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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Weekend wrap-up

At our last ultrasound, we discovered that the cyst that was on the baby's brain is gone. We thanked God and settled in for some more ultrasound watching... enter Dr. Evil.

After the visit, the hospital's doctor came in and ruined our good news. He told us that the baby's cord only has two "ports" or "ventricles" instead of the normal three. Typically the umbilical cord has two arteries and a vein. We only have one of each. Dr. Evil then proceeded to ridicule us for not having done any of the diagnostic genetic bloodwork such as the AFP test, or an amniocentisis. We had declined them both because there was not a damn thing we were going to do if the baby had any deficiencies anyway. So he told us because of this genetic defect, there could be others such as Down's, heart problems, kidney problems, or cleft lips. He recommended we have the amnio.

Too bad for you Doc, because we're not doing it. Our baby is going to be just fine and we know God won't give us more than we can handle anyways.

A couple days after that, we had a regular checkup with my doc and he put things in a better prospective. He wasn't so worried and told us that it was Dr. Evil's job to give us the worst case scenario.

What this does mean for us is monthly ultrasounds to make sure the baby is getting enough nutrients and growing properly. If not, they will take her by c-section. Immediately. As in, no waiting until 9 months. Now. Scary stuff. He also said no falling or bumping my belly too hard because I would have to go to the hospital to be monitored. Today we are 23 weeks, almost 6 months along. It's amazing to us everyday that we've even gotten this far. The next ultrasound is one to hear the baby's heart and it will also be 4D. Which means we should be able to see very clearly the baby's face. We can't wait.

We have painted the nursery and set up the crib and completed a registry. We are planning baby showers and have bought Isabella's first outfit she'll wear home from the hospital. It's unbelievable how this baby has already changed our lives. We just can't wait to hold her in our arms. :)

In other news, iron pills are not my friend and anemia be damned I'm not taking them anymore. I spent last night tossing and turning with horrible stomach pain because of them. I've now boycotted them.

And my next checkup is the diabetes testing with the sugar water. Yummy. Nasty orange sugar drink-here I come!


  • At 6:15 PM, Anonymous daisy said…

    Do you drink ice tea? I was told when I tried to donate blood and was anemic to not drink ice tea with meals as it does something to the nutrients of the food. I could dring it otherwise, just not with food.

  • At 7:47 AM, Blogger Dazed said…

    I'm so glad to hear that the cyst has gone away, I've been checking your site everyday for updates!

    You are ahead of us, we're going to register next weekend, I cant wait to pick stuff out!!!

    Ditto on the iced tea comment above, when I got turned down to donate blood due to anemia, they told me to cut out the iced tea (it was summer, I was thirsty!) and bam...back to normal, mostly.

  • At 8:25 PM, Blogger Denise said…

    To heck with Dr. Evil - he doesn't know Isaballa at all, nor you nor Aaron. Love can move mountains and you'll all be just fine!

  • At 1:14 AM, Blogger Lunasea said…

    Wow - glad the cyst is gone! I hated iron pills too - a bowl of Total in the morning worked fine and I didn't need them anymore. Good luck!

  • At 2:08 AM, Blogger Tuna Girl said…

    I hated those darn iron pills with my first pregnancy. With my second, the doctor scoffed and said that most people don't even need them. I swear they made my poop green. ;-)

    I'll be keeping you guys in my heart and thinking healthy baby thoughts.

  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger bek said…

    I too took the iron pills with Justin, but not with Ryan. Ryan did have to undergo some unnecessary bloodwork for his first nine months of life because they thought he was anemic (I'm guessing because I didn't take the vitamins). He was just SMALL! Both proved to be healthy; with AND without the vitamins.

    We declined the amnios both times - for the same reasons as you are. You and your family are in my prayers. Time is flying!!

  • At 8:26 PM, Blogger Shannin said…

    I continue to think good thoughts for you, Aaron and Isabella. I know Dr. Evil needed to present the worst case scenarios but there is a difference between that and freaking new parents out.

    I can't believe it's 6 months. Time does fly...


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