Well folks, it's official. The baby's name is Ethan Robert Hoff. Keith and I agreed on this several days ago, but I seem to have forgotten to "officially" announce it here. So now you'll probably hear me referring to Ethan as opposed to "the baby" in my future posts. It kind of feels weird right now to refer to him by name because, like I said, I hadn't originally planned on coming to a definite decision on a name until much later. But the more I say it, the more easily it rolls off my tongue.
Today we got some more information about who we will be seeing for the rest of the pregnancy. Rather than continuing to see my original OB, we will be seeing a new Perinatologist in Shawnee. Next Wednesday we have a meeting with the Perinatologist in Overland Park that we saw before, and then we will be seeing our new doctor on Thursday (sounds confusing, I know). The reason that we're going to the new doctor is because: a) he is a specialist who will be able to answer all of our questions and provide us the best care possible, and b) the facility he's at delivers high-risk pregnancies. We still do not have the final results of the chromosones at this point and, unless they can tell us something over the phone, we probably won't know until we go in next Wednesday. We're still hopeful that this is the 1 in 10,000 fluke and not genetic. If it is a fluke, then Keith and I will probably start buying lottery tickets. I mean, if we can have such slim odds on our side for this...
On a more serious note, if you could please join us in praying that our meetings go well next week and that we are able to get more answers about what's to come with the pregnancy and delivery. We also pray that we can find out more about which type of Trisomy 13 Ethan has (there are 3 types). This will give us a bit more information about what the general outlook is.
Thank you for your prayers and love.