Friday, May 17, 2013

The early ultrasound... Surrogate Side

We've been waiting for this day to come!  We have so many questions.  We just want to know that all is hunky-dory in there!  Well, our big day has come!!  Our questions will finally be answered -- how many??? is there a heartbeat? how's it lookin'?

I wake up in the morning (feelin' like P.Diddy.... nah, not really - wink,wink) and anxiously get ready for my early morning early ultrasound.  K and I agreed that we would FaceTime the event since she was unable to make the trip out here.  When I arrived at the clinic, I let K know that I would call her as soon as the appointment begins.  We're both super excited (but neither of us let on that, deep down, we're both pretty nervous...).  I hadn't gone to an ultrasound alone since my very first one ever which was when I learned that it was not viable and that I had a molar pregnancy and vowed to NEVER go to an ultrasound alone again; and I hadn't.  But, that's a story for another time!  I pulled up my big girl panties and walked into the clinic.

I am called up for my ultrasound and I ask the technician if I could FaceTime the scan for the mom since she couldn't be here.  She agreed to it - sweet, sweet lady!  I undress and prepare myself on the table/bed thing for my trans-vaginal ultrasound.  When I was "comfortable", I called K and got the camera going.  The technician re-entered the exam room and introductions were made - so cute!

The "weenie-wand" (as I've learned it's described) did it's job and we immediately saw things in there!  The first question of the technician (which really shocked me and K) was, "how many embryos were transferred?"  In awe, I reply, " many babies to do you see in there????!??!?!!!?" (I already secretly knew I saw something that I had never seen before in my own pregnancies...)

Her reply was, "well, I see TWO gestational sacs, but it appears as though one may have stopped developing".  I look at K on the phone and see that she's not upset.  I think it's because we can already see a flittering heartbeat in the other sac... A HEARTBEAT!  WooHOOOOOOO!  We have at least 1 healthy butterball!  After some measurements of Twin A (the baby with a heartbeat), the technician scanned for the heartbeat - 150 beautiful beats per minute.  Twin A measured 7weeks3days -- perfect.  I nearly cried with joy for K&J.

The technician began working on Twin B.  She found a yolk sac and measured it at 6weeks0days.  She was unable to find a heartbeat, but also said that there is a chance that this embryo implanted later than the first and it could be too early for a heartbeat.  She also explained that she doesn't think it is likely that this Twin will continue to grow.  But, we shall see!

I contacted my nurse from the IVF clinic and reported our news and her reply was, "I never say never" when I asked her about the likelihood of Twin B being viable.  She also indicated that the doctor will probably want to have another ultrasound done to track the progress of both Twinsies!  Another peek inside to see the butterball(s)??  Okay, sold!

Oh yeah, and we're due December 29th, 2013.  Merry Christmas / Happy New Year!

Oh, and double "oh yeah"; I didn't fall off the table with the news of twins... Just thought I'd share that with you, too!  (Although, I WAS pretty shocked...)


  1. Congratulations!!!!

    I hope Baby B starts growing!

  2. Congrats on Baby A and sending positive thoughts for Baby B!