It's funny how we take so many things in life for granted. One thing we take for granted is breathing. It is just such a natural process to most of us.
About a month before Kobi had his tonsils and adenoids taken out, he pretty much stopped eating a lot of the foods we gave him for his meals. Nothing was really new but he just didn't want to eat. Mark and I thought we were starting to raise a picky eater but again these were all foods that he was used to and we couldn't figure out why he wasn't eating. He would certainly drink anything we put in front of him.
Kobi is 46 inches tall and his weight flucuates between 39 to 44 pounds. Right before his surgery he had gotten so skinny that when we hugged him all you could feel were his bones. Little did we know that he was having trouble eating because he couldn't breathe through his nose so he was trying to breathe through his mouth and eat at the same time. That didn't work so well.
It has now been two weeks and two days since his surgery. Kobi walked up to me on Tuesday and said, "Mommy, my throat doesn't hurt anymore." He just smiled and ran away. Since Tuesday, Kobi has been eating like a pig. I guess he is making up for all the food he missed out on before. We can put a well-balanced meal in front of him including vegetables and he will eat it all.
On Thursday, he sat in my lap to snuggle with me and within two minutes he was sound asleep. He slept in my arms for an hour. My husband asked me why I didn't put him down on the couch and I told him I couldn't because I thought he wasn't breathing.
You see, Kobi is only 4 and we have had him since he was six months old and Kobi has always snored. The last week before Kobi's surgery, he was breathing so heavy while he was awake that we thought he was snoring. Yesterday he was so quiet I thought something was wrong but then I realized that this was the way he should be sounding.
I am here to tell you that even at the age of 53, this parenting thing is hard and you still worry about your children.
My husband and I are so relieved that Kobi can breathe like a normal kid now. We are looking to putting some weight back on him and watching him grow!