Monday, March 19, 2012

Still alive


I went in before office hours to my new OB this morning.

She is so, so nice and saw me right away.

The embryo is still there, tiny heart beating away. Baby measuring on track, 8 weeks, 2 days. You could see little arm and leg buds this time. That's new since last Thursday. With the waving arm and leg buds, it is now a very cute blob, instead of just a blob.

In other news, I managed to inject myself successfully with the progesterone in oil and walk Ms. Moxie last night and again early this morning. All by myself. Feeling very advanced over here. I think the injection actually hurt less than when Will does it for me. Hmmm...

So in summary:

Phew!

For now.

We'll go back next Wednesday and see what's what.

That'll be a big hurdle. We've never made it that far before.

Praying all's quiet in the uterus until then.

Mo

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77 comments:

  1. Phew! I was thinking about you last night. What great news to start the week with!

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  2. BIG sigh of relief here! I've been thinking about you all night. So glad things are just as they should be. I love your OB, too, by the way. Very cool of her to see you this morning. There hasn't been anymore spotting, right? Hang in there, Mo. We are all right here with you and we think you are doing a great job of trying to hang onto your sanity. Great Monday update!

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  3. Wonderful news. Are you still on the suppositories? Perhaps the blood was from your cervix due to irritation. Take care.

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  4. Sending good vibes, much love and TONS of happy thoughts. One day at a time. We love you Mo! So far, all is perfect and we will continue to hope that it shall be so.

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  5. I was just wondering what your previous pg milestone were...your update is fantastic! I have a REALLY good feeling about this pregnancy and can sense you are starting, ever so slowly, to get some peace about this pregnancy.

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  6. How reassuring! Hope next Wed's appt brings some more peace of mind. Glad you are able to administer your own PIO injections without a problem.

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  7. So happy and relieved for your good news this morning. Hang in there!

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  8. and so the world exhales...a little.

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  9. phew.. i've been thinking about you and hoping so much that things were okay!! i had a tiny spot of blood at 6weeks.. everything was fine.. but scared me to death. so so so happy you got to SEE again! :D

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  10. so glad you went in!

    did she say anything about why the spotting?

    arm and leg buds are very, very, very cute. :)

    keep calm and carry one!
    you're doing great, mo!

    so relieved for you...
    and happy!

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  11. Oh thank heavens! Good for you for going in, and good for your new OB for being so wonderful, and GOOD FOR BABY!!!

    Seriously, so relieved!

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  12. breathing a sign of relief for you, Mo. It sounds like you've just added a new amazing person to your team. That OB scores mucho bonus points for that responsive attitude.
    I'll be keeping you in my thoughts, dear woman. Hang in there.

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  13. Good news! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I just exhaled! So very relieved for you. Yay for a waving baby! xoxo

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  15. So relieved. Keeping good thoughts for you.

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  16. So very happy you went for the u/s and it was such good news!!!!!!! You and Will must be beyond relieved. So happy the OB saw you. I don't need to say it, but take care of yourself and do not overdo! Really happy and relieved in Rochester.

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  17. Phew indeed. So very glad baby is looking good!

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  18. HOORAY!!!!

    You are a rock star, your own PIO!

    So hopeful for the next scan.

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  19. Oh what a relief! I remember that feeling myself after numerous scares and spotting episodes throughout my pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. What a wonderful doctor you have, to be so accommodating, and I'm so glad you were able to see little legs and arm buds!! Try to put your feet up as much as possible and drink lots of water. That's what my CCRM nurse would tell me anytime I started spotting like that. I'm feeling so good about things for you!!

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  20. Phew! Oh please, oh please uterus, be quiet and compromising!! Thinking of you all.

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  21. Given how anxiety ridden you were over the physical symptoms you were having (the spotting, the feeling suddenly "different"), I hope that this reassurance will give you something to hold on to in the coming days...that you can think something has happened but that things are moving along normally. I KNOW what a tall order that can be, but as I white knuckled my way through weekly 1st trimester u/s with my RE, to the point where I thought I would puke, he looked me squarely in the eyes one day and told me I was going to have to come to terms with being pregnant, lest I spend the balance of my pregnancy in utter fear. The fear never totally abated, but his words stayed with me and struck a chord.

