I wish I could be more optimistic today, but this morning's ultrasound still wasn't ideal. The good news is that the embryo is still growing and has a very strong heartbeat of 165bmp. The not so good news is that it's still measuring small at 1.04cm, which is consistent with a gestational age of 7w1day. I should be 8w3days. Also, the gestational sac is also on the small side (although still within the normal range). That said, since we don't know the actual conception or implantation dates, it's still possible that everything is normal.
From my research and taking everything into account, I think we have about a 75% chance of everything being fine. We will just have to wait and see for the time being. My next ultrasound is on July 3rd.
Good news! My ultrasound today went relatively well! The baby has a strong heartbeat of 121 bpm, however it did measure a little small. It was 31mm which is consistent with a gestational age of 5 weeks, 6 days. I'm currently 6 weeks, 5 days from my last menstrual cycle. However, since we don't know my actual ovulation date since this was an unmonitored cycle, it's entirely possible that it's just fine. I also wasn't on blood thinners from the start which could have caused early growth to be restricted. We will have to wait and see what happens over the next few weeks. Dr. A. recommended being cautiously optimistic as this is a great start!
My next ultrasound is on June 19th. I'm crossing my fingers that everything goes well!
Has it really been 5 months since I last updated??
We have had a very busy spring between Eli getting sick practically every other week and both Chad and I crunching at work at the same time. Recently, Eli finally seemed to be staying healthy, but last week he went downhill again and was sick ALL week with a fever and slight cough. His pediatrician saw him twice, but couldn't find any explanation other than a virus. His fever finally broke on Saturday and he was well enough to go to daycare today. Hopefully his immune system will get into gear soon!
Eli is talking ALL the time now in a semi-clear manner. He can't pronounce "l" or "th," which makes for some silly sounding words. Lately he has been obsessed with the word "no" in typical toddler fashion...
Eli getting attacked by the tickle monster! Thanks for the photo, Tracy. =)
Our other news is something that I've been hesitant to write about since it almost always seems to end poorly. A couple of weeks ago I had what I thought was a full period, but afterwards I continued spotting for a week and was completely exhausted. I finally took a home pregnancy test and to my surprise it was positive!
Last week my doctor ordered a couple of blood tests to confirm and started me on progesterone and lovenox (blood thinner) injections. Anyway, my first two blood tests showed my beta HCG was increasing, but barely within the normal range at a rate of 67% over 48 hours and a doubling time of 79 hours (viable pregnancies increase at a minimum of 66% and ideally double within 48 hours, however that slows down around this time). However today's blood test showed that my doubling time had decreased to 57 hours, which is well within the normal range. We have an ultrasound scheduled for Friday afternoon to look for a heartbeat and to make sure it's not ectopic as that's still a possibility (although looking less likely at the moment).
IF this actually turns out to be a viable pregnancy, I'll be due at the end of January. I'll send another update after the ultrasound.