30 weeks 5 days: our chubby-cheeked yogi

30 weeks 5 daysWell, hello there babykins!

This is our baby. Can you believe it? I can’t believe it! Eeeee!

Looking right at us, with both of his feet over his head.

Look at those cheeks!

Normal measurements, normal weight, normal amniotic fluid, normal heartbeat, normal movement. You know what my favorite word is? You got it: Normal.

After the growth scan (the first of many), back at home, lying on the couch, I got the biggest, craziest movements yet. I was absolutely agog. Kicks, punches, and very strong pushes against his rooftop, against the palms of our hands. Shocked, I was. Still am, thinking of it. He’s much quieter this morning, but I know that his favorite showtime is the evening. I wonder what he’ll have in store for us tonight.

He’s three pounds four ounces, on the small side, but DH was only five pounds when born, and is now five foot six, 130 pounds. The donor is 5’1, 115 pounds, with lots of small people in her background. So the doc is not worried in the least about his being in the thirty-fourth percentile.

The ultrasound doctor (different from my OB) talked to us, as did the OB at an early appointment, about inducing labor if I go past forty weeks. Again, inducing between 39 and 40 was mentioned, unless everything is going absolutely perfectly and they’re just waiting for my cervix to do its thing. This is because of my being forty, having had six miscarriages, having that pesky Factor V Leiden, and being on a blood thinner. I don’t want to be induced. At the same time, I am open to following the path of growth scans, and if the doctors’ recommendations are to induce, I won’t fight it. I don’t feel like I am in a “special” camp any longer, but health professionals do. So. We’ll just see what happens and hope for the best. I envision going into labor on my own and natural childbirth without interventions, medications…but I also open myself to other ways of getting to healthy baby, healthy mama.  Trying not to cling to any one way getting there, because then I might feel like I failed.

He’s kicking, and I’m hungry again, so I’m going to eat something, and then do some yoga with him. I love to think of him with his little feet over his head in there. He’s amazing!


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  1. Sunetra

     /  October 1, 2014

    What a cutie!

  2. This is so special, so pleased for you xx

  3. What an amazing picture!

  4. Normal! The best word! So glad things are going well! I am just so happy for you! He will be here before you know it!!

  5. wowzas! Has it been 30 weeks! I am still just as happy for you today as I was the day you made the announcement! Hugs! xo

  6. He’s just gorgeous! What a great shot.

  7. Cheeks! What a cutie.

  8. Davidah

     /  October 2, 2014

    Congrats! I vote for seriously considering induction at 39 weeks. Clotting factors and older placentas are worthy of respect. You won’t regret the induction for a second when you have your sweet baby in your arms. As amazing as your pregnancy has been, having your baby safely earthside is a million times better. Enjoy!


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    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
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    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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