Had another ultrasound this morning, this time taking an in depth look at how our little guy’s heart is developing, which amazingly is only the size of your thumbnail, despite the pictures that we looked at that got down to the details showing the individual valves hard at work inside!
So here’s the thing – the doctor thinks that there might be a small chance that he has a hole in his heart, which on the surface sounds kind of terrifying, but at this point I’ve been told that it’s not something to be too worried about because it’s apparently one of the most common heart defects that babies have. And mind you, that’s not exactly the part that helps, but the doctor herself pretty much mentioned it just in case and admitted that it wasn’t even visible from all of the angles in the ultrasound images, so it could very well be nothing. And even if it is something, I guess in many cases they often close themselves up as the heart grows … and only in a small number of cases is something like surgery required.
Anyways, at the end of the day the entire reason why we’re also seeing the high risk doctor is to be conscious of this kind of stuff, and according to my nurse wife, if this is the worst thing that we have to deal with, we’re still doing pretty great … so we’ll just have to see where it goes from here. Next ultrasound with these folks is 4 weeks from now, when we’ll do a follow-up and see if the hole is any more pronounced, and I guess at that point we’ll go from there.
Nonetheless, back in happy land it’s kind of hard to believe that we’re past the halfway point and only have a little more than four months before we’re ready to introduce this little guy to the world! When you take a step back to consider the breadth of how far we’ve come since we started trying a few years ago to the image above that we took of our little baby boy in the making just this morning, if that isn’t a true blue miracle, I don’t know what one is…