We're expecting our 3rd child in July. We had an ultrasound preformed at 28 weeks and discovered he has anencephaly, a fatal birth defect. Here's our story and experiences
Friday, July 29, 2011
On July 19th, we had a 7am 21 wk ultrasound in Omaha. Our first u/s looked good, but that was at 12 wks,so while we had positive thoughts, there was still that chance of problems. On the drive down at 6am, "Blessings" by Laura Story came on the radio. We both like the song, and was praying for a healthy u/s.
Everything looked good on the u/s, everything appears to be forming normal, and we're praying for a healthy baby. On the drive home, "Blessings" was on xm radio. Closer to home, heard it again on the FM dial 104.9. Is it a godwink? Later that day while farming, "Blessings" again was on. Even if it's coincidense, we felt there was a 'presence" around us.
We're so Excited for our "Blessing" come November.
Anencephaly is the absence of a large part of the brain and the skull.
Anencephaly is one of the most common neural tube defects. Neural tube defects are birth defects that affect the tissue that grows into the spinal cord and brain.
Anencephaly occurs early in the development of an unborn baby. It results when the upper part of the neural tube fails to close. Why this happens is not known. Possible causes include environmental toxins and low intake of folic acid by the mother during pregnancy.
Anencephaly occurs in about 1 out of 10,000 births. The exact number is unknown, because many of these pregnancies result in miscarriage. Having one infant with this condition increases the risk of having another child with neural tube defects
We have recieved so many kind words, prayers, and stories from people that have reached out to us.