Well, as expected, Koen did fantastic during his little procedure. He is the most laid back little man. We left the house around 5am (had to be at the hospital at 6am) and we got home around 10:30. That little guy did not cry once - and when the nurse came and got him to take him back for the surgery he just laid in her arms and looked at her.....he did the same with the nurse that brought him to us after he was finished. So - every nurse wanted to take him home because he never cried, he just laid and looked at everyone. (Such a different experience than with Payton!). The doctor came out and visited with us after it was over - she couldn't believe the amount of infection she was able to suck out of his ears. She said he would no longer be a 'drunk monkey', would start babbling, and would be one happy little guy. In my mind I was thinking 'shoot, he can't get any better - he's already a happy little guy'. Boy was I ever wrong! He is walking everywhere (in the past he maybe took about four steps) and would really like to run, he's started calling me 'mama', and he is smiling and laughing nonstop. He's never been a crier - he always just looked somber (kind of an 'I don't care' face). He's got a personality now - and he feels so much better (even though I really didn't know he felt all that bad!). So - I'm so happy we got those tubes put in! The only downfall to it is that he is now hearing Payton in the night (she screams so loud when she wakes up in the night) and it just breaks his heart. I think he's going to be a tender-hearted little guy (which I've been praying for - his sister will need that!).
Payton spent the night with my parents the night before because I knew if we woke her up at 5am she'd be up and ready to go for the rest of the day and I was hoping she'd sleep in a bit. By the time we got home she was biting her nails, tearing papers, etc. and as my mom and dad said, 'she's just a bit "off". It just messed her routine up a bit, but I'm hoping that by this evening she'll be back to herself.
Please keep Abi in your prayers. She has surgery tomorrow for her tethered spinal cord.