Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ultrasound of Charley, 19w 3 days

Click to enlarge. The machine was dark, so it is really hard to see the uploaded images. We have another ultrasound in 7 weeks, so hopefully we will get a better picture!

It's A GIRL!!!!! Charley Thompson

As our family and most of our friends know, right before my family vacation I had a Triple Screen blood test done that measures levels of certain hormones in my blood which could be indicators of a baby with down's syndrome, spina bifida and I believe the other is cystic fibrosis. When I got home, I had a message from my OB to call them to discuss the results. When I called, my test had come back with an "increased risk" for a baby with down's. We were told before the test that even if it comes back positive, it doesn't mean anything, the test is not a diagnosis and just means that further evaluation is needed, and there is a huge rate of false positives. We were referred to a Perinatal Specialist and had our appointment last Thursday, June 5th. We had an in depth ultrasound where we found out that it is a girl and they were looking at her and measuring her and looking for any signs of down's. There were no soft markers for down's syndrome and she looked normal. We opted against the amniocentesis, and feel 99% sure that Charley is a healthy baby girl! On Thursday, they also said she we were about 19 weeks and 3 days, so today, that would make me 20 weeks and 2 days, so very close to the Estimated Due Date! We are so excited and bought furniture for her room this past weekend and are looking forward to shopping and getting everything ready for her arrival.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

18 Weeks and Counting!

May was a very busy month for us. Last update, we had just celebrated our anniversary. The following weekend was Mother's Day and Lily's Baptism AND I cut my hair SHORT! I cannot believe I did it, but my hair is growing so fast right now, I figured the time to do it was now, since it will be shoulder length again by the end of the Summer. I'd been itching to do it ever since Matt found an old photo of me with short hair and decided he liked it and was curious what I looked like with short hair. Matt and I were honored to be Lily's godparents. We went to church and then to The Blue Willow Inn to celebrate Mother's Day. We had a big crowd with most of the Beck's, and we had Matt's parents and sister and her family and Jeff's mother. It was a great day and the weather was beautiful!

The following weekend was the start of the Beck Family's Annual Beach Vacation. This year we went to Folly Beach/Charleston S.C. The weather was perfect and it was a nice relaxing week. The house we rented was really nice. Matt & I took Riley on a walk down the beach to see the lighthouse. When we were almost to where you could look out across the ocean at it, we saw a huge bird swoop into a tide pool and grab a big fish. This delighted Riley, so we went to the edge of the pool to get a closer look. I saw something that startled me and I screamed and I yelled, "It's a hammerhead!" Matt didn't believe me and so we walked around the edge of the pool and sure enough there was a baby hammerhead stuck in the tide pool. Riley thought this was the coolest thing. Some guys came over to see what all the ruckus was about and they ended up getting in there and catching the shark and then releasing it into the ocean.

We are already looking forward to next year's trip when we will have our new addition with us. S/he will be Lily's age now and Lily was so much fun.

We have our gender ultrasound this Thursday at 2:30pm. We are sooooo excited!! We have only bought one thing for the baby's room and that was months ago at the Cherry Blossom Festival. We are eager to start shopping and buy furniture and all the fun stuff!! We have an online pool going. We are going to have a prize once the baby is born for the winning entry!! So be sure you get in on the pool. Those who choose the wrong gender will be eliminated early, but we will allow you to change length, height, dob and time up until a future cutoff date TBD! Even though I've been thinking girl vibes for awhile and have been dreaming about a girl, I went with my initial intuition, which was a boy as my guess. Matt has chosen a girl, he really wants his little princess! Overall, we just want a healthy baby, but this just makes the anticipation more fun.

We will be back later this week with 3D picks of our baby and let you know the gender!

Owen, Riley & Pickle! I just love these kids to death!

Me & Lily