Friday, July 20, 2012

eventful day

So please forgive me I'm on my kindle. I dropped my computer earlier this week and broke the screen. So please excuse any typos. So ive been somewhat nervous about The Big ultrasound today but felt a lot better feeling the little squirt really hard all week. During the ultrasound the tech kept pointing out body parts and I just kept asking her if it was normal. I noticed she spent a lot of time at the heart. She looked at the spine and brain a lot as well. In the back of my mind I thought that was a bit strange but I kept asking her if the heart was normal and she kept assuring me it was. So we finished the ultrasound and headed back to the waiting area. They gave me a long strand of pictures and I just kept staring at them with a stupid grin on my face. One that had her sucking her thumb was my favorite. How cool is that? When we went back and the Dr came in he said everything looked great except for one thing. My heart dropped. Already I started to hold back tears. Not again. He said what they found is a choroid plexus cyst on her brain. The cyst in and of itself isn't an issue (they usually resolve on their own and even if it doesnt it wont effect any brain development. What is concerning is that it id a soft marker for downs. At this point I just start sobbing. I mean why in the hell does crap like this have to happen! It was like a flashback to jaydas pregnancy when they found her birth defect. At the time they weren't sure exactly what it was but there was a double bubble which is a hard marker for down syndrome. With jayda they gave her a 1 in 3 chance of having it. This time its s 1 in. 500 chance. The only thing is we didn't see jaydas hard marker til 24 weeks when I was in laboor as it doesn't typically show up til later. So now its a wait and see game. As of now she has no other markers but then again jaydas didn't show up at her autonomy scan either. I feel like everything is ok but it still sucks to have this in the back of my mind. Its just not needed. My Dr is very optomistic and said its really not that big and that if he didn't HAVE to tell me he wouldn't because it will probably just stress me without need but he is obligated to. Still it does no good when I'm already on pins and needles and with good reason. He did say her heart looks perfect and her spine and neck look great. Which is why she spent so much time there to check for hard markers. Good news is my cervix is long at 3.5 so were good in that respect. The baby weighs 8 oz and is growing normally. Then to top it off we got jaydas lab results back and it showed negative for celiac and for high red blood cells but her white blood cells are high which means her bowels are inflammed. Hes not sure why but it just means there's s build up of abnormal bacteria in her bowels. So were gonna start her on a special antibiotics they use to treat c-diff and then do culturelle for 3 weeks. At thatcpoint we'll be redo the lab and see if its normal. If its not then we will have to go back to primarys to follow up. Oh and its chases birthday. Smack my head! Goosfraba!


  1. So thankful that her heart & spine look so wonderful. While I don't have the perfect reassurance to ease your mind, both Libby & Presley had soft markers for downs, and they don't have it. Regardless though, your sweet pea will be perfect & she is coming to the perfect family. Thinking of you, miss our phone calls. xoxo

  2. Geez, seems like practically every woman I talk to says they got the same type of markers for Downs, and then their kids come out perfectly fine!

  3. I came across your story while looking for pictures of Cracker Barrel high chairs (to see if I should bring mine). When I came to this blog, I had to chime in. I am 43, have a 15 year old and just had my little surprise in December. He is 7 months! I was a nervous wreck when I was pregnant because of my age and I had had 2 miscarriages. My ultrasound also showed the cysts, so I talked with my cousin who is a labor and delivery nurse. She said that it is VERY common to see those cysts. Ultrasound technology has become so much better that it picks up a lot more than it used to. Her daughter had 3 and was born perfectly fine. My thoughts too are that doctors are way more cautious than they used to be because of malpractice suits. I'm not saying you shouldn't ask questions, but try not to worry. I know it's hard not to but the best thing you can do for you and your baby is to relax and enjoy these moments! Congratulations and good luck! Jayda is one lucky lady to have such caring parents as you guys!