A.J. Lowe

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   Our son, Alexander James Lowe, was born October 9, 2016 at 1:19 a.m. at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Although I was thrilled to be pregnant , my pregnancy was rough, I was very sick, vommiting every day up until about 6 months. I actually lost weight while carrying AJ. The doctors kept telling us everything was fine. I knew so.ethi g was not right. This was my 4th baby and I never even had a touch of morning sickness with any of them. Losing weight while pregnant was not sitting well with me. At around the 7th month the doctor finally decided to do a growth ultrasound to check the baby's size. I was told my baby was small for his gestational age and subsequent ultrasounds would consistently prove that to be the case. They diagnosed my son with IUGR, intrauterine growth restriction. They told me he would also have unusually short arms and legs. His femurs were measuring extremely small relative to the rest of his body. 
 After a few ultrasounds I began to go to the hospital for weekly non stress tests and ultrasounds of the placenta to make sure it was still working adequately. This went on until my 38 week ultrasound..one week away from my scheduled induction. That day it was determined the baby would be better off out than in. After a very painful 24 hours of induction medications and procedures I went into active labor on 10/8/16. I was only in active labor for about 5 hours, but man I have never felt pain like that in my entire life. I did not plan to go natural but the epidural had other plans for me...I had 2 and neither worked by the time I was ready to push. 
  Alexander James Lowe arrived at 1:19 a.m. He was perfect, he IS perfect. Bryan and I were so thrilled to finally meet our little man. He was predicted by ultrasound to weigh about 4 lbs. ...he was born at 5.4 lbs 18 inches. His legs were not short, his arms were long and skinny like his Dads. He had a fold in his forehead that looked like he had a hard time coming out! How cute every baby is all squishy looking from being squeezed down a birth canal..and ours was the cutest we had ever seen. We were in love. We got to have skin to skin time for about an hour before the nurse took the baby to be cleaned and I was sent downstairs to my room to wait for him....only he didn't come down. Instead a nurse came into our room at 2:30 in the morning, leaned over the bed and told us she has some concerns about our baby. Upon her inspection of the baby she began to describe, " he has a predominant  fold in his forehead, his nose is turned up,  his ears are low set, have you had genetic testing done? His chin is short and his upper lip is flat and long...I would like to have genetics look at him but they won't be able to see him until Monday" 
What the he'll was this woman talking about? Who does she think she is telling us our perfect little boy may have a genetic disorder? I thought I'd been tested for everything during the pregnancy because of my advanced maternal age... Apparently there are some things they don't test for...like Williams Syndrome.
AJ was in the NICU for 3 weeks...he battled low blood sugar, feeding problems, low temperature,  and jaundice. They ran multiple tests...genetic blood tests, xrays, andechocardiagrams. Head to toe. 
A chest Cray revealed he was missing one set of ribs. His echo on his heart came back ok, as did every other test...except the gentetic testing...we took AJ home and at his 11st pediatricians visit the doctor revealed to me in a very calvalier manner that our son had tested positive for Williams Syndrome.

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