Monday, February 22, 2010
On Friday we had another ultrasound, this one was a little emotional for me. So far everything has gone pretty smoothly since 24 weeks, and I wasn't expecting anything out of the ordinary to happen. Eli is growing well, he is now just over 2lbs! His kidneys are still enlarged, they were still unable to locate any lenses (eyes), and the amniotic fluid levels were still a little generous. When the tech. played his heartbeat I felt sick to my stomach because I knew it sounded slower. It was down to about 115bpm, which is the slowest it has ever been. Thankfully it went back up throughout the ultrasound, but that was a big dip for him since it is usually in the high range. They did notice that the right side of his heart appears to be larger than the left. His heart has been about the only normal thing Eli's got going for him, so this really made me sad. We're not sure what all of this means for him, but for now we will go on as planned. I will now be going in twice a week though, once to have an ultrasound or OB check and a second time to do an NST (non-stress test) which will monitor his movement and heart rate. I'm so glad that Eli is hanging in there, but the reality of everything really hit me on Friday. I don't think I will ever be ready for the day to come when we will meet Eli, but I know it is going to be both a heartbreaking and beautiful day.
Posted by LC at 7:49 AM
After several ultrasounds and two CVS tests, it was confirmed that our son, Elijah, had Trisomy 13. He had several defects such as extra fingers, cleft palate, no lenses (eyes), enlarged kidneys, two vessel cord, the right side of the heart appeared to be larger than the left, and a few more things. Although Eli had many complications, he was both perfect and beautiful to us. He has opened up our hearts to what love truly means. We were not sure if he would make it to term or through labor. Around 35 weeks it became obvious that Elijah's growth was slowing down. I was induced at 37 weeks, and Elijah Alexander was born at 2:30 am, April 25, 2010, weighing 4 lbs. 15 oz. He was absolutely beautiful. He lived for 12 beautiful hours, and at passed away peacefully at 2:30 pm, April 25, 210.
- I have such an amazing family, I am so blessed. My husband Jon and I have a beautiful daughter named Dylan who is constantly making us smile. We also have a son, Elijah, who has changed our world and touched our hearts. Even though he is an angel now, we will always embrace and celebrate his life.