Today we received the results of Jen''s penta screen blood test . . . screen negative for Down syndrome, Trisomy 18, and neural tube defects. YAY! On Friday, May 4th, we will be having our medical ultrasound to confirm the screen results, and to confirm our little one''s female gender. An update will follow!
It''s a girl!!! Today we had a 2D/3D/4D ultrasound done while visiting relatives in Tampa, FL. Although Jennifer is only 15 weeks and 3 days along, the sonographer was able to definitively tell us that we are expecting a daughter! She is already a big girl; according to measurements such as femur length, abdominal circumference, head circumference, and biparietal diameter, she is the size of a baby at 16 weeks 1 day gestation! That''s nearly a week ahead of schedule. Her femur length alone puts her in the 82nd percentile! She must take after Mommy. We have our medical ultrasound on May 4th, at which time we will learn more specifics about the health and size of the baby. As of now everything appears to be perfect. We will also be able to reconfirm that she is, in fact, a she!
We''re in the second trimester! Today was our 14 week appointment! All was well, as expected. The heart beat at this visit was 143 BPM. When Jennifer asked the doctor if it was normal that the heart beat was so much slower than at our visit 4 weeks ago, the doctor said it was a sign that the baby was developing at a normal rate. So much for the old wives'' tale of heart beat predicting gender!
Speaking of gender, we should know whether our little one has need of a tiara or a baseball cap in just eight short (or long, depending on how you look at it) days! We are having a 3D/4D ultrasound done during our Florida vacation. Not to worry, we will post all pertinent information upon our return to the frigid north!