They did the nuchal translucency screening and all looked good. We're having them do the additional blood testing and we'll go back at 18 weeks for the anatomy scan. So far, all is well and there are no signs of omphalocele or anything else at this point.
Now to be quite honest, I really feel like this time around, if something abnormal comes up, yes we will be sad but I don't think it would be as devastating as our initial news about Harper was. For Harper's outlook to have been so negative and for us to now have the amazing daughter we have, I know that God is totally, 100% in control. I find it hard to pray that this baby will be 100% healthy and born without flaw because I am so grateful for the "flaws" that Harper was born with. Not only do I know that they made us better parents but I know that they strengthened our marriage. My prayers tend to be more that this baby will be perfect for our family. That we will learn and grow with this baby like we did with Harper but in different ways. Maybe that's just the consequence of having a child born under abnormal circumstances but I don't expect perfection. Knowing what I know through the experience the last year brought, I will love this child regardless of any "imperfections" it might have and will love those imperfections with all of my heart.
I don't know if I'll be able to go into a check-up or even through delivery without expecting to hear some kind of news that things aren't totally "normal" but I don't feel anxious or scared about these feelings. They are more matter-of-fact. Chances are, we'll sail through this pregnancy and know what it's like to bring home a baby that's just days old. Actually, that scares me more than anything! I don't have a clue about what to do with a newborn!
I wonder, do you other mothers of babies born under abnormal circumstances, whether it's a birth defect, prematurely or anything else, find this to be true???