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November 14th, 2009, 10:33 PM
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And now I feel a bit uneasy.... How much time did your tech spend looking at the heart??? I think she seriously spent like half an hour or more (20 minutes AFTER I looked at the clock thinking she was taking along time at that point looking at the heart). She had me turn from side to side several times. The whole beginning was fine & she seemed to be moving right along. She commented a bunch of times though on how active the baby was & again when she was trying to get good heart pictures...but still. At some point in the time she was looking at the heart she started to ask me why I had gone to see a Perinatologist at 14 weeks. It just all left me a bit uneasy. I couldn't call my Dr's office (they wouldnt' have had the reports yet anyway...because they are unreachable except for emergencies on Friday afternoons & with my history of losses I know better than to think the tech can tell me anything...so no matter what I asked I would not have really felt better.....

I just hope that she truly couldn't get a good picture or that she is overly thorough. It does make me nervous....

But anyway - we are very very very definitely on team blue again. That was unmistakable for sure!




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November 15th, 2009, 06:21 AM
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YAY! Congrats on your little boy! I'll be praying that that's all it was; she couldn't get a good picture. Keep us updated. *hugs*
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November 15th, 2009, 01:00 PM
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Ohh.. Congrats! I admit, I'd hoped you were having a girl.. but Jonah is going to love being a big brother to a little brother!
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November 15th, 2009, 07:16 PM
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Yeah team blue!!! Just before I opened this thread I got a blue feeling.
I hope you get answers about the u/s soon. If your little guy was so active she probably just had to take awhile getting a good picture. I know that momma worry though so coming your way.
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November 15th, 2009, 08:37 PM
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I had three scans where they looked at Norah's heart(she also had an echo) because she was so active and they couldn't get good pictures, so praying that he was very active and stubborn. Congrats on your baby boy.
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November 16th, 2009, 08:54 AM
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Congratulations on another boy! He was probably just too active for her to get a good picture of the heart and for her to see it functioning correctly. Please let us know what your doc says when you talk to him today.
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November 16th, 2009, 10:22 AM
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Congratulations

My tech spent a while on DS u/s checking his heart...he was very wiggly and she was having a hard time getting a shot of all 4 chambers...she saw them all but could not get them in the same picture! Hopefully this is just the case with your little guy (((HUGS))) KUP
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November 16th, 2009, 02:01 PM
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Well I talked to the nurse. Turns out the report lists no abnormalities....she thinks when the rest comes in it will likely have just been an issue of getting a clear enough shot. We are a fairly small town, so she said any potential cardiac issues would warrant sending me to another town,...so they tend to look very closely at those kinds of things.

So hopefully - that is everything there is to know.
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November 18th, 2009, 11:28 AM
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He looks perfect Beckie! I am sure it was because he was so wiggly too.
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November 19th, 2009, 03:37 PM
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That is definately a boy!!! Congratulations!!!

And that's great news that everything looked good! I agree with the pp - probably just an active baby.
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November 22nd, 2009, 06:46 PM
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Congratulations on team blue!

They had to repeat my anatomy scan because lil girl was sitting indian style and would not budge. Just the opposite of your problem but it made me nervous too. The second scan was fine and I found out she is a she. Sooo relieved all is well and we are entering the home stretch!
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Woohoo! Congrats Beckie, I'm so happy for you! I'm glad everything was ok with the heart, too. My US techs always took forever with something if the girls were being too wiggly & they couldn't get a clear picture.
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December 1st, 2009, 12:46 PM
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Yeppers...that's a boy! Congrat's! Glad to hear everything is okay.

With Maddie they spent over an hour at my 20wk scan and asked me why I was high risk (my genetic condition) then the next day I got a phone call telling me the baby had a single unbilical artery and I needed to have a fetal echo done by a specialist. I was freaking out since I knew Trisomy 13 baby's had SUA's and heart conditions.

Turns out everything was fine but for a week I was a wreck! Just goes to show there's never a "safe feeling" time period in a pregnancy.

So happy for you though. He'll be here in no time!
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December 7th, 2009, 10:48 PM
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Hey Beckie - I'm just seeing this (I'm afraid I never make it over to this board, even though I clearly should!). Glad to hear it looks like all is well - our baby has a really severe heart defect (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome). Trust me, if there was even a chance something serious was wrong with the heart, they wouldn't mess around - they've have you seen by a specialist immediately. So, if they're saying no abnormalities, I'd breathe a deep sigh of relief and try to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy! CONGRATS on adding another little boy to the family!!!
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Hey Beckie - I'm just seeing this (I'm afraid I never make it over to this board, even though I clearly should!). Glad to hear it looks like all is well - our baby has a really severe heart defect (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome). Trust me, if there was even a chance something serious was wrong with the heart, they wouldn't mess around - they've have you seen by a specialist immediately. So, if they're saying no abnormalities, I'd breathe a deep sigh of relief and try to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy! CONGRATS on adding another little boy to the family!!!
Amy! I am so glad to see you! It's been a long time. Tell me more of what is going on with your baby!!! I am so sorry he seems to have health issues. Is there anything they are doing now? What are they planning on doing after he is here? I will certainly be adding you to my list of those we pray for!!!
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December 11th, 2009, 02:32 PM
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Beckie, congrats on another boy! Those second boys are rascals, I tell you. Glad the nurse gave you some reassurance.
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Amy! I am so glad to see you! It's been a long time. Tell me more of what is going on with your baby!!! I am so sorry he seems to have health issues. Is there anything they are doing now? What are they planning on doing after he is here? I will certainly be adding you to my list of those we pray for!!!
Yeah, I keep meaning to pop over to this Board, but something always comes up and I don't ever make it over here. Oops! Baby has been diagnosed with HLHS, which is about the most severe heart defect you can have. Essentially,the left ventricle is completely undeveloped. Babies with the condition generally do ok in utero since the fetus relies on the mother to get oxygenated blood to the body. There's a valve open in utero that basically allows the blood flow to bypass the left ventricle if necessary. Unfortunately, that valve closes within 48 hours or so of birth. When that happens, the body gets no oxygenated blood (since that's supposed to come from the left ventricle) and the baby goes into multi-organ failure and dies. HLHS is completely incompatible with life.

