Things are going well at the Rasmussen-Mancuso household. Nicholas continues to impress us with his growth (10lbs 15 and 21 inches long). His incisions are healing nicely. We think the pressure shifted a bit for Nicholas as now that his inguinal hernia's are repaired, he has an umbilical hernia. The umbilical hernia is common amongst infants and 70% go away on their own. Nothing to worry about until at least the age of 5. While admitted after surgery, we noticed Nicholas's blood pressure was a little high. We've had it taken twice since admission and it is still elevated. We'll watch it for now. Sometimes the umbilical lines inserted after birth cause a little irritation with the kidneys (which are one of the main regulators of blood pressure). So, hopefully, something he'll outgrow.
Last weekend some of Denise's R.'s college friends came up to meet Nicholas. They came bearing gifts that Nicholas loved opening. It was as if Christmas or his birthday came early. We had a wonderful visit with the "Friends" and Nicholas looks forward to having lots of playmates soon as they are all pregnant. We are taking our first big car trip for the Memorial holiday. We are headed to Marblehead, OH to our lake house for the weekend. It's amazing how long it takes to pack for such a small little guy. I'm sure we'll forget something. We'll survive as long as we have oxygen and food.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and don't forget to honor those that have fought for and lost their lives to protect our freedom.