We're back from our level 2 ultrasound. Aaron and I could tell some differences between this ultrasound and the last without the doctor having to tell us. Here goes the list of what we were told.
Skull - narrows a bit at the front, not a clover leaf shape which is good, but the narrowing is present in several types of skeletal dysplasias.
Arms and Legs - Only grew about a weeks worth, so they are now about 7 weeks behind (not good) Also, the femurs are starting to look bowed and they didn't look that way at the last ultrasound (this is one thing Aaron and I noticed looked different without the doctor pointing it out) The bowing is a sign of osteogenesis imperfecta - there are different types of this, some lethal and some not.
Chest - His chest isn't quite as big as it needs to be. The Dr.told us at this point it could go either way. Either we will continue to see signs of the chest slowing in growth or it will continue to grow. From what Aaron and I understand it is his chest that we should be most concerned about. If his chest does not grow like it should he more than likely will not survive long past birth.
The Dr. told us at this point that it could go either way and gave us about a 50/50 chance of bringing Noah home. He said it was good to stay positive but that we need to have a little reality in the back of our minds about things not going the way we hope. Right now he said there is no way to tell what exactly Noah has. We probably won't be able to know until after he is born. He also told us there was nothing that Aaron or I did to cause this.
Right now, we are still kind of processing things. Just from the last ultrasound to this, Aaron & I could see changes for the worse. No mother should have to hear "You have a 50/50 chance of bringing your baby home." Right now we are continuing to just pray. I think my prayers are more what's best for Noah at this point. If he will be good with us, that we can bring him home as healthy as possible. If he's better off in heaven with our two other babies, that Aaron and I will have the strength to bear it.
I want to thank everyone that has been and is praying for us and for Noah. You have no idea how much we appreciate it. We will continue to need prayers for the remainder of the pregnancy. We have an appointment next week with our regular Dr. and we go back to the perinatologist on the 28th to check Noah's progress. I will post some of the pictures we got as soon as I can get them scanned to the computer, we have a very beautiful baby boy.
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." -James 1:2-3