Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Oh My Gosh!

Has it really been that long since I blogged last? Just for your knowledge, I will be be blabbing on and on in this post. So much has happened since November. Without a doubt Little J's heart surgery ranks near the top as the most important bit of news. The surgery went well, his hospital stay was basically uneventful and his recovery has been basically textbook. The basically was used because his first day post-op was difficult on everyone. The nursing staff was having a difficult time finding the right combo of pain meds; he was extremely agitated and I was a wreck. But in came a new nurse and she talked with the physicians and like magic he was a whole new baby boy...sleeping and comfortable. Since being home he developed an infection near the top of his incision. He just finished his 10 day course of antibiotics and the infection appears to be gone. We just need to watch it carefully. The biggest news is his enormous weight gain. Before the surgery he stayed at 8 lbs. 11 oz. for about 4-5 weeks before he made a small gain of 4 oz. He went into surgery weighing in at 8 lbs. 15 oz. and left the hospital, December 17, weighing 9 lbs. Yesterday he weighed 10 lbs. 2 oz. Let's calculate that out. That's 18 oz. in 27 days. I'm ecstatic; he's actually outgrowing his newborn clothes. His feet are pink now and he cries when he's hungry. He doesn't give up either. Let's just say I'm trying to read just one more thing at the computer, he'll complain until I pick him up to feed him. Before the surgery he might let out a couple of wimpers and then fall asleep before I could even "get the food out". See him in the picture above, he's wearing a Children's Hospital t-shirt proudly. The sweet nurse even let us bring the t-shirt home. Sadly and happily it now fits tightly around his belly.

I didn't blab as much as I thought I would because for some reason computer time is limited and I wrote this sentence by sentence over the course of two days. I'm posting it now before I get called away again.

Wishing you a winter wonderland. Stay warm! (-20 forecasted for tomorrow)

1 comment:

  1. I remember reading your blog back before you had your son. So glad to hear the surgery was uneventful and that he's now doing well. I've been thinking a lot about homeschooling lately and found your blog again during a search about that. Good stuff!


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