Happy Birthday to Zachery! Snack time!

So my son had his 1st birthday last month. We have been crazy busy with traveling on vacation, moving, and then celebrating birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and more! For Zach’s birthday we had a casual cookout in the yard and it was such a perfect day for it! I made some fruit, veggie, and cheese trays. I also carved a watermelon in the shape of a shark and put pieces of fruit in his mouth (mango, cantaloupe and kiwi). It was my first attempt and I think it came out okay. Following are the pictures of all that I had made. We also had hamburgers and hot dogs and some baked beans and potato salad. Yum!

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My little guy is growing so fast!

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Zachery’s Post-Op update

It has been such a busy month! My son’s 1st birthday is on Sunday and I’m currently planning for that. July is busy for us too, but luckily not as much.

We celebrated my husband and his twin brothers birthday on the 8th. Then my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary on Friday, June 14th. Two days after was Father’s Day and then that following Tuesday our son had surgery.

I had an earlier post explaining what the condition was and a little about the procedure. What I was not prepared for was witnessing the anesthesia. Oh, it was terrible. I had Zachery on my lap and they put this mask over his nose and mouth which had strawberry lip gloss on it. Then once the gas started coming out he’s screaming and crying and trying to squirm. Then the second he stops crying the anesthesiologist picks him up and puts him on the operating table. His abdomen was puffing up and down in a very odd fashion that didn’t seem normal. I gave him a kiss on the forehead and asked them if that was normal, his breathing. They said that it was. His little eyes rolled back and his mouth was slightly open. Oh my, I must have cried for an hour after leaving the room. It was such a difficult thing to witness,

Fortunately though, everything went well. There were a couple minor complications but in the end the procedure was complete and the doctor was confident that he was able to get everything in the first procedure. If that’s the case then we don’t have to get any more surgeries for this!

After a couple of hours Zachery woke up and seemed very lethargic. The nurse showed us how to care for and clean the area. He came home that evening with a catheter. We were told that we would get it taken out in a week. We saw the doctor the next morning and he looked at everything. We scheduled the next appointment and also got a prescription for bladder spasms in case they occur. (which they have, it’s not pleasant but resolves quickly)

Yesterday was the appointment to take out his catheter. It has been a long week. Zach hasn’t been sleeping really well and cleaning the site is so difficult. He screams and cries when we have to change his diaper because it has to be sensitive. After removing some of the tape by the site that was patched the doctor wants us to keep the catheter in for another week while the patched area completely heals. I was so heartbroken, I really didn’t want the little guy to have a catheter in during his birthday. But instead of being upset about it I’m just hopeful that he will heal well and we can move away from this soon. He is completely normal any other time other than diaper changes and he frequently tries to scratch himself through the diaper. I’m so ready to get back to normal.

If anyone has a child about to go through this procedure or you have any questions about any of the details please contact me. I would like to help parents in any way that I can by explaining everything that I have learned and what has worked for us the best.

I have so much else going on that I will have to update later in a separate post. I have a couple new recipes and also news about us moving. All of that is wonderful news.

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Zachery’s Upcoming Surgery

Zachery is taking a nap and after we are going to the urologist so they can give him a shot. He has to get a testosterone injection 5 weeks prior to his surgery. He was born with a defect called “hypospadias”, which basically means the hole he pees out of is not at the tip of his penis, but at the base. There are different degrees of hypospadias, most of the time the hole is along the shaft or close to the tip, and sometimes the case can be severe as in with my little guy.

We knew he had this when he was born, the doctors told us it occurs often, 1 in every 300 male births. Perhaps being born a week early could have contributed to this but we’ll never know why it happened. We saw an urologist in December for a consultation and we knew the procedure would be done around his first birthday. It still came too early. 😦

Our last visit two weeks ago went well. The doctor took a look at everything and said we would set surgery soon. They want him as close as possible to 20 pounds and he was just shy of 18 pounds at his last check up. The weight is important in regards to anesthesia. That is the element of this procedure that worries me the most. I know they do this procedure a lot and many other surgeries that involve anesthesia to babies much smaller than Zach.

Fortunately, the doctor is very good with communication. His bedside manner isn’t the greatest and he’s a busy man, but he keeps up on medical journals and knows his stuff. He will return my calls and answer any questions I have. It’s also reassuring that he is going to be having day surgery in a hospital that has one of the best pediatric wings in the country. He spent 6 days in the NICU at the same hospital when he was born and they are really great.

Oh, I should also mention that the testosterone injection is not something they do very often. The doctor has found that by doing the injection before surgery it will enlarge his baby manhood a little and that will increase the success rate for the procedure. There are no long term effects known. Originally he wanted 2 injections, one at 5 weeks and the other 2 weeks before the procedure. He also said the would use .02ml for each injection. However, after attending a medical conference last week he reduced it to one injection and only .01ml. Their recent findings showed no difference in one or two injections and the smaller dose was still as effective.

I believe I have rambled on enough. If you have any questions about this condition or if you have some knowledge about the procedure or infant surgeries please comment and share if you don’t mind.

Below is an illustration of hypospadias. Zach’s hypospadias is considered “perineal” as you will see in the picture. I got the picture from the health board in New Zealand. It’s one of the best sites I have found explaining the condition. You can visit it by clicking here.

Happy Mother’s Day!

This is the first year that Mother’s Day applies to me, technically. I’ve been a mom to my fur babies for a while now- today is my cat’s 12th birthday! However, on this Mother’s Day I am also a mom to my adorable son, Zachery.

I had so many years before to be a selfish person so being a mom was a completely different thing to me. Luckily, it has worked out, and I’m sure it almost always does. There is some maternal gene I think we carry and it goes unnoticed until you really have to use it. And now, nearly a year later I can’t imagine being anything other than a mom.

I am so fortunate to be able to spend time with my son and encourage his development throughout the day. And while he learns a lot, it is me who learns even more. My eyes still water on occasion when I watch him sleep,and sometimes when I sing lullabies and when he smiles at me. Zach has been the best gift ever and I am so thankful that I have been chosen to be his mother.

I hope all the mothers out there have a wonderful day today. And even if you don’t get the opportunity to do something special today, being a mom is a special thing you get to celebrate every day!

For some background on my little guy, check out my about page here.