18 Weeks and Anticipation

Originally a CaringBridge post. Link to original post is the date.

Jul 2, 2015 12:31pm

18 Weeks (7.2.15)

Holy cow, only two more weeks until we’re half way through this pregnancy. That’s mind boggling! 18 weeks gone, 22 weeks left if we go full term. 22… That seems like such a short amount of time. Those weeks are dwindling faster than I care to admit and with each passing week I grow more and more anxious to meet this little girl. I don’t want December third, or her actual birthday to come yet. Meeting her is such a bitter sweet affair that holds too many emotions. Having said that, I think I’ll just stick to this week and not think about the future.

July 7th we’re going in for a level 2 ultrasound. Seeing Aerilyn makes me extremely nervous. This ultrasound will be looking in-depth at her complete anatomy. They will be checking to make sure she has all ten toes, her heart is working properly and that she has no other defects. We will also be seeing her head again… That is the cause for anticipation and anxiety this week. What will her head look like, her face? Will Aerilyn have an extreme form of anencephaly or will we find out she has more of her skull than previously told? So many questions and not a lot of answers. Even this ultrasound can only tell us so much. Ultimately it boils down to not knowing until she’s born. Ugh! If you know me at all, I’m not a patient person when it comes to my kids. When I was pregnant with Kanin, I was so impatient to see him! Same goes for Aerilyn, except  for the obvious differences.

That same day we’ll be deciding once and for all if we’re going to get an amniocenteses. I’m fairly sure we are, but I don’t want to say anything that’s not set in stone. First we’ll meet with another genetic counselor to go over the risks, benefits and outcomes of this amnio. Then the ultrasound, amnio and finally talk to the maternal-Fetal Medicine doctor. It’s going to be a long day.

For those who don’t know what an amniocenteses is, it is where they insert a needle through my abdomen, into my uterus guided by an ultrasound to make sure Aerilyn isn’t in any danger. They’ll take a sample of the amniotic fluid that she sheds her DNA into and we’ll be using that to get even more extensive genetic testing. I’m not looking forward to a giant needle stabbed into my belly, especially when it can cause all sorts of complications. However, the pros out way the cons–so far.

This week also marks her first 4th of July! Yay! We have a cute maternity shirt for Saturday and we plan on taking pictures to memorialize it.

Also, I’m so glad that I’m pregnant with her while the Fifa Women’s World Cup is happening. Having play soccer all my childhood, it’s a huge part of my life and I’m glad I’ve gotten to share it with her. Now USA just needs to beat Japan on Sunday and my World Cup desires for her will be complete. LoL. GO USA!

Anyways, we’ll be making another update once we get the ultrasound done. The genetic testing will take awhile, but that will have an update as well. Until then, happy 18 weeks, Aerilyn Grace.

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