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Planning for Comfort: 5 Things We'll Use to Help Elvie Recover from Surgery
In just one week, we will check Elvie into the hospital for her next big surgery. We are nervous, for sure. We have confidence in the abilities of her surgeons and the staff at the hospital who will care for her once the surgery is done, but we know from her last surgery that it’s really hard on her. While there are some things that will be better because we know more about her post surgical needs now that we’ve been through this once before, it will still be uncomfortable for her, and we want to give her the most comfort possible during this difficult time.
Since her last surgery, I have been considering what would be good for her for this one, and I’ve made some decisions about her habits that will help her recover better. While toddlerhood is a time that many parents are weaning their children away from certain comforts, we have intentionally kept those items and habits that would help her recover from this surgery, though some of them are no longer considered age-appropriate. Here are five things we’ll be using to help Elvie while she is in the hospital.
Keeping Elvie comfortable is our top priority.
Many parents wean their baby off the bottle and formula when they are about a year old, but we want Elvie to continue to enjoy her bottle. We have purposely kept both the bottle and formula, knowing that when Elvie doesn’t feel like eating, she will often take a bottle instead, and if she needs extra calories due to post surgical weight loss, we can mix the formula to a higher caloric concentration.
Babies use sucking as a way to soothe themselves, and while I’d like to cut down on Elvie’s pacifier use, I know that having that tool to help soothe herself will be enormously beneficial post surgery, when she is too uncomfortable to be held. We hope that she will continue to associate having the pacifier in her mouth with being soothed and comforted in our arms. We use a clip so that it is nearby, and she can grab it when she needs it.
A blanket that is familiar and smells like home can be very comforting. We use the same blanket for Elvie every time we rock her to sleep, and we will take that one with us to the hospital.
A Mobile to Look At
Though we could have removed the mobile from Elvie’s crib quite some time ago, we’ve left it up so that she’ll have a familiar sight every time she wakes up. Ours is hung on an arm with a clip that clips onto the side of the crib, and we can easily clip it to the hospital bed so that she’ll see the same thing she sees at home as soon as she wakes up.
I try to keep a few of the same toys nearby for Elvie to play with every single day, making note of her favorites. I’ll pack the ones she reaches for most often in our hospital bag, and even if she can’t play with them at first, they will be another familiar element in her hospital room