Walt has been enjoying every minute of being a 10 month old, and is attempting daily to rightly earn the title of “toddler”. He departed on his first solo step at the end of 9 months, and has steadily worked his way up to about three or four.
When not wobbling around like a drunken sailor about the house, he enjoys pulling toys off shelves and
eating reading his many board books. He’s also acquired the skill of calling for mommy whenever he wants something “fixed”. Together, we’ve been enjoying Southern California’s roads and trails through lots of running with our military spouse “Stroller Warriors” running club.
Wally’s oxygen sats are still hanging around the low 90’s and he’s still weighing in around 15.5 lbs. (Trust me, this boy can EAT — he just moves a lot with a heart working double time, too!) His most recent echo looked great and his murmur is nice and strong, which is excellent news, meaning no obstructions or clotting in his shunt. Yay for baby aspirin! We’ve been referred to Dr. Starnes’ surgery team at CHLA for later this month and will be able to schedule Walter’s full repair expected to be sometime in early October.
I think we’re all looking forward to have something scheduled on a calendar and a consult this time around: no helicopter rides or last minute information regarding surgery. Since we have images from Walt’s first surgery, and his most recent echo, the surgeons will have a much better idea of what they’ll be facing prior to the operating room. There is so much thinking and feeling going into this next surgery. Sometimes the ability to plan allows time more agonizing than emergencies. Still, we’ve still got weeks and weeks ahead, and MANY more baby steps along the way.