My sweet baby turned 2 months on November 4th but I am slow in posting. Life with a baby is busy and so wonderful. Beckam is such a sweet baby and has such a peaceful spirit. He adds so much to our home! Unfortunately Beckam has had a few challenges in his short little life. He ate and slept like a champ until he hit about 3 weeks old and then began to struggle. He was showing signs of eating problems similar to Ashton in some ways but different in others. Beckam never pulled off screaming like Ashton did but he choked and coughed often and never seemed comfortable eating. Ashton would eat enough to take away the hunger but never enough to feel satisfied. Beckam has always eaten enough and is growing and is chunky! Beckam makes “squeaky” noises when he eats and it just sounds like eating is a lot of work for him. I knew there was a problem and was worried that he too had dysphasia like Ashton but there were enough differences that I wasn’t quite sure. I decided to call the occupational therapist that we saw with Ashton to see what she thought about having Beckam tested as well. She was no longer with that clinic but they let me talk to another therapist who got us in a few days later to do an oral feeding evaluation. She too though that there was a problem and referred us to Primary Children’s Hospital. We were able to get in and do a barium swallow study and meet with an ENT. The swallow study didn’t show an signs of swallowing issues but when we met with the ENT he heard the strider (squeaky noises). He did a quick FEES swallow study and Beckam showed signs of Aspiration as well. He was diagnosed with laryngomalasia and we were told to thicken his milk like we did with Ashton. This is a condition where the flap in their throat closes off so they can’t breathe well. It makes it hard to eat and sleep as well. We were grateful to get some answers but sad for our little man! We started thickening but he struggled taking a bottle. We scheduled another swallow study for November 25th. Despite all Beckams eating, breathing and sleeping problems he is an amazing baby!
At 2 months Beckam:
- -Talks and smiles all the time
- -Loves to lay on his back on his activity mat
- -Does great during tummy time and is getting so strong
- -Hates the car seat
- -Loves to be held and nap in the baby carrier (it’s the only way I get anything done!)
- -Loves his big brother
- - Weighs 11 pounds 5 ounces (30%)
- - Is 23 ½ inches long (75%)
We love our little Beckam!
Beckam was blessed by his dad on November 1st. It was such a beautiful day! We had so many friends and family there to support us. Derek did such a beautiful job with the blessing. We are so grateful to have this angel in our home!