Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A breath of fresh air.

You know how when you go to a theme park and ride the roller coaster with all of the loops and huge hills, you feel as though you left your stomach at the top of the first drop? And then you finally feel it coming back to you as the ride slowly makes its last curve at the end of the ride? That's about where I am right now and I can not wait until the harness lifts up and I can run to the exit.

Before we got our fetal MRI results back, I got a phone call from the receptionist at a pediatric neurologist up in Lebanon where we had the test done. I had received no phone call saying that we were being referred to the neurologist, so naturally I freaked out and they weren't able to give me any information over the phone. We were able to set up an appointment with the neurologist the next day so thankfully we didn't have to wait long for our results.

Some doctors LOVE to beat around the bush when delivering any kind of news, while inside you are screaming "JUST TELL ME ALREADY". Bless this doctor's heart, the first thing he said to us was that there were NO signs of anything else wrong in Brady's brain. The ventricles are still mildly enlarged, but since that is the only red flag we are in a great spot. I will have a few more ultrasounds before he's born to make sure they don't get any bigger, but we should be in the clear.
For the first time since we strapped ourselves into this this roller coaster ride, I was able to cry tears of relief, rather than the tears of fear and uncertainty that had made it's way down my cheeks way too many times this pregnancy. I am finally able to breathe.

In other news, I passed my gestational diabetes test, which was great news! My iron is low and they have me taking supplements for that. It would definitely explain why I have felt more tired than usual. I'm also down to biweekly appointments! It's always exciting when your appointments get closer together. We are nearing the end! I officially have all of the worksheets and paperwork for the hospital, a prescription for my breast pump, and papers have been signed for a tubal litigation after my c-section. I'm finally confident in saying that I am completely okay with being done having babies. This pregnancy has done a number on me emotionally, and we are happy with 3 kids.
I will do a photo update soon! Brady's nursery is almost done. I have a few DIY projects I plan on doing this week/weekend for both his and the girls' rooms, so I will be doing room tours eventually :)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Thoughts & prayers!

So we are all moved in to our new house! We moved this past weekend and are just about unpacked. I can’t wait to do a house tour when everything is set up and decorated! This weekend we will be finishing up the girls’ room and starting on Brady’s nursery. It has been kind of a catch-all for everything that doesn’t have a spot so that room will probably take the longest. I’m excited to start picking up pieces for it, though!

I can’t believe there are only about 12 weeks left of my pregnancy. I have about 86 days left until my c-section (we don’t have a set date yet, but I will be 39 weeks over Memorial Day weekend so it just depends on when my doctor is on the schedule). I have been trying to enjoy these weeks as this will be my last pregnancy, but we have been going through a lot.

I mentioned how Brady was at an increased risk for Down’s syndrome, but that the Harmony test came back as there being a .001% chance of him being born with it. We thought all was fine and dandy until it came time for my 20 week anatomy scan. They found a spot on his heart that I had to have re-checked at a specialist’s office. So off we went and when we got the ultrasound done, it turns out the spot was just a calcification that cleared up. But… the left ventricle in his brain is enlarged.
I had never heard of this happening before so naturally I freaked out. They didn’t seem concerned and says it will usually resolve itself. I scheduled another ultrasound for a month later, which ended up being last week. I had been praying on good news every night for the last month, but the ultrasound detected zero change. (Which I guess can also be a good thing, because at least it hasn’t gotten any bigger). We had to schedule an MRI in either Boston, MA or Lebanon, NH – both locations have hospitals that specialize in fetal MRIs – and where we went depended on who could get us in faster. Our fetal MRI is scheduled for Wednesday night up in Lebanon (we were hoping for Boston since it’s half the commute – but we wanted this done as quickly as possible so we could have some answers) so we will be making the 2 hour drive while my sister watches the girls.

Please keep us in your thoughts & prayers! We have been sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for some kind of answer.