    I think the effort should be in trying to find neutrality, vigilance without insanity (and you know what I mean re: DBTs, etc.).

    Hang in there. We are pulling for you and sending our collective positive energy of protection to you and the growing life within.

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  22. oh good news!! i'm so glad you went in this am - very very glad. and just a thought, but could that little bit of spotting be from the suppositories? i found them very, um...irritating. and i think you are right about self-injecting the pio - it definitely hurts less when you do it yourself. i won't let DH anywhere near me with needles. keep up the good gestating work!

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  23. Phew!! I'm sorry that you had day/ evening of terror, but am thrilled that things are going well.

    I found doing the shots myself much less painful. ALso, I have trouble relinquishing control, so it's better for all concerned.

    Yay for Mo who can manage everything!

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  24. Such great news!! What is up with pio shots being more difficult to do yourself, but less painful than when someone else does them?? There were a few tines I had to go it alone and my bum was almost.....grateful.

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  25. Oh phew...I don't know how I missed your earlier post. Believe me, I know how scary spotting can be! But I'm SO glad everything is okay...YAAY!

    Mo, I have a question for you - are you doing your C.CRM pregnancy ultrasounds/bloodwork separately from your OB ultrasounds? In other words, are you not having your OB send results to C.CRM? I know when I called one of the OBs offices they said they wouldn't take you until after you were released from C.CRM, so was just curious what you were doing. I did manage to get an appointment with an OB around 8.5 weeks, and I am wondering if I should do a separate one for C.CRM somewhere else.

    I can't wait until you get past next week...will be such a milestone! Congrats on 8 weeks...

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  26. Newbie -

    I'm still going to my old RE to get the blood work drawn. they are so on it about getting it done early with same day results and having them sent to denver with no fuss. if denver needs to see more u/s reports, i guess I'll try to have my ob print them out and i'll send them myself...cross that bridge when i come to it...

    mo

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  27. oh, and newbie...i had the first u/s at my RE's...and that was sent to denver...not sure if they will need repeats or not...

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  28. Hooray! I'm glad you were able to get the reassurance you needed, and yay you for doing your own PIO - it's the only shot I haven't done myself. :)

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  29. Great news! Continuing to pray for you.

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  30. Can you have a buddy help with the Moxie walks? Im sure all is well but curious if that would take some stress off. LOVE the little gummi bear phase. Praying so much that this is THE ONE.

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  31. SO happy to read this! Yay for cute blobs. And injecting your own PIO? You're a braver woman than I.

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  32. I am so glad you got an u/s this morning to reassure you! So happy you have made it past 8 weeks! I ended up doing all of my own PIO injections. It actually hurt more when my DH did it. Maybe it was just a control thing :) So glad baby is waving his/her buds!

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  33. Yay yay yay. This all sounds fabulous and am I so glad -- and that you were able to update us though of course that is not the important part!

    As noted previously, what you are describing (self-administration preferable to alternative) was my experience with the PIO, interesting that you found it so, too. I did forget to mention that I also included a post-PIO self-administration of a small amount of dark chocolate, just in case that's useful applicable information ;) !

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  34. SO glad u got to see your "cute blob" wiggling away in there- AWESOME!

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  35. So glad to see this post! I hope you are able to get at least a few days' reassurance out of this until Will gets back.

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  36. I am thrilled to read this. I am praying and sending out sticky baby vibes to the universe daily on your behalf. I love your new OB too.

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  37. "Advanced"? Heck, I think you're GIFTED! LOL.

    Great news! And love, love, love the little pic waving. So funny, and appropriate.

    HUGH deep breath...you did it!!!

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  38. Glad you went for the scan and that all is well!

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  39. Very very good news, just keep breathing (both of you)!

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  40. Yay for waving arm and leg buds. I think I love your OB for being so good to you. Hoping hard for next Wednesday!

    Also, I'm unbelievably impressed that you managed the PIO by yourself. When I was in the situation of my husband being away for a few days, I drove twenty minutes to my clinic every morning for a nurse to stick me in the butt.

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  41. Waves of relief washing over everyone. So glad you had a good visit with your Ob. I feel a kinship with you, Mo. I'm on my 4 th pregnancy in 9 months, the first three ending in miscarriages. I'm also 8 weeks 2 days along. Hoping and praying that this will be our lucky one.

