This week has been one of the most difficult for a long time. From the stratospheric high of realising we were pregnant by some natural miracle to the crashing low of finding out we had a high risk of baby having Downs Syndrome, my emotions have been on a roller-coaster ride. I've prayed, hoped, feared and run every possible scenario through my mind.
On Wednesday evening we were watching TV in the living room, DD soundly asleep upstairs, when at 8pm the phone rang. We get a lot of cold calls from overseas so I prepared my most polite 'bog off and leave us alone' voice and ran to the phone before it woke DD up. But it wasn't a cold call. It was a midwife from Kings College hospital, where we'd had our CVS test on Monday.
I took the phone into the kitchen and tried to breathe. I confirmed my date of birth. I held my breath. Then I realised that I could tell that she was smiling. She explained that the four sets of chromosomes they had tested first had come back negative - Downs Syndrome and four other abnormalities had been ruled out with a 99% certainty. OH had come rushing in. He looked worried and expectant.
I grinned. He grinned.
The midwife continued to explain that the rest of the chromosome pairs would be tested over the next two weeks but that anything they found now would be extremely rare. If they did find anything they would call but assuming all was well they would send us a written report. While she was talking part of my mind was backtracking to something she'd said about the first tests - they had tested the X chromosome for gender abnormalities.
The lady on the other end of the phone line knew if we were going to have a boy or a girl. I repeated this to OH and raised my eyebrows in a way I hoped he'd understand meant 'do we want to know?' Thankfully marital telepathy works and he nodded. So she told us. And so we know that this time around we're having..... A BOY!
Aside from the fact that I have no idea how to raise a baby boy we're completely over the moon of course, but nothing is as awesome as knowing that I'm carrying a healthy baby boy.
Thank you so much for all your support and well-wishes over the past few days. It has really meant a lot to us. You all rock, mahooosively.