25 Weeks: Worried

Three weeks from the third trimester and all of a sudden I’m worried. Not sure what sparked it.

Now I worry more about what I am eating and drinking.  I also went back to the doctor to see if the choroid plexus cyst on the baby’s brain is gone.

It’s not.  In fact, they found a second one. The ultra sound tech said they usually go away in the third trimester but if it doesn’t it could be a soft marker for down syndrome.  I go back in four weeks to check again.

The baby looks normal other than that. Oh here’s a new picture.

Scratch what I said before. Now I think the baby has MY nose. Poor child.  He will be cute no matter what. And he will be loved a ton no matter what.

My gut tells me every thing is fine, but I know now what moms means when they say “you will always worry about something”

How do you cope with that sick, gut feeling?

Meanwhile, Skittles is kicking something fierce. He’s kicking right now in fact.

Now when I look at my belly at night I can see my skin rise.  That is freaky looking! I like it though.  I love all of it.  I think I will miss having the little guy in my belly.

NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY THAT!

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  1. Hi Virginia –

    My hubby & I have 4 kiddos. Our baby (6 months old), Sadie, has Down syndrome.

    She is an absolute JOY & we are so blessed to have her in our life, as an addition to our family.

    She was a twin, but her sister passed away early on in the pregnancy. Sadie had the choroid plexus cysts, too as well as numerous other “markers” (half indicated T21, the other half indicated T18), so we opted to have the amnio done so we could be prepared for what the future would hold. She was *suppossed* to have several heart issues, no nasal bone, club foot, etc. – but she does not. She is on a tiny bit of oxygen (no real reason why really & that was a surprise), but other than that — she is doing GREAT.

    She spent 25 days in the NICU which was the absolute worst, hardest time of my life … but I cannot imagine life without her.

    My pregnancy was a ROLLERCOASTER. It was one thing after another, scary, stressfull, rough to say the least. My only regret? Wishing I had been able to just ENJOY it. Every tear shed was definitely worth the end result.

    Anways – best of luck to you. Feel free to contact me should you ever need a shoulder.

    Stephanie

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  2. Nikki Robbins says:

    Hi Virginia-

    I am a mom of three – 8, 12, and 14 now, and I own a childcare center, and have for 17 years, and have seen thousands of kids, helped to raise them – kids with disabilities, and kids without and loved them all…one thing I do know – is that worry doesn’t help…but love sure can. Sending your best message and prayer that everything will be ok, is the best thing you can do for you and your baby, just enjoy every kick, every movement, and believe that everything will be just fine…odds are…that it will be – as you’ve said – one way or another. Whatever the outcome – you will love your child – and you will get through things whatever happens. Sometimes I wonder about the benefit of all this technology. My best friend received a test result positive for downs early on, and her daughter is my daughters good friend, at 12 years old, perfectly healthy riding horses, perfectly charismatic and outgoing, charming and you would never know that 12 years ago they received that scare. It scared them indeed – but they too – would have been able to love her whatever the outcome.

    I’ll be thinking of you – and I believe as you do – that everything will be just fine!

    Gut instinct is something not to be discounted.

    All the best-

    from one mom to another.

    Nikki

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  3. Hi Virginia,
    I am a cardiac patient myself. I know its not down syndrome, but my heart condition was a huge shock to my parents. Later when my mom asked the doctor “What should i keep her from doing?” he leaned forward and said “You treat her like a heart patient, and she will become one” She says to this day that was the best advice she was ever given. I had open heart surgery at 2 1/2 and at age 5 i remember going cliff jumping with my older brother and the neighborhood boys.

    Now i am 25, i live completely and totally on my own. I have a full time job, and my own apartment. There are some things i am not able to do physically (like running) but other then that i’m healthy and happy :) And no body in my family treats me like a heart patient, they all just love me.

    All the best and its wonderful to know that your baby will be loved no matter what.
    ~Rowan

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  4. Ashley Doran Strong says:

    Oh honey. You WILL miss it. I don’t miss the infant years or the fit throwing without being able to tell me why…BUT I miss the inside my tummy feelings. I do.

    It is so amazing and you as a mama know it. Impossible to describe in words. And even funnier when he won’t believe you when you tell him he was in your belly. I tell Laura that sometimes and she says it didn’t happen b/c she doesn’t remember it….

    Kids.

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  5. Hi Virginia,
    Im 31 and I just had my first child..when I had my quad screen I tested possible positive for having a down syndrom child. Statistically 1 in 130 women with the same result as I had a child with tristomy 21. My fiancé and I absolutly paniced and where ridden with heartache. At 18 weeks I had an ultrasound where they studied my daughter searching for markers. The doctor found that her ears and arms were on the cusp of being below average raising her chances. These doctors were heart attacks in white coats with stethascopes. After talking to different people I discovered this whole mess is what’s commen. Several of my friends had gone through the same ordeal. My little girl is here and she’s perfectly heathly. We would have loved her regardless but as the other women mentioned it put a damper on my enjoyment of my pregnancy. I can almost promise you that your baby will be fine. Enjoy the excitment of your pregnancy while you can!!

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