I had an NST on Tuesday, that went well, his heart rate is all over the place ranging from 110-170 but they said that is a little more typical for a baby like Eli. Wednesday I met with my OB to do a tummy check and discuss the results from Friday's ultrasound in more detail. My uterus is measuring right at 30 weeks, which is surprising since Eli is a little on the small side. She actually told me that I could gain a little more weight because I have been losing weight throughout the last few appointments and have hardly gained any throughout the pregnancy. Something tells me that carrying Dylan up and down stairs all day has to do with that, but I definitely don't mind indulging in my food cravings a little bit more. When we discussed the ultrasound I was a little disappointed. While Eli is gaining some weight, his growth rate has started to slow down going from the 28th percentile to the 17th. Hopefully he will make up for the decrease in the next couple weeks, but this also could be the start of a continuing trend. We moved around my appointments so that Jon could start coming to the ultrasounds, I think it will be good for him to see Eli again.
We have a shelf dedicated to Eli, I thought I would share it with you. We have so many ultrasound photos, I will have to come up with a creative way to keep them all together.
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.