|First time meeting Anna! George, Carly, me, Anna, Hil and Theo|
Theo also met his California cousins for the first time. He loved to snuggle with Anna (my beautiful, incredibly good 3-week old niece) and to watch George ("the Great," a very active two-year old). We were able to capture all three on camera in what is one of the funniest, most awesome pictures I have ever seen. (Seriously, it looks like Theo could body-slam Anna AND George. What a chunk!)
Not only did we get to spend a great weekend with family, we were able to introduce Theo to a bunch of wonderful friends who have been praying for him. (Most of them have been a big part of my life from the time that I was young, since they watched my sisters and me grow up in our church.) I have to admit that I was one proud mom showing off my little superhero.
|Theo adores his Grandma!|
We arrived home on Tuesday night, and got back into our normal routine on Wednesday. Then, on Thursday morning, Nick brought Theo into the hospital for a full day of dialysis prior to surgery on Friday morning. They had a great day together, and Theo had a new nurse to flirt with for the day.
|Theo with Dad after surgery|
Perhaps because this is the first surgery that Theo has had since he was discharged, I am more aware of how surgery alters his mood and comfort. It has been over two full days since the surgery was done, and it wasn't until late this afternoon that I started to see glimpses of our happy, smiley, wiggly boy. I'm so glad to see him smile again! Over the last two days, though, I have become very thankful for two things: 1) pain medications, and 2) nurses who are skilled at sticking babies for lab work. (You wouldn't believe how many times our little Theo has to get stuck for lab work. He is not a "giver" when it comes to giving blood.)
This afternoon, the nephrologists decided to start dialysis again, but are going slow on the volume. We are watching closely for leaks out of any of the incisions, as well as for signs of any infection. So far, dialysis seems to be going well. But, we are already seeing some of the less-than-stellar side effects of dialysis: increased vomiting, discomfort, loss of appetite. Theo seemed to slip back into a state of slight pain when we started dialysis, so we gave him another dose of tylenol with codeine. (Hopefully that is the last dose that he will need!)
|Welcome back, happy Theo!|
Nick and I are ready to be back to our normal routine, but I think we are both glad that we are getting this surgery out of the way now. We've taken advantage of Theo's hospital stay, too, by going out to dinner together after Theo has fallen asleep for the night. Then, one of us is able to spend the night with Theo, which is a nice change from the NICU.
I am so proud of Theo. He is such a champ, as my grandparents say. Although he is clearly not comfortable, and has been subjected to way too many attempts to draw blood for lab work, he is a pretty pleasant patient. I think he made another nurse fall in love with him on Thursday. This boy is already a heart breaker.
I feel really lucky to have so many people praying for Theo, and thinking of us. We feel like Theo is not just "ours," but in a sense, he is all of yours, too. I know that sounds crazy and weird, but it is true. We also feel incredibly fortunate that, while Theo will have challenges down the road, we are dealing with a chronic illness that won't necessarily prevent Theo from living a normal life. There are so many families that are dealing with so much more heartache, and my prayers go out for them.
Have a wonderful week! Here are a couple more pictures from our California trip:
|Grandpa with his grandsons at the park|
|Cool Aunt Whit with Super Theo|
|Some of my best friends from high school. Look at all of those kids!|