Unexpected Christmas

Almost 48 hours after Reid was born, he was diagnosed with a few heart defects that had gone undetected throughout my pregnancy.  He had 2 coarctations of his aorta and 2 holes in his heart.  Without repeating myself, you can read about his diagnosis, our time in Charlotte at the Levine Children’s Hospital, his successful surgery, and his quick recovery at our CaringBridge site here.



As I mentioned in a previous post, I don’t think I can adequately summarize those 2 weeks we spent in Charlotte: terrifying and dark but at the same time sweet and redemptive.  I think we’ll be processing this event for the rest of our lives.


But we are home now!  Ahh.  The return to normalcy: middle-of-the-night feedings, sweet cuddle sessions, endless diaper changes, getting peed on (that’s a new one for us, since this is our first boy) as well as dance parties, time-outs, and attention juggling with Zoe Kate.  Even though there’s a thicker level of chaos in our home, we welcome it.  Just last night, we were all on the couch watching a movie together.  All four of us.  Our family.  Finally together.  My heart felt full.

Happy New Year, everyone!  We are so thankful to the many of you who have loved us and cared for us throughout the past month – whether thru meals, calls, texts, prayers, etc.  More than any other time, we needed our community around us and you were there for us.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Hana Jenkins on January 26, 2013 at 1:15 am

    🙂 It’s awesome to see you trusting in the Lord. Still a role-model from afar. 🙂


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