Screening Tests!

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I realized after I completed my last post, I didn’t tell you my due date!  Well, here it is: July 30.  The ultrasound revealed that I was pregnant with 1 baby.

Alright, moving on to screening tests.  Oh ya, I forgot to mention that on January 1st, my insurance changed making it necessary for me to find an OB/GYN.  I searched and got information from family and friends.  I wanted someone nearby but that option was not available.  I didn’t prefer having to drive to town but it was better than the doctor that was only available every Tuesdays.  Plus, starting a job, I didn’t have time to take off nor did I want to take unpaid leave.  I was looking for a doctor that was available on the weekends as well.  So, we decided to see on of my sister-in-laws OB in town.

At my first appointment, the nurse asked me a lot of questions and I filled out some questionnaire as well.  When I met with the doctor, we went over all the information and he asked if I wanted to participate in a screening.  I told him that it didn’t matter because either way, we would be keeping the baby.  The choice was up to me.  So, I agreed to complete the screening.  I thought it was only one but as we talked about it more, I understood that it was 2 screenings.  He gave me the time frames for when they’re completed and then said he would send a requisition to Queens Medical Center (QMC) because they do the screenings.  I agreed and that was it.  I left and had lunch with my husband.  While we were eating I got a call from QMC to schedule my 1st screening.  I was really surprised at the  prompt response, very impressive.  I scheduled my first screening.

First Screening

I really wish I could remember the names of the screenings but I can’t.  All I know is the first screening was an ultrasound and blood work for down syndrome.  I completed it at 11 weeks, almost 12 weeks.  I thought everything went well.  It was pretty cool that I had my own bathroom, adjustable lighting, and a curtain for privacy.  Also, the jelly they use for the ultrasound was in a warmer.  Lol.  It was thoughtful, rather than it be cold.  I liked the fact that the technician gave me a USB to put all the ultrasound pictures on.  She reminded me to bring the USB to the second screening as well.  Having the USB is really cool and quite up-to-speed with the technology available now.  I’m grateful to have that, in addition to the 8 pictures the technician put on it.  Also, the technician printed out all the pictures she placed on the USB and gave them to me before I left.  I remember her telling me that now I will have the pictures forever and I can put them on facebook or wherever.  I told her her I was happy to have them but probably won’t be placing it on facebook.  Lol.

A week or 2 after my first screening, my OB/GYN called and shared the results of the first screening.  He explained that I was low risk.  Phew, that was a relief.  After all we experienced trying to become pregnant, I figured I wouldn’t get too much relief when I actually got pregnant.  So, hearing the doctor tell me the results showed I was low risk, was awesome.  I was so relieved and at the same time, still not convinced that my pregnancy would be smooth sailing.  Nevertheless, I was grateful.

Second Screening

At my second screening, my husband came with me.  It was around week 18-19.  I knew this screening would be looking at the physical development of our baby.  For instance, a cleft lip.  Also, the screening looked at kidney function, blood flow through the heart, the blood flow from the umbilical cord to the baby, etc.  I gave the technician my USB and she loaded the pictures on it.  It was so interesting to me to watch the things she looked for.  One of the coolest things I saw was my baby’s nose and lips.  I know you may be wondering why I think that’s so cool, but I find it neat.  I knew she was looking for any physical concerns like a cleft lip.  This was the 3rd ultrasound I’ve had during my pregnancy and it was neat to see the growth.  But seeing my baby’s nose and lips was cool because at that point I knew our baby was still very small but the technician could zoom in for a closer look, something that would not have been as successful in previous ultrasounds, for obvious reasons.  Of course, there are a lot of cool things to see during an ultrasound.  I remember while my ultrasound was going on that the lab technician came in and drew my blood.  Either she was really good or I was too focused on the ultrasound to feel anything.  Lol.  I think she was good because she drew my blood from a different arm and found my vein right away.

Towards the end of the ultrasound, the technician asked if we wanted to know the gender of our baby.  I told her we did and then she proceeded to move the probe all over my stomach.  She did mention that she would try her best.  I knew that meant cooperation from the baby would be necessary.  Lol.  As we looked at the screen, it didn’t take long for her to scan our baby’s gender.  The technician said, “Well that’s pretty obvious, no questions there.”  I tried not to bust out laughing, instead I let out a little chuckle.  I immediately turned and looked at my husband.  We smiled and then I looked back at the screen.  We’re having a BOY!!

