Our IVF specialist, Dr. Indira, just opened a new office in South Extension. So, Chad and I drove (ourselves) over this morning. It was super easy to find, and the clinic looks wonderful. She is planning on doing most of her consultations at this new office, and then doing the medical procedures at a new clinic that she is constructing in a nearby neighborhood. The new clinic is slated to open in about two or three months (not sure if that is real time, or Indian time. I imagine real time because Dr. Indira is about the most straightforward Indian we have met!).
We sat in her new office and discussed what the ultrasound tells us. What I am taking away from the discussion is our need for cautious optimism. It is still so very early in our pregnancy--we're right around the 6 week marker--and there are things that could go wrong. Right now it looks like we will be having two babies. Hopefully it will look the same in 7 weeks, and then again in 30 weeks.
I guess that is the key word, "hopefully." Even though it is early on in our pregnancy, I see no reason not to think about our situation from a positive perspective. Everyone is walking a different journey with respect to surrogacy, or even IVF and assisted fertility treatments. Some paths take considerable detours or encounter many bumps. Others are more direct. Regardless of the journey, I can't imagine walking this road with the mindset that we are just waiting for something to go wrong.
What an incredible place and moment we are experiencing! Chad and I, with no plans to do so, found ourselves living long term in India. Then, we decided to start a family. Now, we are in contact with people who are helping us do that. How incredible is that? In spite of the risks associated with the first trimester, we are still making it our daily practice to remain positive.