the old switch-a-roo

We made the switch!

We found out from a reliable source that our old doctor was in fact crazy (though we always had our suspicions) so we switched to a new practice!  Today was our first appointment with them and also marks the end of the 22nd week and beginning of the 23 week of our pregnancy! (where does the time go)

We couldn’t be happier with the switch.  The facility is nicer, the people are nicer, and while we were there we met with a nurse, a nurse practitioner, and a doctor.  Everyone of them actually sat down in the room and asked if we had any questions.  Totally different experience from our previous prenatal visits.

We got to hear an extra strong heartbeat today and they said that everything is right on track.

They reviewed with us our 20 week ultrasound we had a while back and they did mention a choroid plexus cyst.  This is a tiny cyst in one of the ventricles of the brain. (not a part that has anything to do with thinking, learning, or gross motor skills)  Before you start hyperventilating like I did (cyst + brain should never be used in a sentence together, let alone when you’re talking about my baby), they assured us there is NOTHING to worry about.  They say they happen in healthy babies all the time and the doctor said that one of her 3 boys had them and he’s happy and healthy.  The cysts usually resolve by themselves during the 3rd trimester, and even if they don’t, they aren’t dangerous.  The reason they mention them (which is also what you will find if you immediately go and google it) is that it has a weak association with the genetic disorder Trisomy 18.  However, this is a very rare condition that is also associated with cleft lip, stomach problems, short stature in uterine, clubbed feet/hands, and always accompanied by a heart condition.  NONE of which were found on our ultrasound!   The doctor said that sometimes they’ll refer you for a level 2 ultrasound to take a closer look, but that she wasn’t even concerned enough to do that.

So, all in all, everything looks great!  (though, we’ll always take extra prayers that the cyst does resolve itself and causes no complications)

The baby is moving around constantly and as most of you have seen lately, my stomach is beginning to grow at rapid rates just as the baby is.  She’s already 12 inches and just over a pound!

We love you all!


5 thoughts on “the old switch-a-roo

  1. Kelly Caldwell says:

    AAAAHHHH – OK, I’m done hyperventalating now!!!! I am not going to google anything – I don’t want anything extra to worry about. I am going to thank God for the strong heart beat and everything else looking good. Phew – you made my heart jump in the middle of that post. STOP THAT!! :o)

    Love you all,

  2. Casie says:

    I have to admit…you seem very calm about all of this. You have been such a worry-wart throughout this pregnancy, I can only imagine your first reactions. But good for you for keeping calm. I’m sure it is nothing to worry about. Keep us posted!

  3. Sometimes technology can be too much information. It’s good that they can see something so far in advance that something can be done, changed, or fixed. but in this instance the doctor said it was nothing to worry about so why even say something! Ahhhhhh frustrating. I am glad everything is well. Can’t wait to meet little Pheobe!

  4. margot rowan says:

    Sounds like you’ve made a good switch and they are very thorough. I’m sure she’ll be a healthy bouncing baby!

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