Tuesday, September 3, 2013

{A Little About Hudson}

With two and one on the way life is as busy as ever! I can't believe I'm fast approaching the halfway mark of my pregnancy! A little about Hudson aka Baby H aka Huds.

1. He has great timing! Ryan and I had just discussed that we wanted to get pregnant with our third and had a time frame that we wanted to do that by the month of July. Within the next week or two we found out I was pregnant (June 4th)...an early Father's Day (June 16th) surprise for Ryan. 

2. He is is going to be a BIG boy I think! At the very first ultrasound we had (first picture in this post) the doctor said already 9 weeks! Baby is big. Then shortly after we had a 12 week nuchal fold ultrasound (July 10th) which resulted in us finding out he was on the very high end of normal for his measurements. What is this test for?

The nuchal translucency (also spelled nucal translucency) is a collection of fluid beneath the fetal skin in the region of the fetal neck and this is present and seen in all fetuses in early pregnancy. The fluid collection is however increased in many fetuses with Down's syndrome and many other chromosomal abnormalities. It is called a 'translucency' because on ultrasound this appears as a black space beneath the fetal skin. It is this black space that you will see measured during the ultrasound scan.

Currently the most accurate non invasive test for detecting Down syndrome during pregnancy is the measurement of the nuchal translucency with an ultrasound between 11 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. This is normally less than 2.5mm and when seen increased (greater than 2.5mm, see image on the right) may indicate the baby has Down syndrome or may indicate another chromosomal abnormality. 95% of measurements will indicate a reduced risk.

His results were 2.5 mm which is on the very high end of normal. Let me tell you right here before I go on that I had ZERO concern about this. God is great and his plan for this baby is one that I was/am prepared to handle no matter what results. I didn't even say a prayer for results to be one way or the other because of my faith in Him. 

So what did the doctor's say about the high measurements? That they weren't extremely concerned. He was measuring big and therefore his measurements would we higher, he was very active (moving around A LOT) and typically Downs babies don't have as much movement, I'm young and not of a major concern to them...so we did a new DNA test. All they had to do was draw my blood and test for his DNA in my maternal blood. They said in the womb that baby sloughs off skin just like we do and that is what they would be looking for to find our FOR CERTAIN the baby's sex and whether this was a Downs baby or not. By July 18th we had results that A. We were having another baby boy! B. He tested negative for Downs. I've said it once and I'll say it again I'm so blessed to have modern medicine on my side along with the love of God. I have had so many situations with my littles and I just have to give it to God and trust the professionals.

3. He is loved already. I get soooo many kisses and hugs to the belly from daddy, Reegan and Fletcher. He received prayers during testing I discussed above.  

4. He kicks around! I feel him kicking around since about 18ish weeks along and with Reegan it was about 21 weeks and Fletcher was 17ish weeks. These boys really like to let momma know they are in there. LOL!

5. He makes mommy overjoyed and a little tired. Typical pregnant stuff for me going on here. Acid reflux, round ligament pains, tired and migraines but I wouldn't have it any other way. I think that it's easy for me to just stay busy with everything going on with my other babies and not dwell on the things that mass amounts of ladies endure for a quick 9ish months. I know that the miracle going on within me is certainly worth all the discomforts that are my life for now. As always I'm just thankful that this is something that I'm so fortunate to experience...there is no other bond like this one.  

So there you have it. 5 things I know about the new little man in my life. 


Unknown said...

Great post.
And, the most important sentence in this (to me) was when you were talking about you having faith in God and you were prepared for this plan.

We are very blessed for medical professionals and modern medicine.

Congrats on another sweet baby boy!

Rachel Harding said...

Thank you! Yes I wanted to be sure to stop and share that I have faith in Him. We don't know all the reasons for the things that happen in our lives but I do know that He has a plan for me. And I have trust and faith in Him with all matters. I try (remember I'm human) not to stress or fret where not needed. God has my back in good times and bad...ALWAYS. Thanks for reading and your sweet message!

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