Yesterday after I got back from the dentist, Aidan and I were just hanging out watching TV. I was on the phone with my brother and heard what I thought was Aidan fussing. I looked over and he wasn't fussing.... he was smiling and LAUGHING! I burst into tears immediately. My baby laughed! I don't know what was so funny but he had laughed for the nurse while I was gone too.
Several weeks ago, Russell heard him laugh in the hyperbaric chamber, but we hadn't heard him do it since then. I ran around trying to find my camera so I could get a video of him laughing, and I called my mom so that she could hear it too.
So, I'd like to share the video of Aidan laughing with you all. One side of his face is still weak, so he has kind of a half smile. I can't even begin to tell you all how excited and happy I am. Hopefully in the next few weeks we'll see and hear even more from him.
I have to take him tomorrow to the speech therapy center for them to do an evaluation to see if he is a candidate for the vital stem therapy (which he should be). This will help strengthen the muscles for swallowing so that we can start introducing solids by mouth. It's going to take some time before the g-tube will come out... probably years, but we're okay with that. Aidan is healthy and is obviously gaining weight. That's all we can ask for. :)
Hope you all enjoy the video! *If the music player is interfering with hearing the video, just pause the player at the bottom of the page so you can watch the video.*