Throughout my pregnancy you may remember me talking about Little 3 having an ectopic heartbeat where his heart had an irregular rhythm, which caused us to be sent to hospital by my midwives to be monitored many times in the final few months. We had quite a few scans and saw consultants and they all said it was quite common and not to worry, that it would more than likely sort itself out at birth when all the changes in the heart take place as baby breathes for the first time and some of the heart ducts used in the womb close over.
Well, it didn't sort itself out at birth and the doctors and paediatricians seemed a little surprised that it hadn't. Little 3 was given a check over at birth and during our hospital stay lots of different people listened to his heart, including a series of students who hadn't heard an irregular one before! There were no immediate concerns and so Little 3 and I were allowed to stay together on the ward while we waited for an ECG to see what was going on but the machine was broken so we would have to stay in until the Monday when it would be fixed, but in the end staying in was a good thing as that was when his chest infection was picked up.
Little 3 had his ECG which recorded his irregular heart rate and showed us that it was something to do with impulses from the brain causing it and we would need some follow up appointments to keep an eye on it, we were thankful it is not serious and doesn't currently need any intervention. The doctors still think it will improve and hopefully settle over time.
We have an appointment at the hospital in May so watch this space. It hasn't seemed to have affected him though, he is growing well and still scrummy! (he isn't always asleep either!)