We found out that the open lesion/hole in his back was located at L5 - S1. It was much lower than the doctors first thought. Which is great news! He had surgery on his back to close up the open hole on December 15th which went well. He's going to have a big scar on his back due to the neurosurgeon had to pull extra skin from around the hole to be able to close it up. He will heal and it will be ok. His head is large due to the enlarged ventricles in his brain. The doctors are watching them carefully to decide if he will need a shunt or not. So far his ventricles have not changed significantly. We are hoping he won't need a shunt. He has moved his legs and ankles some. I have even seen some toes wiggle a little. Which is a great sign. Also he doesn't have clubbed feet which can happen to baby's born with spina bifida. We have been so blessed!!! Brandon is such a cute, adorable baby. We are so happy he has joined our family and that he is doing well despite his Spina Bifida. He will have to stay in the NICU for about 2 weeks or more depending and we look forward to having him home. I hated leaving the hospital with him still there, but I know that he will come home in due time. We won't have to wait as long as we did with Rachel and Haley. We love our children and have been so blessed!
|Me waiting to go to the OR. I was smiling, but I was in a lot of pain|
|Last belly picture. 36 weeks, 5 days. I was huge!|
|Brandon right after being born|
|You can see the open lesion low on his back.|