Thank all of you for checking in on us and thinking of us!
We had our appointment with the surgeon today and he said exactly what we were hoping he’d say — no surgery! He feels that the umbilical hernia will eventually heal itself. If it doesn’t, then we’ll talk surgery, but that wouldn’t be for another few years.
I asked him if it was normal for him to just now be getting this. Everything I have read said it happened in newborns. The surgeon agreed it was odd that this is just now showing up, and he said he believed the previous surgery, and specifically the cut in his belly button, caused him to now have this.
But I am relieved to hear Tom does not have to go through another procedure right now. Hugely relieved!! I have my list of instructions on what to watch for, but if he stays the course my little one just has one funky looking tummy.
I can live with that.
So he is just a weird, happy kid.
Just as we suspected.
Because, you see, I’ve been compiling a list and doing my own research into whether he qualifies as weird and happy. And even before the doctor told us that was his official diagnosis, I was pretty sure he was anyway.
–One of his favorite things is drinking water. From a dropper. Like a baby squirrel.
–He’s really into making a fish face.
–He’s got a bazillion toys, but his favorite is the Tylenol bottle I filled with lemon drops.
–He really likes it if you say “Naked, naked, naked, naked, naked!”
–He loves the X-Files opening credits. He will stop whatever he is doing to watch. Loves it.
–He gags if you give him a Cheerio. But he really, really wants his veggies.
–He’s very particular about his books. He definitely has his favorites, and really doesn’t care for others.
–We’re his parents.
I’m happy with this diagnosis. I have it on good authority that former weird, happy kids grow up to be weird, happy adults.
In a cool way.
At least that’s what I tell myself.