Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It's A Boy! (Officially)

We went to the doctor today for our 20 week checkup and ultrasound and got confirmation that baby Summerford is for sure a boy! He was very active during the ultrasound making it difficult, but with a little patience he rolled over and sure enough there were boy parts. It doesn't show up on the video, but we've got pictures! When all of the measurements were taken baby Summerford measured at 20 weeks and 2 days; 6 days ahead of schedule!

FYI: Christie gained 6 lbs. since the last visit for a total of 11lbs. We also heard the heartbeat, sounded strong at 140 bpm!

20 Week Ultrasound

During the ultrasound the technician came across something that was not as perfect as we imagined our little boy to be... She noticed Choroid Plexus Cysts in his brain. She assured us that she has seen this multiple times and that everything would be fine. However, there is a risk associated with these cysts; therefore, they recommended a level II ultrasound to make sure that the cysts weren't indicators of something more serious.

After we got home we spent some time googling these cysts and here is what we found:

The second trimester ultrasound examination will sometimes identify a cyst or cysts in the choroid plexus. The choroid plexus is a tissue in the brain that produces cerebrospinal fluid. Fluid-filled cysts, called choroid plexus cysts or CPCs, are identified by ultrasound in approximately 1-2% of all pregnancies scanned between 16 and 24 weeks gestation. In the majority of cases, CPCs disappear by the 28th week of pregnancy with no effect on the baby. However, a fetal CPC is considered a “marker”, indicating that the baby may have an increased risk for a chromosome abnormality (specifically trisomy 18).

Please keep us and baby Summerford in your thoughts and prayers through this stressful time until we find out more! We will keep you posted, thanks.


Kristy and Greg said...

I will be thinking of you guys and baby Summerford. He is still just the most perfect thing ever! I cant wait for John Lleyton to meet him!

The West's said...

Josh and Christie, Julie and Brian experienced the same thing. The doctor assured them that this was fairly common and most of the time they will go away by the 30th week. I will keep you guys in my prayers!
Yeah for a boy!!!