We call him our troublemaker.
Seriously, I'm not new at being a mom. I've been doing this for over six years. This is my third time going through all of this. But sometimes, this one makes me feel like I'm brand new at it. I'm not sure if it's him or if it's the extra motherly worry I have for him because of his heart.
Baby X is by far my most active baby. He's all over the place, getting into trouble every time I look away for a second. Ahhhh! He won't even be 8 months old until Friday. He's still supposed to be my tiny baby.
Due to his heart condition, his regular pediatrician has told me that since I'm not new to this (or at least I'm not supposed to be) she trusts me to bring him in whenever something seems abnormal and is making me worry. So* last week I took him in because he is so busy crawling around playing he gets huffy, puffy and sweaty. I didn't remember my other kids ever being this way, so I had the doctor check him out to make sure his heart is working the way it is supposed to be working. He's fine. His doctor listened to it, they put this little monitor on his foot and toe to monitor the oxygen in his blood. His doctor just says he's very active and his body is doing what he's supposed to. He's not training for a race so when he gets tired, he won't keep pushing himself to go, he'll just stop and rest. She said if he was breathing hard at rest or asleep, or if his lips or anything turned blue, that's when we would worry. So*, I guess he's just giving his heart a good cardio workout.
So* I've turned into one of those paranoid moms that is taking her kid to the doctor everytime he sniffles. But this kid worries me. And the more active he gets, the more I worry.
*I read somewhere the other day that starting sentences with "so" is supposedly a Utah thing. I'm not from there, but I have lived there. And I have a friend from Utah who starts a lot of sentences/stories with "so." I think I just like going against the conventional way of writing (ie: English teachers always yelled at me for starting sentences with "and" and "but" and ending sentences with prepositions, so now I do it all the time).