More on Lydia

Well, I talked about Lydia’s 2 week appointment, but I didn’t talk about her 1 week appointment. I’m doing things backward. Actually, I would have written about it on the last post too, but she started crying and you know, needing stuff.

Anyway, the pediatrician’s office here has you meet with a “newborn team” for the first visit. They have a newborn nurse and a lactation consultant. I learned a couple things at this visit- first, that Lydia has a heart murmur. They missed it at the hospital, but we confirmed it a few days later with an echo at Children’s hospital. Hers is caused by a ventricular septal defect (a hole between the ventricles) which is the most common congenital heart defect. According to the pediatric cardiologist the hole is tiny and will most likely close on its own. We won’t do anything except a follow up echo when she’s a year old. (The regular pediatrician listened at her 2 week appointment and said it was really hard to hear, so it’s not surprising that it got missed initially.) I’m a little amused that Lydia has a heart murmur when Daniel didn’t. The second thing I learned is the Lydia has a lip tie. Well, I confirmed this rather than learned it. I suspected based on the way her lips look when she latches, and the lactation consultant confirmed that I was right. Fortunately it’s not causing me pain while she nurses, so it’s not anything we’ll need to do anything about.

And now a picture to reward you for reading.


(I love her hair.)


7 thoughts on “More on Lydia

  1. Lydia has fun hair.

    And I am glad the VSD will close on its own (and, of course, that Daniel avoided that all together). That is very good news.

  2. Oh my goodness, I’ve been unable to comment, a very belated congratulations! I love her hair too. And her face. And her name. Pretty much everything. 🙂

  3. I’m catching up over here – CONGRATS!!!! Lydia is so beautiful, and I love her hair and name! Glad to hear that the heart defect sounds relatively non-scary as far as defects go, but I’m sorry that you have to worry about it at all instead of just focusing on baby snuggles. I am interested to hear how all of your kids interact and how you are getting used to the adjustment – we are done after two so I have to live vicariously through others 🙂

  4. Totally late to the party here, but just wanted to say that I’m so sorry for the scare of Lydia’s murmur and having to get an echo, but so glad for you that it’s a small VSD. I’ll pray that it closes up on its own and that everything looks great in a year. Lydia is so adorable! I love her hair so much!

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