Friday, December 14, 2007

A day for exclamations!

Updated: I had a confusing typo now italicized below, whoopsie...all fixed, never mind.

So first piece of good news, see my previous post. (Go on, scroll down and click over to say congrats...I'll wait until you click back.)

And the second piece of good news? I had my 14 week anatomy scan today, and it went very very well!!!

(For those of you wondering, traditionally the full anatomy scan is done at 18-20 weeks, but the clarity of ultrasound machines is so advanced these days that it is possible to see most of the organs and placenta and check the function at 14 weeks, especially if they use transvaginal for the test. A really big reassurance for high-risk women like me, or any woman who has had a bad first trimester screen result and has to wait for amnio & results.)

We got a perfect clear result for the stomach, liver, kidneys, bladder, spine, femur bone measurement, feet, long bones of the hands, lungs, heart, eyes, nasal bone, facial and skull measurements, eyes, ears, and brain (good for 14.5 weeks, needs to be rechecked later since it is still developing).

The Doctor was able to do a doppler check on the placenta and umbilical cord, and all of my uterine areteries. And they were absolutely PERFECT!!! Weeeeeeeee! My uterine arterial pulsatility index was nice and low, just like it should be. And all the blood was flowing perfectly, no sign of clotting or constricted arteries.

We also got a pretty clear view of a cute little butt, and yes, the genitalia. The Doctor refused to say definitely, since things can be rather swelled up and indistinct at this point, but Mr. Cotta decided it was a boy! Yeah, Dinkypie is sooooo going to hate his nickname if this is true. We won't know for sure until the amnio result. I have kind of mixed feelings about this, btw. Girls are more likely than boys to survive until birth, since they have double XX chromosomes, sort of like a built in backup system, like the Klingons. But my body seems to do better job of keeping male fetuses alive and offing the female ones, so maybe it's safer for me to gestate boys, not girls? I kind of hate thinking of it this way. Sigh.....of course, this also leads to me wondering what would've happened if I'd taken heparin and baby aspirin while I was pregnant with Georgia. Would I have a 3 year old right now? Something I'll never know for sure. But, hey, on the bright side, I know how to raise boys and I have lots of boy clothes and enough toys to create my own construction site. So, Mr.Cotta can't complain that we'll be spending money on girl stuff, right? On the other hand, I do like shopping....what the hell, maybe I'll buy some new stuff anyway.

So toodles, I'm feeling kind of weird right now, like hopeful, which IS very very odd for me. An emotion I'm not used to. Not quite sure what to do with it. I'm sure I'll be back to insane and paranoid next week, just like usual, hehe. Wednesday is my amniocentesis. I'm having it done by my OB at my women's hospital, just because they can and I'm feeling comfortable with that, and best of all I won't have to miss the boys concert! Yayyyyy. And that also means that I can expect to get the results of the Fish test by Friday.

23 comments:

  1. That is great news. Happy weekend, indeed.

    And if it is a boy? You need your own, very own, bathroom. Tell Mr. Cotta.

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  2. What awesome news to get early in the game. I've had a few mixed emotions as well regarding the sex of another child, but as you said, we got the boy-part figured (somewhat) out.

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  3. Yaaaay!!!! It IS a day for good news! Congrats... and I think you deserve to go shopping whether it's a girl or another boy.

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  4. phew, what a wonderful relief. Re the gender thing, I don't know how I'd feel in your shoes, but you seem to be handling it beautifully, as always.

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  5. good stuff.
    you are freakin me out with the science though.
    Here's to a healthy fish test.

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  7. i love good news!! Yay!!! Congrats!

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  8. I read with interest about the girl vs boys survival. I have lost 4, all girls, yet carried 2 boys to term. I often have the "I wonder if" thoughts too.

    Glad things are going great for you all :)

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  9. YAY! So happy for the good news!

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  10. Best news I've heard in a very long time.

    I am disgustingly happy for you!

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  11. Great news!!!!! I'm so excited for you!

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  12. Glad to hear that, at least temporarily, a little hopefulness is creeping in.

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  13. Woohoo! What fabulous news! I'm sooo happy for you!

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  14. awesome news!!!!! congratulations

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  15. Congratulations my friend!!!! You so deserve to feel hopeful and positive.

    OK, now I need your advice. Please bop on over to my most recent post and give as much advice as possible. I'm terribly worried.

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  16. So glad to hear everything looks great! And glad to hear that you got to feel a little hope, too. Keeping my fingers crossed for nothing but good news from here on!

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