So much has been happening lately and so much is about to happen!
On July 9th I had my LAST ultrasound of Camden’s baby sister, Ryleigh, until my 32 week ultrasound. You know what that means? GOOD NEWS! My blood work came back good and the ultrasound did NOT show any abnormalities! So, no more extra appointments or ultrasounds! My baby girl is just going to be on the small side, with her arms measuring in the 15th percentile and her legs in the 25th percentile. Her measurements are completely normal, just on the small side of normal. I am so blessed to be able to say that I have 2 healthy children!
Before my ultrasound, I had a video conference with a genetic counselor to talk about Camden. She recommended getting Camden tested when he is around 5 (That age is what she recommended without a reason. I am sure we could get testing done sooner, but I don’t feel that finding the answer is necessary until Camden is old enough to ask questions and let him make that decision for himself. So we might wait even longer than that until or even if he ever wants it done.) to see if they can find a genetic reason for his limbs not developing. The ONLY way it could be genetic, is if me and Camden’s Dad BOTH carry the gene for his limbs not developing. If only one of us carried the gene, then it would be the same as neither of us carrying it. If we both carry the gene, our siblings could also carry it, but it would not affect their children unless they had a child with someone who also carried the same gene. What are the chances of that though? We would have to have a very lucky family if one of our siblings drew the same straw as Frazier and I! Hope that doesn’t confuse you too bad. It’s very complicated.
Camden has FINALLY started occupational therapy! He had his evaluation 2 weeks ago and his first real appointment last Wednesday. We discussed that it would be good for him to do sensory projects and about getting him a sensory table made. I couldn’t wait for a table to be made, so I started our own sensory projects using his walker! So far we have done oatmeal and Froot Loops, peanut butter and apples, and yogurt and Cheerios! Here is a short video of Camden going to town on some peanut butter! He made such a mess, but it filled my heart to see him so happy!
I am 6 months pregnant with baby sister, Ryleigh, now! She is starting to be a very active baby girl! This pregnancy is just so much different than my pregnancy with Camden. Ryleighs movements feel so strange compared to what I felt with Camden! According to my pregnancy app, she weighs about 1.5 pounds and is about 13 inches long! That is half an inch longer than Camden was when he was born! She is also starting to produce “surfacant” which means her little lungs are getting stronger and stronger everyday and if she were born now, she would be very likely to survive! Isn’t that such a huge milestone! I am so blessed to be this far in my pregnancy and not having any complications so far! It really is such a relief! At my last appointment with my OB we talked about scheduling my csection at my 32 week appointment (thats only 7 weeks away!) and I am really hoping he will let me go to my due date as long as I don’t go into labor and everything is fine with Ryleigh. I am so afraid of her having to be put in the NICU for breathing complications like her big brother had, and he was born only 8 days before his due date! That showed me every day in the belly matters a lot.