Oh man. So the last few days have been whirlwind. Arlo has been such a trooper.
He takes his meds with ease, and barely cries when we change his bandages (he cries because he is being held, and HELLO MOM he doesn’t have time for slowing down!).
He runs and laughs, and taunts his brother just like before.
It makes me laugh at how God works in my (our) life. When we were told that Ari would have his palate surgery in the fall, we prayed and prayed and prayed that it wouldn’t be on his birthday. I really wanted to be able to give him the birthday that Teagan had. Presents, CAKE and family. Then we were told that it would be on his birthday, so we planned on going out for supper the day before. And then as you know, Arlo burned his arm and surgery was postponed. For whatever reason God answered my prayers. IT WAS NOT THE WAY I HAD ASKED. But He still did answer them.
On Wednesday I went to my Moms bible study, I asked for prayer. I asked that Arlo’s burns would heal, that we would hear back from the surgeons quickly, and that Arlo’s surgery would be rescheduled for next week. I am happy to say that Arlo is healing quickly. His chest was covered in first and second degree burns, and all that is left is two tiny little blisters. On his arm 10% has healed (that is a guestimate, I asked Rich how much he thought it had healed. I think it could be more than that), in three days. God is so good.
On Wednesday afternoon the surgeons office called and we have a pre-op/”assess how Arlo’s burns are doing” appointment. At that appointment we will be given a surgery day! They has to be done by the end of October. Which is incredible. I was worried that we would get bumped to the end of the surgery list and have to wait till next year. But it won’t be! Yay! Other praise items, I have been very leery about starting Arlo on any other solids other than purrees. I worry about having to dig things out of his palate, I already have to do that because this kid honestly puts EVERYTHING in his mouth, so frustrating. I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and on a whim gave him small pieces. He rocked it. He has since had many muffins, spaghetti squash, CAKE, buns, cheerios, chowder. He is doing so well. He still chews on carrots and other hard veggies and fruit, but this is the first real food.
Teag and Arlo, with the prized bandaid on Arlo’s chest.
Teag has been amazing through all of this. He has been so gentle and caring with Arlo. Today, he heard that we were getting ready to change Arlo’s bandages. He ran to the bathroom grabbed his prized bandaid and ran the me and told me that Arlo needed to have his special bandaid. It pretty much made me into a melting mama mess. I am so proud of my boys.
Mommy loves you babies.