Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Our First Glimpse at Baby #4

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Yesterday morning, we got to see our sweet baby for the very first time during my 18 week ultrasound!

Even though I have 3 other children, seeing this baby for the first time was just as amazing, and I immediately fell in love!

Our little sweet pea was incredibly active, and had us laughing through the ultrasound.  Legs were kicking, arms were being thrown, face was being covered, tongue kept sticking out, hands were opening and closing, fingers were grabbing toes, and it was rolling all over the place!  Every time the ultrasound tech attempted to get a profile picture, the baby would roll toward the pressure and stare at the camera! 

We got a glimpse at the less-than-1-inch foot that has been doing all the kicking lately.  I just love baby feet!

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The baby measured about a week ahead, which is no surprise considering I grow giants.  Somehow, through the months of throwing up, my babies grow, and grow well!   My belly measures 16 weeks, I'm technically 18.5 weeks, and the baby measures 19.5 weeks.

The baby looks "textbook perfect" in every way except for the fact that it has a small calcification in the left ventricle of the heart.   Which, apparently, Lily has as well.  That was news to us considering nobody ever told us!!!

While this can be a "soft marker" for down's syndrome, the baby had no other markers, and both the ultrasound tech and the doctor told us not to worry in any way.  They repeatedly assured us that they see this very frequently (about 10-20% of people have this and it does not affect them in any way).  It is not a heart defect, and it is common.  The doctor said that if this was his child, he would not even worry about it.

I truly am not worried, but my husband is!  He tends to be a worrier.  The risk of our baby having down's syndrome with just THIS marker is extremely low.  Actually, the risk of miscarrying if we chose to get further testing is MUCH higher. 

The fact that nobody even told us with Lily, and the fact that the doctor didn't press for further testing this time reassures me that it isn't a big deal! 

We did not find out the gender, and the baby's heart rate doesn't even allow me to guess.  Dylan's heart rate was in the 120's, Lily's was in the 170's, and this baby shares a heart rate of 142 with Lexie!  At one point, while the belly was being measured, the baby pulled up it's knees, and I thought I got a glimpse of girl parts, but I could be totally wrong!  For Grant and Dylan's sake, I'm just going to pretend that boy parts may have been hiding out somewhere!!!   We are excited to see if this baby joins team pink or team blue!

I plan to spend the next 4.5 months focusing on my perfect, sweet, active baby!!!  I can't wait to meet our little sweet pea!

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27 comments:

  1. That is so exciting! loved ultrasound apts :)

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  2. How exciting!! My husband is a worrier as well so I completely understand. I will be praying for comfort for your family as all is well :)

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  3. Those ultrasounds are amazing, I remember my 20 week one and it was the most surreal thing seeing that little baby on screen. I still don't know how you are able to wait to find out the gender, I'm far too impatient for that. haha.

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  4. So sweet! Love the little foot picture. Isn't it amazing what drs. don't tell you?! We had the same stuff with Owen and I worried the whole time. Some things are just better left unknown.

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  5. One of my twins had that on her heart and they told us the EXACT same thing- that it was a soft marker but not to worry. We didn't get any further testing done and she is completely fine! It is scary to hear though I know!

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  6. Very cute little one! I love the little feet. I think you are right not to worry, because it will be nothing! Just enjoy each little kick, right!?

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  7. I big puffy heart that little foot!

    I am going team pink. That was my initial with all 3 of you lovely pregnant ladies and I am sticking with it!

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  8. So , so happy for you and your family!

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  9. Love the pics! I had a soft marker for Down's with Griffin and everything else checked out just fine!

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  10. Love it. I love the sweet u/a pictures

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  11. Y'all have all got to stop with the baby stuff. My baby fever is out of control!

    JK!

    I love this post -- a simple reminder of why you go through it all, that perfect little person in your belly.

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  12. I loved, loved, loved seeing my babies' ultrasounds - and I don't think that is something that ever could be less thrilling no matter how many babies you have!

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  13. Congratulations!!!!! I LOVE to see ultrasounds pictures!! and the profile is so cutee!!! I now that everything is going to be just fine with this baby!!

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  14. So glad everything looks great! What a cutie pie!

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  15. There is nothing more amazing than seeing how that little miracle is growing. We will see say some prayers that it continues to be a healthy pregnancy!

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  16. Your little Sweet Pea is so cute!

    Praying for peace for both you and Grant - through all the medical aspects and any decisions. It's always hard to hear something that makes you want to worry - but I'm still praying for that peace! :)

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  17. I'm pretty sure seeing sonogram photos never gets old! Congrats again on baby #4;)

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  18. So very beautiful! Isn't it just amazing to see an ultrasound! What a miracle!!!

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  19. So sweet! I'm glad the baby looks great. Ultra sound appts are so fun!

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  20. Awesome!! No matter how many babies you have it is always such a special moment to see the first ultrasound.

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  21. How exciting for you and your family! It's so funny how all the predication calculators and old wives tales are to this day only 50% right but we still do them anyways:)Thanks for checking out my guide to cute boys clothing and I wish you a huge congratulations on your newest addition!
    -Shanna

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  22. Yay, can't wait to see what you have!! Don't you just love when they are moving around so much!! We have our appt. Tuesday, ours is growing big as well. I think it's funny how the guys are always the ones that worry. :)

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  23. Awww so cute! Thank you for sharing sissy! For sure she/he will be perfect.

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