One perfect gestational sac and yolk sac

Perfect! Oh my God, I am so relieved!!!!!

I love you, you perfect little thing!!!!

I have a really really really good feeling about this. I want to crumple to the earth and kiss it.

I know it’s early days, but the first scan could not have gone better. This morning I was mute and nervous and vacillated between feeling numb and sleepy and like I was going to throw up and pass out. But I somehow managed to drive myself to the clinic. Somehow managed to climb up on the table (after running to the bathroom to nervously vacate everything in my system). My palms were sweating. The tech was talking about the weather but it seemed like she was speaking half-English, half-piglatin. I answered her in shaky whispers.

And then there it was—a big black sac with a little fuzzy white thing inside it. “I’ve got a gestational sac and yolk sac my dear,” the tech said smiling.

“Just one?”

She nodded. I adjusted my previous expectations immediately, focusing on the tech’s smile. It must be looking good, I thought, for her to be smiling like that. I sent out waves of gratitude to the fabric of the cosmos.

“Is it the right size?” I asked.

“Oh yeah, it’s perfect.”


I was too stunned to cry.

Dr. SR wanted to see me immediately. He told me that at 5 weeks 4 days we want to see a sac that is about 12 mm. “And yours is a 15,” he said. “That’s really good. I like to see that right out of the gate.” He explained that he researched and wrote a paper about gestational sac size being predictive of miscarriage. “If you’d had around an eight,” he said, “I frankly would have been a little worried. But this is excellent. Next week is a big week, but I will just say that we are off to a really good start. AND we can already see the yolk sac. That doesn’t always happen this early on.”

He also said that it is possible that the second one will appear on the next ultrasound. But honestly guys I am just so happy and relieved I would of course be happy with one.

He didn’t mean to, and I didn’t say anything, but my second beta was in great big numbers on a sheet of paper on the table and I couldn’t help but see it: 1600. At least I’m pretty sure that’s what I saw. If so … Wow. Last time my beta 2 was 700-something.

I told him that I thought I had pregnancy rhinitis, but I realize now that it was just a bad cold! One I think I caught from my therapist, grr. But he said that the bug at the beginning and the cold are actually really good signs. “It means you are suppressed.” Yay!

Sigh. I feel so very relaxed. Today I will enjoy the good news and continue welcoming this new life inside me. Keep praying! It’s working!

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  1. Such great news!!!

  2. Woohoo! I’m seriously thrilled for you!!! Congrats!

  3. I am totally not surprised about how perfect everything looks! God is so good and I’m so happy for you! I am continuing to pray that everything develops perfectly and you have an amazing pregnancy! Love this post!!

  4. I have just done a little skippy dance in my kitchen for you! Excellent excellent news. Xx

  5. Babydust

     /  April 3, 2014

    Hi there, I am a lurker on your site, and haven’t posted much, but I want to say that I am thrilled for you. Hang in there this week. Your intuition is strong and it’s guiding you to the right places.

  6. Kali

     /  April 3, 2014

    OMG, yay!

  7. Clare

     /  April 3, 2014

    That is SO AWESOME!!!! I’m so happy to read this. I know how damn scary that first scan is and it’s so amazing to see such a good start so early. Yayayayay!

  8. YAY!!! I can’t wait to see pics if you decide to post them!!!!!!!! This is great news and I am so so so happy for you!!! You are off to a GREAT start and I can’t wait for more updates!!!!!!

  9. Fantastic news!!

  10. Congrats! Very happy for you!
    My RBA baby sleeps in my lap right now. This will be you soon enough :)

  11. Yay, congratulations!

  12. Eff yeah! Love hearing the word “perfect” at doctors appts.

  13. Ciara

     /  April 3, 2014

    Congratulations!!! I am beyond ecstatic for you right now!!!! My prayers and words of love to you and your babies will keep on coming!! xoxoxoxoxo love you

  14. I am happy for your good news!

  15. You ladies rock. Thank you from my heart, my teammates and good vibologists, my prayerleaders and cheerleaders—whatever you are doing, my uterus is receiving it!

  16. Congrats on your one bean! Keep it going:-)

  17. Treyton

     /  April 3, 2014

    How wonderful!!! I have been waiting to know what the outcome would be, and you are so blessed to have one healthy baby bean!!! I’m so happy and excited for you. Congrats:-)
    Just wanted to add that I just got a BFP today with my donor eggs from RBA. I’m right behind you.

    • Yeah!!! How many embryos did you transfer? Keep me posted—exciting!!! (I’ve never written so many exclamation points as I have in the last two days. I’m feeling a wave of luck hitting a bunch of us. Let’s do this!)

