We spent Friday morning at the perinatologist's office. While this pregnancy isn't technically "high risk", because we now know that there is the possibility (25%) that this new baby will have cystic fibrosis there is the possibility this new little one could have the same blocked bowel issue that Quinn had when he was born. 10% of kids of CF present with this blockage (called meconium ileus) so it doesn't always happen. We chose to have this ultrasound up at OHSU and we'll have another one around 37 or 38 weeks to see if any blockage has developed. If there is blockage then we'll deliver at OHSU and if not then we'll deliver in Newberg. There aren't any other complications related to CF for delivery and we'll be doing necessary testing after the baby is born.
Our time at the perinatologist's office included the ultrasound technician's thorough ultrasound and then a conversation with the perinatologist. We were amazed at the ability to listen to sound of each valve of the heart or to see the intricate detail of this baby's development. This ultrasound showed that so far the baby's intestines are clear (which is aweseome!) but again we'll have to determine what they look like closer to the due date.
We were waiting to see too if the technician could clearly determine the baby's gender. As we saw the various organs and bones, the technician said, "I'm 98% sure it is a....
girl. Let me do a little more checking..." And indeed, she cooperated beautifully and for sure it is a
girl. So if you voted...there are the results and we are really thrilled. Both with the clear intestines and the hearing that Quinn will have a little sister. When we told Quinn he wasn't very impressed--he has been saying all along it was a little sister. And that she should be named Annie. Everyone has a right to their opinion, right?
We're excited! Now we can focus on only one half of the name book!