The Arace Children

A blog for the smallest members of our family.

little trikers

This is the summer that I should have learned to drive my trike like a crazy person, but I was restricted because of my surgeries. All of my buddies can ride pretty well, but for now I needed to practice with someone my own speed. 

Thanks for waiting for me Olivia!

Snakes on a Crane!

The other day Jay and his awesome girlfriend Jessica sent me a really cool crane to help cheer me up during my recovery. For those of you who don't know Jay, he's the one who graciously hosts this blog for all of you to enjoy. Here I am putting my imagination to use and combining two of my favorite things. I call it Snakes on a Crane!

Thanks Jay and Jessica! You guys rock!!

relaxing recovery

Here I am yesterday relaxing on the couch while I recovered from my third surgery that took place one week ago.

At my follow up appointment Dr. AJ was very pleased with my progress and said my eye pressure was "better than expected." I was very cooperative during his exam and was able to see a smaller symbol on the eye chart than last time with only my bad eye.

Enzo's Third Surgery

Today, Enzo had a third surgery on his eye. It was a quicker surgery to clear up some scar tissue that had formed connecting his iris to his new artificial lens. 

He did well and we're hopeful that this will be his last surgery. Third time's a charm!

Dino Delivery

Today, I got a package with two dinosaurs and a dinosaur stamp set in it from my Great Aunt Maureen and Uncle Bob!! I got my smaller dinosaurs and fed my new T-Rex right away!

Thank you Aunt Maureen and Uncle Bob! I love them!

Cookies with Liam and Rocco

Today, Liam and Rocco came to my house to play and make cookies with me! They are my very firsts little friends to come and visit after my surgeries. 

We had a fantastic time and Liam is a really good chef! I loved making cookies and can't wait to do it again sometime! Thanks guys!

Baby Swing Nap

Since Enzo's surgery, we've been having to keep an eye on him while he naps. Today, I was on a cleaning rampage and happened to have this swing out to lend to a friend, so I put Enzo in it for his nap.

He slept for two hours in there! Just like old times...

Post Surgery Quiet Play

After my two surgeries, I wasn't supposed to run, jump or climb for 4 to 6 weeks. Mommy's eyes got big when the doctors said that, but they said the first week was most important. I watched lots of nature shows and Curious George, but I could watch tv all day (at least that's what mommy said), so here I am playing quietly...

 Here I am testing out what different animal footprints look like.

Animal footprints, play-doh, art projects, puzzles, reading stories and snuggles were the best activities for the first week.

My Second Surgery

So, here I am back in the Hospital again one week later. This time at Mass Eye and Ear in Boston. For unknown reasons I had some complications and needed another surgery, but this time around everyone knew what to expect and things went really well. Mommy and daddy said I was really brave, but I don't remember a thing!

The week in between surgeries was pretty hectic and there are no photos to share. I was generally in good spirits and let mommy and daddy do all the worrying. I spent some time at YaYa's and Nonna's while mommy and daddy went to Auntie VaVa's wedding. I was a very good boy and was able to wear glasses to protect my eye instead of a shield. I let mommy and daddy put lots of drops in my eyes and I was very good at my doctors visits. I let the doctor look in my eyes with a light, put my chin on the cool eye machine, and even let the doctor do an eye pressure test and an ultrasound on my eye!

My Surgery

For those friends and family who may not know, Enzo was diagnosed with a cataract in his left eye a few weeks ago. It is a developmental cataract (anterior subcapsular cataract) that was most likely there when he was born, and has since become worse. Rachel and I noticed his left eye starting to wander and not point in the same direction as his right eye, especially when he was looking all the way to the right. After taking him to the pediatrician, and then the ophthalmologist, the cataract was discovered blurring about 50% of his vision. Because of this, his brain was starting to make his right eye very dominant, and left untreated would have led to total blindness in his left eye.

This morning, the kind and amazing Doctor Deborah Vanderveen at Boston Children's Hospital (Waltham) did his surgery and replaced his clouded lens with a new artificial lens. He is at home and recovering well. Aside from some initial anger and thrashing at being covered with an eye patch when he woke up from anesthesia, he is doing very well, and is currently acting almost normal at home, even with the eye patch. The patch will come off tomorrow, but he will have a month of eye drops and care.