JASON ATEN | MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHER

I'M OKAY IN HERE

"I got a call from the nurse." 

Beth's voice, on the other end of the phone - about an hour ago - was shaking.  As I was loading the girls into the car, I tried to make sense of what she was telling me.  "You got a call from the nurse?" I asked.

"I got a call from the nurse." Beth said.

As she said it, suddenly I'm remembering back to our last visit to the doctor - when we had the amniocentesis test.  "If it's bad news, I call you," said Dr. Roth.  "If it's good news, the nurse will call you as soon as we have the results."

We got a call from the nurse...

Suddenly, I could finally hear the voice of our little baby whispering "I'm okay in here."  There, standing in the parking lot, loading my two daughters into our car - talking to Beth by phone - both of our voices started to shake.  

"I'm okay in here." 

The amniocentesis results show no abnormal chromosomal conditions (downs syndrome, edwards syndrome, or turners syndrome).  The reality is, we're not completely out of the woods.  Next week, we'll have what's called an "extensive ultrasound," where they will look more closely at the baby's parts - especially the heart.  There's still a chance for congenital heart defects .  

There could still be a few other possible complications, and we still appreciate your prayers and support.  This was the result we'd been waiting for, for almost 2 months.  This was the little voice I'd been waiting for - the little voice I heard this afternoon.

 

"I'm okay in here."