We are feeling pretty good! We can feel all the prayers and positive vibes. Our Choices West appointment went well today. Good sonogram results, although we were told that Gumdrop's head is larger than normal! Still within a good range though. Estimated weight is over 7 lbs now, but mom has lost another three pounds. We were able to do our first non-stress test. That was actually pretty fun, getting Gumdrop all riled up just to monitor the heart rate to ensure that he/she is strong enough for the labor journey. Other than that just the basics on getting ready for whenever Gumdrop decides that it time to meet us face to face. We can't wait.
Other news includes a study that we taking part in. We have decided to take part in a Harvard University / Boston Children's Hospital research program on CDH babies. We stumbled upon it though another CDH blog and after looking into it, we agreed that we wanted to help. The research is looking into genetic markers that might help identify CDH. The way we understand, is that if they can determine what genes hold the instructions for forming the diaphragm and better lung development, they may be able to develop drugs or treatments to fill in the missing instructions in CDH babies. Although the results will not be ready before February 4th, maybe future parents will be saved some stress if a treatment is developed.
That's about it for now. We are taking the next couple of weeks pretty slow. Just taking in the last of our peaceful time and trying to prepare mentally as much as possible. Thank you all for your supportive comments, prayers, and just for thinking of us. You had much to do we are sure, but you decided to read this blog and we appreciate your support.