Friday we had our long awaited doctors appointment. We were due to find out the final blood results to the sequential screen and possibly have an amniocentesis. This final blood draw was equivalent to the normal prenatal quad screen (which has a reputation of not being very accurate), but in our case was right on with Kaitlyn. We were reassured that our results should be quite accurate since we were doing the sequential screen. This was a process of a blood draw at 12 weeks, and also an ultrasound at 12 weeks to measure the thickness of a certain "tube" at the back of the babies neck (this measurement is the most accurate when done at this stage in pregnancy), combined with more blood work and ultrasound done at 16 weeks. They combined all the "data" and we were given our results.
Everything came back "normal." Great actually!!! We were given a 1/10,000 for Trisomy 18, Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), and a 1/6,000 for spinal bifida. These are the best results anyone can get. When I was pregnant with Kaitlyn our results came back 1/80 for Down syndrome, later we had an amniocentesis and Ds was confirmed.
Naturally we are thrilled to say the least! We had an amazing ultrasound. It is crazy how fast they develop. The next option for us was an amniocentesis. It has been a diagnostic test we have considered all along, but with such great numbers we opted against the procedure, phew!!! Oh how I was dreading having that done again! Our doctor agreed with our decision reminding us that although rare there is still a chance of the procedure causing a miscarriage. We are comfortable with our decision and are sleeping a little better at night now.
Back to the ultrasound. I am only 16 weeks and knew the chance of being able to tell the gender of this little bundle was slim. In the beginning the tech couldn't tell, but much to our surprise the baby changed position at the end and reveled very clearly the sex....it's a BOY!
Oh my another boy, we are thrilled!!! I was sure it was a girl, what do I know?! We had gotten rid of everything boy and transformed the nursery into a princess palace for little Katie. Even the yellow and green is gone! We are cracking up at ourselves, of course that is how it would happen!
It's a great weekend at the Ross house!