...and two overjoyed parents!
We saw the two perfectly round sacs with our precious babies in them, and that amazing flickering of a beating heart in each. Both measured at exactly 6w1d (perfect!) and both had heart rates in the 130-140's, but Dr. S was counting them so it is an approximation. But beating they were! He said one embryo was much closer to the probe than the other one, so B seemed bigger than A, but they measured exactly the same. Picture to follow, but it isn't a great angle, so A looks little compared to B.
I am so grateful and excited! I tried to push the last pregnancy out of my mind, where we saw our daughter's heartbeat and then it stopped, and mostly succeeded. I asked him what the chance of miscarriage is now, after seeing fetal cardiac activity and he said 3-4%. I told him I'd been in that percentage before and he reminded me that the trisomy our daughter had recurs rarely, and all trisomies are less common in people our ages. That did make me feel better.
We also spoke a little about what happens next. Next week (week 7) I will have another ultrasound, and then again at weeks 9 and 10. After that, I will be transferring to a high-risk OB who Dr. S feels is the best in Seattle. I spoke with their office today and am having my records transferred now. They scheduled my nuchal translucency screening for May 18th, at 11 weeks, and then I will (hopefully) begin seeing them regularly. They told me to plan 3 hours (!) for the appointment, and when I asked why the coordinator laughed and said, "That ultrasound will take at least 90 minutes. Remember, they have to look at everything twice!" After the ultrasound, we see a genetic counselor and if anything is wrong can do a CVS right there. Then I meet with the OB.
It seems so far away, to be going to this appointment, and knowing so much about the babies, but really, it is only a month! I hope the next five weeks bring continued health for our little babies, and continued peace for us. We could not be happier or more thankful.
Speaking of thankful, thank all of you who give me so much strength. You are amazing!