Yesterday, we were one week away from our first ultrasound, just patiently waiting. Things changed quickly though. I went to the bathroom around 11:30 to find blood. Not just spotting, it seemed like a lot and was bright red. Close to tears, I called and left a message with the IVF nurse in town and then left a message with the same clinic, hoping to get any nurse to call me. Then I called Gavin, this time not just close to tears. He got me to settle down and I went back to my classroom waiting for someone to call me back. A nurse called me before noon and tried to reassure me that it could be a lot of different things, and maybe not bad news. They couldn't move my ultrasound up without getting orders from my doctor who did the IVF. So, I called and left a message with them and they called back fast saying that they would try to get my ultrasound moved up to Friday or Monday. I made 2 more trips to the bathroom, finding more blood on the first of those trips. I had to go to a meeting and pretend to concentrate. I did consider leaving school, but knew I would just go home and cry so decided it would be best to try and stay distracted. One of the para's from my room came to get me out of that meeting. I thought maybe one of the kids was up to something, but it was the IVF coordinator in town saying I could come in for an ultrasound at 3:00. I went back to the meeting to stare at my papers for another 20 minutes and then headed to the clinic.
I spent the drive praying and asking God what the plan was, fearing that this was the end. Gav met me there and we had to wait 30 minutes, more time to think and see pregnant ladies in the waiting room. I was expecting the ultrasound tech (also pregnant, like a mean joke) to turn the screen away and send us upstairs after she took a look. She turned the screen and quickly said, "there's a heartbeat, right there that little fluttering." There were tears of joy and relief. She continued to look around for a long time. I said they had put 2 in and asked if she saw another. She only saw a gestational sac and it was empty. This makes us sad, but so grateful for that 1 heartbeat. It was measuring 6 weeks 3 days and heart rate was 122, which is good. She also found a hemmorage that is causing the bleeding. They think this will work itself out, but I can expect more bleeding as that happens.
We went upstairs to meet with the nurse who said to keep my meds the same, take it easy, and really push fluids. I'm really bad about drinking water, but doing better today. They also extended our pelvic rest orders, meaning still no "sexy time."
We know we aren't out of the woods yet, but reassured by that fluttering. I didn't know if I would ever see that. We are so thankful and love this little baby so much.