Monday, June 20, 2011

45th Mommy Mondays - What every Mom of baby boys should know

This is a pretty private subject to some, but felt I had to share so other parents didn't make the same mistake.
One day my friend mentioned to me having to get her son's circumcision fixed so I started to worry if my son's was okay since his pee pee was always hiding. Well I don't know much about boy parts so I of course turned to my husband. He looked up things online and said our son's wasn't right either. I was like great. We didn't want to do anything though until we switched doctors since we've heard too many complaints from friends and we weren't satisified with them either. So at my son's 2 1/2 year appointment, I asked our new doctor about it. He checked it out and said that he'd have to pop it back out because the foreskin had grown around it again. So after the numbing cream was on for a while, he had a nurse come in to hold his legs while I held my son's arms and he popped it out. Well he couldn't pop it completely out because it had reconnected so he had to cut. My son wasn't happy and became very strong that we had to get the guy physician assistant to help out too. So the nurse and the doctor held him down, while the PA cut. It bled some. We waited there for a while so they could look at it again really quick to make sure the bleeding had stopped. I stayed calm through the whole process, but I hated it especially since my son talks well and kept saying for them to let him go, etc. My son's face had red blood vessels that popped from being so stressed out while they did the procedure. I don't know how I didn't cry during the process. I feel more traumatized about it than my son. We went back for a follow-up appointment and my son wasn't scared about going in at all. Our last doctor, he hated too. He must like the toys they have and the treats he gets after.
My son has now healed from it. We still push his pee pee out every diaper change for now just to make sure it continues to heal. Our son really hated diaper changes and taking baths for a while because we'd have to push it out to check it and make sure it healed properly, but now our son will push it himself for us.
MORAL - Parents with baby boys make sure you push their pee pees out frequently (if you've had them circumcised) until you see the head completley so the foreskin doesn't regrow around it. If our previous doctors had told us to do this and/or checked our son's penis at every appointment instead of being nervous about making our son upset to look at it. Most boys will have erections enough that it won't be a problem, but with our son - his was always hiding. Our previous doctors said we could push it out sometimes to make clean it, but he didn't stress how important it was to do so frequently to prevent the foreskin from regrowing around it.
Hopefully I've been able to help other parents by sharing this!

In happier news, my baby girl was blessed 2 weeks ago. I was an emotional wreck! I couldn't stop crying once sacrament meeting started probably because I couldn't believe we made it to this point. She's not sick anymore and we're not worrying about taking her to the hospital. All the emotions from the last  month or so just came out. I am so grateful for this beautiful and happy baby girl. The night before she was to be blessed, I kept thinking about my testimony of the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. On her blessing day, I was able to share my testimony although I forgot some things I wanted to say - plus I'm not very eloquent in my speaking if I don't have it written down word for word. So I wanted to share my testimony on here as well.
I know the power of the priesthood is strong and real, that our Heavenly Father can speak through men who are worthy to hold the priesthood to bless and heal. I am so grateful that my husband has this priesthood so that he was able to bless our little girl one night when I was at my wit's end debating about whether to take her to the hospital because she sounded so bad and neither of us were able to sleep. After his blessing, both of us were able to sleep. I am grateful he was able to give our daughter a name and a blessing today.
I am grateful for my husband's support and calm through this last month. He has been the best help for me since we couldn't have any family come out to be with us. He has been a great strength to me and a reminder of how much I love him. He is a great father just like I knew he would be from the time I was 15, watching him at 18 play with a flour baby that our friend had for a school project.
I am grateful for the example of my husband's brothers especially to my son that they too honor their priesthood, have all served missions (the last about to go serve in Peru in October), and even their perfect attendance with early morning seminary (article on MormonTimes here).
I know that trials are for our learning and growth. Instead of doubting God when my son had croup and our baby girl got RSV, I tried to think why we were getting these trials. I've had enough experiences with trials in my life that I know that what we had to go through was for someone's growth and learning. I know that my Heavenly Father won't give us trials that we can't handle (1 Corinithians 10:13) as long as we continue to pray to endure them (Mosiah 3:18).
I know that my Heavenly Father knows and loves me. I know that my Savior suffered for my sins and sorrows. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ is the true church here on earth. I am grateful for the teachings of the gospel; they make going through this life so much easier - knowing why we are here on earth.

My baby girl is now 2 months old! She is such a chunk already just like her brother was at this age, outgrowing the 0-3 mo. clothes already and topping charts for height and weight.

Link up your Mommy Mondays - anything Mommy related. I'd love to hear about things you think all moms should know or sweet moments and milestones in your child's life.

2 crafty contributions:

Sarah said...

Your daughter looks beautiful in her dress! You both look very pretty in the other photo!

Thanks for sharing your testimony, you are a strong woman and mom. The Lord knows you and trusts you a lot obviously! :)

MBC Scrapbooking said...

Sometimes the strongest testimonies are unfortunately when our kids are sick... Glad your daughter is healthy now. Congratulations on her blessing!!

We also didn't know to push back the should be something taught before you bring your baby boy home! Now we know...