Life Lately

Where to begin?  I guess I will cut to the chase and just announce that we are expecting baby #3 this winter!  We are super excited and cannot wait to meet HER!  That's right...we already found out the gender.  We had a bit of a scare this pregnancy because I tested positive (1:86) chance for Downs during my second trimester screening.  We were actually in Hilton Head on vacation and I got a call from my OB's cell phone on the way to dinner.  He explained that he already made an appointment for the next day and I needed to come back to have a level 2 ultrasound.  So we did and during this ultrasound they found a few soft markers.  Baby girl has a sandal gap, an echogenic intracardiac focus, and a small nasal bone.  All of these things happen in normal pregnancies, but seeing them combined with my blood work they increased my risk to 1:40.  Matt and I decided to move forward with amniocentesis and I cannot put into words how much stress and anxiety it caused waiting for those results.  It was a brutal two days, but Matt was beyond amazing since I couldn't lift either kid or carry much at the beach.  Luckily we found out she was healthy and the genetic counselor asked if we wanted to know the gender and I couldn't resist.  I did not want anymore surprises.  Plus deep down I think I didn't want to know the gender because I didn't want to bond with this baby until I was further along because of the miscarriage last fall.  I haven't spoke of this on here because it has been too painful, but I had one spot of blood at 9 weeks and went in for an ultrasound and found out the baby had passed 10 days earlier.  Life changing.   Seeing an ultrasound like that is something no one should have to do.  We decided to have a D&C because my sister-in-law was getting married days later which honestly sucked.  All you want to do after that is to be alone and eat your feelings and here I was in a wedding and trying to smile.  I LOOOVVE my sister-in-law to death, but the timing couldn't have been worse.  It was a beautiful wedding and seeing my little girl as the flower girl was a lot of fun, so maybe it was a bit of a distraction as well.  If anything I learned from that experience how much of a gift even having a child really is.  Not that I didn't know that before, but it really made me grateful to already be a Mom.

I plan on doing weekly updates as best as I can with this baby because I really enjoy looking and comparing my other two pregnancies.  Stay tuned!

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