This last month has truly dragged on; time has seemed to stand still with all the things going on in our life, especially Jonathan’s little life. The most remarkable thing was that exactly 1 month ago a reader emailed me noticed in Jonathan’s new monthly update photos that his head had a distinctive “sagittal” look to it. It was then and there that I got passionate to advocate for our son so that he could get the timely treatment he deserved. 20 days later he would have surgery in Edmonton, and now we are 11 days post-op for repair of his sagittal synostosis.
Weight: 15 lbs
- This has been the biggest challenge post-op; for a few days he would startle and scream any time I tried to lay him down 🙁
- Had been sleeping up to 11 hours consistently at night pre-op and we’re slowly working our way back up, he’s sleeping about 9 hours through the night now (which is nothing to complain about and I’m not!)
- Naps. SUCK. He really prefers to only nap in my arms or in the Boba wrap; he very rarely lets me lay him down in his crib for a nap, but will at night
- Quite frankly I think he has some (very mild and I know this is the totally wrong term…) “PTSD” from waking up in a strange room full of strangers and in pain after surgery and I don’t blame him one bit
- Still an awesome car seat napper, which I’m very thankful for, especially with all of our upcoming road trips
- However, it seems as though he has a predetermined nap time set and nothing I do makes it longer — even if we’re highway driving, sometimes he’ll just nap 25 minutes
- 25 minutes is his token time — he either wakes up and will nurse more and go back to sleep, or that’s just when he wakes up and stays up
- He’s sort of in a sleep-sleep-awake pattern still, but it’s all been an unpredictable mess since surgery
- I have to work even harder to get him to sleep, lots of nurse-walking and bouncing and singing…and often it ‘goes to waste’ because he just doesn’t want to sleep
- We’ll get there…it’s frustrating on certain days, but he’s only this little once and I know he really needs me right now
- All of the 3 month clothes have been gone for the last 2 weeks and he fits 6 month well and even some 9 month stuff; he’s SO BIG and long!
- The consignment shop lady is mad at me because I dropped off 2 huge bags of clothing he’s outgrown (oh well!)
- Size 2 diapers (the Huggies Mickey Mouse ones; size 3 if it’s Huggies Winnie the Pooh) for a few weeks now and often blows those out!
- With all that’s going on in our life with him I’m considering just selling our cloth diaper stash
- He’s a great nurser and is gaining weight very steadily
- Sometimes it takes awhile to convince him to eat because HE’S BEEN TEETHING FOR 2 WEEKS! He tries to shove his fingers in his mouth to chew on while he’s eating
- He is eating farther in between and doesn’t often like to nurse-to-sleep
- His voiding his not as heavy as it used to be and it’s spread out longer and his pooping has slowed down too (he used to poop with every single diaper change!) to about 2 or 3 per day
- Started him on Zantac a week before his surgery for reflux and it has helped quite a bit with his spitting up. It’s not a miracle drug, but it’s definitely helped
- I’m back on dairy after a 2 week hiatus and happy about it!
- First surgery 🙁
- First vaccinations
- Laughing — not often, it’s hard to get them out, but he is laughing!
- He’s very very VERY ticklish!
- Mommy left him for the first time to get her hair done…and he decided to go on a bottle strike and cry himself to sleep. Oops. Need to practice bottle-feeding more often!
- Kicking at his toys with his long legs!
- Chewing on his hands because he’s teething
Jonathan is such a little trooper. He handled his surgery better than I did and is slowly coming around to what was ‘normal’ for us before. However, in about 2 weeks we go back to Edmonton to get fitted for his helmet which will help protect his head and have it grow in the correct shape. I would’t blame him at all if it took time to get used to the helmet and if his sleep is affected and regresses even more. I usually sleep train my babies at about 5 months, which puts us at the end of September and harvest, so I’ll just have to gauge how he’s handling his helmet. My biggest worry is how hot his little head will get, especially if he’s upset and crying…so we may just have to forego sleep training until he’s out of the helmet…we shall see!
Jonathan and I have not gotten to do anything ‘fun’ this summer. Jay took the big boys to BC for our annual vacation while Jonathan and I recovered from his surgery. I really hope we can still do a day trip to the lake or an overnight camping trip…but Daddy is already in harvest-prep mode and it’s hard to get him out of it to do anything leisurely! Jonathan won’t remember not doing anything fun, but I’d love to have these memories with him and to show him photos when he’s older.
He loves to sit in his chair and kick at the toys! He’s more coordinated with his feet than with his hands right now. I anticipate this month he’ll start to grab at toys and hopefully start to be able to chew on them for teething relief. I can see his two little teeth buds on the bottom gums just waiting to emerge! He’ll get his first two by 4 months, I’m thinking! Drool, drool, drool machine!
He also loves his play mat and has rolled twice from tummy to back, but I don’t count it as his first times because he was propped really high on his arms (by me) and gravity just took it’s course, he didn’t do it by himself 😉
So this next month brings us at least 1, possibly 2 trips to Edmonton for an appointment with his surgeon and the orthotist for his head-shaping helmet and the start of harvest. The big brothers will be going back to school and life is going to get crazy. Deep breath, we’ll get through it!