Well, at least we were. Until I started taking Genetics.
Oh dear god, what is that? A child, you say? I don't believe you. Holy cow, soooooooo much can go wrong. Can't unsee; can't unsee!
Last week, we spent almost every day looking at dead, dying, or several deformed pictures of fetuses or small children. Awesome.
Our genetics professor:
"Trisomy 18 is characterized by mottled skin, small stature, rocker bottom feet, congential heart disease and small mouth. 95% of these children die within the first year. But hey, it's better than Trisomy 13 which is characterized by facial clefts, abnormal spinal and head defects, extra fingers/toes and cardiac anomalies. Most of these babies don't even make it out of the womb! 95% of Trisomy 13 babies die within 6 months instead of a year."
Wow, genetics prof, that IS a relief to be diagnosed with Trisomy 18 over 13. I'll be sure and let the parents of a Trisomy 18 child know that.
If I see one more picture of a cleft lip or a progeria patient, I'm going to make my husband get a vasectomy.
I purposely did not put links to Trisomy 18, 13 or cleft lips and left this post devoid of inline pictures. You can Google those yourself if you are determined to feel depressed or you need the willpower to avoid a one night stand. Just Google "birth defects" and you'll lose your appetite. Best way to diet ever.
On a bit of a serious note, I can't imagine forcing a woman to deliver a child who was certain to die within 6 months. Gives me a new perspective into the choice versus life debate. I don't know what I would do myself, but I do know that watching my child slowly die would be one of the worst things imaginable.
But you know what?
It's all okay, because swans don't have these problems. Look at those cute swans.
|She had like 5 babies at the same time and none of them are horrifically deformed. Sweet.|
Oh wait. I have an exam on this material in a week. *sigh* Maybe I'll have forgotten about it by the time I'm trying to get pregnant.
The only thing stopping me from being too fearful to get pregnant is that nothing is worse than ADVANCED MATERNAL AGE! WARNING, WARNING, ADVANCED MATERNAL AGE HAS BEEN DETECTED. DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200.
Be back later, I need to go find my husband.