Lastly, our little Ronan is babbling up a storm. Not only are we getting the ma-ma-ma-ma and da-da-da-da's, but we are getting him stringing together different contestants and vowels. It is truly amazing to listen to, considering his hearing loss. This past week, he has also shown more of an interest in noisy toys. Specifically, he wants to play with Sofie the Giraffe, and squeak it. He has never played much with toys that only make noise, usually there has been a visual component. I am actually more motivated now to repeat his ABAR test. I'm curious with his increased interest in noisy toys if his hearing loss has changed.
On to my worries... When Ronan was first born, I distinctly remember seeing this bluish tint above his upper lip. I (and others) brought this up several times, only to get, oh it's normal, don't worry. Later, we'd come to find out it was our first indication that Ronan's oxygen saturation ("sats") were not the normal upper 90s - 100% (not crying). This was the first indication of his congenital heart defect. Recently, Paul and I have noticed this bluish tint creeping back every once in awhile. Teething can lower a child's sats, which Ronan is definitely going thru, but it is a worry nonetheless. Paul and I are getting a pulse-ox monitor so we can establish a baseline. Often with heart babies, a deviation from that baseline is the first indication that there could be an issue. This can come before noticeable changes with behavior or coloring. Our next cardiology appointment is in October. We will be following up with Dr. A if we continue to see this color change. Keep Ronan in your thoughts and prayers, please. He has been making so many strides this past month or so, I would hate for him to have to take some steps back!