Monday, January 4, 2010

Ultrasound Update

We had a follow-up ultrasound today, 2 weeks after the diagnosis. Not much new news to post, but here's what we know now:
  • Weight up to 15 ounces (gained 5 ounces in 2 weeks!), which is in the 59th percentile.
  • The ventricles (where the fluid collects in the brain) are just slightly larger today.
  • Preliminary genetic screen from the amniocentesis shows no down syndrome or trisomy 13 or 18 (fatal defects).

So he is growing quickly and is strong otherwise. And we are thankful that the initial genetic screen is negative.

The next ultrasound is in 3 weeks, but we hope to get the full amniocentesis report in the next week or so.

The initial shock and worry has subsided and day to day life goes on (Matt on the ski slopes and Annie back at work). As we speak, Matt is laughing hysterically while leading the cats around with a laser pointer. Any kind of distraction is a good one at this point. Look out Phoebe and Jack!

We've begun planning the nursery and will soon be registering for all the other baby paraphenalia we'll be needing in a few short months.

In the downtime and until we find out more, we will continue to pray. We are so thankful for your support in prayer and encouraging words by email and phone calls. Please continue to join us in prayer for our son's health and growth, for the hydrocephalus to resolve, and for us as we face the waiting and the unknown. And praise God for Annie's health after the amniocentesis and for a negative initial genetic screen!

We'll post more info as we have it!

Love, Annie & Matt


  1. I'm glad to hear that things have started to calm down for you guys. Babies are STRESSFUL. I was in the same situation with the constant ultrasounds, the doctor was worried Camden was too big. Actually, after I got used to all the appointments I appriciated knowing how well he was or wasn't developing it eased my mind. I always go towards the worse possible outcome and having the constant ultrasounds kept me from thinking that way. If there is anything we can do please don't hesitate to give us a call. ~Steph (and Darin too... )

  2. I LOVE that you are doing this blog!

    We are praying for you!
    See you Wed :)