We had a post-op consult with the surgeon on 4/25 (15 days after surgery) and were told he could get his incision site wet. That was great news as the adhesive they use to hold the steri-strips on was really itchy to him. The last steri-strip came off about 2 weeks later at the check-up with the cardiologist. I swear I soaked that last one at least once or twice a day but it wasn't budging. It was the gel they use during the echo-cardiogram that got it off finally.
One thing that surprised me was that he has a new murmur. Maybe they told us that it was to be expected, but I don't think so.
: It's supposed to be different from the one he had before surgery and was totally expected, blah, blah, blah. I could swear they didn't mention it to me, so I wanted to make sure you heard about it in time to ask your doctors.
At about 5 weeks post-op DS was back to having tummy time. If he wants a toy that is more to the front than the side he is finally willing to just plop on his tummy and wiggle/roll over to get it!
He can be picked up under his arms again, although I try to remember not to do it. At first if we forgot his arms would go limp and straight up so there was no armpit for your hand to be in. Obviously, he didn't want to be picked up like that! When he stopped doing that we knew it was ok to start picking him up the old way again.
The day that we went to see the surgeon he had to have post-op xrays done. On the off chance that I had conceived again, my mom stayed with DS and I waited out in the hallway. A hospital chaplain happened to walk by and she started talking to me. Her son had needed open heart surgery when he was small. She told me that his doctor had explained not to worry about what they can do and how much to push them to be active after surgery. Babies aren't like grown-ups and don't have our psychological issues. They will try something and if it hurts they will stop. After they have forgotten that it hurt last time, they will try again. That is exactly what my son did. I encourage him to explore the same way I did before and let him decide when he has had enough. Sometimes it was hard not to just jump in and do things for him, but it I'm glad I didn't now that he is doing so well.
Sorry this kind of rambles but I'm tired. I just tried to include all the stuff that I can think of that might help you (and that we haven't talked about before).
BTW, I have a public photo album that includes some shots of his scar if you want to see them. It's on Yahoo, but I don't think you need a Yahoo ID to see them:http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/kmhyou...b6X6EBEw5sicgX