  18. Yay I love the word perfect!

  19. Fingers crossed but I think this is it :)

  20. So so happy for you!

  21. What fabulous news. I’m so thrilled for you. Congratulations!

  22. Woohoo! Congratulations!

  23. This is so fantastic. Congratulations to all three of you!

  24. Again—mwah, mwah, hug, hug, to all of you. I’m still feeling psyched. Time is creaking by. I think I will write a short story today to distract myself. xoxoxo

  25. Woop woop!!! OMG sooooo excited for you sweetness! One day at a time. Just feeling sooo good about this babe. Hugs xxx

  26. Hooray for a perfect sac! Hooray hooray hooray!

  27. Such wonderful news x


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  • About Me

    Me: 41
    DH: 38

    Fertility issue:
    Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
    6 pregnancy losses
    All early
    5 with my own eggs
    1 with donor egg

    Abnormal embryos

    Factor V Leiden heterozygous
    MTHFR heterozygous

    AFC: 2 - 12
    AMH: 0.2
    FSH: 6.8
    E2: 40
    LH: 2.8


    April 2011 -
    Natural conception, first try. Blighted ovum (gestational sac only). D&C to remove products of conception at 9 weeks.

    Oct 2011 -
    Natural conception, first try. Blighted ovum (gestational sac & yolk sac). Took Cytotec to induce miscarriage at 9 weeks. PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, night terrors followed.

    Winter 2012 -
    Two rounds of Femara/Clomid + IUIs at Columbia and RS of NY. The idea: to produce more eggs and increase chances of catching a good one. BFNs.

    April 2012 -
    Natural conception, first try. Ultrasound showed activity in the uterus, but no complete sac. Diagnosed with "missed abortion." Natural miscarriage at 5 weeks.

    June 2012 -
    Conception after 7 mg Femara for 5 days + IUI. Diagnosed with chemical pregnancy. Natural miscarriage at 4.5 weeks.

    August 2012 -
    Natural conception, without trying. Chemical pregnancy and natural miscarriage at 5 weeks.

    October 2012 -
    ODWU at Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM).

    January 2013 -
    IVF with Dr. Schoolcraft.
    Straight Antagonist protocol

    What he predicted:
    I will produce 11 eggs
    Good chance 1 will be normal
    30% chance 2 will be normal
    Transfer 1, then a 45% chance of success
    Transfer 2, then a 65% chance of success

    What happened:
    7 follicles stimulated
    6 mature eggs retrieved
    2 died during ICSI
    4 fertilized
    3 out of 4 embryos CCS-tested
    All abnormal

    Aug/Sept 2013-
    Frozen Donor Egg IVF at Reproductive Biology Associates (RBA)
    What Dr. Shapiro predicted:
    6 or 7 will fertilize
    1 we will transfer
    1 - 3 we will freeze

    Protocol: Lupron, Vivelle patches, Crinone

    8 frozen eggs from donor thawed
    6 fertilized
    1 Day-5 Grade A XBbb blastocyst transferred
    1 Day-5 Grade A EBbb blastocyst frozen
    1 Day-6 Grade A XBbb blastocyst frozen

    September 13, 2013: Pregnant

    Prenatal vitamins & baby aspirin,
    Vivelle patches & Crinone

    Beta #1: 171
    Beta #2: 706
    Beta #3: 7,437

    6 w 3 d: measured 6 w 1 d
    FHR: 80 bpm
    Fetus did not grow
    7 w: FHR 121 bpm
    8 w: heart stopped
    9 w: D and C

    Test results: We lost a normal karyotype male for unexplained reasons

    Quit stressful job
    Anti-inflammation diet
    Gluten-free diet
    Vit D, DHA/EPA
    Therapy/energy work
    Creative Visualization
    Art Therapy

    March 14, 2014:
    Double FET at RBA
    1 Day-5 Grade A EBbb blastocyst
    1 Day-6 Grade A XBbb blastocyst

    March 24, 2014:

    Prenatals, baby aspirin, Folgard, Vivelle, Crinone, Lovenox

    Beta #1: 295
    Beta #2: 942
    Beta #3: 12,153

    1 fetus implanted

    Measured on track

    Fetal heart rate:
    7 wk: 127 bpm, 8wk:159 bpm, 9wk: 172 bpm

    Due date: Dec, 4 2014!

    NatureMade (USP Seal) Prenatals and 4000 Vit D3
    Baby aspirin
    40 mg Lovenox
    DHA and EPA
    Folgard 2.2

    Born: One perfect baby boy 12.4.14

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