Hello girls! I am posting a poll regarding naming our little boy. We are narrowing down the list of potentials, but keep coming back to this one in particular (FYI the name will remain a secret until he is born).
Background story: My family was (and still is) close to another family from my hometown. Our families have always been friends, and the mother babysat for my brothers and I when we were little. They had a girl who was my age, and two younger boys close to my brothers' ages. Eight years ago, the boys were in an accident, and one passed away; he was 17. They also lost their daughter four years ago to cancer at 24, and the mother has had a very rough time moving forward; who wouldn't, after losing 2 of 3 children?! My husband does not know the family as well as I do, and he came into my life a few months after the accident that took the boy's life.
Each day, I feel a little better about my baby's health. I've done everything I could to help him grow healthy and strong.
If anyone else reads this and is going through the same thing, here is one thing I found:
Of the sites I checked out, they all put the odds out there, and most were the same story = minimal odds, but is a soft marker for Downs. However, two in particular made me feel much better: these two both had a disclaimer that stated they were geared towards medical professionals, so the language may be difficult to understand to a non-med familiar person (LIKE ME!!). Both articles stated that they felt a bright spot in the heart was a possible soft marker, but in the absence of other signs (shortened bones, malformed organs, etc.) it was dismissible and didn't amount to anything. Seeing that on a medical professional reference board made me feel much better.
I know you cannot believe everything you read, so we are still hoping and praying every day. I will keep everyone updated as we go along!View Thread
Thanks BethAnn. I'm sure you are right, if they were the least concerned, they would have sent us or at least recommended the Level 2. Paranoid me, I've done a little research here and there today and most of what I've read is making me feel better... that and talking to others View Thread
Yay for active kiddos!!! Sounds like you have your hands full LOL
My DD, who is a PAL grad, is 2yr 6mo and a bundle of energy, just go go go. She had her first trip to the zoo last weekend and LOVED it. Her cousin went too and the girls had a ball; DD and her cousin are 5 weeks apart in age, and don't get to see each other very often... but when they get together, they get wild We have tried potty training, but no luck so far; we've decided it is going to happen when she is ready for it to happen, and no sooner. Little miss independent. I am 18 weeks along with Baby BOY and we are so very excited. Everything looked great and measured right on track at our U/S, other than the one little spot on his heart (details are in my other, recent post)
And as some of you might remember, my SIL and I were preggo with the girls at the same time, she 5 weeks ahead of me. Now, we are AGAIN preggo at the same time, and I am 5-6 weeks ahead of her... if that's not a crazy coincidence, I don't know what is!View Thread
Thanks girls I'm sorry you had to worry through that BethAnn, it's not fun. While we were there, the NP didn't say anything about sending us for another U/S, even later on in the third trimester (one more thing I'm not too cracked up about with this new clinic).
They did offer an additional maternal blood screening test; it is optional and I'm not sure if our insurance would cover it (if it's not "doctor requested"). DH says he doesn't see any point in having the test run, because he said "there's one-in-a-million chance of him having Downs", it won't change anything about how we will love the child, and there is nothing we can do to change the outcome. He's not normally this easy-going so I wonder if he's just trying to make me feel better (a side note: the NP said the chances are much greater than one-in-a-million, but I digress...)
One of the main reason's I am actually considering it is, like Heather mentioned, to be more prepared in the case that he is born with Down's. But even then, the test is known to have false negatives and false positives... so I don't know I am starting to come to the realization that "what will be will be" and I should just hope and pray that it is nothing. She did say that the spot is not "Bright as bone" on the U/S and that is a good sign. I'm hoping this is all worrying for nothing. Thanks for listening!View Thread
Hi everyone! We went to our 18 week appointment yesterday, and they did the ultrasound. They took all the measurements, and confirmed my due date (Feb. 3rd). And after weeks of debating, do we find out or have a surprise.... we found we are having...
DH is very happy, and we are both very excited, as we had hoped and prayed for a boy. I don't think DD quite understands she will be sharing the spotlight soon, though LOL
The NP seemed pleased with his measurements, and weight. The only thing she pointed out was a small calcium spot on his heart. She explained that this used to be a 'soft' marker for Down's Syndrome, and really stressed the "USED to be". She acted like it was nothing to be concerned about, but told us we could do an extra screening if we wanted (we skipped the 1st tri screening with DD, and with this one). According to her, 9 out of 10 sono's that she see's with it, turn out to be nothing. I am slightly reassured by her lack of concern for it, but I am worrying now. I have worried and had a bad feeling in my gut ever since finding out we were pg, that something either would happen or had already happened, like a genetic issue. I want this baby boy to be healthy so badly, and have been praying for a good outcome. Has anyone else had a child diagnosed with this, in utero, and how much should I worry?View Thread
First of all ((Hugs)) and sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you can find some guidance and friendship here, among friends who've "been there"
and to your question... yes! I did with this pregnancy (my 3rd). I was bragging to my husband around 5 weeks that I had no m/s or anything (I had many symptoms with DD)... and then about 6-7 weeks, it hit and was terrible LOL I know it's easier said than done, but try not to worry too much; lots of ladies don't have obvious symptoms. Schedule an appointment with your OB to be sure and get checked out. Good luck!View Thread
Aww that is so sweet, he loves his little sis! Addison is obsessed with brushing her teeth, too (must be a two year-old thing LOL). Aubrey will be teething before you know it! So glad to hear how she is growing and getting stronger now
I went to number 2 of 2 doctor visits yesterday and came home with much better news. I met the NP who I will see about half of the time throughout this pg, and she is fantastic. As soon as she walked in with the doplar scanner, I was excited and terrified in the same breath... and then she found the heartbeat!!! A strong 167, and then she had to chase baby down after he/she moved away lol. The NP seemed happy with everything she saw and heard, so we go back in 4 weeks! Looking at EDD of 2/3/15View Thread
They took my vitals, but nothing for the baby, so not much to report. I did have to drink the lovely glucose cocktail There was a small 'victory' for me during this visit: I didn't pass out when they drew the blood, and they had to stick me TWICE! Anyone who knows my history with blood draw, knows that is a huge step forward!
I did get to meet with a very nice nurse who took my medical information, history, and addressed some of my concerns for this pregnancy. However, I did not get to hear the baby's heartbeat via doplar... which was really disappointing. I do go back to meet with the NP on Tuesday, and she said I would hear it then. At my previous clinic, they did the health information, glucose screening, took my blood, and did a physical all at the first visit. This new medical center is supposed to be one of the best in the country, and they split it into two visits?
So keeping my fingers crossed until next week... Thanks for the prayers ladies!View Thread