J and I went for genetic counseling today, and the specialist there (a wonderful doctor; kind and intelligent) thinks that Emmett probably suffered from a vascular problem. Blood clots are the only thing that he can imagine having caused her particular set of abnormalities (i.e. the only thing that could have caused her intestines to form external to her body AND have kept her from growing feet, because without blood flow to those regions, they couldn’t grow properly). There’s a good chance that this was specific to her: that for whatever reason, her blood was too thick. There’s also a chance that she had vascular problems because I have an undiagnosed clotting disorder, so they took nine vials of my blood today to try to determine if that’s the case. We’ll know in a week or two. Either way, though, our girl was probably fine except for this one thing. Some rare, random vascular disorder.