Following my series on YouTube, The Conception Diaries, following our attempts to get pregnant, I am thrilled to say that after nearly 4 years of trying, 2 losses and one failed IVF attempt, our dream has finally come true and our baby is due in July 2017.
Because I have been too tired to vlog, I have kept a written diary of what has happened so far and will go back to vlogging just as soon as I can!
On Monday 12th December, Ross had a major appointment at Yeovil hospital. He was there as a day patient undergoing an endoscopy and colonoscopy as he has been having stomach pains for quite a while and he was having investigative treatment to find out what was wrong. A biopsy was taken but initial signs showed nothing sinister. As he was unable to drive home, I went with him and waited in the coffee shop reading my magazine.
After his procedure was over, he needed to nip to town to the bank and, whilst he was waiting I had a feeling that there was something not quite right. After visiting the toilet, I found that I was experiencing some reddish brown discharge. The old me would have not concerned myself too much but, given everything we have been through, I didn’t want to leave anything to chance so I rang the hospital and they booked me in for a scan the following day.
The following day, Ross and I went back to Yeovil hospital for our next scan. We saw Lisa again in Jasmine ward who was extremely understanding and sympathetic. We then went downstairs and Helen, my regular sonographer, checked me over.
Everything was fine. The baby measured 26.9mm, she found the heartbeat and, despite the fact that according to the clinic I was 8 weeks 4 days, the baby measured at 9 weeks and 3 days. Ahead of schedule!
That evening we went to Grace’s Christmas drama play and I have to say that it was good to be able to go there with peace of mind.
My booking appointment
On Wednesday morning I rang the midwives line to arrange my booking appointment. Sue, the lady I spoke to, told me that the hospital would be in touch. Little did I know that they would ring me with an appointment for the following evening! Ross and I joked that we would have to start living at the hospital from now on.
Ross, Grace and I used our visit to Yeovil as an excuse to nip into town first and do some Christmas shopping. I had also prepared a sausage casserole before I came out to make it easier for dinner when we got home.
At the appointment, I saw a midwife called Georgia. She was speaking to me about my family history as well as personal history. I found much of this strange as, of course, with a donor egg it is hard to be able to tell them absolutely everything! I also gave a blood and urine sample.
Last day of term
Today is Grace’s last day of term – and I couldn’t be happier about it! We went to her special assembly this morning and then, after school, she went off to her friend Lucy’s for a sleepover for her birthday. Ross and I spent the evening watching the Gilmore Girls together.
Grace said to me earlier that she had seen some cool metallic trainers she would like to get for the baby if everything is OK. She told me that we would definitely need to go shopping!
Nowhere near as tired as I was and my upset stomachs have stopped. In fact, it seems to have gone the other way! I am still snoring badly so I am hoping my acupuncturist can help with this on Tuesday next week.