Tests and Scary Stuff

Tomorrow at 10 am is my 16 week doctor’s appointment. At my last checkup, I spent twice as long waiting as I did seeing the doctor, but she did quickly mentioned the next appointment would be when they check for Down Syndrome and other scary birth defects. Birth defects affect babies in different ways, depending on the severity and what part(s) of the body are involved. When parents think that they’ve been exposed to toxic chemicals in the workplace, a birth injury attorney or birth defect attorneys can offer legal advice and judgment in birth defect cases. I completely skipped those chapters in What to Be Terrified of Expect and I might have accidentally thrown away all the pamphlets they gave me at the first appointment, so I don’t really know what they’ll be checking. I’m hoping it involves another ultrasound so maybe we can resolve the boy/girl question a few weeks early. Then I can buy BABY STUFF. But for the next 12 hours I’m going to be a nervous wreck, especially after Jezebel re-posted this article today (just in case anyone who reads this didn’t see it). I have completely blocked out the part of my mind that wants to think or talk about what the results of tomorrow exam means. Seriously, I can’t even bring myself to type anything about it. So just send your prayers, happy thoughts and any extra good karma you might have laying around my way and I’ll post an update as soon as I can.

APPOINTMENT UPDATE: Today was useless. No ultrasound, just a Doppler to make sure there was a heartbeat (there was). I also had blood drawn for a quad screen test but no results for a couple weeks, and a flu shot. Now I’m all kinds of tired from staying up worrying plus the needles made me feel queasy so I’m just going to take a nap. My ultrasound is on November 6th.

9 Responses to “Tests and Scary Stuff”

  1. Erin (i dont have a fake name :( ) says:

    I’ll make sure that I’m there supporting you in spirit :)

  2. Erin (i dont have a fake name :( ) says:

    PS call me though and let me know how everything goes!

  3. sarrible says:

    It’s going to be fine! Since it’s over by now.

  4. Katie Gibson-Stofflet says:

    I was thinking of you and it will all be fine. I can not wait to see the bundle of joy when he/she arrives. We have no problems except maybe you “crazy” grandpa.
    love aunt Katie.

  5. lalaland13 says:

    Ick I’m sorry. I hate it when I worry worry worry over something, then the next day it doesn’t even happen! So I’m tired and anxious and just have to wait till later to worry again. Sucks. But you’re young and healthy, and I’m sure the baby is fine. I’ll send good thoughts that way Nov. 6. Hey by then we’ll know who the baby’s president will be! So glad to have that over.

  6. FF says:

    I got my flu shot today too! We’re twins!

  7. AGreenEyeDevil says:

    Hang in there, you’ll make it through this nerve-wracking testing period! Sending warm and encouraging thoughts your way… :)

  8. stacyinbean says:

    Lots of good thoughts going your way everyday lady! Having to worry and then not finding anything out must be maddening but I’m sure tadpole is growing all sorts of big and healthy right now!

  9. Erin (i dont have a fake name :( ) says:

    Cool, thanks for the update. I will be marking that on my calendar as “boy or girl day” and you better tell me before it gets posted on here. It goes husband, parents, husband’s parents, me (that’s the order for announcements) :)

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