Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our Baby

A week before Christmas, Peter and I went in for our 18 week ultrasound to find out the sex of our baby. The doctor found some serious abnormalities in the ultrasound and recommended that we do an amniocentesis to find out more information. A few days later we received the difficult news that our little girl has trisomy 13.

Trisomy 13 is condition in which the baby ends up with an extra chromosome 13, which is similar to down syndrome where the child has an extra chromosome 21. However, the extra 13 chromosome is much more serious and in most cases, as the nurse told us, is incompatible with life. Eighty percent of babies born with trisomy 13 die within the first month and the rest rarely live past a year. We have an appointment next week to meet with a heart specialist who will do an ultrasound of our baby's heart, the most serious defect, and help us better prepare for what to expect for our little girl.

It is obviously not what we were expecting, but we are grateful to learn the news ahead of time so we can appreciate each day of pregnancy as precious time we get to spend with our little girl as part of our family.

Thank you for all your prayers, love and support. We are doing fine. It is hard to be sad or depressed when I spend my days taking care of our beautiful, healthy daughter who is constantly reminding me how alive (and busy) she is! And I have the most wonderful husband in the world. We are grateful that God is giving us this special baby girl and hope that we can spend a little bit of time with her before He takes her home.



21 Weeks Pregnant with Daughter #2

8 comments:

brentandkashann said...

Candice that was so sweet. You are a wonderful mother and inspire me. We love you and are praying for you.

Cristi said...

Oh Candice, I am so sorry to hear that you will have to endure this difficult trial. Your attitude is amazing and I wish you joy!

Chelsea said...

You look so great Candice. I can't wait for you to meet your sweet little baby, whenever or however that is.

I'm so glad you have a positive attitude. I keep thinking that I would not be able to handle it as well as you guys are.

Gasaway Family said...

I'm so sorry to hear your news! You are obviously handling it very well, it is times like these that make you especially grateful for the gospel and Plan of Happiness. You are in our prayers!

Escobar Family said...

Very special post Fielding. My heart goes out to your family. What a special family you have to have the trust of Heavenly Father with one of His most special daughters. What a noble spirit you must have inside. I'm sure many tears will be shed...but what a blessing to be an eternal family!

Tom and Jen Loveland Family said...

I heard this through the family grapevine and have been thinking about you and praying for you and your little family ever since. Although it is not the news you wanted to hear, you have such a good outlook! You are amazing.

Jackie said...

Oh you sweetheart!

Love and prayers. Take care of yourself, and those sweet girls!

Tania Gisele Flores said...

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