1. We went to the cardiologist today, and as we suspected, everything is A-okay. They did an EKG (correct terminology?), an ultrasound on John's heart, and the doctor listened to his heart. They did find a tiny little hole in his heart, which is apparently very, very common. The doctor said there is the tiniest little chance that is what is causing the breathing episodes, but he also said that most likely, John just gets very angry, and that is what causes the breathing episodes. We might be facing some tough toddler years, but we will certainly take that over heart problems!!! The hole should close on its own, but we go back in six months to make sure. At that point, if the hole is not closed, we will do further testing, but the cardiologist has been practicing for 30 years, and he said he has never had to do further testing on a baby because the hole didn't close up, so we assume that everything is going to be just fine.
Little John was a trooper. The ultrasound technician suggested that we grab a bottle or pacie to keep him content during the ultrasound, and I said, bad news, he won't take either. Instead, I let him suck on my finger. Gross? Maybe, but it kept him happy for a while. Then he started getting very upset and kicking those chunky monkey legs of his and thrashing his arms. The technician said he is a mover and we are in trouble when he starts walking. We actually might be happier when he is mobile because maybe he will be happier. Then we went back to the room, and he was able to nurse until the doctor came in, and if he is nursing, he is a happy little camper. He had to miss his morning nap for the appointment, so I let him nurse away in order to prevent the fussiness that was threatening to take over.
Anyway, we are glad that we went because now we know that he just has a temper.
2. This is on its way to our house because someone is turning THREE in just a couple of weeks.