Brown blood typically means old blood, which is *usually* below the new, red blood on the concern scale. I'm so helpful. :/ Hope you can feel settled and confident enough to enjoy your big family hoopla without worry.
I trucked myself off to the ER a few nights ago. We live pretty rurally, but fairly close to the hospital. It's the hospital that serves the whole region, but there are only 4000 people in my town, so I was hopeful it would be quick. Not so much. I totally regret going too. Bah. I had been having localized pain (I would say it was my right ovary) off and on pretty much since conception, but I had a spate of ovarian cysts a few years ago, and assumed it was either a burst cyst or just my body adjusting to pregnancy. But then, a few days ago, I had a few episodes of blinding pain. Like, sweating, crying, going to throw up, fetal position on the couch while my kids looked at me terrified episodes. So, I started to get concerned that it was an ectopic pregnancy. Turns out it probably wasn't, but the ER doesn't have imaging after 4pm, so they couldn't confirm anything the night I went in. I got in for an u/s the next day, but of course the tech can't/won't tell you anything. She wouldn't even let me see the screen! Not that I can really read it, but I can identify a sac in the uterus. She insisted that protocol was abdominal u/s, even though trans vag gives waaaaay better results at this point, and then told me to go register in the ER for the 6-8 hour wait to see someone to get the results. And then I cried. Seriously. I told her there was no way I could do that - I have two small children and we're fairly new to town so there isn't someone I could just call and dump them on for an entire day while my husband is at work, plus we only have one car, so how would he get to them to pick them up.... The tech found a radiologist, who basically told me there was no evidence of an ectopic pregnancy, but they couldn't rule it out, and that there was a "sac" in my uterus, which he would assume to be a baby. Thanks. So annoyed that I exposed my brand new developing fetus to 20 minutes of ultrasound to be told basically nothing. It's nice that there's no apparent extra-uterine pregnancy, and that was the most important thing, but if I was going to go through this testing, I at least wanted to know that my baby is measuring right for dates and has a heartbeat, you know?
I also was sort of holding out hope that we would see two sacs. It's hard for us to get pregnant (we use donor sperm, it's expensive to do, etc, etc), and we want to more kids, and pregnancy is really, really hard on me, so we were both secretly hoping that this was twins. I don't have any reason to suspect twins, but I was still hoping! There's a very strong family history of twins, but I'm not that old, and there aren't any twins in my generation. Humbug. Anyway, I was afraid of an ectopic, but I think I knew all along that it was fine, so I'm annoyed that I didn't just stop and listen to my gut. This baby is going to be fine. I'm going to grow a giant belly and cry over SPD and love feeling that child move and roll in there, and then we will have a nearly perfect birth and we will both be safe. Yep. Preferably at 38.5 weeks. :) Twins would super complicate the birth scenario, and the idea of actually parenting two the way we like to parent is a little scary! I'm looking forward to seeing a few twin mamas in here though!
We cut our tree down a few days ago, and decorated it on Thursday. The kids and I still need to make popcorn and cranberry strings for it, but there's certainly time! I forgot to water the poor little thing for a good 18 hours when we first brought it in, so I'm a little concerned it won't make it to Christmas. Good thing we have 500+acres to go find a replacement if need be!
When do you guys see your care providers for the first time?