So now, I am THRILLED to say that I have good news to report!!
Our rainbow appears to be healthy. Pheeeewwwwwww.
::I am taking deep calming breaths as I type this, letting more and more of the anxiety go and more and more of the relief seep in::
They were able to confidently rule out any kind of neural tube defect or paralysis. No markers for Downs' Syndrome. Only one marker for Trisomy 18 (they found choroid plexus cysts in the brain which, in recent years have been proven to not be reliable as a marker anyway so the perinatologist said do NOT worry and do NOT google. I will not.) Besides that the brain looks good, no hydrocephalus, all parts of the brain are there(!), all parts of the body were moving(!), and overall our baby appeared healthy and measuring a couple days ahead!!
It was still too early to see everything in the heart so the dr is not making a judgment call on that yet. The heart was beating though and there were the proper number of chambers so during A/S 2.0 (in 2.5 weeks on Monday Nov 24th) they will be able to tell for sure if all is good with the heart.
The one not so great piece of news today was that it looks like our baby may only have one kidney. Petey only had one kidney too but while his was barely functioning this one is strong. Lots of people only have one and it's certainly not life-threatening so if that is the case, that is totally fine. (My perspective on what is worrisome is sooooo different now.) Doc said it was possible it is just a little too early so that's why we couldn't find it but he wasn't too optimistic. There didn't look to be blood flow to the left side where there should have been. On Nov 24th we will know for sure. Hopefully it will be there but in the broad scheme of things this is very miniscule.
I am SO. F-ING. RELIEVED I don't even have the words to express it.
We found out the sex! :-D
(Warning: Total fetal porn below)
So much for 'mother's intuition'!
BAM! Hello little willy! Baby boy was not at ALL shy. I was shocked it was so easy to see and, quite honestly, slightly taken aback that it's so visible so early. Yikes! haha! Hubs, on the other hand, is one proud papa, LOL!
I can't believe we're having a little boy. A little healthy baby boy!!! I am so so HAPPY I can't stop the tears from leaking out. Hubs and I just looked at each other and cried and smiled and cried some more when we found out. So many happy tears and just... amazement.
This little guy certainly put us through the wringer today though. He was moving during the U/S but refused to turn off of his back or change positions. The U/S Tech had to dig around in my stomach for a LONG time, had me lay on my side, drink water, walk around, go pee... nothing worked. Talk about flashbacks to previous scans when Petey wouldn't cooperate. It was not a pleasant experience. Finally I suggested trying a transvaginal U/S and I'm glad I did because although she didn't glean too much additional info from the T/V part, when we tried the regular U/S one last time he had flipped upside down so she was able to see the full (closed!) spine and the (lack of 2) kidneys. It was a long appointment - almost 2 hours in total since we met with the perinatologist for results directly afterwards. I am just so so happy though. The relief feels like soothing waves enveloping my body and just washing over me.
I am just so THANKFUL.
(Looks like I have some store returns to make.... what a dope :-D )