Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tricks and TREATS!!!

Halloween was a very busy day for our family this year. We started the morning off by attending the annual Costume Parade at Jocelyn and Ethan's Elementary school. It was really fun to watch all the kids parade through the school in their costumes. Lucky for us, Jo and E were in the front because they went by grade. Caitlyn loved seeing all the princess dresses but hated being strapped into a stroller while the other kids were walking around.
After that Dave and I went to the Logan Hospital for my 20 week ultrasound. I am consulting with a MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine) Specialist this pregnancy again so we had to get a super detailed ultrasound. It went pretty well, they first measured my cervix to make sure it is the normal length and no bed rest is needed at this point as it measure 2.95-2.98cm and normal is (3-4cm). Then we got to see the baby. They did all the standard measurements head, heart, stomach, legs and checked to make sure everything appeared to be functioning properly... which it all is. Unfortunately our attempts at not finding out the sex of the baby were thwarted pretty quickly while the technician was measuring the legs, Dave and I couldn't help but notice that there was nothing between the legs. After all the measurement she asked us if we wanted to know the sex of the baby... well we already did so we said yes to confirm our thoughts and sure enough we are expecting a baby GIRL !

It is still really hard to believe as we were so certain with all my pregnancy symptoms that we were pregnant with a boy, but looks like our kids were right again. The only concerning piece of news we received is that she has a CPC (Choriod Plexus Cyst) on her brain. The Dr. informed us that by itself means nothing and will likely resolve before birth. Normally these are seen along with other anomalies/defects and can mean Downs Syndrome amongst other complications. But he assured us this is not the case for us as all other markers are perfectly normal. I go back for another cervical scan in 4 weeks at which time I will be released from the MFM and solely in the care of my OB.

For memories sack I took a picture of my growing belly... as brutal as it looks these are actually very small bruises.

Finally, we had a little breathing time before the madness of Trick or Treating began. The kids ate a nice warm dinner and then got ready to do some damage in the neighborhood. This was Caitlyn's first year actually getting to go up to houses to get candy. She loved it and was not thrilled to be coming home after only going to the houses in our neighborhood.

Halloween was a great way to end out our month of being busy. Hopefully we don't end up with tons of cavities from all the yummy goodies we received.