Saturday, April 10, 2010

A few days without John.. and a little white spot.

John is in Michigan at the annual American Nuclear Society student conference. He gave a presentation on some research he did (and had published) and did really well.. They give awards for good presentations and he'll find out tonight if he won. He did however recieve a "man purse" for place 3rd in a golf tournament...
lucky guy...
Meanwhile, Emma and I have been busy here at the house. I did a lot of work on the yard including overseeding our back lawn.. soon we'll have beautiful little green blades of grass poking through the black compost.. i LOVE Spring.
A couple of somewhat sad things have happened this week too. My great-grandmother Dudley Proctor passed away. She was 96 I think. She has had dementia and my great grandfather Jay and my grandmother Gwen have been taking care of her for months. She is such a sweet lady and was deeply loved. Her and Grandpa Proctor have been married for over 75 years! Can you imagine!?! My poor Grandpa Proctor stayed by her side to cry for several minutes. I hope John and I are still so in love and devoted to each other after so many years. I'm sure we will be. Hopefully I will be able to make it to the funeral in Panguitch on Wednesday..
Also I had a follow up ultrasound friday morning to get a better look at our baby's anatomy and they found a ECHOGENIC CARDIC FOCUS on his left ventrical. It is a little bright white spot on his heart. I was feeling pretty worried.. but am doing so much better today. It is one of the "soft markers" for Down Syndrome. I really think that he is fine however. He has no other signs that I know of yet. I did not do the blood test for genetic problems and will not do an amniocentosis. The uncertainty is the hardest part and I'm sure I will have a little worry spot tucked away in the back of my mind for the next four months... I have an appointment with a genetic counselor and the Perinatologist in two weeks. (Honestly I wasn't too worried until the told me I need an appointment with the genetic counselor.. but I would rather be overcautious than undercautious.) But honestly.. I'm not too worried.. so neither should any of you be!
Good news.. so far my blood pressure and protein leaking has all been within normal limits this pregnancy. Horray!
Has anyone else had a baby with the Echo Focus on their heart? One of my best friends who actually has a Downs baby just told me that he did NOT have the spot.. so who knows?

8 comments:

Brandi said...

I'll say some prayers that your baby is born happy and healthy. I'm sorry John's gone for a few days, although you sound like you're doing fine. Jess left this morning for Chicago for 3 days, and so far I can't stop crying. I'm a wuss I guess.

McCracken said...

I am so sorry about your great grandma!!! I also hope I am still that madly in love with Mr. McCracken 72 years from now :)
I think the baby will be okay. I think it's a good idea to stay away from the amniocentosis, my mom has one with me and she wouldn't recommend it You know if you ever need a friendly ear or shoulder you know where we are.

Heather said...

Angela, I have known you for a VERY long time. I want to tell you this..Having a son with Autism has made my life only sweeter.My brother and his wife Candice just had a daughter born with Downs Syndrome. They will tell you the exact same thing. If this baby does indeed have downs, you will look at it as a blessing. I PROMISE you that. It is something that those who have not experienced can understand. So if it turns out that this sweet angel does indeed have it, do not cry tears of sadness. Your life will be enriched beyond words.

Raquel said...

Thanks for all of your sweet comments. I see you are pregnant too, congrats. I need to add you to my google reader, so I see your blog more often. Emma is super cute!

Angela Kay said...

To follow up on Heather's comment... I would not be so disappointed if we did have a baby with Downs, or Autism or any other problem.. Of course I would feel overwhelmed and would really need to rely on the Lord for a LOT of help.. but overall I too would count it as a blessing. :)

Rob N Amy said...

You are in our prayers. Let me know if you need anything. Love you. Call me if you need to talk.

Adam&Rachel said...

Love you Ang :) It was great talking with you the other day. I am so excited for you baby boy! :)

Deborah said...

Honey, Heather said something along the lines of what I thought and you responded the way you will be. Your little man is going to be blessing no matter what. Speaking of blessings, get one, whether it be you are comforted or offered some insight, it will bring peace that you can't do on your own. Love you.