Friday, January 24, 2014

12 Week Ultrasound!

 This past week I am 12 weeks along and had my first ultrasound by my high risk OB.  Due to the fact I am 35 and will be 36 upon due date, as well as being on medications I am considered high risk.  One benefit of being high risk, if there is any is that I get more ultrasounds and even one as early as 12 weeks.  It was amazing how much our little munchkin has grown over four weeks, from a little collection of cells to a distinguishable baby.
Charlie and I were amazed at the little fingers and at one point saw a thumbs up, how cool!  The baby decided to flip face down during the entire ultrasound giving the technician difficulty in doing measurements, especially the neck which is taken to determine if there is an indication of Down Syndrome.  The technician tried to push and tap the baby with the ultrasound wand to make it flip on its back, but already this little one is as stubborn as his or her sister and wouldn't budge.  But, measurements were taken and everything looks great!  The babies size is right on track and everything looks perfectly normal.
This pic is the profile of the babies back, the spine is the two lines going down the middle.  So happy to see our little one, since I was not high risk with O we never got to see her this itty bitty.  It is simply a miracle such a small little being is thriving inside of me.  I can't tell you how blessed I feel to be this little ones Mommy and the love I feel for him or her.
At the high risk OB appointment we also saw a genetic counselor who tried to sell us on a plethora of different testings like Chromosomal Deformities, Aminio, CVS, MMS, Fragile X Syndrome, and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  We felt like we talking to a cars salesmen trying to sell us on all these testing methods to see if our baby has anything wrong.  The only test we are allowing is the Harmony, which is a blood test that looks at the babies chromosomes, which are floating in my blood.  It blows my mind that the babies DNA is in my blood!  The Harmony tests three different chromosomal deformities, such as Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome, Patau Syndrome, as well as the X Y chromosomes.  This means that in about ten days we should know with 99% accuracy if we are having a boy or girl!  Technological advances and what they are able to find out just through my blood boggles my mind!  Honestly I am not worried about any chromosomal deformities, and if there was any I would never abort a baby, but if there is an issue it would be good to know so we could prepare.  Becoming a parent is an exciting, but at the same time scary adventure.

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