We had our big ultrasound yesterday. I have to say that I was so nervous that I was sick before my appointment. Being at the same point in the my pregnancy when I was told we wouldn't get to keep Ella was so difficult. But, I am so happy to report that our baby boy looks wonderful! I think he was asleep when we started the ultrasound. But he woke up a few minutes into the scan and was moving like crazy. I am already feeling a little movement almost daily, which I love. He had his little feet crossed like he was sitting indian style...too cute:) We saw a beautiful skull, his spine, a four chambered heart, a stomach, a bladder, and two kidneys. And he is still a boy. He is in the 62% growth wise and weighs in at 7oz. My doctor said everything looks great and he is right where he should be. I did have the blood work to tests my risks for spina bifida and down's syndrome and they told me those results won't be back for a few days. But the scan looked good. It felt like a million pounds was lifted off of my shoulders after we heard that. Praise be to God! I want to thank all of you who had been praying for our baby. Jon and I have decided on a name for our baby boy. It is Elijah Harley. I know I have already posted his picture, but I had to add an updated one.
I know that Ella is looking out for her baby brother. I love you Ella! I miss you so much.
Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers. We had our ultrasound today. It was too early to see all the kidneys and get a good look at the other organs. I was so hoping to hear that everything looked great. We are scheduled for a repeat ultrasound in 2 weeks. But we did find out that Ella will be the big sister to a little brother! He wasn't shy at all about showing us that. I guess a mother's intuition is usually right. I knew Ella was a girl from the beginning and I had a feeling that this little man was a boy. Please continue to pray that everything looks good in two weeks. Here is our little man....
I am asking for prayers again. Tuesday I am scheduled for the anatomy scan. I will only be 15 weeks 2 days, but my doctor said we can do it early and hopefully relieve some anxiety. It may be too early to see everything, but he said if it is we will repeat the scan in a couple of weeks. We have already had a lot of ultrasounds, since my baby decides to hide from the doctor every time he tries to get a heart rate on doppler. And so far the baby has looked great. My doctor has already told me that the baby has developed a skull, so anencephaly can be ruled out. That was such a huge huge relief. But, being part of a community of women who have lost their babies has made me very aware of all of the other things that can be life threatening.
It is hard not to go through this pregnancy and not think about how it was when I was this far along with Ella. We couldn't wait for the anatomy scan, so that we could find out if we were having a boy or girl. There was always worry in the back of my mind, even with Ella. I always had this nagging feeling that we would find out something was wrong.
This time we are excited to find out the sex, but of course that is the least of our worries. Please keep us and our baby in your prayers. I really feel positive right now, but I do have moments when the scary thoughts creep in.
We found out that we were pregnant with our first child on August 31, 2009. We were nervous, but very excited. We spent the next few months planning for our future. We knew that our lives would be changed forever when our baby was born. We just never thought it would be changed in this way. On November 25th, we went for our first ultrasound. We were so excited to find out if we were having a boy or a girl (we both felt like it was a girl). Instead of finding out the sex, we found out that our baby had anencephaly. Anencephaly is a fatal neural tube defect in which the part of the tube that forms into the skull and portion of the brain doesn't close. It was the worst day of our lives. We chose to carry our baby to term. We found out at another ultrasound the next week that we were having a girl. We named her Ella Christine. Ella means "bright light", and I can't think of a more perfect name. God blessed us with 20 hours with her after she was born, and she changed our lives forever. I never thought I would want to blog, but now all we want to do is talk about our baby girl.