Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Referred to a Fetal Specialist

Last Monday I got a call saying my blood test came back with a 1 in 266 chance of Spina Bifida and a 1 in133 for other open neural tube defects.

I was very upset by the news and had to take the day off of work because I became a crying mess.  I think I would have been okay if the doctor didn't say: "We can do additional testings and see if you want to continue the pregnancy."

Continue my pregnancy...   wait,  WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Did he just tell me, "Your blood test was a little off, so you may want to kill your baby."

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I WAS SO MAD!!!  

He also said I needed to schedule amniocentesis or a diagnositic ultrasound so we can learn for sure if our child does have a birth defect.

Knowing the risks posed by amniocentesis I asked for the Ultrasound... but when we went in the baby was not cooperating, so they could not see if the markers for Spina Bifida were there.

I was then referred to "Maternal-Fetal Specialists" who specialize in high-risk pregnancy and birth defects. 

There is a 99% chance that my test was a false positive and the baby is healthy. 

All testing to this point has also said the baby is fine and developing right on target.

So we went to the specialists to have a super high-res diagnostic ultrasound -- and again they could not see what they needed too!!!!  But what they could see looks NORMAL.

So we will go back on the 15th of July, when the baby will be bigger and hopefully in the right position for them to look.

Baby and I do not need this stress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wisconsin Wedding this Weekend!

Aaron and I are in his brother's wedding this weekend!

We are flying NON-STOP direct from Atlanta, GA to Madison, WI. 

We arrive Friday night about 8:15 PM CDT then get our rental car and check into the hotel.

The Wedding is at 2 PM on Saturday. 
I hope I can spend time with my mom and sisters Saturday morning beforehand!!!

Then before the rooster crows on Sunday -- Aaron and I are flying back to Georgia.

It sucks that we cannot stay longer, but we both have such limited paid time off. 
And we are trying to horde it for when the baby arrives.

I love my family, but I need to get SOME income while on Maternity leave!

I want to take the full 12 weeks off, but so much of that will be unpaid unless I scrimp and save every hour I can get!

12 weeks is 60 days of work.   60 days at 8 hours a day is 480 hours.

We are saving money now in preparation for the time off without pay.

After the 12 weeks is up and I return to work (that is the plan) we hope to hire a nanny.

I thought about quitting my job and being a stay at home mom, but it is better financially for us if I keep working.

I want to breastfeed but I can pump.  When I go back to work the baby will still have my milk... just not from the source. ;)