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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Soccer Season--Almost Over!!

Soccer season is almost over--only one practice left. The coach has been preparing the kids for the next class (3-4 year olds), so on Monday they played their first little "game." They tried to score goals off the coach--exciting!! Below is a video of Brookey scoring her first goal! Woo hoo!! We can't believe how far she's come after just 6 months of soccer. She is at the age now where she's really starting to listen, follow directions and ENJOY structured group activities. It's been an amazing transformation since the first soccer practice when she pooped her pants and laid on the grass and whined for 30 minutes!!! Here's the link to her video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMFlGZzARyk

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Annual Trip to the Pumpkin Patch!







Now that we're all healthy, we took advantage of the perfect fall weather and made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. Unfortunately, Maddie and her family weren't able to join us for the 3rd year in a row...now they're all sick! But Grandma Shanks joined us and we all had a great time! Brookey is counting the days until she can put on her Snow White costume and parade around for candy....her two favorite things: princesses and candy!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Rascal is Sick!

Poor baby! She has the puke flu--either that or it's food poisoning from some goat cheese she ate on Friday night at Whole Foods. I can't believe my kid likes goat cheese! What's wrong with her??! Anyway, she's been sleeping and just taking it easy. We missed our annual Pumpkin Patch trip on Saturday, but have rescheduled for next Sunday. I hope she feels better by then!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Freaky Friday

Last Friday (9/26) began five days of high anxiety here at the Rooney Household. I am finally in a place where I can talk about the whirlwind few days we've had.

It all started with what I thought was going to be a "routine" ultrasound. However, I was told that it was really a nuchal translucency (NT) screening for Down's Syndrome and other chromosonal abnormalities. This NT test was not routine when I was pregnant with Brookey just 3 years ago! To make a long story short, I left the office in tears after being told I was in the "high risk" category for Down's and that I needed to decide if I wanted to pursue more invasive, diagnostic testing for definitive results. Since I am a bit on the control-freaky side and need to know things (except the sex of the baby!!), I scheduled an appointment for a CVS test, which is a similar procedure to an amnio (yes, needles in belly--not cool).

Scott escorted me to the procedure this past Monday and like a trooper, sat there with me through three needles in my belly (two to "numb" it and one REAL needle). I think I have a pretty decent tolerance for pain and this procedure sucked. I don't wish it upon anyone, but it was over really quickly so I guess it wasn't that bad.

The next two days we were sitting on pins and needles. I did a lot of soul-searching and came to the realization of what a personal decision all of the testing was as well as a couple's decision about how to proceed with the pregnancy if any negative results are found. My Dr. told me awhile back that almost everyone (myself included) hypothetically says, "no matter what the tests show, i'll keep the baby." However, he found it amazing that the majority of people he's worked with ended up changing their mind once they were truly faced with the situation. The point is, you cannot pass judgement or know what's right until you are actually faced with the decision yourself. And in fact, there is no "right" or "wrong" decision. It's all very personal.

Luckily, Scott and I are not faced with that decision right now. We are happy to report that Baby Rooney #2 has no known chromosonal abnormalities, based on the results of Monday's testing--including Down's Syndrome and other much more serious conditions. So far, so good until Round 2 of genetic testing is done at 20 weeks. But right now, we're just counting our blessings.

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