We had our first appointment with our OB today. Because of the high-risk nature of the delivery we are now working the hospitals's maternal fetal medicine team. After doing some research and asking around we picked Dr. Esplin. He was wonderful, and met our expectations perfectly. Of course it is always going to be a subject that is difficult to confront, but we feel we have a great ally.
The appointment started out with an ultra-sound, so they could monitor the baby's growth and development. The measurements show that the baby is a bit underdeveloped, but everything is still within range so this isn't alarming... phew!
After the ultra-sound tech did her magic Dr. Esplin joined us and consulted with us on our baby's future and the decisions that needed to be made. He didn't seem rushed, he let us ask all the questions we had, and was even happy when we pulled our our bulleted list of questions.
During our consultation with Dr. Esplin it became clear that although there are other babies with HLHS, every situation is different and unique. We know we have a big decision to make, and it won't be easy! Near the end of the appointment Dr. Esplin pulled the ultrasound wand from the machine and shared this precious picture with us:
This was the first 3-D ultrasound I'd ever seen. And what a wonderful sight it was... Looks so peaceful and relaxed.
As this pregnancy progresses we feel this little angel becoming more and more a part of our family. Although it may not be under the most favorable circumstances, we are truly blessed to have this sweet child be part of our family.