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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We went to a maternal-fetal specialist today to get the baby’s nuchal transparency screening done to check for risks of Down syndrome. This was a level II ultrasound that was more detailed and longer than a regular ultrasound. We got to hear the heartbeat (Joey was there for this one); the heart rate was 169, I think. And we got to see our little Cheerio floating around in the sac! The doctor got some great pictures, and he even made a guess about the gender: It might be a…GIRL! It’s way too early to know for sure, so we’ll see what happens in a few weeks. Anyway, the measurements of the NT scan look good (below 2, the doctor said), and we’ll know about the results of the genetic screening blood tests in about a week. I’ll have to go back in 6 weeks for additional screenings.

Also, the other day, we bought our first item for Cheerio: a teddy bear from Build-A-Bear. We didn’t dress it or anything; it’s just a plain ole cute bear that she (or he) will hopefully love in the coming years. It made me a little teary-eyed, I must admit. I wanted our first purchase for the baby to be something special and meaningful, so it was a success!