From the worst day ever, to the best…

Posted by Dan on Sep 21, 2009 @ 12:14 PM

Today started off horribly. But before I get into today, I have to backtrack a bit.

While I haven't blogged about this yet (because it's still very early,) my wife is pregnant. Getting pregnant has been a long process for us and something our family and close friends have known about. Because so many people have known what we've been going through, we announced it to close friends and family a little sooner than we'd probably have liked.

Last Monday at 5am, Jenn woke me up and she had passed a clot. From the look of things, I was really afraid things were bleak. Jenn continued to spot all last week, so I was really worried that something went wrong w/the pregnancy. The doctor's didn't seem overly concerned and we just needed to wait out our appointment which was scheduled for today at 10a.

Needless to say, last week really sucked. We were trying to stay optimistic, but I was preparing for the worst.

This morning at 4:45am (a week almost to the minute) Jenn work me up again. This time the bleeding was really bad (I even had to clean up the path on the floor to the bathroom.) The clot she passed was about the size of a racket ball. As much as I thought last week was bad, this was much worse. The morning was really tough on us. The morning was a long one waiting for our scheduled ultrasound (which I was really assuming the worse had happened.)

When we saw the doctor we explained what had happened. He didn't seem overly shocked (because we had kept him a breast of the spotting) but I was surprised he didn't seem as concerned as we were.

So when the ultrasound started, I was really trying to figure out how to comfort Jenn, just fearing the worse.

Much to my surprise, I saw a similar black blob as we did on our ultrasound on 9/10, but I was still hesitant to get my hopes too high. However, within seconds a little peanut shape emerged from the blackness and once again we saw the little fluttering of a heart.

After basically preparing myself of the worst for the past week and then just feeling like my thoughts were confirmed this morning, I can't even begin to explain the emotions I was feeling--to say it was a relief doesn't even begin to explain it.

We even got to hear the heart for the very first time. The heartbeat was very healthy and was over the healthy 150 beats per minute they like to hear.

While we're still not sure what's causing Jenn's spotting, the doctor didn't find any lesions--only another smaller clot and he doesn't feel like it's threatening the baby.

So everything looks to be going great. The bleeding is still a concern, but thankfully the baby appears healthy.
It's funny how quickly your life can change with just the lubb-dub sound of a heartbeat. I've always heard how life change on a heartbeat, now I truly understand.


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  • Dan, my wife and I went through some similar difficulties, so I can relate to getting to hear the heart beat, and see the sonogram pictures for the first time! Congrats and best wishes!

    BTW our son is now 1, happy and healthy!
  • Congrats man! Fantastic news! As much as I would have liked to hang out at CFUnited - I think this takes precedence! :)
  • Yeah, unfortunately it feel exactly at the time when I was... uh, "needed." :)
  • @Dan
    My wife also had this with our youngest son and like you we were very fearful. Much to our surprise the baby was fine (he's now 4 years old)! Hang in there and keep hoping for the best! Good luck to you guys!
  • Cool. Did you say how many weeks along? Cherish this time since it gets better :)
  • @Patrick:

    It's still very earlier, she's 7 weeks 5 days today.
  • Great news! Glad everything is OK.

    Parenting is best thing ever! Except for Hannah Montana. That I could live without. :)
  • My wife and I went through a similar situation with our first child who by the way is slightly over 2 years now. Unlike your situation, our doctor wasn't very optimistic and told us that there is 70% chance that pregnancy will not fall through. Fortunately he proved to be wrong (we switched doctor) so I can sincerely relate to emotions that you went through.

  • Dan, my prayers are for you and your wife to have a fine happy child, and get through the pregnancy with as little stress as possible. Sounds like the two of you have had enough already.
  • Good luck, man.... I can totally relate to that feeling of dread right before the ultrasound.

    my wife and I were on pins and needles throughout her most recent pregnancy after losing a baby mid-way through last year, but it all worked out for us this time.

    New daughter, born healthy last week!
  • Congrats Dan, keep us updated and good luck the rest of the way

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