliver. I’ve heard good things about the newer ob/gyn practice here in town, and a friend of mine who had IVF goes there, so I’d like to use them provided we’re happy with the maternity department at the hospital. I’ve heard very bad things about the hospital in general yet rave reviews about the L&D department. I guess we’ll see!

Six Weeks

Week six has been nothing but terror. Yesterday, my spotting went away, and I thought everything was great. I had a good day filled with dancing with Callie in the kitchen (now the baby knows his/her mama can’t sing!) and talking to the baby, whom we’ve named Lil’ Geek since Joe’s blog is called Fitness Geek. Everything was great, with the small exception of dealing with the billing department.

When we met up for dinner after our meetings, I started having really bad cramps, like the kind that make you double over in pain, which I probably would have done if I hadn’t been out in public. When we got home and I went to the bathroom, I screamed because I had started bleeding. Not spotting, bleeding. I think that’s the most scared I’ve ever been.

Joe called the on-call doctor, who happened to be one of the residents who’s done a lot of my u/s, and he said that varying amounts of bleeding are normal during the first trimester and, as long as it didn’t get worse by today (as in full on period bleeding) then they won’t be worried. I, of course, was ready to head to the hospital to get a scan done, but the doctor told Joe unless I was in the middle of a miscarriage we wouldn’t really see anything different.

We spent last night crying (ok, I was the only one crying), praying for God to keep Lil’ Geek safe and trying to take our minds off everything by watching the Biggest Loser. I’m surprised either of us got any sleep last night, but we did, and this morning when I first checked everything was gone. Then, when I went to the bathroom a second time there was some brown (old blood…a good sign), and now it all seems to be gone again.

I’m taking today off work. I think I need to just take it easy today and take good care of Lil’ Geek. Part of me feels that I could have caused this bleeding by trying to do too much.

On a different note, I have gotten a lump under my skin from the progesterone shots. I was hoping to avoid this, but I have slacked off in using my heating pad lately, so I guess I asked for it. Boy, is my butt sore right now, though!

Oh, and my morning sickness seems to have gone away, which freaks me out because I’ve read that the absence of pregnancy symptoms means a miscarriage could be occuring. And, I can’t remember if I’ve had the incredible fatigue in the afternoons. My boobs, however, are still so sore that it hurts to sleep on my side. Someone please let me know that these disappearing symptoms are normal at this stage in the game!

I can’t wait until Friday’s u/s. The doctor told Joe last night we might not see the heartbeat, but I’m praying that we do. I need to see that to ease my mind.

Relief

Everything appears to be normal today. During the u/s, the sonographer pointed out the distinctive gestational and yolk sacs but said it was too early to see the baby. However, everything was right where it should be (no ectopic pregnancy), and she said my u/s is one that would be seen in a textbook for 5w5d. She said 90 percent of women spot during the first trimester and that today’s u/s was to make sure everything was positioned correctly.

I, of course, was still not too comforted because I wanted to see my baby. I asked several questions, including what it would look like if I was miscarrying (the gestational sac would be smushed rather than “perfect” like mine is), and I think the sonographer tattled on me because after I got dressed, the IVF coordinator came in and gave me a lecture about freaking out and worrying too much. Doesn’t she understand I’m going to worry throughout the first trimester??

There’s a reason why that woman scares me. I always seem to get in trouble with her. When we left the office, Joe said, “You’re in TROUBLE. You have to go to time out.”

So all is well so far. We go back for our regularly scheduled u/s on Friday when we are supposed to see the heartbeat. It amazes me that the baby can grow that much in just a few days.

Freaking Out

I just started spotting tonight. I’m freaking out that this means I’m having a miscarriage. I really hope they’ll let me have my ultrasound early because I need to know one way or the other. I definitely cannot wait until Friday now. Do any of you know if this is normal??

Getting on a Schedule

I thought I had the whole morning sickness thing down. Every day it’s hit around 10 a.m. and lasted for a couple of hours, vanishing by early afternoon. And, it’s been light…nothing a few saltines and a can of ginger ale can’t handle.

I guess Baby thinks he/she has been too nice to me. Today, it started up around 8 a.m., while I was in the shower. And boy, was it bad. But, as I joked to Joe, there’s not much of a better place to throw up. I got so nauseous and dizzy that I had to hurry through and get back in bed for an hour, where I nibbled on crackers and sipped my ginger ale, until I had to get ready for work.

And, today it lasted until, oh, around 1 p.m. or so. Hooray. On the bright side, if it subsides by at least 1 p.m., I’ll be fine since it won’t affect me at work. That would be nice. I would much rather feel miserable at home where I can climb into bed or collapse on the couch.

So, really? Six more weeks of this?? Come on Baby, give your Mama a break!