Monday, August 19, 2013

From Pirate to Playskool

For the last six weeks, Heather and I have been living in Denial.  (It's a nice little place, lots of neighbors.)  Why were we in Denial?  Because neither of us wanted to believe that Eli would face yet another surgery.  Yet there we were.  Once again sitting at Children's Hospital. 

While at our last Orthopedics visit, the doctor made a comment about Eli's eyes.  We knew we had to face reality, and that meant seeing another specialist. So over the last four months we've been dealing with eye issues.  All of that "ended" on last Friday when Eli had surgery. 

The good news is Eli has been doing very well since.  This was Eli's fifth surgery in 21 months, and by far the easiest he's faced from a recovery point.   He was able to sleep almost continuously from the time the anesthesia knocked him out to 5:00, when we finally got him out of bed.  The only times he woke up were when I had to carry him to someplace new (like his stroller, car seat, and bed.)

Things with his health are always difficult.  It's hard as a parent to see your kid sick.  But Eli also seems to have the super-human ability to always be on the extreme end of illness.  So in the back of our minds, we're always worried about the other shoe dropping

That's why seeing Eli up right after sleeping through much of the day will live in my memory as one of the greatest memories of my lfie.  And even better, I was able to get it on camera...

The first time he's every "played" with his toys - 15 minutes after waking up

While this may seem like any kid playing on the floor this is the first time Eli has done two things:

1) lay on the floor on his stomach.
2) play with his Batman Little People.

We always assumed Eli was delayed in some of his play.  Or that he just didn't have interest in non-physical activity (he spent the first 6 months of his life on his back, so I can understand.) We simply had no way of knowing that so much of his play was being limited by his ability to see.  As a parent it's heartbreaking to know that your kid struggled in silence because you didn't know there was a problem.  But the good news is, we were able to get it fixed.  And for that, we are eternally thankful. 

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