One of our twins (known as Twin A) Walker was born at 4 pounds 1 ounce which was 1 pound 6 ounces smaller than his brother Conrad. The weight difference is now 7+ pounds. Due to his congenital heart disease we spent the first portion of 9 weeks in the NICU to deal with his fast breathing due to Tetralogy of Fallot. While in the hospital he had a moment where all of the monitors went off, alarms ringing and dinging and all I could do is walk away.
|Our visit to Sick Kids Hospital this week|
Walker blood oxygen levels and heart rate quickly decelerated (known in the hospital as "de-sating") and he lost all colour in his face - he was grey. He had been drinking a bottle and had a little bit of a choking session and quickly de-sat. After everything we had gone through, I was petrified and had to turn and walk away while the nurses tended to him.
|Juggling feeding twins|
|Teeny tiny Walker at one week old, that big is the size of my spread hand!|
|One of our doctor visits and weigh ins - ready to go!|
|His (our) favourite spot - sitting up in the Mamaroo|
|September 2018 with twin broth Conrad (right), identical but not quite the same|
Let's fast forward to this week. We went to Sick Kids on Monday and hadn't been there since February. And drum roll....
Over the past six months Walker has been eating much better and independently. For having an aversion to food he eats better than his twin Conrad. We are happy to announce Walker is finally on the growth chart at 2 years old at a whopping 2nd percentile and 21 pounds 15 ounces! This is a very big deal to us as we had previously been monitoring his weight with WEEKLY weigh ins, endless trips to the pediatric unit to reinsert the feeding tube and a lot of baby puke!
And the best part...
|Baby puke before it got real bad - the start of reflux turned to GERD|
We don't have an appointment to go back to the Failure to Thrive Clinic at Sick Kids!
I'm so proud of my small but very mighty Walker. He has shown so much grace through all that he has gone through and still has a smile on his face. His health issues have definitely made him a STRONGER person. He is my fearless boy who will go down the slide first and tackle his 8 pound bigger brother and stand up for what he believes in! We've still got hurdles but we surpassed a big one and we will celebrate.
Woohoo for Walker!
Woohoo for Walker!
|Today our happy 21 pound 15 ounce boy!|