Friday, December 21, 2007

Results are in...

I won't hold you in suspense any longer....the FiSH test results came in, and the baby is perfectly healthy, pending full amnio results.

We have perfect chromosomes 13, 18, & 21, and of course, X & Y. And yes, I'm having a BOY.

A healthy baby boy. Named Dinkypie, haha.

Okay, so I'll admit I'm a little scared, or maybe shocked, or maybe overwhelmed about the idea of having 3 Cotta boys, three wild, adventuresome, daredevil clones of their father. The two boys I have now, bear absolutely NO resemblance to me, none, except for the ADD. All of our friends and relatives agree that they look identical to my husband. Not one shred of me in them. Now my husband is always quick to say that they have my brains, and they are definitely absolutely brilliant and kind children, but I really have to share credit for personality and brains with him.

So now, I'm going to be a total narcissist and tell you that I really really hope that this kid looks a little bit like me, or is slightly less physically daredevil, or ummm, likes some of the same stuff I do, because damn it would be nice to have one other person on the planet who looks like me, or acts like me. I mean, there's no guarantee a girl would have looked like me or acted like me, right?

So maybe this baby could be the kid who won't run face first into walls for fun, right?


No, too much hubris showing, nevermind, shame on me. Getting over to my meeting with Dr.Placenta....he was very very nice.

And even though I went into BAMH's high risk clinic to meet him, nothing bad happened. For the first time ever, I walked into that hospital clinic, had an ultrasound, and didn't come out with a dead baby...a sign that my magical thinking is just that, magical thinking. So he did determine that my placenta has settled right over my fibroid, which considering my shitty history with retained placentas is a little unfortunate. Good news is that my placenta is getting lots of good blood flow and the arteries, etc, are all settled nicely around it and are not being blocked by it. Apparently, my blood flow is well established, and that doesn't always happen, which is one thing that happens when fibroids cause disasters with implantation, and women have miscarriages as a result. He says I'm not in danger of that, but, big but, I may have a problem at delivery, a severe problem of either placental abruption, (I had a partial with Mac), or placenta accreta, depending on the degree, which could be rather disastrous for the baby and for my poor battered uterus, which I'm rather attached to, and kind of want to keep.

The heparin and aspirin may have seriously changed the structure of my placenta for the better and done me a lot of good, and if that theory holds, I'll be fine, but he wants to see me again after my 18 week ultrasound and we'll keep checking it along with the other results. If it looks in anyway suspicious he'll be ordering an MRI and we'll get a better look. If I want it...

HAR, if he wanted to shove me into an Iron Maiden to save the baby I would do it. So ummm, duh, of course, I'll agree to it.

Off to a Christmas party now....the FiSH test is good news absolutely. Deserves some celebrating, I'm going to just roll with the placenta stuff at this point.


  1. I've been checking your blog in hopes of an update on the FISH and Doc Placenta all day, and am SO HAPPY you got such excellent news!

    As for the prospect of placenta accretia or abruption at delivery ... does it sound weird to say that with your history, a completely sunny report would sound suspiciously off, or like a bad omen?

    Seriously though, I'm keeping all fingers crossed on the placenta-attachment issue, and wishing you as worry-free a holiday as you can manage.

  2. I'm so happy for you that the FiSH results were good! Yeah, boys!

    Hoping you get all you wish for this holiday and much more in the new year!

  3. Great news on the FISH results! What a way to start the holidays!

  4. LOL At the "Iron Maiden!" damn you woman my kids are sleeping!
    Congrats on all the fantastic news.
    My faith in BAMH is ...... somewhat restored.
    At least I'm glad I sent placenta guy a christmas card.
    Was that 'may have seriously changed' the extent of his professional opinion about how you have busted your ass fighting for this kid?
    I'm glad he is planning to follow you and don't worry if they have to jam you into that MRI pregnant they do it sideways with pillow wedges. Or did you already know that?
    I feel like they have a hammer. Kwim?

  5. Wonderful FISH results! I hope you have a very happy evening and holiday season!

  6. Congrats, AC. That's wonderful news. Welcome to the other side ;-)

  7. fantastic news, what a relief! So glad to hear that all is ok.
    I can only imagine how much work three boys will be, but I bet you will love being the head of that pack, at least most of the time. I wish you could have had a living daughter, but I bet by teh time this baby arrives (and I hope you are feeling that he will arrive in a healthy state) you will be tres excited to be welcoming another son.

  8. So happy for you - what a nice Christmas present.

    Now, make sure that you - soon to be the very outnumbered girl in the house - get your own bathroom. You'll need the refuge!! (That's what my cousin who has three boys always says...)

  9. just caught up with your last few posts, and so am feeling anger and joy on your behalf. but maybe since there's enough anger floating around out there (and in here!) i'll focus on the joy. i'm so thrilled about the boy. so very very happy.

    my friend's third child turned out to be just like her. could be this time around is the charm.

    --carole (v4.0)

  10. Great news, Aurelia -- congratulations!

  11. Great news! I'm so happy for you!!! Glad you got to do the FiSH, I had to wait 3 weeks for the results...

    My brother has 5 kids, 4 of whom look exactly like him and only 1 who looks a lot like his wife (i.e., 4 blond-haired, blue-eyed kids & one dark with brown eyes). So... who knows? I definitely understand wanting to be able to see at least a little of yourself in your children. 2 of my girls look a lot like me.

  12. Horray! So happy for you. And yeah, roll with the placenta stuff and celebrate! :-)

  13. Great news. A boy! Well that's wonderful even if I couldn't have imagined it.

  14. Congrats on your baby BOY! We have 6 of them over here and love every minute of it!

  15. So, so happy for you.

    Okay, so what's wrong with me? I see boy and I wince? Do you think that I never got over not having a daughter? I swear I love my three boys, but.....

  16. YAAAAY for healthy chromosomes and a boy! (and I'm totally laughing at your boy named dinkypie. he needs a new name, stat.)

    I have no idea really about placenta stuff, but I'm still stoked for you that the boy is okay and healthy, and your placenta has developed pretty well.

  17. Yay for great great FiSH news!

    I am guessing your joking around is hiding the part where at some point you will have to grieve not getting to raise a daughter. But I am sure you will cross that bridge when you get there. A healthy baby boy is indeed a great thing. As is a healthy placenta for said baby boy. Yay!

  18. a healthy baby boy. that IS wonderful news. Congratulations :)

  19. That is fantastic!

    And I can understand about wanting someone in the house who shares your interests. And I totally get the running into walls for fun thing... I have two of those too. But, as I know you already know, it will be wonderful and you will never be able to imagine your life without that little guy.

    I'll be keeping you in my thoughts while we are away for Christmas.

  20. So very, very, VERY happy for you!


  21. Yay! I'm beyond thrilled for youl.

    And (which I never, never do, but, just for you, I'm breaking my vow of silence) having a little mini-me is trying in its own special way.

  22. Yay!!

    As you already know, boys love their moms in a way that girls just don't. Whether he looks like you or not, you're lucky that he'll love you in just that way.