(This is an email I sent out earlier that I just copied and pasted...)
First of all, thank you all so much for your sweet words of congratulations regarding our newest addition - Lillie Anna. We're completely taken with her...she's been such a good baby, only crying when she's hungry or wet - she's very content otherwise to just sit and stare (or sleep the day away).
Some of you already know that when she was born, the nurses noticed she had a dimple on her bottom (at the base of her spine). As soon as the nurse asked our family non-chalontely "who in your family has a dimple on your behind?!",...I instantly had a feeling that something was wrong. Sure enough, the pediatrician paid us a visit the next morning and explained that her dimple could be a sign of spine ibifida or a tethered spine. All of the nurses and pediatricians assured us that they did not think anything was wrong...but they scheduled an ultrasound at Wolfson's Children's Hospital just to "play-it-safe".
Our doctor just called and said that although her spine is perfect (praise God!), her dimple is deep b/c it is attached to her tail bone. Also, at the base of the dimple, there is a dark spot...the radiologist seems to think it may be a fatty tumor, but without an MRI, he can't know for sure. SO, he has scheduled an MRI and has told our doctor to prepare for surgery to detach the skin from her tail bone. The MRI is scheduled for around Dec. 1st...the radiologist felt it would be safe to wait until she is 3 months old.
Please say a prayer when you think of her...obviousely we're concerned, but we're thankful overall that it isn't worse. Thanks in advance!