IF and the City

I used to feel sad when I watched the episodes with Charlotte failing over and over again while trying to get pregnant. Little did I know that my own attempts would lead me on the same sad journey. We've now passed 4 years in the trenches. 6 failed IVF/ICSI cycles = nothing. Time for something new - donor eggs. Success at last. Now for round 2.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

New Fruit and Test

We have graduated to the size of a lime. Now for anyone that regularly buys limes, like I do, knows the variance in size.

But more accurately, yesterday we had our Nuchal Test at our 12 week scan.

When we arrived at the clinic at the appointed time, we were told we weren't on the list, and further they were cancelling everyone due to the sonographer being sick.

After a little negotiation, a clinic across town could fit us in, if we could go over straight away.

'Hmmm, you've already had two scans' the sonographer said 'why's that?'
'Um, because we first wanted to check we had a heartbeat, then we wanted to check it was still beating'.
'Okay, so not because of any complications?'
'Try not to jump, it upsets the picture' she said as she jammed the probe into my tummy 'goodness your bladder is full!'

So then we got to view ... we saw several gymnastic movements such as the 'roly poly' which made me want to laugh, but I couldn't, because of upsetting the picture.

'Head to rump 57mm, measuring at 12wks2days'
Then all limbs checked - including elbows, knees, fingers and toes.

'See that black hole - that's the bladder, that one there that's the stomach'
'Oh - is that the brain?'
'Yep, now lets measure the heartrate' [bit of a hiccup with the machine ...] then '162bpm'

She then measured the fluid - the nuchal measurement - we got 1.2, 1.4 and 1.3
'All looks good, but you need to wait for the blood test'

Finally I could go to the loo. From time to time, she'd say 'that's cute' and hit print, so we got a couple of pics too.

We then met the doctor who went over the whole thing. Our measurements were perfect, one of our blood tests was less than stellar - but overall our ratings were in the vicinity of 1:4000 and 1:6000 for both Downs and Trisonomy.

'Your chances of chromosomal adnormalities are the same as that of a 15yo, there's nothing I like better than giving good news first thing on a Monday morning'
'Cool, but do we get a double check before 20 weeks?'
'Yes, book in on your way out for another scan in 7 weeks'.

We had time to check in at my obstetricians rooms about whether we should have booked into hospital yet. We were told the doctor would do it and not till 20 weeks. Makes sense.

On our way out were were given a pregnancy companion book, which is great, because now we have ONE pregnancy book. Mr. S. started reading it last night ... but was informed that he was not to read past 12 weeks.

'I don't want you getting ahead of yourself or worse acting like you know everything'
'Okay, but this is good for me to read because it says here that's it's NORMAL for you to have been tired'
'No ... I've been exhausted' I already had to correct him.


At February 27, 2007 1:01 pm , Anonymous margo said...

Great news! I am so glad that things are going well.

At February 27, 2007 1:05 pm , Blogger Bumble said...

Yay, congrats! Good news all round!

At February 27, 2007 2:07 pm , Anonymous Lori said...

Fantastic news on the nuchal scan! I'm so glad things are continuing to go so well. And I told J he couldn't read ahead in the pregnancy book too!

At February 27, 2007 2:13 pm , Blogger three minute palaver said...

Oh, Sparkle, I am so happy for you this pregnancy is going perfectly. And having the odds of a 15 year old, well, that IS something to boast about ~well done!! & are you going to add a ticker to your page now you've passed the 12 week U/S with flying colours?

At February 27, 2007 5:43 pm , Anonymous Shawnee said...

Glad to hear that you got some good news.

At February 27, 2007 9:20 pm , Blogger Lut C. said...

Say, how many 15-year olds ... oh, never mind.

I'm glad to hear the scan brought such good news.

I like your fruit theme, it makes it all so much easier to visualize. :-)

At February 27, 2007 10:00 pm , Blogger Thalia said...

So very excited at your news. Yuo 15 year old, you!

At February 28, 2007 2:27 pm , Blogger Kris said...

I'm so glad all the tests came back ok!


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