Once again I felt some anxiety as I laid down for our ultrasound this morning. Not too much has changed since our last one. Unfortunately, Ethan's kidney that has already been quite enlarged is even more so. As soon as his abdomen showed up on the screen I could tell; it was a huge black circle. This certainly isn't a good thing, but it also isn't life-threatening, as a person can survive with one functioning kidney. Again his heart looked good, beating strong, and she still couldn't confirm anything wrong with it. She tried to get a good profile shot for us, but the little stinker had his arm in front of his face! The picture she did get of his head has his forearm and elbow sticking out, making it look like he's sportin' a large bird beak. Not exactly the photogenic pose I was hoping for ;)
I also asked about Ethan's overall growth, whether it was on track or not. An average baby at this many weeks weighs close to two and a quarter pounds. Ethan weighs one pound 9 ounces. So he is quite a bit smaller than he should be, but that is common for Trisomy 13 babies. I had a feeling he probably wasn't as big as he should be.
I'm still striving to remain optimistic right now, regardless of the news we receive at these appointments. Our next ultrasound is scheduled for 4 weeks from today, on June 17th. In the meantime, I'm just going to live in the moment and enjoy each day with Ethan. Which reminds me, I almost forgot to mention that I have maternity pictures scheduled for this weekend! On Sunday, Keith and I are meeting with a photographer who volunteers for an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. They take photos for parents whose babies have a terminal illness or diagnosis. I think it will be a nice way to celebrate Ethan and this time we have together. I will be sure to post photos as soon as I can!
As always, thank you for your continued prayers and support.