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the eric update - day 108: a speedy hernia surgery recovery and super humungous weight gain!

woohoo! little odin did so well over the night after his inguinal hernia surgery that they decided early in the morning that we could leave as soon as we were ready.

after they removed the intravenous line ( you can see the mark on his right arm where the IV was placed ) and before we put his monitor back on, i decided to snap a quick picture of him without any wires. the IV has made him a little puffy, but i thought at the time how big he seems to be getting. later in the day at our pediatric appointment, i'd be suprised to find out just how much weight he has been gaining of late.

after his home monitor was attached and we bundled him in his car seat, i got wierdly sentimental at the thought that we hopefully might not see the pediatric ward ever again.

we had a busy day today; after getting released from the hospital, we had a few hours to relax before trekking off to our pediatric doctor's office where we were quite surprised to find that he gained almost a pound since his last peds appointment! that's right, he flew past the 6 pound mark and tipped the scales at 6 pounds 10.5 ounces or just over 3 kilos! the nurse's jaw just about hit the floor when she saw the scale lcd screen.

some of the weight gain is due to water retension related to his hernia surgery, but it's likely that most of it is real. before his surgery they weighed him and found that he was a burly 6 pounds 5 ounces and that was after not eating for 8 hours. i'd guess that he's "really" somewhere between the two numbers, which is stupendously good news.

the pediatrician couldn't stop remarking about how good he looked, which instantly turned us into proud, beaming parents.

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10/20/2004 10:11:00 PM 5 comments

5 Comments:

Congratulations little Odin! He just looks wonderful - is that a bit of chubbiness I see under his chin?? We've been following his story for the past couple months and now I feel like we can finally let out our breath. Hooray to all of you, it has been quite the Odyssey. Well done!

Odin's Swiss Fans

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:39 AM  

Yay for E4!!!! That is wonderful news (about the quick and relatively easy surgery and the weight gain).

By Blogger Becky Sprecher, at 12:17 PM  

Congratulations--yee haw! It just amazes me how far he has come--from a tiny sprite clinging to life to a hefty, healthy 6+ pounder. Fingers crossed that you and he have nice, boring, normal lives from now on (or what passes for normal in the snowdeal show, which looks like a lot of fun!).

Has Odin been able to do any direct breastfeeding, or does he need to have everything mixed with rice and thus from a bottle because of his reflux? I hope he can eventually get at least some of his food straight from the tap so that Kris can enjoy the fun side of breastfeeding instead of having to pump all the time. Kudos to you Kris for pumping as long as you have--the most I had to do was twice a day when I went back to work, and even that tiny amount sucked, if you'll pardon the pun :-).

Cindy

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:30 PM  

Fantastic ! Eric, Kris, and of course Eric (4) what wonderful news ! So glad to hear everything went well.
Hope to see all of you soon.
Rudy

By Blogger Rudy, at 2:50 PM  

Looking at the top photo today, I thought, "God, e4 looks so chubby gerberbabyesque! How fantastic! I love it!"

One of the things I've liked the best over the time period the blog has covered is actually getting to see what he looks like. When he was new and so tiny I felt like I could barely see his face because of some of the equipment he needed to use, and it's just such a pleasure to see his face without any Obstructed View Seats. Thanks. Hope mommy and daddy are doing well too. Being a new parent is tough even with a conventional child. You guys deserve, like, about a year at Club Med.

By Blogger Lisa, at 1:04 AM  

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