August 26, 2012

New mouth, new nose, no sleep

The past few days have been spent with Max adjusting to his new mouth, and David and I adjusting to little rest.  Like a newborn, the new Max has brought much joy, some stress, and sleepless nights.  I sense that his pain is well managed, but he is dealing with increased congestion.  As you may be able to see from the photos, Max has stints sewn into each of his nostrils to prevent the newly molded cartilage from collapsing.  Yet another necessary evil, the stints help make the surgery more effective, but they also stuff his nose- literally.  They will be removed by the doctor in three weeks. His trademark smile and belly laughs are making a comeback as he adjusts to the sensation of his new lip.  There is likely some pain and tightness from the stitches as well.   He is eating plenty and, thanks to round-the-clock supervision, is rarely restricted by his arm braces. 

Our biggest challenge now is getting Max comfy enough to sleep for more than twenty minutes at a time.  Perhaps it is the excitement of his new look or all of the attention and gifts from family and friends.  Maybe he is saddened over the loss of his friend, Count von Count, but something is keeping Max 3.0 awake at all hours of the night.  With little baby bags under his beautiful blue eyes, Max finally passed out around 7:00pm tonight.  Here's hoping for sweet, long dreams.