So, my mom has informed me that on Friday I was in denial and she is probably right. I heard that it wasn't a big deal and that we did not need to be worried, because it was most likely nothing. However, after Dr. Tagavilla took some time to really explain everything to me today I have come to realize that this is not so normal and a pretty big deal. The baby has what they are calling "dandy walker malformation." Basically the ventricle that drains fluid to and from her brain is not forming properly. It can cause a myriad of developmental issues or it can cause nothing at all. The babies is very small, which is good. They wont know much until my amnio comes back and even then they will need to do an MRI when the baby is born in order to determine the extent of the problem. Right now the concern is keeping an eye on the babies head, because DWM can cause water on the brain, which would make it very difficult to have a natural birth. Dr. Tagavilla is great and he is keeping a very close eye on me. I will have appointments and ultrasounds twice a week until I give birth. This will check the size of the baby, the size of her head, the size of the cyst and my fluid levels. At this point my fluid levels are very low. This is to be expected, since they took 10cc's of fluid on Friday, we just need to make sure that my fluid levels rise instead of continuing to fall. A continued loss of fluid would indicate a leak in my amnionic sack, which would most likely cause an emergency c-section. SO, all that to say, we don't really know much and probably wont know much until next week and we wont know the full extent until after delivary. So, that is what is going on. This is latests. When we get the results of the amnio I will make sure to post and if anything changes before then.
It has been well documented through my medical history that I do not do anything normally. That being said, I had my follow in depth ultrasound today. They were worried that the baby was too small. She has been steadily decreasing in percentile. She started in the 60th and has since gone down steadily and is now in the 20th percentile. However, they took extensive measurements of the baby and are no longer concerned about her size. She is still small, but it does not seem to be something they are worried about. HOWEVER, while they were measuring they found what they are calling a "variant" on her brain. Basically, the cerebellum is shaped like a sting ray. It is shaped kind of like a barbell and then has a long skinny tail. However, when they were looking at the babies brain they were unable to locate the long skinny tail part of her cerebellum. In it's place they found what seemed to be a small cist. Most likely it is not something to be concerned about, but there is the possibility that it would be a sign of developmental issues with her motor skills possibly including downs syndrome (however this is highly unlikely). The doctor decided to do an amnio which means they took some of the fluid around the baby in order to check for abnormal chromosomes, this will help them to narrow down the possible developmental problems. Odds are good that they amnio will come back completely normal, which would be a sign that there are no genetic or developmental issues connected to the cist. Either way, the baby will need to have an MRI shortly after birth to get a clearer picture of what is going on. All in all we are not worried and trust that God will work everything out for his glory. We are hopeful of the best possible outcome and that all of this hubbub is for nothing. We will have the results of the amnio in 7-10 days and will definitely post to let you all know what is going on. Meanwhile I am doing lots of resting and I have an appointment with my Dr. on Monday. So, until then we will just sit tight.
Oh btw if you have the choice of avoiding an amnio DO IT, they are not very pleasant. Especially when your baby will not sit still and cooperate. They ended having to chase around my stomach with the needle, not an exciting process.
So.......the baby has turned!!! Hurray and Hallelujah, Happy Dances for everyone!!! This means they wont have to go in and manually turn her, which did not sound like a pleasant experience for anyone involved. That being said, they are concerned about the size of the baby and want me to go and have a more extensive ultrasound done tomorrow. So, tomorrow I have to go down to the hospital and have an hour long ultrasound done to make sure that everything is alright. We are not worried, The doctors said the same thing about Ella and she was fine. I will let you know tomorrow if I can get the ultrasound tech to tell me anything. If not I have an appointment with Dr. Tagavilla on Monday.
So I have yet another Ultrasound today. It seems I have had a thousand in comparison to with Ella. They are looking to see if the baby has finally turned. We are hoping so, because otherwise they will have to schedule and appointment to go in and turn her (which I am told is very uncomfortable). We are also checking the babies size and fluids and all that good stuff. I wouldn't be suprised if they are worried about the babies size, because they were with Ella and I ended up having to go in for monitering every other day (it was a pain). So, we are praying that everything will be fine and that she will have turned and be a healthy size. We are also going to make a final decision on the babies bed today. We found a few really pretty ones at a place called cribs 2 bunks in Tukwila. Lastly, we are going to pick up a swing for the church nursery (woohoo). I will post on the results when we get home from our busy day.
We are the Martinez Family: Sam, Crystal, Ella Grace and Wendy Jane. We live in Covington, WA and lead very busy lives. We love the Lord and are very active at Eastridge Baptist Church where my father is the pastor. We also like cookies, LOST and the Bahamas (just to name a few).