Ok, so I've not updated since the big ultrasound, simply because I haven't been sure how much I wanted to say, and how quickly things might change. Here's the overall:
Wednesday we had the first ultrasound. It was all good news. We have a baby, and a heartbeat!
A few hours later, I started bleeding. It was more than I had experienced in my first surrogate pregnancy, but I will still trying hard to keep it in mind that TONS of people have healthy pregnancies that happen to involve some bleeding, and its especially common in IVF pregnancies. The bleeding lasted several hours, ending with spotting through Thursday. I put myself on bed rest, teaching my kids school lessons from bed and staying off my feet as much as humanly possible. Friday, I went back to the monitoring clinic to check on the situation. First things first, we will have a good heartbeat. Phew! She did, however, find a collection of blood. It's very common, but it's usually not so close to the baby. It appears that it is up against the sac, which is causing the sac to look mis-shaped. It was a nervous few hours, waiting for our RE to see the report from the monitoring clinic and tell us what he thought. His remarks were actually better than I expected. He emphasized the bottom line: We still have a baby, and we still have a strong heart beat. They also checked my estrogen, progesterone, and hcg levels, and those all looked good. There's no reason to assume the worst. Of course we have a worst case scenario, and it ends in miscarriage, but we won't spend time thinking about that. The doctor did not order bed rest, but he did put me on light duty. So, for now I take it easy, and keep thinking positive thoughts. I go back for another ultrasound and blood check next week. Best case scenario - the collection of blood will absorb into my body, the sac will be free to assume a 'normal' shape, and we'll see growth in the baby. That's what I'll be visualizing for the next several days!
Your good thoughts, prayers, etc are all welcome and truly appreciated.