Weeks 20 and 21 (and 1%)
So, I’ve been MIA…but, for good reason. Y’all know that when I disappear, it’s because something’s up. You do know me well, don’t you? First, let me get weeks 20 and 21 out of the way (sans my typical stats)…
The 20-week appointment is the big one – the one where they measure every little tidbit of the little bitty’s bits. From the valves of the heart to the kidneys to the brain; from the tiny fingers to the tiny toes.
Because of my miscarriage in August, we have been lucky enough to have ultrasounds every single appointment that we’ve had up to this point (6, 8, 12, and 16). No concerns came up and baby looked healthy. THEN week 20 happened and here we are – fresh off of another big blog hiatus.
Things could’ve gone better, but you better believe that they could’ve gone worse.
2 red flags were identified with precious Baby T. (this is where anyone squeemish or disinterested in pregnancy jargon should abandon this post and click on Facebook for the tenth time today, instead) – –
1. It appeared that my cervix was thin. My awesome ultrasound tech and even awesome-r doctor just couldn’t be sure because of the baby moving so much and some shadows that appeared to be present. A thin cervix could mean many things, including a cervical stitch, bed rest (like yesterday), and early labor. Not ideal.
2. What was very clear is that our baby has a 2 vessel umbilical cord, aka – Single Umbilical Artery (SUA). Neither Scott nor I had ever heard of this before, so we had no idea what this meant. We learned that babies are supposed to have 1 vein and 2 arteries in their umbilical cord and our little peanut has just one artery. This occurs in 1% of babies.
5 longer-than-long days later, we had an advanced ultrasound completed at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). We, thankfully, found out that my cervix is as average as Will Ferrell’s acting (but equally as lovable). Disaster averted. One, anyway.
Unfortunately, a new artery did not come into view during this ultrasound. A 2-vessel cord, this baby has. Most of the ultrasound results delivered good news. But you know we couldn’t walk outta there without some negative. Such is life. Overall, baby appears to be compensating with what he/she has like a strong Costantini/Trottier that he/she is. Baby is growing and so is Mama!
There are many risks for this baby, but this is also a significant likelihood that this baby will be absolutely fine. You better believe that my Google searching has been on overdrive (don’t do it – it’s scary business), but I am desperate to know the possibilities. Lots of things to keep an eye on over these next few months. More doctor appointments, more ultrasounds, more stress, more anxiety.
MORE PRAYER, MORE PRAYER, MORE PRAYER.
Did I mention that March 23rd was our first baby’s due date and also the five year anniversary of Scott’s marriage proposal? Yeah – it’s been quite the roller coaster, kids.
We’re on the upswing now that we’ve had some time to process all of the info we’ve been given. I turned 22 weeks on Tuesday. I will catch y’all up with some fun (and less depressing) developments before week 23. PROMISE! Please know that we continue to feel incredibly blessed and excited for this baby’s existence and are CANNOT WAIT for his/her arrival.
Well, we can wait a little while…we still have lots of paraphernalia to get!
THANKS FOR LISTENING and HANGING IN THERE!
I’m back and have missed blogging SO MUCH!!!
p.s. As always, I share all of this personal info as a form of a therapy, to keep loves in the loop, and to candidly share my experiences (no sugarcoating here, my friends). You’ve all been there for us before and I have no doubt that y’all will be there for us again.
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