Monday, April 12, 2010
Ultrasound.....the BIG one.
So last week we had our big ultrasound...bigger than normal. Since we have one heart baby the likelihood of having another is doubled. This fact makes me a bit nervous. We were in such shock when they told us about Bethany. It felt like someone punched me in the gut and I couldnt breathe for months. When we found out we were going to have another baby I got very scared. I dont know if I could go through that all over again. I already knew the odds of having another heart baby. So I told my doctor about everything and she said when we had our big ultra sound it would be BIG! We went to specialists who can look for defects. Now, when we talked with Bethany's cardiologist he told us her defect would probably not have been found. That shocked me a bit but also understandable. I guess what they look for is to make sure the baby has all 4 chambers of the heart. Well she does all 4 chambers...just one of them is funky and her valves were screwy. So then I got even more nervous. So we go to our BIG ultrasound. He allowed them to confirm it defintely is a boy (not shy at all). The blood flow in his brain and major arteries looked great. They saw all 4 chambers and the blood flow from and to his heart looked just as great. All this information has allowed me to relax a little more. So now I will tell you the numbers in the statics from above....1 in every 100 babies are born with a heart defect. There is a 2% chance of having a heart baby. It is not genetic. So if you double that we now have a 4-5% chance. When I was told 4-5% I was relieved. Even though are chances are "doubled", 4-5% is such a small number. Yes, the 2% was smaller but really, I cant complain. The odds are still in our favor! I now believe he is going to be a very healthy little boy. Now, again, time to worry about the name!
Hailey is in the 4th grade this year. I can't believe how big she is getting. She is really into science stuff. She loves anything about the universe and planets. She loves to experiment and figure things out. Hailey is a wonderful big sister. She loves helping out and taking care of her little sister. She can make her sister laugh more than anyone and is VERY protective. We are so proud of her.
Bethany just turned 2. She is a sassy little girl but I wouldnt have it any other way She is a tough girl. She loves her big sister so much. She loves to play with her and they have a lot of fun together. She is into Curious George and Super Why. She can count to 14 and say her ABC's. She eats EVERYTHING! You would never know this kid had to have heart surgery!