My baby girl was born at full term with all good prenatal tests despite given an alarming fact that she might had a low head size development at 32 weeks, but she thrived one month later during the 36 weeks with good growth trend of head size that didn't put us at worry stage. In fact we did give an reassurance of the negative toxoplasmosis result prior to the detail scan and everything ran smoothly till her delivery at 40 weeks. Her delivery was rather eventful as the epidural didn't work well for my wife and a fewer times of manual manipulation (VE) by the midwives and medical doctor before the gynecologist stepped in and delivered her.
My baby girl has been a quiet non active baby throughout her first year which I did suspect strangeness on her milestones as compared to her two elder sisters who easily achieved their milestones effortlessly. When she exhibited the intention to do the flipping over at 5-6 months old, we were a lil thrill thinking that she could have been a late boomer which took her some times to reach the milestones but that didn't seem to go that way. She still stuck doing the flipping thou' we continued to give her encouragement and waited patiently. In the back of my mind, I knew something wasn't RIGHT, so when my wife brought her for the usual pediatrician follow up, there was a concern raised by the paeds in which Isla's head size was slow growing as compared to the past and her grasping motor was not there at all!
We rushed to the main government hospital to do an urgent MRI brain and hearing test, since her milestones were too far behind.
We hoped there wasn't any major finding from the MRI brain result but sadly it turned that her cerebellum of brain has spaces which resulted an atrophy (brain shrinkage) that she might behave like an "old people", and this also explained why she has Global Developmental Delayed.
We started with early intervention in our local community in which she shed some lights to us with good progress thou slow. Nonetheless because of her primary diagnosis she somehow develops myopia and right optic pallor which needs to be excluded glaucoma in latter. Her genetic test result is pending whilst she needs to repeat her MRI brain and 6th optic nerve to rule out her recent nearsighted issue. Her speech has been severely delayed.
We do see some miracles in her slow pace of development thou she still can't speak at the age of 19 months old. In regards to her intellectual wise, we still do not know how far she can understand us or comprehend. There is a lot of uncertainties in her future which made us worry all the times.
My wife and I decided to send her to Napacenter Sydney for an intensive therapy so that she will get to maximize her functionality thru the CME course for balancing purpose as her grasping is still weak, and we did some progress after one to two lessons. Honestly, her expenses in local therapy be it both community based and private have been a great expense as we have another two elders who are schooling at present. In the very beginning, we try not to go through such campaign as we are the one who wanted to bring our baby girl to Napacenter by all means using some saving coverage as saved which we thought it'd suffice for the basic needs, but reality hits somehow, as we are somehow a middle class family with three young kids. Hence we hope for your kind support on assisting us in the accommodation to extend your kindness to help our baby to walk, and self help as she grows ~ your generosity is much appreciated!