I am also a bit more nervous about meeting F.ranz. I feel that I know less about him. With S.oren, I had so many ultrasounds that even though we'd had the weird amnio result, I really felt that he was going to be normal in every respect, aside from maybe the possible clubfoot that the MFM doctors periodically speculated about (and which did not come to pass). I had seen him open and close his eyes on ultrasound. I had seen that he had a full head of hair. Each month, I had been reassured that all body parts, internal and external, looked proper in their development. But with Fr.anz, the last ultrasound I had was at 28 weeks, so who the hell knows what he's like? I mean, gosh, only TWO level II ultrasounds? How do normal people manage? And let's not even talk about the olden days, when ultrasounds and amnios and so forth didn't exist.
One of my friends in real life is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. She's about four weeks behind me. She's 37, but her nuchal and blood screening results came back with such low odds of abnormalities (1 in 10,000) that she (very reasonably) didn't do a CVS or amnio. But then she didn't seem to be growing right, so she's had a bunch of ultrasounds, and over time more and more soft markers have been coming up for various trisomies. She's now had a fetal brain MRI and heart scan (I forget the name), and they're trying to determine whether something is really wrong or not. And because she's dealing with specialists, they're hard to schedule, so she'll have a test and then have to wait a week or two to talk to them. She goes in today to meet with someone about the most recent tests, so please keep your fingers crossed for her.