Scarlett Grace is 16 months old! She weighs 21 pounds and is about 29 inches tall. She has a ton of new teeth, but refuses to let anyone see or feel them; my best guess is that she has about 15 now. She is still grinding them throughout the day. She loves to stand up (with help) to bounce and jump. She can hold herself up on hands and knees and rock back and forth, but is still pretty stationary. Her favorite toys are paper, feeding syringes and her light-up bongo drums. Her hair is long enough that it needs to be brushed after baths, and we put in a hair clip for the first time the other day.
|Cousin Caleb is starting to be a little more fun!|
|She was not too impressed with the aquarium...|
|She likes to play with food - just as long as it doesn't have to be swallowed! She has also commandeered an orange syringe to play with.|
|Her very last picture with an NG tube - hooray!|
Miss Scarlett had her 9th surgery this week to place a gastronomy (g) tube. This was an easy procedure that, so far, as gone just as planned (a rarity in Scarlett's world!). The g tube, or Mic-Key button, is a very simple little valve (just like the closures on inflatable toys) that surgeons placed directly into her stomach through her abdomen that allows us to feed her and give medication without needing her to swallow. It is easy and pain-free to replace once the tract is established, much like an ear piercing, and can be hidden under her clothes. It is held in place with a small water-inflated balloon, and we will be able to manage it all at home. I am even going to take out the two stabilizing stitches myself this weekend to avoid an extra office visit (with surgeon's approval, instructions and supplies.)
We were extra careful about this procedure, since the original gastrointestinal doctors were hesitant due to her past abdominal surgeries. Her shunt has a long tube that runs from the back of her head, under the skin, down her neck and into her belly, where a long tube is coiled around, ready to stretch out as she grows, and drain CSF from her brain into her abdomen. This made the placement of the g tube slightly more complicated, since they had to make sure not to interfere with the shunt (because that is the absolute LAST thing we need!). So, while most kids get g tubes a bit differently, Scarlett's was placed by a surgeon laproscopically to avoid any interference. The benefit, however, was that she got to go straight to the Mic-Key button, and will be free to bathe, swim and play in just a few days.
|Her Valentine gown was a hit! She wanted out of the crib as much as possible.|