Monday, February 26, 2007

The Universe Tends to Unfold As It Should

I know I have said this before, but it's so true. Warning, no actual knitting content ahead; instead I have lots of personal content for this entry. So, if you are only here for the knitting, be advised, it will return soon. Instead, this post is about the baby.

I am currently at 20 weeks and officially into the homestretch. Yahoo. And, now I can finally relax. At 14 weeks, we opted to do a routine (but optional) scan called a Nuchal Translucency where you go in to an accredited centre and they measure the fold of skin at the back of the baby's neck (called the nuchal fold) and the results are analyzed to determine if there are any markers present for chromosomal defects. Turns out the higher (or larger) this measurement, the higher correlation for scary things like Trisomy 13 (not compatible with life) , 18 (also not compatible with life), and 21 (Downs syndrome). Big scary stuff. Turns out, ours was very high. Like in the 95 percentile. They start to get concerned about anything over the 50 percentile. So, we met with the genetic counsellor and they gave us several options. Wait and do nothing. Right. Have another screening test which is non-invasive, but not necessarily conclusive. Right. Or, have an amnio. We choose the amnio and the results just came in.

Everything is fine!!

Now, the other great thing about this (other than the fact that we can stop holding our breath, start decorating, and stop preparing Bunny for the fact that she may never have a sibling) is that if we wanted to, we could find out conclusively what sex the baby is. Anytime I want to call, they can give me a 100% accurate answer as to whether we are on the blue or pink team. But, I don't want to know. Husband does. I am in charge. They won't tell him unless I give the go ahead and I think its driving him nuts. Heh.

So, the bottom line is that everything can really begin. We can get excited. We can start to decorate. And we can tell Bunny that she will have a brother or sister. Yahoo.

7 comments:

GRANNY said...

I enjoyed reading your blog.
LOVE,
GRANNY

Big Knitter & Little Knitter said...

Congratulations on your wonderful news. I am a mother of 3 and grandmother of 3 and can really empathize with how worried you have felt. Now you can enjoy the next 20 weeks until the big event. Best of luck! Trish from Tucson, Arizona (US)

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