Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Saddest. Day. Ever.

Today, pain was intentionally inflicted on my sweet baby.
It made him cry…
which made me cry.

See, Riker was born a little bit tongue-tied.
What does that mean, you ask?
It means his frenulum
(that’s the fancy word for that stringy thing holding your tongue to the bottom of your mouth)
was too far forward, so he couldn’t stick out his little tongue.
This could affect his eating
(but since he’s gained all sorts of weight, it obviously isn’t)
and it could affect his speech
(he could end up sounding like
Wodney Wat).
We decided to fix this problem while he was little so he won’t remember it and hate me for it.
So today I took Riker to see an ENT and have his frenulum cut.

tongue tied 003

Aw, look at that chubby little face and the adorable fat rolls on his arm!

He was all sorts of happy before the doc came in.
He had no idea what we were about to do to him.
The whole procedure was over within minutes.
Riker turned tomato red and screamed bloody murder for about five minutes
(and I cried with him!)
but once I was able to comfort him and give him his pacifier, he calmed right down.
For a while, he seemed unsure what to do with his tongue.
Now that he can move it so much more, he didn’t know what to do!
But he is doing great and seems to have already forgotten about the trauma he suffered today.
I’ve recovered nicely, too.

6 comments:

Ellen said...

Just wait til the 2 month appointment when he gets his shots. It's SO hard to inflict pain on them! EVEN if it IS for their own good! I'm glad that he did okay, and that you did too! :)

Brendan, Calli, Taylor, Keaton, and Brody said...

Brody had to get a shot today, and no matter how many times I've been through it, watching your babies go from being happy go lucky to being in pain is SO HARD. But, they heal quick, and won't remember!

Katie said...

Wow that would be tough! I'm proud of you both!

Sovereign Family said...

that's hard. i remember when the dr asked me if i wanted to watch scott be circumcised, i said no b/c i wasn't sure if i would be able to handle it. even now that he is almost 6 and goes to the dr for shots i still want to cry.

Brenden+Nikki said...

Ha ha I know what you mean. First I cried when they took him out of the room for his circumcision. I didn't even hear anything and he came back quiet as could be but I could barely control my tears and would not take him out of my sight. Then when he got his first shots I barked so hard Brenden didn't know if he should try to comfort me or Collin. Ha ha it gets easier everytime but I still hate seeing him cry.

Brenden+Nikki said...

Ha ha ok stupid spell checker changed my word above without me seeing. That's supposed to read bawled not barked. I definitely didn't bark when Collin got his shots....that would have been interesting for everyone in the room that's for sure!