First ultrasound!

We arrived right on time to the RE’s this morning, and there were already 3 patients waiting, including one for egg retrieval. We waited 20 minutes in the waiting room, then they brought us back… only to wait another 20 minutes! Hubby was starting to lose it. I laid down and shut my eyes as I dealt with fish oil burps. Finally the RE came in, and we got down to business. The screen was turned slightly away from me, but I was pretty sure I glimpsed a yolk sac, and then he confirmed that he saw one yolk sac, and a heartbeat! Our bean is measuring 0.26 cm which is average for 5 weeks 6 days, a little behind my dates of 6 weeks 2 days (OOPS I Googled, but I’m fine because there was a good heartbeat). He turned the screen so we could both see, and we watched the tiny flickering heartbeat, which by my estimate, was just over 100 bpm 🙂 So I’m continuing with the progesterone injections and suppositories, but can now stop the aspirin. Hurray, one less pill to have to take! My next ultrasound is in 2 weeks, unfortunately when hubby is out of town, but I’m so glad he was here to see the heartbeat with me for the first time 🙂2014-10-04 09.18.58

Our little bean! Crossmarks marking the crown-to-rump measurement.

So yes, that does mean one didn’t implant along the way. I am sad to lose that one, more than I was expecting since I really have been terrified of a twin pregnancy all this time. My scientific mind knows that this will be a safer pregnancy, and give me the best chances of having a healthy full-term baby in the end.

Afterwards, my hubby and I discussed again when to tell our parents. His family can NOT keep a secret for anything, and he said now, he’d really prefer to wait until the end of 1st trimester. I agreed, knowing that my mom can’t really keep her mouth shut either. So as strange as it is for my sister and some of our friends to know before them, it’s what feels right to us. The fact that we don’t see them often definitely makes it easier.

Now that it’s looking like we will be able to go somewhere in February, we’re trying to figure out where. I’d like somewhere warm and tropical, but we have good friends that just moved to NYC and that will be our last chance to see them. I can’t believe we’re really thinking about heading there when it’ll be in the 20s-30s! That is a whole set of maternity clothes I do NOT have 😛

6-week update

How far along: 6 weeks

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, DHA, probiotic, Levothyroxine 112 mcg, Aspirin 81 mg, Progesterone in oil 50 mg intramuscular injection, Progesterone 100 mg vaginal suppository

Baby is the size of: a lentil

Belly pictures: I’m wearing a loose yoga top today so here is my belly in all its glory 😛


Total weight gain: 4 lbs from pre-fertility treatment weight, hoping to just maintain through the 1st trimester.

Maternity clothes: I could not go through the day without Coobie bras or bra extenders, and stretchy pants or belly band. Just picked up some pants from the tailors and still washing hand-me-downs, but have also indulged on Target and Amazon bargains (a tip – there is a vendor on Amazon called Luxury Lane that carries CUTE stuff from Momo Maternity, often for as low as $10!). I should be set until I need nursing bras, though I do have one last Stitchfix package arriving next week, and the stylist knows I’m now pregnant, so I’m interested to see what she selects for me.

Stretch marks: No, just applying coconut oil after showering. I don’t think stretch marks run in my family, so I could be lucky.

Sleep: Past 2 days at work have been tough – no chance for a lunchtime nap, and I worked 12+ hours yesterday. So I slept pretty well at night, but am still waking before my alarm to pee, then can’t quite get back to sleep.

Symptoms/Feeling: Nausea started to kick in more yesterday. Still no vomiting, but I retched 4 times yesterday, and again this morning while brushing my teeth. Hubby is not a fan since he has a very sympathetic gag reflex 😛 Definitely feel more tired all the time, though I feel more energized after yoga.

Best moment of this week: Getting congratulated by the receptionist this morning at my prenatal intake! I had to go to the same place where I was having Clomid/IUI treatments, and it was a relief to step through those doors without constant anxiety.

Miss anything: Sex – I’m dreaming frequently about it, and we have the all-clear, but the Progesterone suppositories are so blaaaahhhh…

Movement:  Way too early.

Food cravings: Still loving my cheese popcorn – I was thrilled to see my favorite brand at the work snack bar yesterday evening!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Working yesterday was tough since some of the smells from my patients were making me gag.

Have you started to show yet: Still have Clomid/stim bump, and don’t think it’s going to go away before the baby bump officially takes over.

Gender: Will likely find out by 11 weeks.

Labor signs: Thankfully, NO.

Belly button in or out:  Staying in.

Wedding rings on or off: Staying on.

Happy or moody most of the time: Still mostly happy. I know we have a long road ahead of us, but I want to live in the moment right now, since this may very well be a once in a lifetime thing for me!

Looking forward to: Ultrasound in 2 days!!! I hope I don’t pass out if the RE says there are twins!