We pretty much knew the tear ducts were clogged, and although hoping for the pediatric opthalmologist to tell us it looked pretty good and he thought they'd clear up on their own, he was very realistic. There is a chance they will clear, and the goop will go away on its own, but if not, they will do the minor surgery to open them up when Calder has his palate surgery...hopefully in July. ?? The less he has to be under general anesthetic the better! So, we are supposed to be doing gentle "massage" in the corners of his eyes and on the bridge of his nose to help loosen the gunk so it doesn't get infected. He loves that...HA, pretty sure he hates it with every little bone in his body!
The hearing test was also good. Although he passed the newborn screening, at our initial consult with the ENT (ear/nose/throat doctor), they did a tympanogram (sp?) which measures the movement of the eardrum with air pressure. The more movement, the better the hearing. Calder's really didn't move at all, which meant that he had a lot of fluid behind his eardrums. They likened this to things being muffled, or like hearing things underwater...so we knew he could hear, but really didn't know how well. Typically, hearing improves drastically once tubes are placed, so I was anxious to find out more. The audiologist was thoroughly impressed with him, and told us that he did better than the average 7 month old. :) She loved how social he is, and how alert and attentive...he grinned at her and clapped throughout the test, and we all got a kick out of his antics! SO, hearing is fine, and we are so happy that it seems like it's on track.
We have our big cleft team meeting on June 3rd, so that is the next step!
Not really any other big news, he continues to crawl around like a maniac, and is now pulling himself up to standing very quickly! I'm seriously afraid that we will be dealing with a walker sometime this summer! Seems like he is growing up faster than Caydree did, I guess it's just different the 2nd time around...