Thursday, May 29, 2014
We have waited to post our news that we are expecting another baby for a couple reasons; One, it has taken us a bit of time to get through the shock factor. Two, we wanted to wait until we passed the first trimester and knew the baby's gender. So here it is: We are having a little BOY--due August 18th.
Many of our friends and family have had asked about the probability of this baby having SCID, etc.
Of course we are nervous, but even more so we are thankful and excited. Gender does not matter, regardless it is a 75% chance the baby will not have SCID. It is also a 25% chance the baby could be a possible match for Alice if ever the need arises. Of course it would only matter if the baby is healthy as far as being able to donate. We plan to save the cord blood no matter what.
We met with a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist and discussed all our options with testing the baby before birth. This can be done through the amniotic fluid, but should be done before 23 weeks or after 37 weeks because of the risk of triggering labor. We chose to wait until the baby was considered full term at 37 weeks and even more likely will wait until after he is born, which is of course the safest route. If we do not know the baby's health status at the time of delivery, we will deliver at the University of Utah and baby will go into isolation until preliminary results are available...approx. 2 days for results.
We hope and pray that this little one will be healthy, of course.
I was telling a friend the other day that I remember praying "before children days" that when I do have children--that they would just be smart kids....hmmm! Why not healthy-didn't cross my mind. Anyway it's silly sometimes how we view our futures before they unfold.
We appreciate all the love and support we have received in regards to this new step in our lives. We know it is a big thing, and we are thankful that it feels right.
**Alice has already named the Baby---he will be called "Kipper Snacks". It has taken her a little while to accept the fact that Kipper Snacks will be his fun playful name...we haven't yet decided on a 'real' name.