Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CT Scan

This morning was pretty trying. Desmond was not allowed to have anything to eat since midnight last night. Since he's sleeping through the night now that means he hasn't eaten since 8:30 last night. I hoped to get up before him this morning and eat breakfast, but he woke me up and stared at me the whole time I ate my bowl of cereal. I felt so guilty.

The CT staff at UMC has been really nice. Desmond cooperated with them while they took his vitals and went under anesthesia very easily. After he got the gas they sent me to the waiting room, which is where I am right now. It was hard to leave him so vulnerable and alone with strangers, but I had better get used to it I suppose. This is going to be our life for the foreseeable future.

So now I just wait.

Well, I didn't have to wait very long at all. Only about ten minutes after going to the waiting room they called me back and when I walked in the room he was awake and being held by a nurse. He immediately started leaning toward me whining. I nursed him right away and he stayed there for quite a while.

We stayed with the CT nurses for a while so they could watch his stats. Desmond was fascinated by all of the cords attached to him.

After a short while we were sent home. We stopped by and saw Heather and Bobby for a short visit at Pearl High School and now we are back home just enjoying playing and hanging out.

Desmond was such a brave little fella today. I only hope I can muster up the calm and blind trust that he showed today throughout the rest of this process.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Change is in the air

Well, with the beginning of Spring, things have definitely begun to change around here. I tired to get ahead of the Great Shed of 2011 and gave Carmela a good brush and trim.

Yes, that is a grocery bag full of her fur. And that's before the trim:)

And since Desmond is getting more and more mobile...

scooting across the floor on his bottom by waiving his arms up and down...

and rocking toward crawling, I figured now would be a good time to lower the mattress in the crib before he tumbled out.

Let's hope he continues on his record of sleeping three nights in a row through the night!

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Desmond's Beautiful Head

Desmond and I were in Jackson yesterday at UMC having confirmed what his pediatrician was afraid of. It turns out that he had sagittal craniosynostosis, which is what causes the narrow, cone shape in the back of his head.

This is caused by the premature closure of the sagittal suture in his skull. So far, this has not done any damage to his brain, but in the future it could cause developmental delays if it's not corrected. So, some time in May or June Desmond will have surgery to correct it.

We have known for about three weeks that he might have to have an operation, but it wasn't for certain until we saw the pediatric neurosurgeon yesterday. I've been preparing myself for it the whole time though, so it wasn't a big surprise.

In the surgery they will take out parts of his skull, reshape them and put them back in to give him a "normal" shaped head. He will be even more beautiful than he already is, if that's possible.

For now we are just waiting on all of the new doctor appointments he will have to have with the ENT, plastic surgeon and opthamologist. It's going to be a long road, but we'll make it alright.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sunday Visit

Weekend before last Desmond and I took the drive over to Jackson for a long overdue visit with my friend Leah and her new baby, Carmyn.

Desmond was in love with Carmyn from the beginning and couldn't keep his hands off her. 

We went walking and then enjoyed Desmond's favorite past time for a while.  Then we headed over to Brandon for some much needed family time.

Desi played with his cousins.

This one's for you, Mom!!

And got lots of hugs and kisses from his aunt Heather and uncle Bobby.

Overall, it was a great day.  The weather was almost as perfect as the company.  We desperately need to do it again soon.