Ty decided to surprise all of us last week when he very suddenly decided to start drinking all of his bottles. It started last Monday morning when he drained one bottle (That's 6 ounces versus his usual 1 or 2 ounces by mouth). We were shocked when he drank a whole bottle a few hours later too. By that evening we decided to chance it and see if he could keep it going through the night, and sure enough, he drained a bottle that night and in his sleep, no less. This continued for a little over five days, and we were so excited. It was so awesome to see Ty's face tube-free for so long, and it was so nice to watch him eat the way we've been wanting him to do for so long.
We were thinking we may actually be rid of the tube for good, but sadly on Sunday morning his enthusiasm for eating had all but disappeared. He was back to pushing away his bottles, so after holding out for as long as possible, we ended up having to place the tube back in by Sunday afternoon. Needless to say, we're all very disappointed about it, but we're still hopeful.
One of Ty's other tricks apparently is helping the tech with his echo-cardiogram. When she asked if he'd ever had one before I chuckled and told her that Ty has had so many he could probably do them himself. Funny enough, Ty actually appeared to be helping the tech out a few times. That boy.
Here, let me help you with that.
Just slide it a little over here...
Not bad, Lady.
So how is his heart? The cardiologist was happy to inform me that Ty's heart is still very stable. He said his heart is functioning well, and he doesn't expect his stenosis or the leakage to suddenly change. That means we should be in the clear for a while. In fact, he thinks it's safe to wait until early March to see Ty again. Now that is the kind of news I like to hear!
The only bad news is Ty hasn't gained any weight in the last month. The cardiologist wasn't overly concerned because Ty is probably a little more active now. (He has started scooting after all. He only goes backward, but it's a start...) Still, Ty is already in the less-than-5th-percentile category, and we want him to grow as much as possible before surgery, so we'll be increasing his formula intake by a little to see how that goes.
All in all, things are going great around here. I am so happy that Christmastime is here! I am so grateful for my Savior and all He has done for me. This should be a very special Christmas!
Just for fun, here are a few extra photos of Ty from the last month.