June was a really rough month for Baby Felix. On June 1st he had to have surgery on his left kidney. I had placenta previa during my pregnancy with him, and at my 35 week ultrasound to make sure the previa had moved we discovered that his left kidney was enlarged. We have been going quite often to the pediatric urologist for ultrasounds and test, and it was only continuing to get larger and larger. On June 1st he had to have surgery to try to correct this issue. After he was under anesthesia and in the operating room they started out by doing exploratory surgery to determine exactly what was causing the blockage. Eric and I were told that if it is something that they believe will eventually work itself out as he grows, then they will not need to continue with surgery. If it is something that will require surgery to correct it, then they would go ahead and do the surgery right then. Felix wasn't able to eat anything the night before after 9pm, couldn't nurse after 6:45am, and could have apple juice or clear pedialyte until 8:45, and then nothing after that. He had to be at the hospital at 10:45 and then they had an emergency come up so he didn't go back for surgery until 12:45 pm. He handled it all like a champ, though! He was very active, talkative, and won the hearts of all the nurses there. Once they came and took him out of my arms to go back to surgery (with him crying and reaching back for me- cue the many tears from me), Eric and I went out to the waiting room. They called a bit later to let us know that they discovered the problem and that it would require surgery, and that they were starting on that right then. They said Felix was doing great through it all. The entire surgery took about 1 hour and 45 minutes, and then they called us back to speak to the doctor. We learned that Felix's main artery was lying on the cord from the bladder to the kidney, which was causing a kink and making the kidney enlarged. Felix had a tube on his left side that had to stay in for a week for drainage, and then a stint that stayed in for three weeks while healing. The surgery went well and when we went back to the recovery room my heart broke at the screaming I could hear coming from his room as I walked down the hallway. We were told that he would be very sore, and I tried to nurse to comfort him but he didn't even want to do that at the moment. I was worried it would be a long ride home from Knoxville, but he was still so groggy from his pain meds that he slept the majority of the ride home.
Vada Belle and her love of kittens
We were so glad that Felix finally started feeling better:
-The kids helping out in the garden
-Something kept killing our chickens! We ended up catching two raccoons, but only after they killed 10 of our chickens.
-Picnic with my little man at the park
Vada Belle, Felix, and Vada Belle snuggling with Oreo
We love the Summer Reading Program at the local library and all of the wonderful events they plan. One day in June they had a dinosaur puppet show that taught the kids all kinds of neat facts about dinosaurs, and then the kids were able to go out and take a ride on one.