So the day finally came... we went back to see the plastic surgeon. We'd been counting down to August 23rd since Lewis left the hospital. Dr. Mann took one look at Lewis's back and said, "yep, that's healed." And I said, "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!" Ok actually I just said, "ok, good." But I was screaming and jumping inside! We knew it was healed; it had looked healed for weeks. But it was great to hear it from the doctor.
We had been changing the dressing on Lewis's back twice a day for 6 weeks. The dressing consisted of the vigilon gel sheet, a square of gauze, and a steri-drape that stuck onto the bottom of his back just above his butt so nothing nasty would get into his wound. Every time we picked him up, there were crinkling noises. And the vigilon... I had one sheet go through the washer and dryer and get permanently adhered to a towel. I had another sheet somehow get into the bathtub. I was taking a shower and the water wasn't draining so I assumed there was some sort of clog. Nope, just the invisible vigilon sheet clinging to the drain. I do have one sheet left, still all packaged up, and it's going in Lewis's keepsake box. I will not miss the vigilon, but because of it, we were able to bring Lewis home.
We're really enjoying this time. Lewis is just a little baby and he acts like all the other little babies. He's not walking... but neither are the other babies his age. We haven't gone to any of our appointments yet. No orthopedics, no urology... he's done healing and we don't have much else to deal with yet. We're loving it! I really wish summer would last another 3 months... I spent an entire month in a hospital so this summer felt way too short... but we're enjoying it while it lasts! Today we had a picnic with Kevin and Sarah, who also had a baby about a month ago. Sarah and I have been enjoying her maternity leave, we've already made and frozen some baby food. It's going to be a fun 6 months before she has to go back to work! Here are some pictures from our picnic. We got a new camera... so I was kind of snap-happy... :)
Lewis is sleeping... and Abigayle is awake. They were never awake at the same time. Which is why this is the best picture we got...
Also, Lewis has officially abandoned his pacifier. He only wants his thumb now. It is really nice not having to keep a pacifier with us at all times. And it's nice not to have to try to catch it before it hits the floor when he shoots it out of his mouth. But... we no longer have anything to use as a "plug." Come on, you know you all do it. When we're in church now and he fusses it's like, Quick! Shove his thumb in his mouth!