Also concerning his eating, his pediatrician mentioned the possibility of Ty getting a g-tube. A g-tube has to be surgically placed into the abdomen, which is why she also suggested it be placed during his heart surgery if his eating hasn't improved enough by then. We really hope it doesn't come to that, but it is something to be considering as we get closer to surgery.
In my last post I shared that Ty had another ear infection and was going to have his ears checked again at this appointment. We were relieved to find out they looked just fine, so it seems it was only coincidence that he had ear infections during both of his therapy evaluations.
Lastly, during this appointment the doctor and I discussed the ever-nearing surgery and where it will be done. Ben and I are trying hard to make the right decision regarding where to take Ty since open heart surgery is definitely not something we trust just any surgeon to do. Besides having a good surgeon, it's important to us that the rest of the team, nurses, and hospital are all great. When I think of having to make this decision, there are definitely moments when I wish I didn't have such a big responsibility, but the alternative would be to not have Ty at all so I quickly get over it. Ben and I thought we had come to a decision, but after speaking with the pediatrician we feel uncertain again. We will continue to pray about this until we both feel confident with the same choice.
I'll wrap up this post with a little bit about Ty's recent achievements. First of all, Little Man is walking like a pro now and is getting faster and faster. He scaled a flight of stairs last week, and he enjoyed his first wheelbarrow ride (Thanks, Uncle Micah!). Besides that, his speech is really starting to pick up. In the last few weeks he has learned the signs for drink, all done, more, diaper, and swing. He now says mama, da-da, ball, car, cat, dog, more, drink, balloon, baby, Elmo, Dora, and "nayna" for his favorite cousin, Elena. He also went on his first ride on a boat and a tube. He loved the boat and playing in the water, but he lost interest in the tube very quickly. Oh well, we'll see how he feels about it next year. Here are some smiles to make your day!