To an ultrasound where you might find out your baby has down syndrome?
Yeah you read that right. Apparently my blood test I took two weeks ago showed baby at having an "elevated risk" to have down syndrome.
Elevated meaning 1 in 200 Chance as opposed to the usual 1 in 1,429 for a 22 Year Old Mother to-be.
I'm frustrated. But not scared. I'm nervous. But when the Doc told me on the phone "you have and elevated risk blah blah medical talk blah blah" I didn't get a sinking feeling in my stomach. I don't know if cause in my heart it's not true, or if because either way, it won't matter. Life with a baby, is going to be hard. Life with a DS baby will be a whole different adventure. But that doesn't make me any less excited or in love with this little life growing inside of me. Did you know that 75% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted? I read that yesterday. How terrible. How sad.
I ran into one of my old Young Women's leaders yesterday at work and told her what was going on. She has 4 beautiful multi-talented wonderfully smart normal children. She said with all of them, she had the same thing happen to her.. "elevated risk" with no actual problems with that risk. I don't believe it was a coincidence I ran into her yesterday. I needed that re-assurance that it could be nothing, from someone I know. Someone that proved that risk wrong.
So who knows?
Maybe my baby will be special. Will I love him or her any less? Of course not. Will raising this child be the hardest, most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling thing I will ever do in my entire life? Of course. Down Syndrome or not, the blessings this baby will be in my life will be the same, the trials may be just a little different, but isn't it like that with every child any one has?
Mine just might have an extra chromosome. Which will only make him or her extra awesome.
I am so incredibly grateful Ryan is going to be able to come with me. What a blessing I was able to get a late in the afternoon shift where he would only need to get off work an hour early, and he's already worked an extra hour this week to get in his 40 hours. I find that to not be just a coincidence either.
No, really. I am awesome. I just saved a bunch of money on my baby stuff by looking on craigslist. :)
Instead of a stand alone regular bassinet for baby, Ryan and I (well lets face it, mostly I) decided we wanted a co sleeper. It's a nifty little bed for baby that has half of a side missing so you can strap it next to your bed and baby sleeps right next to you, but not in the bed.
I really like the funny smile on that baby's face.
The catch was the cost.
on the website they are $189!
Even at target it's $140
But on Monday. Whilst I was doing mountains of laundry catching up on shows on hulu I got the impression....
I need to go on craigslist....
Well, I did.
And I found this little beauty.
FOR 60 BUCKS!!!!
It's in great condition and the lady that sold it to me was really sweet and had the cutest chunkiest babies I had ever seen (that I'm not related to, no one can surpass their cute to chunky ratio)
Mally really likes the storage area underneath....
But Wait There's More!
We also wanted a glider for the nursery.
Most that I have seen are $150 and up.
Guess how much I got this one for on Craigslist?
I am so incredibly happy and excited I followed that little prompting to go on craigslist cause it just saved us A LOT of money on things that we really wanted/needed for the nursery to be.
Yay!! What has been your best buy of craigslist past??
So maybe baby poppet's heart didn't sound like a drum, more like a choo choo train.
Baby had just been squirming and moving around like crazy, that's why Ryan said "come on kid start swimming"
obviously baby got a little camera shy cause he/she wouldn't do it again, but it was pretty incredible either way!
And obviously for those who have voted on the gender poll, only one baby, no twins.