18 Weeks

I’m back with another pregnancy update! I went back and forth on whether or not to share posts like these, but I’ve been feeling convicted to share our experience (especially over the last couple of weeks) in case it helps other pregnant ladies out there.

After my last update on the blog, we had a bit of a scare. I had already been to the doctor for my 15 week appointment, where I had blood drawn for a routine screening for chromosomal disorders. I got a phone call the next week, saying that one of the indicators for my test was irregularly high (the indicator for Down syndrome). We scheduled an appointment for the next day to make sure the baby was as far along as we thought (via ultrasound) and to have my blood drawn for a second test (called Harmony), which would check the baby’s blood on the chromosomal level.

Needless to say, I was a wreck the day of the phone call and probably caused Stephen and my mom some undue stress, making them listen to me tell them the test results over the phone. That afternoon and evening were hard, but we clung to the silver lining – that soon we would get to see our baby for the first time on the ultrasound.

By the next day, I was much more at peace with the situation, and after seeing our lil’ wiggle worm on the ultrasound, I was so, so happy. No matter what happened, we were already so in love with that little person. ¬†Another happy outcome of the ultrasound – we were able to tell the baby’s sex!

Baby H

We have our 20 week appointment in October, so I’m going to wait until we have verification to share whether it’s a boy or girl, but we definitely ran to Target and bought (insert blue or pink here) outfits on the way home.

The test results were supposed to take 8-10 business days to arrive, and amazingly, on day 8 I got a phone call. Every result was negative! (We are 99.99% sure) we have a healthy baby on the way! Praise God!

So, on a very happy note, here are my last two belly shots. I’m still waiting for the first real kick and for the first stranger to ask when the baby’s due, but I’m betting both of those firsts are not far off!

16 Weeks 18 Weeks

I decided to share our experience here especially for those parents who find themselves in the same situation we were in. Don’t be afraid to talk about what you’re going through. I can’t thank our friends and family enough for all their prayers and support over the past few weeks. It made it even more amazing to share the good news when we got it!

I know every pregnancy is different, but if you had a similar experience and would like to leave a comment, I’d love to hear!

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