Finding Out Harper’s Diagnosis

IMG_0353First, let me start from the beginning. It was June 5th, 2017. I was able to watch my husband get promoted from an E3 to an E4, it was a very exciting day. When I got home, I noticed that I hadn’t started yet. Dillon and I had been trying to get pregnant since our miscarriage in January. So, I took a pregnancy test and it was positive! I had the best promotion present for him. The following 6 weeks were hard. We lost our first baby at 10 weeks and we didn’t want to lose this one. All we needed to do was to get past the first trimester. And we did! At our second trimester appointment, we decided to it was best for us to get genetic testing done just to be on the safe side. But to be honest, I was ready to find out if we were having a boy or girl. We waited a week for the blood work to come back. On August 18th, we got a call that changed our entire world. I answered the phone and it was our nurse practitioner. She was sorry to say that my blood work came back high risk for Trisomy 18 or in other words, Edwards Syndrome. I’m thinking this whole time, “oh the baby will just have something like Down Syndrome, no big deal, we got this”. The nurse then said that most Trisomy 18 babies do not make it to birth. That is when I lost it. Before we hung up, I asked if she knew if it was a boy or girl. She said it was a girl. I knew it, I just knew it was a girl all along. I called Dillon immediately afterward and told him that this baby wouldn’t make it. He came straight home and we Googled for hours all about Trisomy 18.

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