Thursday, December 12, 2013

Baby update.

Yesterday was a busy day.  At 11:00 we went to Brenner Children's Hospital for a fetal echocardiogram.  After lots of prodding on my stomach and lots of images of the baby's heart, the cardiologist said with 85% certainty that the baby's heart showed none of the abnormalities they would expect to see with a Trisomy 18 baby!  He said that 80% of Trisomy babies have unformed heart chambers, holes in their hearts, or the aorta is malformed.

This is a HUGE praise!  We are hopeful that this will mean that she will have a little more time with us after she is born.  Even if it just means a few extra hours or a few extra days, we will take it!

After the echo, we went to the Comprehensive Fetal Care Clinic for an ultrasound.  Her feet were still turned in and her fists were still tightly clenched - both common in Trisomy 18 babies - but no other abnormalities were noted.

We go back for another echo and another ultrasound in a month.  The cardiologist said that in another month, he will be able to tell with 95% certainty if she has any heart defects because her heart will be bigger and any abnormalities would show up more clearly.

All in all, we were happy with the results of yesterdays testing.  She still has Trisomy 18 but at least her heart looks good.  We are holding on tightly to any good news and trying to remain focused on that.

Please continue to pray with us for her complete healing.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday's ultrasound.



4D image of our sweet baby girl's profile.  Does anyone else see the image of the face of Jesus on her head???


  
She kept hiding her face in the placenta.  I think she looks like Dan and my father-in-law!


Sweet little feet.

Sweet little hands.

16 comments:

Angel said...

Praise God... I'm reposting for more... and yes she's beautiful... Shes got a special Angel in heaven by the name of Tammy Fitch watchin over her, & I truly believe in that and with Tammy, God, all the angels & all our prayers she's in amazing hands... sending love & prayers...

Colleen said...

Um yes, I see Jesus! How cool! Glad you got some good news, she is so cute!!

Diane Teague said...

She is a cutie. We are praying for all of you because I know this is a family journey. God is good all the time.

jennwa said...

She is beautiful !!! Praying all the time for you.

Mari said...

Wonderful news - praising God with you! And I'll keep praying!

Madeline said...

What a beauty! We're still praying over here, and hearing good news about her heart seems to the first bit of answered prayers!!

Billie Jo said...

I see it!!!
And your baby is precious!!!
Hugs, my friend. : )

Housewifespice said...

I see it too! So happy for this news!

Ferrell Boys Mom said...

Great news! God is so good! And yes, I see Jesus too! :-)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Good news is wonderful!!! I'm glad for you all…more time is so needed.
XOXO

MarianneF said...

I do see Jesus! Of course Jesus is watching over your little girl and taking care of her. I will also pray for her and for your family!!!

Amelia Bentrup said...

Beautiful ultrasound pictures and baby!

Thank God for some good news!!! And, yes I totally see the face of Jesus on her head. Jesus is definitely watching out for her.

Beth Roznowski said...

Amazing news! Baby feet are the best.

Aimee said...

What a sweetie - and great news about her heart! I had to have a fetal echo with Bun and I was simultaneously amazed and terrified to watch while they checked his heart. It's a cool/scary test but I'm glad they saw good things for your girl! :)

And I totally see Jesus!

Rebekah Es said...

So glad to hear good news, and I am always so impressed with your blessed outlook. Your baby is beautiful!

Kelli said...

Oh such sweet pictures! And amazing news. Praying for you and your precious baby girl.