Well, this Valentines Day was a lot different than last years. It started out such a great morning. I woke up early and started baking like crazy! I made a little chocolate cake, sugar and chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate covered strawberries. I even took the time to make sure the chocolate covered strawberries looked professional. I was so proud of myself! Needless to say, Skyler was SPOILED! :)
Valentines Day 2011
I had a doctors appointment that afternoon so I went to my appointment while Skyler hurried to run his meeting for work. We decided that since this wasn't an "important" doctors appointment, Skyler didn't have to be there. The doctor went over my results from our 22 week ultrasound and told me that our baby has SUA. At first I was really confused and didn't really understand what that meant. SUA is when the babies umbilical cord only has two vessels instead of three. She gave me information on it and this is what it said,
"Although SUA may occur alone (isolated) in some cases, SUA may be associated with a collection of other findings that suggest a specific disorder (syndrome). When SUA is found on an ultrasound examination a search for abnormalities of the heart, gastrointestinal tract, brain, urinary tract, and bones will usually be performed to evaluate the baby for other possible abnormalities [4-7].
If additional abnormalities are found there may be as high as a 50% chance that the baby has a chromosomal
abnormality including trisomy 13 or trisomy 18 . Another condition that has been associated frequently with SUA is VATER association (vertebral defects, anal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistula with esophageal atresia, and radial dysplasia). Down syndrome has not commonly been associated with SUA [5,8-10]
If SUA is the only finding and there are no other findings on ultrasound examination the risk of a chromosomal abnormality appears to be very low (0 to 2.6%) [8,10-12]. Nonetheless an amniocentesis may sometimes be offered for further evaluation, since additional findings in some syndromes may go undetected until after delivery."
Of course I started freaking out when I read this. Just a couple days before I was looking at our baby boy on an ultrasound and falling in love with him even more. I already loved him so much and to think of anything bad happening to him terrified me. The doctor told me that I needed to go in for a level 2 ultrasound to make sure his organs were working properly and that there was nothing wrong or abnormal with the baby. She said not to worry and that it was probably nothing, but I still left the appointment completely distraught and called Skyler crying. I came home to Skyler who had tons of flowers for me, and he made me feel so much better. We said a prayer together and after that I knew that everything would be ok. Under the circumstances we decided instead of going out to dinner that night; we would stay home, relax, and watch a movie. Just what we needed.
(his foot is clear up by his face on the left, and he's holding it in his hand)
Today we went in for the level 2 ultrasound. Although I was nervous, I couldn't help but oogle over our little boy. Isn't he already so CUTE!? Because this ultrasound was a lot more in depth;I got to see him in 4D, and my goodness he looks a lot like his daddy! She checked everything and he looks totally perfect and is growing at a good rate, but they noticed a white dot on his heart called a echogenic focus. They said its usually nothing to worry about, but its also a sign of down syndrome. SO I went in for genetic testing to see if that's something we should even worry about. I get the results on Friday, so cross your fingers everything is good! I guess the worrying has just begun, and i've already become a worrying mom! No matter what though, I will love my little boy and he will always be perfect to me. :)
Skyler and I did get to have our Valentines dinner together. He took me to ZELO in downtown Minneapolis yesterday, and it was phenomenal! Probably the best Italian I have ever had. I am so grateful for my husband, and am one very lucky girl to have him as my valentine every year. He makes me so happy and I know he will be an amazing dad. I am in love with you Skyler Wayne Dyer. We have our ups and downs, but I am always reminded that marrying you was the best decision I have ever made!