Saturday, November 1, 2008

Countdown to Surgery

Kaden's first surgery is just over 2 weeks away and we're a bundle of nerves and excitement. After several weeks of aggressive NAM adjustments, teething and feeding issues, hysterical late night screaming fits and all day crankiness, Kaden finally seems to be settling down.

Now that we're in the home stretch, it's imperative that we all stay healthy. The slightest cold or even cut in Kaden's nose or mouth would be cause for delaying his surgery. That is especially problematic when you consider the Operating Room schedule at NYU is so tight that we'd likely have to wait several weeks for a new date. Kaden is a trooper, but I don't think he'd be able to stand another couple weeks of wearing the NAM. And neither could we at this point.

We went to the pediatrician this week for Kaden's 4 month "Well Baby" visit and vaccinations. His weight is still below the 5th percentile (10.8 pounds) but his length shot up to the 10th percentile (Hurray Kaden!). His pediatrician is a wonderful doctor named Edith McCarthy. She started a practice called Care Intensive Pediatrics after practicing at NYU Medical Center's NICU for several years. She's an excellent pediatrician and we feel really lucky to have her on our team.

Despite all the tears and screams of the past few weeks, Kaden remains a very happy and strong little man. He's just starting to develop a laugh that his mommy and daddy find endlessly adorable. He's always been an alert baby but now he's really starting to engage and communicate with us. It's been an amazingly beautiful thing to experience.
Just a few short weeks left. Wish us luck!

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