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  42. Awesome! So glad she was able to get you in and give you a little bit of reassurance.

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  43. So glad things are all OK....keeping you in my prayers for things to continue well.

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  44. SO HAPPY! Sounds like your OB is a great. I'm so glad :)

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  45. So very, very happy that all is well for you! Grateful that all is well and that you got a brief reprise from the fear. Sending hugs and lots of prayers up for you, Will and Lucky #7!

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  46. Great news and that OB does sound amazing so happy you found someone caring! Hope the spotting stays away for the rest of the pregnancy!

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  47. This is terrific news, Mo! I am so happy that everything is still looking good.

    How do you do the PIO shots yourself? I am gearing up for my FET on Wed and I will have to do the shots myself on occassion when my husband is out of town and can't for the life of me figure out how I'm going to do them! Its such a hard angle to get that needle in the butt area - do you do them in your leg instead?

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  48. What a great way to start your week! Glad your OB was able to help you out this morning!

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  49. Yay! So happy for you. Great news all around.

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  50. Lisa

    No. Not the leg. I would recommend against that. I sit down and twist around to the right location (Will drew two circles for me to make it easier). It's a little awkward, but it works. Good luck!

    Mo

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  51. Mo, I propped up a little mirror so I could see what I was doing on my non-dominant side. Also, doing them myself, drawing back was not going to happen. It wasn't a problem. Even if you do hit a capillary and bleed, it's really okay. The PIO is in, it's not going to come out with the blood.

    And I agree with Alexicographer, a little something from Mr. Chocolate post injection sounds like a great idea.

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  52. I'm not allowed any chocolate (or anything else with caffeine), per Denver's orders, until the second trimester : (

    Mo

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  53. Oh, well. One. More. Month. (!!!!)

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  54. So pleased that everything is okay. And great job on the PIO injections, it is not easy the angle is awkward and it is just counter intuituitive to poke yourself with a needle.

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  55. Yay baby Mo! Grow, grow, grow little blob with arm and leg buds...grow!

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  56. Yay!,,, so awesome. U are brave. I have yet to inject my own PIo shots. Last night we got into an argument and I didn't want to ask him for anything so I tried to inject my thigh, I heard u could do it there too. I barely grazed the skin and cried like a baby. Well it forced us to make up :)

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  57. Praying right along with you. I hope you have a very uneventful week!

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  58. phew is right!

    it's amazing how very reassuring seeing that flutter is.

    I remember I'd be convinced every time that the baby was gone, and just hearing the HB or seeing that flicker? priceless.

    thinking of you and just hopingwishingprayingpleading so hard. xo

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  59. Relief! Glad your little one seems to be thriving and even giving you a wave. Phew indeed!

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  60. So insanely incredibly happily relieved and happy for you!

    ARM BUDS!
    WIGGLING!

    Hot damn!

    xoxo
    breathe
    kate

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  61. Mo, thanks so much for getting back to me - you are so helpful as always. BTW, I am forever in admiration of you doing your own PIO - that's some badass stuff!

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  62. Great to hear he or she is still in there! Best wishes on lucky number seven!

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  63. You are tremendous. Thanking God for you and praying for your miracle.

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  64. Yay! Glad you got some reassurance, and hope you'll have an even better scan next week. Your OB sounds totally wonderful!

    How I'm feeling guilty about having a couple slices of chocolate birthday cake, and another couple tiny chocolates here and there. Hope it wasn't enough to cause a problem.

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  65. Yay! So glad for you. Good job on walking Moxie! :D

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  66. Hang in there Mo, you and the cute blob are doing just fine!

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  67. So happy to hear this news, and very glad you have managed to find an OB who is so good and understanding.

    After several losses, I really struggled with my first "sticky" pregnancy. God, I was a wreck. It's almost been four years, and I can still recall that constant mixture of nausea and terror. Yet, somehow, that one worked out. More and more I think it was the IVIG.

    Anyway, thinking of you -- and hoping you will soon be able to take that 'elastic-paneled leap of faith' into new pants, etc.

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  68. Good morning! Do you ever check your stats to see how many times your crazy friends click refresh to check on you? :-) xoxo

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