Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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.