The good news is that they have developed a 3-stage surgery in the last 20 years to replumb the heart so that it can work with only one ventricle. The first surgery is done within a week after birth, the second is done at 4-6 months and the third is done between 2 and 5 years old. They don't have any long-term outcomes for these kids yet since the surgeries have only been around 20 years or so, but they have really come a long way and kids are now living into their 20's without needing transplants. The surgeries aren't without risk - they're all open heart surgeries and the first surgery and time inbetween the 1st and 2nd surgeries are particularly risky. And, not all babies are good candidates for the surgery - some have other heart defects such that the only option is full heart transplant and others have such neurological defects that the choice is compassionate care only until baby dies. It sucks. It's very odd to be in a situation where you don't even know if you'll be bringing a baby home from the hospital. We're not having any showers, taking out any baby clothes, etc. We figure best case scenario the baby will be a good candidate for surgery and will be in the hospital 2 weeks to a month afterwards, so we'll have plenty of time to pull that stuff out. And since we didn't find out Sierra's gender either, we have plenty of gender neutral stuff. (but I have a hunch that this is a boy ). In any case, yes, we would appreciate the prayers. Our faith and knowing how many people are praying for us has really been the main thing getting us through this uncertain time. We know God is in control and we don't have to stress because of that.

Anyway, sorry for the long story, but, since you asked! :-) That's why I can say, believe me, if they thought there was anything wrong, they'd have you in to see a specialist faster than you could spin your head. In addition to seeing my OB, I also see a perinatologist and a neonatal cardiologist monthly for echos and growth scans as well as consults with the surgeons at Children's Hospital who will actually be doing the surgeries. SO, if they're not suggesting you see anyone else, I would heave a huge sigh of relief and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!!!
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Yeah, I keep meaning to pop over to this Board, but something always comes up and I don't ever make it over here. Oops! Baby has been diagnosed with HLHS, which is about the most severe heart defect you can have. Essentially,the left ventricle is completely undeveloped. Babies with the condition generally do ok in utero since the fetus relies on the mother to get oxygenated blood to the body. There's a valve open in utero that basically allows the blood flow to bypass the left ventricle if necessary. Unfortunately, that valve closes within 48 hours or so of birth. When that happens, the body gets no oxygenated blood (since that's supposed to come from the left ventricle) and the baby goes into multi-organ failure and dies. HLHS is completely incompatible with life.

The good news is that they have developed a 3-stage surgery in the last 20 years to replumb the heart so that it can work with only one ventricle. The first surgery is done within a week after birth, the second is done at 4-6 months and the third is done between 2 and 5 years old. They don't have any long-term outcomes for these kids yet since the surgeries have only been around 20 years or so, but they have really come a long way and kids are now living into their 20's without needing transplants. The surgeries aren't without risk - they're all open heart surgeries and the first surgery and time inbetween the 1st and 2nd surgeries are particularly risky. And, not all babies are good candidates for the surgery - some have other heart defects such that the only option is full heart transplant and others have such neurological defects that the choice is compassionate care only until baby dies. It sucks. It's very odd to be in a situation where you don't even know if you'll be bringing a baby home from the hospital. We're not having any showers, taking out any baby clothes, etc. We figure best case scenario the baby will be a good candidate for surgery and will be in the hospital 2 weeks to a month afterwards, so we'll have plenty of time to pull that stuff out. And since we didn't find out Sierra's gender either, we have plenty of gender neutral stuff. (but I have a hunch that this is a boy ). In any case, yes, we would appreciate the prayers. Our faith and knowing how many people are praying for us has really been the main thing getting us through this uncertain time. We know God is in control and we don't have to stress because of that.

Anyway, sorry for the long story, but, since you asked! :-) That's why I can say, believe me, if they thought there was anything wrong, they'd have you in to see a specialist faster than you could spin your head. In addition to seeing my OB, I also see a perinatologist and a neonatal cardiologist monthly for echos and growth scans as well as consults with the surgeons at Children's Hospital who will actually be doing the surgeries. SO, if they're not suggesting you see anyone else, I would heave a huge sigh of relief and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!!!
Oh hun - I am sorry you have such a daunting road ahead of you. I guess I decided it was a boy all on my own for you! LOL I am not sure why...in fact I thought for sure I saw it in your siggie... So either I have a hunch or just pg brain!

I will for certain be praying for your family. It seems so incredibly unfair to struggle so much to get pg, stay pg and then to add any additional health concerns on top of it - but heaven knows why we have to go through half of this in the first place.... Please do keep us updated as to how you & baby are doing. It is wonderful to see so many of us back pg again - I have missed you all more than you know. Thank you for taking the time to explain the situation & hopefully popping in a little more to keep us in the loop as well. MANY hugs!
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