Monday, June 14, 2010

One and a half hearts

My name is Marriah, I'm two months old, and I get so sleep in my very own room!
Over the past several weeks, I've grown. I'm putting on healthy weight and length, and the doctors are not overly worried about my neutritional needs right now.

The ductus arteriosus is slowly filling in, even with the stents, but the my doctor expected that to happen. What he didn't expect was how well I maintain my blood saturation levels as the DA closes. So it looks like we will be able to put off open heart surgery longer than initially thought. My open heart surgery will come in three to six months, depending on many factors. The later, the better, though.

In the mean time, I get to be a normal baby, doing normal baby things. And, if you ever get a chance to visit, I'll strike up a baby conversation - I love to "chat!" I'm sleeping in my very own room now. Mom and dad set up electronic monitoring so I can still wake them up if I need something. Mostly, I sleep peacfully through the night, sometimes waking mommy up for an early breakfast. Daddy helps too; he will get up early on the weekends so mommy can sleep.

The next update is probably a month or more off, but don't forget to help mommy and daddy save up for travel expenses! Mommy needs to stay at Ronald McDonald House, in Seattle, during the the surgery.