Hi all! I took a short break from the boards in general, and I haven't been lurking on here much either. I just now finished catching up, from something like page 21. Sheesh!
I know it's kind of late, but I wanted to make a comment about measurements... All of my babies, DS and the twins, consistently measured a week ahead on every single ultrasound. I O on day 10 -12, plus I have short cycles (about 24 - 25 days), so there wasn't much margin for my dates to be off. I mean, I couldn't very well have conceived while I was on my period, before I even ovulated! I really wouldn't put much stock in the measurements being "off" by a few days, or even as much as a week, so long as the baby is growing. Babies are all different sizes when born, so they are also all different sizes when they are embryos/fetuses. DS was 9 lbs 7 oz, so by the end I was measuring almost 2 weeks "ahead" - and if my midwife hadn't trusted me to know my dates, she would have assumed I had conceived earlier and moved up my due date because of it, possibl;y leading to an induction by a normal OB - but he was just a big baby (and he was born 1 day after his EDD). Averages are just that: an average. So for every baby that measures a week "ahead", there are also babies who measure a week "behind"... and both are fine. Add in tech error, machine calibration, and all the other variables, and I think that a dating ultrasound is kind of silly unless you have NO IDEA when you conceived.
We use all of this technology - beta draws, ultrasounds, etc - for reassurance, but it only ends up stressing us out more because we are looking for concrete answers. But growing a baby is a miracle. It doesn't always conform to what "should" be, according to the medical world. Granted, we've all seen the sad side of this, when our babies died for no reason or from a freak occurrence. But there's a flip side as well: many mamas have been told that their baby would die, or be born with horrible birth defects, but ended up giving birth to a normal, living child.
Remember to see the positive. Don't give up hope. You are all holding little miracles inside of you!