Sunday, June 2, 2013

Zadie turned 2!

Zadie turned 2 on Friday!  She had a fun day, spent some time at Jonathan's preschool, then we went to Chuck E. Cheese and then out to dinner.  For the first night in over a week, she didn't need oxygen while sleeping.  Yesterday, Grandpa and Uncle Sammy came over.  I made cupcakes and we attempted to sing happy birthday, but it was confirmed that she really doesn't like people singing happy birthday to her.  She gets very upset!

Just an update on her progress...she is talking a lot. She still gets speech therapy once a week, and is saying all sorts of words, including uh-oh, oh no, water, wow, mouse, and the old favorites mama, dada, baba and baby.  She's getting big, too.  She went to see her pulmonologist the other day and she's now 24 pounds, which is great.  She's moved up in percentiles.  She's eating more and more.  She's also getting very fresh, scuffling with Jonathan and throwing toys.  Typical 2 year old, I guess!

Fresh out of the oven May 31, 2011

May 31, 2013

You can really see the difference in Zadie's chin from her newborn picture to her current picture.  One of the things about Pierre Robin Sequence that made it difficult for Zadie to eat and breathe was the recessed chin (micrognathia).  If she was born at another hospital, she probably would have had a jaw distraction, but St. Barnabas doesn't really do them and they opted to let her chin grow out on its own.  A plastic surgeon at CHOP wanted to do the distraction later on in order for her to lose the trach, but we decided to wait and see what happened.  So far, I think we made the right decision.  Her chin has grown out a lot and her trach is capped all day long, meaning she's breathing through her mouth and nose.  We're hoping she is decannulated (loses the trach) this summer!

1 comment:

  1. Was just wondering what ever happened with the operation....glad you decided to wait- sounds like you made the right decision. So happy about her progress. She is just amazing