Friday, November 17, 2006

We're Already Half Way

Congratulations, we’re pregnant! We are already at week 23, and time is going by fast. I always thought I would keep track of every moment of our pregnancy, but working full-time (and feeling exhausted) has kept me occupied.

The past several months have been a whirlwind of physical and emotional changes. I still have morning sickness, my back aches often, fatigue is endless, and my boss says I waddle. We have a human being to care for, one who is completely dependent on us for anything and everything. We’ve learned the responsibilities of providing our son the best love and care our hearts are capable of.

After taking a simple screening test five weeks ago, our son has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called pulmonary atresia. This means a pulmonary valve in his right ventricle was not fully developed and blood and oxygen cannot flow to the lungs. He is safe in the womb right now, but when he’s born, he’s going to have some heart trouble. This situation requires immediate surgery within that first week of life, and most likely two more surgeries as a toddler.

We take this pregnancy day by day. We do the best we can to find amazing doctors and surgeons to take care of our son. We smile everyday knowing this is fixable and we are lucky to have such a special child. Surrounding him are so many family and friends who care for him, pray for him, hope for him, and love him.

1 comment:

V said...

Congratulations on your new baby boy. My 2 1/2 year old son, Zachary, also has pulmonary atresia. You can see his journey at www.zacharybreder.com. I would also highly reccomend joining an online support group at www.hypoplasticrighthearts.com. It's for parents of children with defects that affect the right side of the heart. It's been an invaluable source of support and information to us. Best of luck!