Sunday, December 12, 2010

Home at Last

Wow, what a week! The start of the week was fine. Brett was getting various drugs and spent a lot of time sleeping. You could tell he was very happy to be home.

Brett is a champ. His stomach does seem to bother him quite a bit, but otherwise doesn't appear to be in any pain. Nothing that a little Ibuprofen won't fix. This amazes me since his chest was split apart only a few days ago.

We headed back to CMH Thursday morning for some blood work, X-rays and a checkup. They removed Brett's dressing and we were able to see his incision for the first time. Not as bad as I thought.

At this point I think someone switched my baby with a 13 year old girl. The kid is an emotional wreck! He is all smiles and giggles one minute and the next he is in tears. These aren't typical breakdowns. These are the end of the world, nothing will stop me from crying fits. And they can be caused by ANYTHING. Medicine, a wrong look, a point of the finger, the sight of his car seat, the list goes on and on.

I always knew that Cody and I were too lucky when it came to Brett's sleeping schedule. He has slept through the night since we stopped waking him to eat (4 weeks). Not the case these days. He never really wakes up, but the night is full of screams, tossing and some tears. He is moved to our bed before the night is over. I know it's not a good habit to start, but I need some sleep.

These are all very minor changes in our daily life and I know we are blessed if this is the worst of it. I'm sure he will be back to normal quickly. Each day we are from surgery, I see an improvement. I'm just glad to see the smiles and hear the giggles that I know and love.


  1. He will be back to his giggly self very soon! It takes a while to get over the trauma of it all. He's probably afraid of waking up to find another big incision in his chest! It has to be confusing. I hope you guys get a good night's sleep soon. I would have brought Will into bed with us after his surgery, but for the first couple weeks the only way he would sleep was for someone to hold him while walking around the house. Chris and I would take turns. It's so much better now! After a few weeks he was back to sleeping through the night again. And he is back to trusting the world around him. Short memories are a great thing!! - Jessica

  2. He looks beautiful! Jace was a bit of a wreck for about a month after surgery. He had ZERO tolerance for noise, pain, discomfort...etc. If he wanted something, he wanted it 10 minutes ago and we heard about it! Once that magic month had passed, though, he became much more even keel. I'm sure Brett will be back on track in no time. Love to see those grins...

  3. He may be sleeping through the night again. Calvin's surgery was 4 weeks ago and he had a few off nights after we brought him hom but is back to all night...I hope! He looks great!

  4. Erin - He looks SO good! Oh my gosh! I just can't believe how incredible this little man is! I'm so sorry I haven't been up to visit yet - we have had every virus you can imagine running through our house and I just don't want to bring anything into you house. As soon as we are all healthy again, I will be up - hopefully later this week or maybe next. Give that little guy lots of hugs from Miss Laura! I can't wait to see him soon! Hope you're all doing well. Please let me know if you need anything at all!