We brought River home from the hospital on Sunday. Since then lots of interesting things have happened. To start out with the most serious piece of news, when we took her to the pediatrician on Monday morning he detected a heart murmur that he hadn’t heard in the hospital. He made an appointment for us to take her to a pediatric cardiologist that afternoon to get her checked out. She had to have a lengthy ultrasound to get images of her heart, as well as other tests that involved having electrodes attached to her. She did not enjoy this experience and howled frantically almost the entire time. Darren and I did our best to comfort her, but she still was not a happy camper.
After all of the tests were done, the cardiologist told us she has a congenital heart defect that will probably not cause her any serious problems. (It’s a ventricular septal defect, for anyone who is interested in specifics.) She has a 3mm hole between the ventricles of her heart that is causing the heart murmur. In 80% of cases, the hole closes on its own by the time the child is six years old. So for now, all we have to do is keep an eye on her and take her back in to get checked out in a month. If it’s going to cause her any problems, we will probably know within the next six months. But the cardiologist seems confident that she will be okay.
In other news, River has had several adventures and is learning a lot about how things work in the outside world. She had her first car ride and learned that she really likes falling asleep in her car seat:
She also took her first bath at home. Her Nanny (my mom) and I decided she was getting a little too dirty, what with the dust bunnies that were collecting in her armpits and the way her hair was getting oily. (Of course, it was really her second bath, since Daddy got to give her her very first bath in the hospital.) She seemed to feel a deep sense of betrayal when she realized we actually intended to use soap and water to get her clean:
She got madder and madder as her bath went on. Instead of feeling ashamed of ourselves, though, we pretty much just thought she was really cute. I’m sure from her perspective, that just added insult to injury.
Everything got better after the bath, when she got to be all warm and snuggly in her baby bath towel. There is nothing cuter than a baby in a hooded bath towel that has bunny ears on it.
She has been getting to experience some of the wonderful things about being a baby. For example, people are happy to let her sleep on their chests. She’s gotten to take some really satisfying naps with her Nanny:
She is a very sweet, calm baby, and we’re enjoying watching her grow and change day by day.