Firstly I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers as our little Jude faced another surgery a couple of weeks ago. I am so thrilled to announce that Jude recovered very quickly and our life is back to normality; at least as we know it!
For those unaware of our son’s medical history, Jude was in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) immediately after birth and at 10days old, was sent to an operating room for heart surgery. He bounced back quickly from this intrusive surgery and came home when he was just 4 weeks old. 2 weeks ago, Jude was back in another operating gown for a surgery to repair his umbilical hernia as well as a large cyst above his eyebrow. Now that he’s fully mended, Jude only needs infrequent appointments to ensure his other heart defects do not worsen.
Upon the cyst being removed from Jude’s eyebrow, it was remarkable to see his day-to-day reactions once the entire anesthetic had worn off. Jude constantly looked around our apartment as if he was visiting for the first time. His smiles were beyond joyous. Oliver and I were surprised at how much that cyst must have affected his eyesight – now we looked forward to enjoying each day with our little boy without the thought of surgery looming over us.
So…what is a normal day in the life of little Jude? Well, it all begins after a night of very little sleep for his Mum and Dad. Jude has not yet perfected the art of sleeping through the night and unfortunately thinks he is still a newborn and wants food every 2-3hrs! Any tips on this matter would be much appreciated!!
Jude enjoys each day exploring new things. Recently he has been able to master the art of rolling completely repeatedly. He’s very much on the move! I place him down to run and grab something and come back to…NO baby!! He honestly must think that it is some sort of fun game every moment he is placed on the floor.
This wonderful new skill of his made me realize how important picking up after yourself is! Rolling around joined with the painful process of teething leads to everything going in the mouth! It doesn’t matter to him if it is a sock left behind from folding laundry or a teething ring… it finds its way into the hands of Jude and leaves his hands dripping in drool!
Yes! Jude is in the process of cutting his first tooth, which has been so exciting for me! I have been amazed at how quickly things are going and Jude is only 5 and a bit months old! I review old diary entries and pictures and laugh along with shocked feelings at how fast time flies! It taught me the principle of keeping a journal and diligently entering my daily adventures with a growing little boy! One day, reading over these will be a joy to me. I know I will love sharing the stories and laughter with my then grown up son!
Continuing my rambling about Jude’s now extremely normal and exciting life, directs me into discussing his eating habits – or should I say lack of them. Unfortunately, Jude is still underweight and is bellow all low weight percentiles. We have been diligently trying to get Jude to eat some baby rice as well as other baby food with the hope of him gaining some needed weight. However, he is very against the idea and simply spits out anything we try to tempt him with. One of the only things our little one will not turn down is good old chocolate! Yes, my son will be a future chocoholic – I know this after viewing him immensely enjoying his first and last (for a while) KitKat Chunky from back home! Maybe all he needs to gain weight is a couple of those! I know Jude is still very young and things will happen when he is ready for them, but to keep the doctor happy, our little one needs to put weight on!
Bath time for Jude has always been one of his favorite activities to do and this has not changed even after his surgery. Jude loves splashing around and relaxing in the warm water. If I am honest, Jude splashes so much that I am just as wet as he is after his bath time.
Overall, my life as a mother continues to be the most exciting experience ever. Jude will forever be a joy to be around and definitely keeps us on our toes! I know that I have been truly blessed with a very healthy and happy boy! The hardships we faced in the beginning seem only a dream now as we see him thrive and develop so incredibly fast. I will forever enjoy watching him grow and am grateful to have Oliver by my side to share the wonderful experiences of being a parent.