Thursday, November 5, 2009

Anticipation for Tuesday and Baby Bump :)

This coming Tuesday is a really big day. Not only do we find out the gender of this little one, but we also get the full anatomy scan to make sure Baby Bou is developing as he/she should be. Also, at my last appointment with my OB, they drew my blood for the quad screening, which gives us the chances that the baby will have any neural tube defects, cystic fibrosis, down's syndrome, and I think a few other things.

Everything was negative, except for Down's Syndrome, which showed up positive with the baby's risk at 1:300 of having it. Now, I know that with those chances, there is a 99.6% chance that everything is perfectly fine, but any positive result is scary, so I am even more anxious for this next appointment. I am scared, but I am not stressing over this. I know this test is really not that accurate and people get much higher chances all the time and have healthy babies... and really, there isn't anything I can do about it. They will look for markers of Downs in the ultrasound and we will take it from there. We have decided we do not want an amnio to confirm anything even if the ultrasound shows positive markder because even although the risk is small, I do not want any chance of miscarriage. Anyway, regardless of what the tests say, this baby will be so loved and will be so special to us; all we can do is prepare our home and our lives for a baby with special needs, if we have to... but like I said, I will not worry until we have more information on Tuesday.

Oh, and say hi to our 17w Baby Bou bump... On Tuesday of next week you'll get an up close and personal view of Baby Bou him/herself!


bethany said...

Awe! Your baby bump is SO cute!
My husband and I were similar, we opted out of all the screenings except the ultrasound ones. Even if there was something wrong we weren't going to do anything about it except take care of our baby whatever may come.

Everything'll be great, dear! Can't wait to see pics of the little one! :) I LOVE all my ultrasound pictures still. :)

Layne said...

Aww, Suzanne! You look so cute with your little bump! I will be praying for you and Baby Bou and I can't wait to hear and see more next Tuesday!

Colleen said...

Fingers crossed and a prayer will be said that all will be fine.

Laura said...

You're too cute! Baby bump! Love it! So many people get "false positives" with those tests. I'll be thinking of you on Tuesday!

~Suzanne~ said...

Bethany: Thanks! I can't wait to see the pics either, haha!! I have my 9w one up at work now and I just grin all day long!

Layne: Thank you so much for the prayers! I think time has actually slowed down this week... come on Tuesday... ;)

Colleen: Thank you for the prayers, as well. I know that everything is in God's hands and regardless of the outcome, everything WILL be just fine and we will make it through!

Laura: Haha, thank you! It is amazing the stories of read about the false positives, which is why I've decided to just not worry for now, well, at least to worry as little as possible ;)

Katie said...

How exciting to find out the sex soon! It's so much fun to finally call your little one a "he" or "she" :-) It's true, a lot of people get false positives. And you're totally right, it's in God's hands for sure!!

Tara said...

Just stumbled across your blog...Congratulations on your pregnancy! (Your baby bump is cute, btw!) I'm the mom of a cutie with Down syndrome and I totally support you in your desire to wait it out and refuse the amnio. 1:300 odds are very good that your baby has the typical 46 chromosomes, but even if he/she is chromosomally enhanced, you will be blessed beyond measure.

Also, our little guy has 47 chromosomes but was born "perfectly healthy". Ds doesn't automatically mean health issues.

Feel free to stop by my blog and contact me with any questions. Blessings!

Nici said...

Thank you so much for sharing! Your baby bump is just adorable.

I have been following your blog for a while now, and even mentioned you as one of my resources on my own blog:

A Sweet Journey to Motherhood

I am a Type 1 and 6 weeks pregnant and we recently had a scare with a possible problem detected in the first ultrasound. I am learning quickly to "try not to worry", but it is so hard!

Thanks again,

~Suzanne~ said...

Katie: Only about a day and a half's just killing us!! :)

Tara: Thank you for your comments! I've actually struggled with whether to put "healthy", etc. because I'm not that educated on DS and I know each child, like every other, is so different. I will definitely check out your blog. Your son is an absolutely precious little gift!!

Nici: Congrats to you!! Your blog is great! I am so happy you joined this great online support group and I can't wait to follow your story!!