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On July 8, 2017, the world got a little bit brighter and our world got a whole lot more joyful. Our sweet boy entered this world red faced, loud lungs, and ready to take on the world. We were thrilled.
Mom's first memory: At first sight, I knew he was perfect. He was beautiful and full of life and more than I could ever dream. I knew he was perfect - but at first look I knew there was something different. In recovery, my husband said the doctor mentioned we would go in the office the following week and get a check up and maybe an xray, but there was nothing to worry about. My momma heart knew different. Hours after delivering him, I was searching the internet to diagnose what was happening to my baby, a momma's nightmare is google anything. Eventually, Jeff convinced me to stop.
Dad's first memory: My little guy arrived in this world a little later than we were expecting him to. He was so much smaller than we had been anticipating. Our ultrasounds had indicated that he would likely be over 10 lbs. I worried a little about breaking him when I held him the first time. When they got him on the scale and I was able to see him up close, it felt like the moment when the Grinch's heart grows. There was another person in this world that I was responsible for, and I was already prepared to do whatever I needed to do in order to protect him.
At our first doctor appointment, we were referred out for x-rays of his head. It took a little while for the x-rays to get sent back to our doctor, so for a brief moment or two, we were thinking that it wasn't as bad as it could've been. However, the report showed the the metopic suture had already fused.
****Medical Information Moment**** Our skulls are made up of several plates that come together over time and self suture together. During birth the skull is fairly flexible in order to be squeezed through the birth canal. The metopic suture is more or less centered in the middle of the forehead and typically fuses around 1 year of age or so.
The problem with the way William's suture fused aside from fusing early is that it fused at an odd angle. If it had not been diagnosed properly, by the time he got to be around 4 years old or so it could either prohibit the growth of the brain, or alternatively, the brain would expand outwards giving him an enlarged head in the back.