Today I met with my OB and went over the ultrasound from last week and had an internal done to see if I had made any progress. As expected I am completely closed and not effaced at all. We were a little hesitant about doing an induction without me making any progress, but after going over the ultrasound it is obvious that Eli's growth is really starting to slow down. All of his measurements are in the less than tenth percentile, some lower than three, he is to the point where it is considered Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). As much as we want to wait until 39 weeks to do anything, we are afraid that he may not survive that long. After talking to my OB and Jon it looks like we have decided to induce when I reach term (37 weeks) which will be next Friday or Saturday, I will be calling in tomorrow to schedule the time. I was expecting this, but nothing can totally prepare me. This is going to be a stressful week for me, but I feel a little better knowing when it is going to happen. I'm so scared, but I know that he will be beautiful and well worth going through all of this.
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.