Then... there was a heartbeat!
Loud and clear at 135 bpm. I then looked at the monitor in shock and disbelief! I still cannot believe that I am actually carrying a baby. That I am really, truly pregnant. That our IVF worked on the very first round! I really thought we would be going through round after round before success would find us. It is still all very surreal, but I am excited, overwhelmed and elated. I know there is still a chance for a SAB, but I am holding out hope that each week goes by successfully and healthfully.
I have another 9 week appointment on 26 December. It will be my last appointment with my RE if all is well. I will then follow up with a midwifery new OB appointment on 4 January. I want to do 1st trimester screening as close to 10 weeks as possible as there is a decreased likelihood of false positives at this point. My biggest fear right now is Down's Syndrome or a fetal anomaly. I am praying daily for a healthy baby that makes it to term with no complications!
Currently, I am looking into hiring a doula. They book up fast around here, so I am hoping I can find a good fit and one that is free for my EDD. My due date is 1 August 2012!
Finally, I will leave you with a picture of our little bean. Hard to see a fetus here, but the yolk sac is to the left and the fetus is to the right. This is a great website that shows week to week how a fetus grows as seen via US: http://www.baby2see.com/development/ultrasound_sonogram/first_trimester_scans.html#week6.
As you can see by the website above, our little bean is right on track for turning into an adorable little baby.