Sunday, November 30, 2008

Amazing

It's been almost an entire month since Dylan's open heart surgery. And I would guess that he has spent 99% of this time on his back. Because the sternum takes about a month to fuse back together, we have been instructed to be very cautious about how we pick Dylan up as well as how we hold him and what we allow (more like what we don't allow, namely um...anything) him to do. I have been told that because of this, we should expect that Dylan will most likely not make any progress this month. That he will regress. We were told to assume set backs.

Knowing this likely regression, I decided to try him in his Bumbo chair anyway. Just out of curiosity.

Prior to his surgery, he wasn't able to hold his head up very well due to low muscle tone. I would try him in the Bumbo chair, but didn't dare remove my hand from the back of his head.

So anyway...I put him in the Bumbo chair yesterday and voila! Check him out!

He was able to hold his head up better than he had prior to the surgery! The only times that his head flopped back, was when his lovable big sister Cassidy, kissed him a little too forcefully. Kind of like this:


Another BIG milestone for Dylan? Eating solids! Dylan's Early Intervention nurse suggested that we give it a try. If nothing else, just so that he could get used to the feeling of a spoon in his mouth. So, I've been mixing up mostly breast milk with a tiny bit of rice cereal and he's done very well with it!

You know...now that I think of it...I do not know why I've referred to Dylan as the "Surprise Master". Maybe he is not full of surprises after all. Maybe I just need to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. Every day, he is showing me that he can do all of these things. Really. I should not be surprised that he can do whatever he puts his mind to.

12 comments:

Kimberly said...

Dylan I must say, you are the strongest and most loveable little man I have ever known. I think Mommy is right, we can't keep being surprised by you because we will keep being surprised the rest of our lives! We need to just expect you to exceded our expectations because that is all you have done for the past 5 months. You are my little hero D-dude, I love you more than words can say!

Lisa said...

What a great post Laurie. Dylan is doing so well. This really made my day :)

Leigh Anne said...

aww. look at him hold his head up...what a strong boy. i love his jammies...he's so cute!

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Cleo said...

Way to go Dylan!!!, continue to be just who you are, keep on amazing and showing all, what you are made of and all you are capable of doing :).
Laurie, thank you so much for the update, Dylan and Cassidy are so ADORABLE!!!. I’m happy for all the progress Dylan is making :). Always remember, no matter what others say, Dylan is the one leading the way, continue to have faith in him, trust him, he knows exactly what he is doing and your UNCONDITIONAL LOVE is the energy that keeps him going :).
All the Best ~

Lis said...

That picture of Cass trying to kiss Dylan is priceless. He looks terrified!

You are right, he can do anything!

Cathy said...

Way to go D! Our little ones never cease to amaze me. Who would have thought that so soon after surgery they would be doing so well.

Love, love, love the pictures!!

Derek, Kenzee and Gage! said...

GO Dylan!! He is doing sooo good! I'm glad to see that "surgery did him good!" :)

Jeanette said...

So good to see him doing so well. What a trooper! I love the picture of his sister kissing him. We used to tell my son to stop kissing the baby. LOL!

Amy said...

He's looking and doing so great.

Tricia said...

You're right, he will....but it is still darn cool, huh? WTG, Dylan!

The Lehnick Family said...

What a strong little boy! He IS SO cute! I second how cute he looks in his jammies! Glad he is doing so well!