Echographic Cardiac Focus

Getting our anatomy scan was the high point of the pregnancy so far, although I’m sure more excitement is coming.

It was such a relief to see the brain INSIDE the head, the liver INSIDE the body, etc. Arms and legs are all present and accounted for. There was even a moment where we watched a tiny hand raise up and teeny, tiny fingers fan out. It was over in a flash and I didn’t get a chance to count to five. But we know he has all his limbs and at least some fingers!

I drank a bottle of orange juice, so we got to watch him fidget around and bob his monkey head from the sugar rush. Right now he’s breech and facing forward. I get a huge kick out of that because when I sit at my computer it’s almost like he’s sitting in my lap watching the screen. If I were transparent.

His brain has all its bits, and they’re all in the right places. Same for his heart. We did get one piece of information that, while not a disaster, is something we could have done without. The baby has an echographic cardiac focus. That’s a bright spot in the heart, and it’s a soft marker for Down’s Syndrome and Trisomy 18. It’s not diagnostic, it’s not even highly indicative. But it’s something. The doctor reading our sono set up an appointment with a genetic counselor for us this Friday. I’ve been playing phone tag with my OB as well. So, I don’t know if we’ll do amnio or not. If we’re impressed enough with the Roosevelt perinatologist then we’ll probably do it just so that we don’t have to worry the next few months away. At least not about that.

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54 responses to this post.

  1. It’s going to be nothing. This thing I know.

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  2. It’s nice to see the little guy moving around, isn’t it?
    What will the genetic counselor do?

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    • It is. It’s amazing. I think I’m starting to feel little kicks too, which is thrilling.
      I’ve never met a genetic counselor, so I’m not really sure what to expect. But I’ll be sure to report back.

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      • Oh, the little butterfly kicks! You spend about two weeks thinking, was that one? and then suddenly you KNOW it’s one. Mine always did a lot of taptaptapping and little flutters more than the bubbles people talk about.

      • Yes! I’m still in the, “The baby kicked!… I think” part right now. It does feel exactly like a little poke or tap.

  3. Wow! That’s so exciting, and a bit nerve-wracking, too, I guess. We will send positive thoughts your way and hope for the best.
    I guess you’ll have to be careful about what you look at on your monitor now, with him watching.

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    • Thanks for the good vibes!
      I’ve already told Damon he has to stop cursing because the baby can hear now.

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      • Oh no. I’d better start practicing. Because, you know, my use of the f-word checks in at a ratio of about a million to Damon’s one.

  4. I have some experience with amnio and such that I can discuss with you via email, if you’re interested. Just let me know.

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  5. I presume it’s a boy. Congratulations!
    My sister is a genetic counselor, although she works with oncology patients more than pregnancies. Even I am not all that sure what she does.

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    • Thank you!
      Your sister draws cool diagrams of people’s families. Circles are for girls and squares are for boys.

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      • I know she assesses the genetic probability of various outcomes and discusses the options available for further testing and/or treatment.
        It’s funny in that neither of us really understands what the other does for a living except at a high level.

      • I know she assesses the genetic probability of various outcomes and discusses the options available for further testing and/or treatment.
        It’s funny in that neither of us really understands what the other does for a living except at a high level.

      • I know she assesses the genetic probability of various outcomes and discusses the options available for further testing and/or treatment.
        It’s funny in that neither of us really understands what the other does for a living except at a high level.

      • I know she assesses the genetic probability of various outcomes and discusses the options available for further testing and/or treatment.
        It’s funny in that neither of us really understands what the other does for a living except at a high level.

    • Thank you!
      Your sister draws cool diagrams of people’s families. Circles are for girls and squares are for boys.

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    • Thank you!
      Your sister draws cool diagrams of people’s families. Circles are for girls and squares are for boys.

      Reply

    • Thank you!
      Your sister draws cool diagrams of people’s families. Circles are for girls and squares are for boys.

      Reply

  6. I presume it’s a boy. Congratulations!
    My sister is a genetic counselor, although she works with oncology patients more than pregnancies. Even I am not all that sure what she does.

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  7. I presume it’s a boy. Congratulations!
    My sister is a genetic counselor, although she works with oncology patients more than pregnancies. Even I am not all that sure what she does.

    Reply

  8. I presume it’s a boy. Congratulations!
    My sister is a genetic counselor, although she works with oncology patients more than pregnancies. Even I am not all that sure what she does.

    Reply

  9. I’m sure it ain’t no thing. Baby boy just wants you to start practicing the worrying part.

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  10. I’m sure it ain’t no thing. Baby boy just wants you to start practicing the worrying part.

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  11. I’m sure it ain’t no thing. Baby boy just wants you to start practicing the worrying part.

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  12. I’m sure it ain’t no thing. Baby boy just wants you to start practicing the worrying part.

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  13. I’m sure it ain’t no thing. Baby boy just wants you to start practicing the worrying part.

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  14. Oh no. I’d better start practicing. Because, you know, my use of the f-word checks in at a ratio of about a million to Damon’s one.

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  15. Perhaps you shouldn’t curse it by referring to his “monkey head.”
    Kidding. Of course he’s fine and perfect. He’s YOURS so it goes without saying.

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  16. Perhaps you shouldn’t curse it by referring to his “monkey head.”
    Kidding. Of course he’s fine and perfect. He’s YOURS so it goes without saying.

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  17. Perhaps you shouldn’t curse it by referring to his “monkey head.”
    Kidding. Of course he’s fine and perfect. He’s YOURS so it goes without saying.

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  18. Perhaps you shouldn’t curse it by referring to his “monkey head.”
    Kidding. Of course he’s fine and perfect. He’s YOURS so it goes without saying.

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  19. Perhaps you shouldn’t curse it by referring to his “monkey head.”
    Kidding. Of course he’s fine and perfect. He’s YOURS so it goes without saying.

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  20. Yes! I’m still in the, “The baby kicked!… I think” part right now. It does feel exactly like a little poke or tap.

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  21. Thank you!
    Your sister draws cool diagrams of people’s families. Circles are for girls and squares are for boys.

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  22. I’m just facing reality. But that’s okay, he’ll be MY monkey faced kid.

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  23. I know she assesses the genetic probability of various outcomes and discusses the options available for further testing and/or treatment.
    It’s funny in that neither of us really understands what the other does for a living except at a high level.

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  24. Even if he does have a monkey head, most kids outgrow the awkward-shaped-head phase by the time they start grade school.

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  25. I can live with that.

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