Archive for April, 2016

8 Weeks and Graduating!

Went down to the clinic today.  I had an ultrasound to check to see if the bleed was shrinking and baby we doing well.  B could not line up a sitter for the twins, so I recorded the ultrasound for her .  Then, I gave her a call so she could be on  speaker with the doctor and myself.

Baby looks perfect growing right on target measuring 8 wks 1 day with heart rate of 168 bpm.  The bleed was all gone but a small speck.  Dr. Hickman said ” congratulations, you have now graduated! ”  By this he means, I am released from the clinic and will now see my own OB for the pregnancy.  I have an appointment set up with him in 2 weeks.  In addition, only 2 more weeks of shots!!

7 week Ultrasound

Yesterday, I got bad news.  B could not get free to come down to Houston for the ultrasound.   We decided we would attempt to use that video chat via Facebook.  With technology these days, you can be anywhere !    I headed off to the appointment today not quite sure what I expected to see.   Part of me still held out a small piece of hope that the second embryo began to thrive and we would see a heartbeat.   And then another nervous part of me worried that we would no longer see heartbeat for Baby A.   Surrogacy is always such a high and low of emotions, worry, excitement, joy and more.  I should add that currently it is also a mix of nausea and very sore booty!

They called me back for the ultrasound at 10:34.  B told me she should be good for video chat around 10:40.   I took my time getting undressed and ready and then chatted with nurse and let her know I was stalling so that I could get B on the line.  The nurse was great and tried to be as patient as she could.  However, the stress of a busy day and lots of people waiting, meant we had to get started.  She began the scan and Baby A was thriving, a stronger heartbeat had developed went from 95 bpm to 131 bpm.   She then began to explore the other sac.  It did not take long to see that it was empty, what they call vanishing twin or blighted ovum.  To me this means that the embryo did attach to the uterine wall but was not strong enough or healthy enough to keep developing and the cells keep dividing ect.  I was just so delighted and relieved that Baby A was growing and all was well.  Since, I could not get B on the line so I took a video of the ultrasound.  The nurse also noticed a subcrionic bleed on the scan.  This is a pocket of blood in the uterine lining.  They are common with IVF procedures.  Sometimes you end up spotting and bleeding, but then often your body just absorbs it.  They can vary in size and often as precaution, when they are big the doctor will put a women on bed rest or modified bed rest.  With my 2nd surrogacy I was on full bed rest for a week or two.  The nurse left the room to have the doctor review the scan and I got dressed.

As I was trying to send the video to B and get dressed, she called me!  I felt terrible that we had already finished and she missed it.  We talked about the scan and I let her know all the details.  I mentioned to her that Baby A looks fantastic and it is so exciting.  I then told her  about the bleed and gave her a heads up that sometimes it means bed rest.  We agreed to let each other go while we waited for the nurse.  The nurse returned and told me that Dr. Hickman wanted to come scan me and check on the bleed and the empty sac.  So I had to undress again, lol.   I texted B to ask if she wanted to video chat or just be on speaker.  She said speaker was fine.  Hickman decided to put me on modified bed rest, or  no activity and no lifting.  I asked if I could go to work and he said yes.  We will repeat the ultrasound next week to be sure bleed is shrinking.



6 week Ultrasound

Today is the 6 week ultrasound and the first peak we will have to see if 1 or 2 embryos implanted and are growing.  Madison decided to come along for the big event.  We picked up B from the airport and headed to the clinic.

Dr. Hickman started the ultrasound and just as he was about to say, ” Oh I do see a healthy baby growing, he quickly said wait I mean, I see 2 sacs.”   He started with the first sac which measured 6 weeks 1 day, and you could see the heartbeat flickering!   He turned on sound but the heartbeat is still too faint to fully hear.  He then moved the the second sac.  He looked and looked around.  B said,  ” Is it hiding back up in there, I really do not see anything?”  Dr. Hickman said well, I see it over here, then he said no its over here.   It was a bit confusing.  However, it is common for some to be late implanters and just slower to develop.  He said it is 50% chance of seeing a heartbeat at 6 weeks but at 7 weeks it rises to 80% .    So, we will go back on Thursday for a repeat ultrasound and find out if there is a second one or one very strong baby growing.  A little more suspense to our journey.   We were both delighted to see the cute little flickering heart 🙂    D was not able to come in person, but technology is so cool.  We were able to have him there via Facetime.