We got Erin’s labs back from the doctor today, and I’m pleased to report that everything about baby appears to be A-OK after the AFP. The alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test measures the protein secreted by the fetal liver. The test helps determine the odds of various neral tube defects and Downs Syndrome. Even a positive test result, apparently, isn’t necessarily cause for alarm because the AFP has a high incidence of false positives. Happily, Erin’s tests were negative (which is good), so everything continues to look good internally.
Erin’s beginning to feel the baby move a bit. Either that, or for no reason there’s a lot of bubbling going on below her stomach. Quickening usually comes in the 18 to 24 week range, so we’re within the target. Undoubtedly she’ll have a more definitive experience in the coming weeks, but for now I’m enjoying pressing my ear to her belly and listening to the little gurgling sounds. Who knows? I might try that in a few more weeks and get kicked.