At the end of our ultrasound, the technician wanted to try the 3D probe.  We agreed.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with the 3D probe, it’s a little more rounded with something that looks like a ping pong ball at the tip.  Not sure if that helps.  The 3D probe was quite entertaining for us.  The technician tried so hard to get a good picture but our baby didn’t make it easy for her.  Each time she got a good view, he would move his hand and block his face.  We just laughed.  She printed pictures for us, 11 pictures to be exact.  Soon after, we left.

I was relieved, not because we’re having a boy, but because we were able to find out the gender of our baby. For my husband and I, we didn’t have a preference.  You know, when you wait so long (or what feels like so long) you take what the Lord gives you/trusts you with.  I was also relieved to be able to refer to my baby with a gender.  I read that it’s important to talk to your baby early in pregnancy and all this time, I’ve referred to the baby as it or baby.  Now I could say he!  Lol.  It seems so minor but it was definitely a relief for me. 🙂

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Our First Ultrasound

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Thinking back on our first ultrasound, I have to take you back to December 2012.  I remember it like it was just recently.  Prior to our first ultrasound, we discussed the best time to share the news of our pregnancy, with our families (immediate).  It was actually harder than I thought, but we both knew they would be happy whenever we told them.  Of course, there’s the first trimester risk for miscarriage.  That weighed heavy on me because I knew my mom experienced miscarriage, which meant that I could too.  My husband would remind me to “take it easy” and most of the time, refused to let me lift things.  I know he was just being cautious and it was his way of supporting me.  It was difficult for me, at times, because I wanted to do things.  Also, we didn’t want to tell our family too early.  Hope that makes sense.

When we discussed when to share the news with our family, we decided on 2 options…Christmas or New Year’s.  We ended up choosing New Year’s because of the date of our first ultrasound.  Our ultrasound was in between both days, which made our decision easier.  Although I wasn’t quite at 12 weeks, New Year’s made the most sense and we would have evidence to show – our ultrasound.

The purpose of our first ultrasound was to determine a due date by taking appropriate measurements.  So, that’s what happened.  I remember seeing a side profile of our baby and being simply amazed.  I didn’t have any words, nor could I believe that baby was inside of me!  I think my heart skipped a beat, or 2.  It was SO cool and very interesting to view.  It was awesome.  At that point, I couldn’t wonder about being pregnant, I had evidence!  We received 2 pictures from our ultrasound.

After our ultrasound we talked about how we would tell our families.  Hmm.  New Year’s Eve is my sister-in-law’s birthday and we spend it with my family.  We have a tradition of making toasts at midnight with sparkling cider.  Our toasts are pretty much resolutions for the new year and/or something we’re looking forward to in the new year.  We go in order according to age, oldest to youngest, starting with my dad.  Oh ya, we make 2 toasts each, so we waited until the 2nd round to say our clever toast.  Also, after each person says something, we lightly tap our glasses together.  When it was our turn, we decided I would say, “to our little baby” and then my husband would follow up with, “to a healthy pregnancy.”  We would see how this would go!

In sharing the news with my husband’s family, we decided that he would call his parents before midnight and then send texts to his siblings at midnight.  So, during the evening my husband went outside to call his parents.  He went outside so no one else would hear before it was time to toast.  🙂

Midnight approached and it was time for our toasts.  My husband came inside after talking with my in-laws but he wasn’t able to talk to me about it because of the timing of things.  Then he told me his phone died.  He used up his battery and needed to use my phone to send the texts.  He tried at least 3 times to send the texts with the picture but it wouldn’t sent.  Lol.  So he ended up sending the texts and emailing the ultrasound picture.  He later told me that he had to do the same thing with his parents.  The picture wouldn’t send.  Lol.  I should have known that was a foreshadowing of things to come.

The glasses were ready and filled with cider.  Everyone made their toasts and we completed the first round.  The second round came and it was our turn to go.  I went first, because yes, I’m a few months older than my husband, only months.  Lol.  I said, “to our little baby.”  We all tapped our glasses and took a sip of cider.  Then my husband went, “to a healthy pregnancy” and the same thing happened.  We were about to move to my nephew when my dad leaned over to my mom and said, “did I hear that right?”  My mom confirmed that he had and there was a little pause.  I decided to intervene because I realized the news had gone over everyone’s head.  LOL.

I got up and brought out our ultrasound to share.  Before passing it around, I told everyone I was 10 weeks pregnant.    We passed the ultrasound around and everyone was surprised, except my mom of course, because she’s the only one that knew.  Our clever attempt to share the news didn’t exactly turn out the way we planned, but it’s ok.  It was definitely entertaining.  I know we’ll remember it for a long time. 🙂

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