I am fourteen weeks pregnant with a baby girl that does NOT have Lissencephaly!
That's right, and she wasn't a big surprise either. Well the fact that she is a girl kind of is, because we all were so sure that she was going to be a little boy. Of course Paisley fills our hearts with joy and we're very happy with her and how far she's come from our initial expectations since her diagnosis, and we want someone else to love and cherish her with us. There also is that big part of us that wanted to know what it's like to watch a child grow and learn and be independent so bad. I think we deserve it and I think Paisley will be motivated.
You might be wondering how I have all this good news already. This is kind of a don't-judge-me-until-you-walked-in-my-shoes thing. After our meeting with Paisley's genetic doctor we were told that we were safe to have healthy children in the future and had maybe a 1% chance of the ILS gene occurring again if Brandon or I had tiny flipped data in our 17th chromosome. Not likely. Awesome!
The moment I became pregnant, that 1% is HUGE. 1 in 100 didn't sound good enough for me. This couldn't happen again! What were the odds of having a baby with Lissencephaly in the first place, right? I was worrying myself sick and I knew I wouldn't be able to have a happy and healthy pregnancy unless I just had that peace of mind. I knew the baby didn't have Liss, but I just had to have the proof.
I made the hard decision of having the Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) test done. Dr. Roussis at the Fort Sanders Perinatal Center here in Knoxville did it two weeks ago and I would not have had it done if it wasn't someone as experienced as him doing it, with the risks involved. He is a high risk OB doctor who I also saw with Paisley, and even though it sucks being a high risk pregnancy, I love him and that whole office! His hands are the only ones I would put mine and my babies' lives in.
The test was uncomfortable, but it was all the waiting afterwards for signs of miscarriage and the test results that was the painful part about it, especially since my insurance didn't get me rapid results. I really just didn't feel "right" for a week after the test. It was pretty scary, but now that I feel great and have wonderful results, I can finally relax and enjoy this pregnancy. It was well worth it. I definitely made the right decision for our family. Plus I got to know the gender really early! If any other mothers out there are worrying about this test and want to talk about it I can tell you everything I experienced with it so feel free to email me because it was really hard to find good stories with results and everything on the internet while I was going through it.
We love our baby girl with Lissencephaly and we love our baby girl without it. It's like being new parents all over again, kind of. Paisley is going to be a great big sister sometime around May 19, 2013.