October 20, 2013

Our Precious Little Girl

I have been debating for quite a while if I should even write a post about this but, since I want this blog to be like a journal that our kids can look back on and read about our family I decided this needed to be in here.

Let me start back at the beginning I had my 20 week ultrasound where there were a few things that we were concerned about: 1) There was something that didn't look right with the skull, there was and extra line that they were not sure what it was.  2) The kidneys were dilated at the upper limit of normal.  3) The bowels were a little bright.  This lead us to get another ultrasound with a specialist 4 days later.  This ultrasound went a little better, we found out that there is nothing wrong with her head it was just the view that was distorted earlier.  The kidneys also looked and measured normal.  The bowels were the only issue and there were not echogenic but very close.  We were given a lot of options but we chose to just check on everything again in 2 weeks.  That next appointment the bowels looked brighter and qualified to be echogenic so we set up an appointment with a genetic councilor to get some blood work done. 

It was going to take up to 3 weeks to get all of our results back and so we were ready for a long wait, however a week later all of our results were back.  Everything came back normal except for the test checking for chromosomal abnormalities, it was positive for trisomy 21, Down Syndrome.  It was a big shock for everyone and something that we really didn't want to have to deal with but it was the situation we were in.  I think the emotional aspect is an entire different post.

Since we have found out I have had ultrasounds every 2 weeks along with our regular OB appointments and normal tests.  So that means I go to the doctors about once a week.

Our latest appointment with specialists was Monday and we went to go get an echo of her heart.  There was a 40% chance of her having a heart problem but everything looked great.  We also had an ultrasound with our OB specialist and everything is still the same as it was at 20 weeks, the bowels are really the only issue but things are not changing so that is a plus.  I get to go 3 weeks before I go back because things have not changed much.

This little girl has added a little more stress into our lives and some challenges but I'm sure adding another child always does.  We have grown to love her more and more every time we get to see her and we are very excited for her to be apart of our family.

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