Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So, How's it Going? Twelve Days of Thomas (at home, that is...)

Everything is going so well.  The Panda is such a happy baby- lots of smiles and laughter and not very much crying. He loves all "baby games" like peek-a-boo and patty cake.  He likes singing and toys.  He loves the fun sisters.  He drinks 60 oz. of formula a day, and sleeps like, well, a baby....  He can crawl much better than  he could two weeks ago.  I have not spotted anything that concerns me about his attachment process.

He's scared of being undressed, bathing, and food.  We are making progress- he will touch food now, sometimes.  He is more comfortable sitting at the table watching other people eat.  If you get it near his mouth, he turns away and covers his eyes and mouth.  Even a lollypop gets this reaction.  Even juice or cereal in a bottle gets the horrified reaction.  He is not scared of some typical things, like pets and vacuum cleaners though.

He had his first cleft team visit yesterday, which was a 13 hour saga (travel time included).  If the Bunny hadn't played with him when we got home, mom and dad would have been unconscious with a baby on the loose.  Dr. Boyajian at Children's National Medical Center in DC seemed great, and is willing to do his lip and palate surgery at one time, so we are scheduled for Jan 11.  He has fluid in his ears, and some hearing loss, but the ENT thinks tubes will probably fix the problem.  The Panda handled his 8 hours of appointments so calmly, even though he was awake for 10 straight hours, but he was a little screamy during the car ride home- even crying in his sleep.

The Panda LOVES Granddad.  Anyone who knows us is not surprised here.  They play their silly baby games and already have their little secrets.

We have so much to be thankful for on this day before Thanksgiving.  Here's a great promise from the Lord, who is faithful, to help spur us on to more and more thanksgiving.

Psalm 50:23
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”

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