FINALLY! I have some news....but first, you won't believe what happened. Sequenom, the lab who processes the MaterniT 21 test was taking a crazy long time processing our sample. Finally, on the 10th business day last week I got a call from the genetic counselor saying that she has never had this happen before, but Sequenom actually contaminated my specimen somehow making it impossible to render any kind of result, therefore our test was inconclusive. Can you believe that?! All that stress and now I still didn't have answers! The company was really apologetic and thankfully refunded the money that we had to spend out of pocket for the test....
Then I had to decide what to do next. Do the test again and go through all of that again, do an amnio or do nothing. I know it's a very personal decision, but in the end I decided to do an amnio. Not that it would change us carrying the pregnancy to term, *but* if our little baby needed specialized care or would need surgery or anything else right away, I wanted to be prepared as much as possible. I thought the anxiety leading up to the amnio was worse than the actual procedure. We had a beautiful scan of our little baby and then had the amnio. The needle was in an out in less than two minutes. The oddest part was following the whole thing on u/s while it was being done. It was odd to feel the needle (it was like 8 inches long) go into my stomach, then into muscle, then finally into my uterus. And even odder to see the needle behind the baby's head on the screen. Such precise stuff. There's definitely a reason why doctors get paid what they do!
Anyway, I got my FISH results yesterday which confirmed that we have a HEALTHY baby GIRL! I still have yet to receive the full panel of results (those should come in a week) but she does not have any defect of trisomies 13, 18 or 21. So thank you all for your input on the gender of our sweet girl, but more importantly...thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts during this REALLY stressful time.
(sorry I was so long winded)
I thought I'd share how we told our 5 year old little girl Norah that we were having a girl. Here's her reaction. I love her!
And a picture of our sweet girl....