Left: One week mark. Right: Two week mark.
Hank had his 2 wk check-up appointment and Dr. Girotto and Christine thought he looked great. The "plan" is this: We'll get through the holidays with no further surgeries. At the beginning of the year, Dr. Girotto will fix Hank's cleft palate in one surgery. About a month or two after that, he'll do a more refined lip surgery to make Hank's lip even prettier! In late October of this year, however, we have an appointment with one of Strong's ENT doctors to discuss Hank's upcoming palate surgery and the placement of tubes in his ears on surgery day (routine procedure with palate repair). That same day we'll have one more consult with Dr. Girotto before scheduling The Big Day (#2!) in January.
And then, i believe, as far as any of us can foresee - - this should be IT for a long time (hopefully). There's no telling at all when Henry will be ready to have his heart ultimately repaired, but with any luck, it's not until he's well healed from all the facial repair. I'm confident that will be the case - he's been doing so well at home on his own. No monitors, telemetry, no NOTHIN'. And i'm loving it.
Hank will be 8 months old tomorrow and he's doing all sorts of stuff that he SHOULD be at this age, if perhaps a touch delayed by a couple months. He's tracking visually, kicking like crazy, laughing, cooing and saying short consonant-vowel combos and has even played Peek-a-Boo with Ron and I, a big PLUS developmentally. We've been given the go ahead to start sitting Hank up in a Bumbo, with assistance of course. I cannot wait to see him hold his own more and more.
Today, almost three weeks.