The Frankenbaby Chronicles

Two girls, three cats, some frozen sperm, a doctor's office, and a big dream.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

12 weeks!

Well, hot damn, we made it to 12 weeks. I never thought we would make it this far.

And I didn't think we would make it yesterday. I had severe bleeding yesterday, 11w6d. It was like a cruel joke, lots of gushing blood complete with some pretty horrendous cramps. The bleeding was more than my period, and since I don't usually get cramps badly with my period, it just seemed so... bad. I was trying to hang in there, but after midnight, when the cramps were getting worse, Jen made me go to the ER.

They didn't really DO anything in the ER other than do an internal exam, do some bloodwork, try the doppler unsuccessfully, and keep us waiting for hours, so it was pretty much a waste of time. However, the act of walking to the car and into the ER made the cramps subside. I guess I can be thankful for that.

Because I went to the ER and had severe bleeding, I had my ultrasound today instead of tomorrow. The sonographer was out today, so they actually had one of the OBs do my ultrasound. And believe it or not, our baby is still alive. I couldn't even believe it. I was so sure it was over, but there Frankie was, moving around and showing off its beating heart and groovy eyelids. The OB didn't do any formal measurements but said it looked exactly like it should for 12 weeks.

On the down side, he could find no reason for the bleeding and thinks my body is confused about what to do with our dead twin. It hasn't absorbed at all and is just as big as it was at 7.5 weeks... so he thinks my body might be trying to expel it but is unable to because my hCG levels are so high. Because of this, he can't really give us any kind of prognosis or when we might expect to be out of the woods.

He did say that most people who were going to miscarry would have miscarried by now. But he wants us to be cautiously hopeful.

I never thought I would be one of THOSE mamas, but I rented one of those home dopplers tonight. It should arrive on Friday by expedited shipping. Hopefully we can get some reassurance and go about our daily lives.


Blogger Kathryn - partner of Donna said...

So pleased everything is still ok.
Look after yourselves and your little Frankie xx

6:29 AM  
Blogger J said...

This is good, hopeful news! Yay.

9:54 AM  
Blogger hd said...

Hi. Just joining in. You guys had just come around to FF when I was leaving. I wanted to send you my well wishes. I had bleeding at 7 weeks (subchorionic hematoma) and it totally freaked me out, but I'm due to deliver any day now, so there's always hope. Sending lots your way.

3:08 PM  

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