Today my middle child, my second son, turned 10. Alec is the child who has garnered the most medical attention of all my kids (so far). For a child who is not a risk-taker (like my oldest son), he has seen the doctor more than most.
Started seconds after his birth. "O.k., he's got a partial cleft lip", words from my midwife that changed our lives forever. Surgery 4 months later. Yearly check ups at the hospital 2 hours away, part of the "cleft palate/cleft lip team" there. Oh, and there was the febrile seizure and the two unexplained episodes that appeared to be seizures but we think now that he was just in deep, deep REM sleep. At least the CT scan showed no seizure activity. Whew!!
Currently, we are waiting for all of his adult teeth to come. Praise the Lord that his other big front tooth finally came in (he only had one for a long time). Braces will start either this year or next.
If the kid wasn't so darn handsome, well ... let's just say he's worth all the trouble. Most days, anyway. All around, I think he's pretty neat. And very bright. And creative. I dig him.
So today we celebrated his 10th year. Happy Birthday, Alec. May God bless your future and may it be as be as bright and wonderful as you are!