Sorry it took me so long to update about our ultrasound. Life keeps moving along at a faster pace even though I wish it to slow down as much as I can. I won't keep you in suspense though, everything is wonderful. It was the best doctors appointment that I've had in a long time. Partially because the perinatologist that we saw is one of the best doctors that I've seen in a long time.
The ultrasound itself started off a little rocky. The tech asked me if I had to use the bathroom a lot which I of course said yes to. Then I asked why she was asking and she mentioned that the baby was pretty low down and that she couldn't actually see my cervix (!?!?!). Not the best thing to say to an anxious pregnant woman. So I was tense through the first part of the scan until the tech announced that she had indeed located my cervix and that it looked just fine. The rest of the time hubby and I just sat back and enjoyed seeing our little one on the big screen. S/he wasn't as cooperative as Bean was at 20 weeks. She must have been in the perfect position. This little one was on it's belly with it's head down, so they had a hard time seeing everything that they wanted to see, and the photos we got this time are much more entertaining then they were last time. It was so fun to see our little one bopping around in there again!
After the scan the doctor came in and he was just fantastic. First, he told us how wonderful everything looked. My arteries have opened up and I'm no longer considered abnormal (!!!!) so I can stop taking the aspirin (!!!!). There are no signs of birth defects or indications that this baby is anything but perfectly healthy. We're so relieved. He talked over all of my issues with us, which was great. Most doctors either have no idea what half of my problems are, or they just kind of gloss over it all. I take everything very seriously and so did he.
He even said that he's telling my OB that I should have scans again at 28 and 35 weeks. This wasn't something that happened in my first pregnancy and I was so anxious going from 20 weeks to the day Bean was born before I saw her again. When I mentioned this he basically said that everything was perfect now, but that I did have risk factors and that he wouldn't feel comfortable just assuming that everything would be okay from here on out. Then he said that this is an IUI pregnancy, it's a precious, hard earned pregnancy and he wants to make sure to do all he can to deliver what we've worked so hard for. I didn't know if I should hug him or just burst into tears. He was the most personable doctor that I've experienced in all of my infertility and pregnancy journeys. It finally felt like somebody understood and it was such a wonderful feeling. Really wonderful.
It was a wonderful day and we've been riding the high from it for the last week. I'm planning on trying to ride that as far as I possibly can. Finally, until I have a reason to believe otherwise, I'm going on the belief that this baby is okay and that we're all going to be okay. Viability will of course be another wonderful milestone to hit. I'm just so thankful. For good news and for the kind man who delivered it.