Seven Month Update and Cardiologist Visit

Gigi is 7 months already!  Where has the time gone?  She is doing great and we all love her to pieces.  Lately she has been

  • Rolling over
  • Eating solids (and getting constipated)

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  • Giving kisses
  • Not taking a bottle (this is stressful)
  • Displaying her stranger anxiety
  • Working hard on sitting independently (she gets PT every other week and OT on the other weeks, so some kind of therapy weekly)

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The hardest thing we’ve been dealing with lately is the transition to solids.  She loves them and has no problem ingesting them.  Look at her, does she look like she’s starving?  But it’s the coming out that’s been the issue.  We’re figuring it out but I could write a whole blog post on that alone and probably should for my mom friends who have babies who have not yet started solids since this is a common issue with babies with Down syndrome.

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In other news we visited the cardiologist for a follow up echocardiogram to check on Gigi’s PFO.  The hope and thought was that it would close on it’s own, but it turns out that it has not.  It’s now considered a small to medium ASD or atrial septal defect which is a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart.  This hole isn’t bothering her, but it allows for too much blood flow to the lungs.  Too much blood flow to the lungs over many years can be damaging.  It can still close or get smaller, the doctor said 20-30% chance, but it more likely will not and therefore when she’s about 4 or 5 she’ll have a catheter procedure to install a device to plug the hole.  Not open heart surgery, thank God, but it still is disappointing to hear.  The cardiologist said in terms of cardiac diseases, on a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 2.  On a scale of all pediatric health problems I don’t know where it lies but I don’t need to worry about it now.  We’ll go back next year for a check up.

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