We praise the Lord for the good report we received from the doctor last Thursday. Earlier in the week, Tal and I had learned that our baby has a higher risk for a fatal chromosome disorder.
When we went to Duke on Thursday, the doctor did a thorough ultrasound and examined many facets of the baby's development to rule out symptoms of the disease. For instance, she measured the size of the baby's head, the length of the baby's legs, and the curvature of the spine. She even noted that the baby's heart had four chambers and that the bladder contained liquid.
According to the doctor, everything looks good, and our baby is developing right on schedule for 16 weeks. Based on my blood test and ultrasound, the doctor believes our baby's chances of having the disorder are less than 5%.
We go back to Duke in three weeks for another ultrasound to check the baby's progress. However, we choose not to live in fear and allow anything to steal our joy. Instead, we continue to pray and believe that our baby will be born healthy with no allergies, asthma, or disorders. Thanks to everyone who spoke words of faith over us and prayed for a good report. Glory to God!
By the way, on Thursday, the doctor asked us if we wanted to find out Baby Anderson's gender. It was very tempting to want to know if we're having a boy or girl, but we remained strong (for now). :-)