At age 2 Josh continues to impress us. He speaks in sentences, he tells jokes, he loves to push Callie's buttons (he good at it too), he is obsessed with holding hands (usually mine are his favorite, but he'll take Abby's if I'm busy), he is very close with Abby, he has a big appetite, he loves to play outside and he climbs up everything! I could go on, but you get the idea!
He had his 2 year check up with the pediatrician & he was pretty nervous the whole time. He asked his doctor about 50 times "Doctor, you gonna hurt me?" The doctor replied (every time Josh asked), "No, but I am going to examine you."
He did such a good job sitting there & allowing the doctor to do his thing, even though he was clearly skeptical. We are officially past the age where he just screams & points to the door wanting to leave. He's growing up fast.
All in all, Josh is doing much better than I ever anticipated at age 2. I am so proud of my boy. He has exceeded all of our expectations & I love watching him progress each day!
I am often asked if his heart is "better" now. Unfortunately the answer to that is no. His heart is functioning as well as it can currently, however, his heart will never be a normal heart. He needs one more surgery to complete the staged palliation. We don't know when that surgery will be, although I can feel it on the horizon. It is typically done when a child weighs about 30lbs. Josh weighs about 26lbs. I imagine it'll take him about a year to put on those last few pounds (I've considered with-holding food so he doesn't reach that mark for a l-o-n-g time). After he has that surgery his heart will function more efficiently. Even post surgery he won't be "better"...but ideally his heart will function well for him. Eventually he will need a heart transplant, but we are hopeful that it will be in the very distant future.
So there you have it. I often assume that the only people who follow this blog are fellow heart moms, but there may be a few others who aren't familiar with HLHS. Consider youself lucky!
Anyway, back to the point of this post....my boy is 2!
Happy Birthday! I love, love, love you!