Thursday, January 29, 2009

You call yourself a blogger?

I get frustrated when I check others' blogs and see they haven't updated. And then I go more than a week with nothing. Truly, I have good intentions. Tonight I really meant to do this earlier (and more thoroughly) but Facebook SUCKED me in. But I enjoyed it, so that's okay. :)

Here is an update from us:

--Benjamin just turned nine months old on Saturday. Wow. I cannot believe it's been nine months. He WAS doing really, really well until about Monday (which was about two weeks after his surgery) when he started spitting up a little bit more. He did that for two days and then we had our post-op visit with the surgeon. She said to keep an eye on it and to document the amount and time of when he spits up. We go back to see her in two weeks. He didn't spit up all today until about 5:15 p.m. and then it was everywhere. Ugh. The surgeon said that sometimes, especially in older babies, the intestines don't quite shrink back down to where they need to be after surgery and excess tissue (or whatever) has to be tapered later. So if he continues to have issues, he will need more surgery. Poor baby!!! But I do want him "fixed," so to speak, so we'll see. Still......

--Speaking of surgeries, this is not new information, but he will have to have one more surgery for sure later this year (most likely in the summer or fall sometime). He has to have a minor surgery done to repair his hypospadias, which is a secondary urinary opening. (Basically, he has two holes; the urine comes out of the wrong one, but it is very close to the real hole, so it shouldn't be that difficult.) The same surgeon who did his intestinal surgery is also going to do this one. While she's operating, she is going to fix an abdominal hernia that popped up as a result of the chest tubes after his heart surgery. This will be here in town. Usually the hypospadias surgery is just a day-surgery and would not require an overnight stay. But b/c of his heart issues and the hernia repair, I'm not sure if we will or for how long.

--Benjamin now gets 100% formula and I no longer have to pump. It was kind of bittersweet to wean this time. (Not at all with Andrew.) But it was definitely time. I was simply not making enough milk for him, and it is so nice to be finished!!!! :)

--Andrew has a cold and is irritable, fussy, and clingy. Ugh. Hopefully it will go away soon. At least the weekend is almost here.

That's all I have for now. I'm tired and need to go to bed. I will post more in the next couple of days and will add some pictures!

12 comments:

Casey said...

We have basically the opposite problem. You get upset when people don't blog, and I get upset when I do blog and think no one is reading. :-)

I hope Benjamin doesn't have to have any more surgeries than what is already planned. Poor baby.

Heather said...

I know, I miss you when you don't write! But it's understandable. Life flies by when you least expect it.

Amber said...

A & B...pals in herniadom. Poor fella.

Christia said...

I'm sorry he's spitting up again! I hope that he stops that! Hugs!

Shannon said...

sorry about benjamin spitting - hopefully it will get better. and sorry andrew has a cold... we are dealing with that now and it is slowly drivng me crazy!!!! enjoy your weekend!!!!

JaybirdNWA said...

Angela, sorry to hear that Benjamin is having trouble again. Hopefully this will resolve without further gut surgery. We have been dealing with an ice storm this week and have gone without services until today.

Diana said...

Keep me posted on the surgeries you are always in my mind and prayers. I also want to say what a saint you are to listen to me rant on the little things like a stupid vacation, when you have such bigger fish in the frying pan! I love you lots! I will excuse you from your lack of blogging and tell you it is time for a background update :).

Jennifer Talley said...

Angela,

So glad to hear he is better....wanted to let yu know my third son had a hypospadius repair done at 18 months....He had to have a total reconstruction becausehis urethra came out the underside which was weird because his diapers were wet in the crotch area and not the front! I will be praying for you and B!!!

Jenn

Erica said...

Sorry Benjamin is spitting up again. For the hypospadias he will do great..it will be nothign to what he has been through already. I think that surgery effects us parents more then them. Hopefully Andrew will feel better soon. Abby has a drip and cough and ended up throwing up because of it..

Stephanie said...

I miss you too when you don't write. I remember the post when we all peer-pressured you into facebook.
Benjamin is so sweet. I hope he doesn't have to have more surgery.
Love you all-
Steph

Jen said...

I'm praying that Benjamin doesn't need anymore surgery for this. I hope that Andrew gets over that cold quickly. Hugs. I hope that your weekend is going well!

Mom said...

Angela,
This whole journey has been made memorable and rich because you thought to take the time to update all of us on a regular basis with well-written naratives and adorable pictues. I can't imagine this process without all the documentation. It is the very best kind of "scrapbooking" there is! It has probably been therapy for you but for all of us, it has helped us understand the steps along the way in this adventure. Thank you for taking the time and for the fabulous job. I love you. You make me so proud of you!