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11 months and Eye Surgery


“That is the happiest baby I have ever seen.” Those are words that we hear often about our sweet Kathleen Claire and she lives up to them. Somehow she has been gifted with an extra helping of glad delight.  She shines her still toothless smile on every one and causes others to smile as she gazes at them sweetly.


On Wednesday, she will be eleven months old and is working on walking and talking. The funny thing about her talking is that her first word other than dada was “happy”. She learned it from the girls singing Happy Birthday and now says it many times a day, especially when she see her Mama. I love it, it is so her.


Her favorite place to play right now is the toilet. If we forget to close the door, she makes a beeline. She uses her hearing a lot so she doesn’t even need to see that we didn’t close the door, she listens for the sound. And now, if we catch her on her way, she belly laughs while zipping in the opposite direction as if she didn’t really plan to head to the bathroom. If we forget, we will soon hear her splashing in the toilet, oh gross.


I started feeding her solids regularly a few weeks ago and now she is ferocious. She rejects “baby food” which doesn’t surprise me because so did the other two but she gobbles up anything with spices. I think her hands down favorite right now is pumpkin lentil curry.


She is such an affectionate little girl and loves to gives hugs and kisses. She’s also very rough and LOVES to wrestle. She is learning what “gentle” means because sometimes she is just a little too rough, but oh so funny,


She has two older sisters who love to be little mamas and who love to include her in their play as their baby. She is incredibly patient with them as they pull, push, and drag her here and there (I do often step in). The adoring smiles that she has for both of them is priceless.


My baby is going to be eleven months on Wednesday but tomorrow is a big day for her as well. I think that I mentioned before that she has an eye condition, congenital esotrophy, that requires surgery to help her vision. Tomorrow is the first surgery that will decide what further treatment she will need. We are finding it really hard to think about. I’ve been trying to convince myself that it is a relatively minor surgery (if any surgery on a baby is minor) and that I can be thankful that her sight can possibly be helped and that she doesn’t have illness etc.  But the truth is that I am afraid for my little one. She can’t eat for hours and I have to let her go for surgery without me and then she will wake up without me too. They say that she will be in pain for a few days and it breaks my heart that I can’t explain to her why. Her eyesight will be worse for a time and I know that will be so confusing for her.  Of course, we know that in the long run this is best and hopefully she will have greatly improved vision but in the meantime it’s hard not to think about short-term difficulties and also the risks that are present any time a baby goes under anesthetic.

It’s just never easy to know that your child is going to experience pain.

So would you pray for Kathleen Claire tomorrow? And her mama and daddy who are feeling a bit fearful?

  •     She can’t nurse or eat after midnight until tomorrow afternoon after surgery. She still nurses once in the early morning and then of course multiple times during the day so making the trip to the children’s hospital without feeding her is likely going to be so hard.
  •     If this surgery goes well and is effective in getting her eyes to work together, she may not need further surgeries. The success rate is 50%.
  •      Her eyes will be sore and she likely will be sick. I’m worried about her rubbing her eyes.