Awkward little bugger!

Yesterday I took the kids to Brayford Studios to meet their little brother. I don’t know if they were more excited about this or that of the promised Mc Donalds afterwards…

All we needed was for my dear little sausage to cooperate … Oh! well we knew that wasn’t going to happen now didn’t we?!!

Little one spent the entire time bent in 2 with arms and legs flailing about in front of him and chomping on the umbilical cord! The kids thought it was fab though and Travis still thinks it is hilarious that he could kick himself in the head! Even though we didn’t get any clear face pics we could see his chubby cheeks and the sonographer commented that he has my nose. He also listened to baby’s heart beat and said it was normal and nice and strong (the midwife said the same a few days ago) which is a relief considering it is getting squashed.

All in all, even though he looks most uncomfortable he seems very content in there.

 

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*cough* hasn’t got daddy’s short legs then :)

 

Chomping on the cord

Chomping on the cord

 

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Crazy swirly mass of limbs and cord!

Crazy swirly mass of limbs and cord!

 

What a week!

Without a shadow of a doubt this has been the worst week of my life!

Last Friday we went for our 4 weekly check up with the only fear of ‘what if the liver has moved up?’ well, it hasn’t, it is still where it should be! Instead we had a new development, baby’s head is now slightly ‘strawberry shaped’. A strawberry shaped head is a strong marker for Trisomy 18 (as are the CDH and kidney issues) that is 3 markers now for Trisomy 18. Trisomy 18 is a chromosome disorder where instead of having 2 of chromosome number 18 there are 3, the condition is usually referred to as being ‘incompatible with life’. Very few babys survive longer than 24 hours, if that, so basically it would be the end of the road…

We decided that we couldn’t leave that hanging over us and needed definite answers so we would go for the amnio, I would ring up on Monday and book it… completely bottled it Monday! so rang up Tuesday… “luckily” they had had a cancellation the next day.

So, there we were Wednesday morning, absolutely crapping myself, frantically practicing self hypnosis techniques that Sophie Fletcher has taught me so I could keep calm! “You will feel a little scratch” says Dr Alex… I feel a little scratch… “you will feel another little scratch” … OOF!!! Dr Alex plunges a dagger into my gut! … sorry, inserts a very fine needle into my uterus that felt just like a blood test… hmm.

We didn’t have to wait long for the results, 48 hours but it has felt like a bloody lifetime! And the good news is that they have come back clear for the 3 biggies including Trisomy 18!! Google ‘strawberry shaped head’ and see the pages and pages of Trisomy 18 websites that come up and you will see why I was so scared! … I know I shouldn’t Google… but I have to!!

The full results aren’t back for another 2 weeks and there is a slight chance of chromosome issues that cannot be picked up before birth, but I’m sure he said something like 95% are the 3 biggies, the Trisomys and they have been ruled out, thank goodness!

We also got a sneaky 3D look at him!

 

“He looks well pissed off! Just like me… I don’t need a DNA test now!”

- Daddy            

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