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Friday, March 03, 2006
It's just a 'soft marker'
Went to the ultrasound yesterday and found that the baby is younger than we thought... only 16.5 weeks rather than 18 weeks. Darn it. It may seem like only a week and a half, but lest ye forget that I am the most impatient person. I'd be happy having the baby now, thankyouverymuch. The baby was also very bashful and wouldn't show us his/her goods, so we're still calling it an 'it'. I'm still thinking it's going to be a girl.

Also found that there was a bright spot on the baby's heart. This can mean nothing, or it can mean that the baby has Down's Syndrome. That one threw me for a loop. I went today for some bloodwork and I will be going to another ultrasound in two weeks. The bloodwork will be back in time for my doctor's appointment next week. I refuse to Google "bright spot heart ultrasound" because I know the results are scary. The Maternal Serum Screen cannot even say difinitively if the baby has a chromosomal abnormality or not. It only states whether or not you have an increased risk. Helpful.

The doctor who reviewed the ultrasound photos of the alien baby was all very reassuring. Despite the fact that they haul you into a little room with a cushy little chair that you know right away is there in case you curl up into the fetal position. Major Man was there but he didn't really hear what was being said... it was odd, he heard, but then when we were discussing what was the doctor had said he had some weird interpretation that made me think he'd heard Down's Syndrome and stopped really listening.

I'd like to be able to just work but what I really want is to just sleep.
  The Writing Mother
  posted at 11:26 AM
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2 Comments:
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Shelley said...

Hang in there Heather. I'm sure you'll have the strength and grace to handle whatever comes along.

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger RNP said...

Soft markers can mean any number of things-try not to be too overwhelmed by this now. If it turns out that you need to prepare for the birth of a child with Down syndrome.If you need a bit of reassurance that having this diagnosis is not the end of the world, please check out my blog.I have plenty of links to resources and blogs of parents with children with DS.

My littlest girl has DS. She is the primary focus of my blog.

 

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