Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sonogram Update

So, if you scroll down you will see some pictures I posted. I finally learned how...yeah! In addition to those, I am going to scan my pics from the sono sometime in the next few days and post those as well. I am so excited to share the newest pictures of our son with everyone! Yes, I said son! So much for mother's intuition...I really thought this little guy was a little gal! Carlos was the only one who believed we would have another boy... and he has enjoyed telling me "I told you so" everyday since Monday.

So the weekend went by and I was counting the hours until the sonogram; anxious to hear how this new baby was faring on the inside. We only had to wait about 10 minutes after we arrived at the office before they took us back. You know, with Philip we had so many sonograms and it always amazed me how they could tell so quickly that something was wrong. To me, the pictures were too fuzzy. I could sort of get what they were saying, but without a baseline for comparison, Philip looked fine to me. Well, let me tell you, I can sure see the differences now. It happened so quickly for both myself and for Carlos. The minute we looked at this little one we could tell the difference. His heart, brain, and face looked completely different than Philip’s. The doctor told us that he looks very healthy and is developing right on target. Now that we had a baseline, it made it so much easier to see the differences. With Philip, we never saw 4 chambers of the heart, or the division in the lobes of his brain. With this baby, the chambers were defined and his brain divided as they should be. Philip usually covered his face during sonograms, but when he didn’t his upper lip and nose just looked dark and fuzzy. Now I understand why the doctor knew he had a cleft lip and palette. The dark fuzzyness was because his face was not complete. This baby has a developed nose and upper lip. We got a profile and a straight on shot…both are clear.

Sorry for the long explanation, but I am just so overwhelmed. I am happy that this baby looks healthy and I am happy that now I understand even more about Philip than I had before. So, in the end, I do not need to go back to the specialist again. She offered to see us again if we wanted to take another look at the baby in a month or two. We thought about it, but she was so positive about the results we didn’t feel it was necessary. I will have another sono at my regular OB’s office at 30 weeks, so I was content with that. I feel like I am just rambling on and on. I hope I was clear. We are so thrilled to be having another boy, seeing as all our baby stuff is boy stuff! And…we are even more excited that this little guy is doing so well. I have been spending a lot of time warding off the daydreams of home life with a baby…just in case the appt. didn’t go so well. But now, I think I will enjoy dreaming about the future. I did that a lot before Philip’s diagnosis and I am excited to enjoy thinking about it again.

I will scan the sono pictures sometime this week so ya’ll can see our newest little pumpkin. Oh, and as far as names go…so far we are stuck on a first name-middle name combo. We are thinking “Christian” for a first name, but until we come up with a middle name too, nothing is set in stone. I will let ya’ll know when we decide.


Li Li said...

I know that I already told you this but Joe and I are just thrilled that things are going well! Oh, and I passed the news on to my parents and my sister and we all had another good (joyous)cry...we are just so excited for you! :)

And PS-- HOORAY for pictures!

Lani said...

What wonderful, wonderful news! I hope that this new little boy will help you continue the healing process for Phillip. It's amazing that I can shed tears for a momma and baby boy I've never met. Maybe it's the postpartum hormones; maybe it's the momma of two boys in me. Who knows. Congrats on your second son. So glad he is healthy. :)