Okay, as promised, here is my little update. Yesterday was such a LONG day, but I feel that so much got done. The day started with an ultrasound, and this was such an exciting experience for me; with the first ultrasound, they did not have the room set up for the mother to see the feed as well, so the only thing I got to see of our LO at 8 weeks was a picture print-out. This time, they had a large screen set up so we could see it as well. Rory was being a bit uncooperative--he would move around when the technician needed him to be still, and then he wouldn't move when she needed him in a specific position. We told her that we wanted to keep the gender secret for a gender reveal, so she did turn off our monitor when she was checking out the lower half, but as many of you already know, it is so amazing watching that little life moving around and knowing that said little life is within you. Seeing the little hands and feet and the profile...it was truly magical. However, with the ultrasound came another slight concern--a maternal fetal medicine doctor came in and did another scan on the brain, and he discovered that one of the brain ventricles was slightly larger than normal (instead of it being a 10.0 it was a 10.3), which is a marker for Down's. This lead to us getting an appointment with the genetic counselor at the facility.
Then I met with my new OB, and I really like her. She was thorough, friendly, and took plenty of time to explain things to me. I found out that I would have to deliver the baby at that hospital, so that means that I have to travel a bit longer to get there when the baby gets ready to get here. After that, we had to play the waiting game until we could see the genetic counselors.
The genetic counselors were also wonderful (okay, let me just say this--we did not have a bad experience with a single person at this place); they were patient, they answered our questions, and they made sure that we understood what was going on (though they were impressed that I knew so much about how the quad screen, amnio, and MaterniT21 tests worked). After discussing things with them, I decided to go ahead and do the MaterniT21 test that afternoon, and hopefully I'll hear something back within the next 10 business days. After meeting with them, I went to get my blood work done, and then we were finally able to come home. We gave the results to my sister (the hospital gave us this cute little card in a sealed envelope that stated the gender), she went and got paint and water guns, and then we went over to a friend's house to take the pictures. DH was already preparing himself for a girl, since it seemed like everyone else wanted a girl and he thought he had heard the ultrasound tech slip and say "her" at some point. So it truly was a surprise when we found out it was a boy, and DH was over the moon excited.
I go back in a couple of weeks to meet with the nurse practitioner to go over what to expect during the pregnancy, and then at four weeks I go back to have another ultrasound so they can get a better look at the heart as well as to meet up with my OB again.