Sunday, October 7, 2007

Week 44- 10 Months Old and an Outpatient Surgery

Caleb was such an easy baby for the first 9+ months of his life :) Then we had the never-ending cold, the stomach virus, the ear infection, and topped it all off with a hernia and subsequent surgery.

"WHAT?!?," you may be asking yourself. Yep, Caleb went to school last Monday (with no poopie issues, yippee!) and when I changed his diaper shortly after we got home, I saw that something was amiss in the "male anatomy" area. I called Aaron to see if guys had lymph nodes that could have become swollen due to his recent illnesses but this was way bigger (literally) than lymph nodes. When I called our pediatrician, he said to come in right away. By the time we left his office around 6:30 that evening, we had a confirmed hernia and the phone number of a pediatric surgeon to visit the next day. We visited her office at noon on Tuesday, scheduled the surgery for the next morning, were at St. Francis by 5:45 the next morning, and were home and free of hernias by 11am. It was a whirlwind few days followed by some lazy, around the house days of recovery. He is now back to about 98% and will head to school tomorrow. His incision should heal within two weeks and the steri-strips and waterproof patch will come off around the same time. Here are some pictures of our cutie patootie. He was such a trooper and really did well coming out of anesthesia. We had been warned by several friends that this might be the toughest part of the whole ordeal, but he was so sleepy he didn't put up much of a fight or freak out or anything.

He continues to get more and more curious and discovered the dishwasher this week. I am hoping he doesn't realize he could actually pull himself up onto the door of the dishwasher if he wanted to.

Caleb also has become more and more enamored with the dogs. He crawls over to the door when they are waiting to come in and starts laughing when they run around the house. This week is started burying his head into the dogs as he crawled around by them. This causes them to nuzzle up to him as well. It's pretty cute.

Well, because of Caleb's surgery, we did not make it up to Kansas City for the Chiefs/Jags game today. This is just as well because they did not play well at all - a last second touchdown was the only thing that saved us from a shutout. But in happy football news, the Sooners won the Red River Rivalry so YIPPEE!!

Here's to an uneventful week :)


KohensMomma said...

Poor Guy! Glad the surgery went well! Hope this week is a little more uneventful!

Heather said...

So glad that everything went well. That picture of you holding him is just so sweet....Hope he continues to 'heal' and keep you on your toes :) :)

Lisa said...

Poor Caleb and poor family! What a month y'all have had! Hopefully he has all his "yuckies" behind him for a long time to come. He looks amazingly well in the photos. Praise God everything went well.

Kimberly said...

I'm so happy to hear Caleb is doing better! The pictures of him in a hospital gown just make my heart ache for him!

Ethel said...

Sorry we didn't get around to the surgery. I could plainly see Caleb is doing great, such a cutie. You are such an observant Mom. It is still hard for me to realize you are a grown up, awesome Mom and not the teen eating carmel apple lollipops at my kitchen table! Thanks for stopping by Sunday/