Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mom's Real Iron Man

Who knew? Sure Benji is a young boy and he loves super heroes and such, but who knew he would gravitate so much to Iron Man.

Being that Benji's mom and dad are products of the 80s (ish) they LOVE the culture of making movies out of comic book heroes. So it was only natural for this love to be passed down to the male children in the household. (The girls enjoy too, just not as much)
 
Iron Man (Single-Disc Edition)About two years ago the movie of Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr was purchased to add to the collection at home. We cautiously let our brood watch the movie knowing that boys are boys and imitate the action scenes. What surprised us was that Benji was quite interested in the battery Tony Stark put in his chest to stay alive.

At that point, while the action scenes still were the most watched parts, the fact that Benji related the electro-magnet in Tony Stark's chest as a heart was impressive (he was only 3 at the time).

So then we go on for a year until we hear that Iron Man 2 will be in theaters and such, Benji gets all excited about it but we decide to wait until it came out on DVD.

Iron Man 2 (Single-Disc Edition)
Once Iron Man 2 came out on DVD, we got it and Benji thought it was okay. He wasn't excited about it until Tony builds the new arc reactor with the newly created element. Then Benji starts asking us if Iron Man got a heart transplant. It was great in the aspect that we were able to talk with him about his heart and still keep it simple.

The last few months, Benji has been very aware of his heart and his closed heart surgery he had as a newborn. While he is being very inquisitive and asking questions, a parent can't help but wonder what exactly is going on in his mind. There is an obvious fear that he doesn't hide. 

Benji is very vocal about not wanting to have another surgery. We are not sure where this comes from because we do not talk about having to have a surgery. From what our doctor has told us is that his aortic valve is stable right now even though it is bicuspid and there is stenosis. In fact the CoArctation repair is "beautiful" and is doing great! The soonest surgery would occur would be once Benji hits puberty. The rapid growth is a concern on the valve.

Until then, Benji is momma's Iron Man, because his heart is pumping fine and he is my super hero!
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