Baby's first laugh

2013-05-15 10:27:59 by Megs Pollock, Patient Family, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

I’m pretty sure if you ask most people what one of their favorite sounds in the world is it’s the sound of children laughing. We experienced this joy before the close of 2011.

My aunt and cousin surprised us with a visit from Tennessee on the final Thursday of the year. Jordan and I spent the day at my mom’s house with my Granny, Mom, Cousin Jessica, and Aunt Marcelle. My cousin said she had seen a YouTube video featuring a baby laughing at someone tearing paper and wondered if all babies enjoyed this pleasure.

We decided to find out. We set up the paper, made the first tear, and Jordan gave us all puzzled looks. We tried it again, but this time we all laughed at the gesture. Again…puzzled.

The third time we received more than we bargained for. Jordan entertained us with belly laugh after belly laugh. Thank goodness my phone takes video so we could capture the event. I called Randy so he could take part in our fun.

At first Randy thought our little man was crying only to be reassured it was a full laugh. It will be a memory not to be soon forgotten. The downfall is paper hasn’t been funny since.

Food has been another part of our adventure over the past month. I was worried about starting solids because we learned that people with spina bifida may run into bowel and bladder difficulties. I wanted to make sure we were prepared in case we ran into these issues.

We wanted to start slow and go by the book to give him the best possible start. We also decided to make our own fresh food to maybe add some more fiber to his diet. Jordan was not a huge fan, as most babies aren’t, of the rice cereal. He looked at us like, “Are you kidding me?”

We then ventured out to squash, zucchini, apples and bananas. This week we will attempt sweet potatoes. It’s funny how the research changes with all foods, but we are trying to limit his exposure to milk products due to possible allergies. So far the apples and bananas are a hit.

Read more about Megs and Randy’s journey of raising a child with spina bifida through her blog, Labor of Love.

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