Wednesday, January 27, 2010

10 Pounds---YOU READ RIGHT

Hope has finally hit the big 10!!!  We are so excited that it is hard to find the words to express how we are feeling.  She is getting so big and so is her personality.  She smiles all the time (except when I have a camera) and loves to stick out her tongue.  She is still enjoying her rice cereal, but we only give it to her a few times a week.  We are still trying to make sure she gains more weight for her next surgery and don't want her liking the cereal too much.  Hope is also doing a lot of rolling around, although she refuses to roll from front to back.  She really doesn't enjoy tummy time much at all and trying to get on her back just makes her really mad and frustrated.  I know she will eventually get the hang of it.  We are breaking down tonight and actually taking Hope to the grocery store with us.  I know she has to be sick of being in the house all the time and most of the time when she goes out she is going to the doctors.  I am hoping that if she goes to a few different places it might not be so bad when she goes to the doctor.  We shall see....

Some sad news that I hate to write about...let alone think about.  Two CHD babies got their angel wings this week.  I am deeply saddened every time I read about another baby earning their wings and I spend days crying for their parents.  I pray every single day for all the CHD babies and their parents and I am also praying extra hard for a cure to all this heartbreak.  One day I would love to see a cure for all the heart problems and never have to read another post about a baby getting its angel wings from a CHD.  I would appreciate if everyone would say a prayer for Josiah and his parents.  He is an amazing warrior in the CHD fight and lost his battle...he will be missed so much.  Rest in peace Josiah.  Please keep Ruby's parents in your prayers as well.  Ruby is now an angel, but she fought really hard to stay here on earth with her mom and dad.  A nasty lung infection interrupted her sweet life and I have been praying so much for her since I found out. 

I hope everyone is keeping their children close and spending as much time with them as possible.  As a mom, I can tell you that priorities definitely change and I find myself living in the moment more than I ever did before.  It is amazing how much you miss during the day...every little thing is such a joy.

Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.  We appreciate all of the thoughts, prayers, and especially knowing that there are many people out there that are following us on this journey through life.


  1. Yay! Congrats on Hope reaching 10 pounds that is so wonderful! I know what you mean about taking the kids out. I usually don't take Alexa out and when we do go somewhere she gets super excited and doesn't know hot to react when strangers talk to her because like you said she's either home or with family and the docs. That is something I'm looking forward to after this surgery that hopefully she can lead a less sheltered life since her sats will be normal for the first time her life. I will pray Hope gets big and strong for her next surgery. And so heartbreaking about those CHD babies, it angers, sickens and sadens me all at the same time.

  2. AWESOME NEWS! Paula that's fantastic, Congratulations!

  3. I am so excited that Hope finally reached 10lbs! Do not take one day for granted because before you know it she will be little miss independent and she is going to do want to do things on her own! Thinking and praying for you guys always.

    Love you guys very much.

  4. Good for you all!!! 10 pounds is so exciting!!! We are still struggling with Aly and tummy time. She hates it too. :( Glad to hear all is well!

  5. Congratulations on the 10 pounds! YAY!!!

    I am saddened each and every time I hear of another CHD kiddo earning their angel wings. It shouldn't have to be that way! My heart breaks for those two families!

    Stef, Ryan, Wyatt and Logan

  6. Yeah... 10 pounds!
    Some people will never understand what a struggle we have with weight gain and why we get so excited about it.
    It saddens me so when I hear of babies earning their wings. Some nights I don't want to put Colin down. I know how much of a true blessing each day is with him.

  7. Isn't it funny how when you have a HH child you are happy they are gaining weight but when our heart babies gain weight we want to throw a PARTY!! It is a huge accomplishment!!
    I followed you here from my blog!

    Hope is such a cutie!! Take Care
    Melissa (Maccoy's mommy)

  8. hey! we just hit 10 lbs too! my heart baby was born in October and had her surgery @ 6 days old. Its great to be able to follow other people's stories, it gives me strength! And heartbreak, of course, when a baby earns his wings. My thoughts go out to the families of Josiah and Ruby.
    Hope is such a beautiful baby!

  9. Welcome to the 10 lbs party...congrats...we were so looking forward to Travis making it to that milestone. Now lets keep these special babies growing.