Little Man is an adorable 20 month old with a great smile, tons of blond hair, and big blue eyes. He is also really, really small. At his 18 month checkup he weighed 18 pounds 3 ounces and wore size 6-9 month clothing. He is growing, just very, very slowly. Thankfully, he is developing perfectly. Currently, he weighs about 19 pounds and most of his clothes are size 12 months.
When I took him in for his 18 month visit I expected to get a referral to a pediatric endocrinologist to check for growth hormone deficiency. We made that appointment for January 31.
What I didn't expect at that visit was a referral to a pediatric cardiologist. Little Man's pediatrician hadn't heard any abnormal heart sounds before. This time he heard a heart murmur.
Little Man seems to have no cardiac symptoms. He runs and plays just fine. His color is perfectly pink. I expect the cardiologist to say that the murmur is not a big deal, and that he will grow out of it. We made that appointment for January 26.
Every night I hold him in my arms and pray, "Dear Lord, Thank you for my sweet little boy. Please make him grow strong and healthy. Make his heart work perfectly. Make me the mother he needs. Let him be a boy who loves You. Let him grow into a man who loves You."