Charlie is already showing improvements since he had his tubes placed, but it's hard to figure what is us attributing it to the surgery, or what really is a benefit. Immediately he began sleeping longer for both naps and at night, now waking up at 6am or 6:30am... before you scoff at that, we've been getting up between 4:30am-5:30am for about 4 weeks now. That extra hour is amazing. Doug also noticed that naps had increased to 1.5 hours in the afternoon. I think without that fluid or dull ache in his head, the boy can finally be his normal self.
Oh, and what a self! While he's a happy boy anyway, he is almost constantly all smiles now. He has spent half the day today laughing, I swear. He thinks everything is funny, every noise, every movement of his big brother's. Today at lunch I pretended once that he scared me with a noise he made, and he kept repeating it and laughing... to the point that he was giggling so hard he couldn't even make the noise anymore. He'd purse his lips, his eyes would light up, and he'd just start laughing!
I'm pleased to be on winter break this week, and have Charlie home with me. While in my dreams (and with full employment on Doug's part) I could have had this coming week to myself during school hours, it will be fun to get to know Charlie more. Plus, he's going to see some amazing places like JC Penney, Kohl's, Jo-Ann's, and perhaps even Dress Barn.