Thank you for writing back! I've been meaning to post an update. I did have the 2nd hcg blood draw- and everything came back great. It went from 107k the first time to 135k. That's a significant rise, and for 9 weeks, it's no longer supposed to double everyday, but the rise slows, (that would be a crazy high number if it doubled still!) So that number is really reassuring.
I haven't had any more spotting- which is another huge relief! I feel as though, everything is "normal" now, and i'm hoping it carries on that way.
I didn't have an ultrasound, although my midwife suggested it, but I feel that everything is ok. I said if I spotted any more then I would get one. It would be nice to have the ultrasound, because I'm still in that, "is something really growing inside of me?" thought. and a small part of me is curious and wonders is everything *really* ok? Or *why* did I have the spotting? Also part of me wonders, "I wonder if there is twins?"
But I ideally only want to have one ultrasound, so i'm TRYING to be patient until we could see the gender as well.
My midwife will try to listen for the heartbeat in 1-2 weeks. I'm 10 weeks today. So that will be reassuring.
Thank you for asking!
I do have one crazy bruise from the 1st phlebotomist who did a really bad job- it's been a week and the bruise is up my vein and still dark! ew! The 2nd blood draw- no bruise at all!