Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting 1 out of every 100 infants. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) accounts for a small percentage of all heart defects, but remains one of the most common causes of death in infants with congenital heart desease. Typically children with HLHS get 3 open heart surgeries. There is hope and more and more CHD warriors survive each year!
Hey! We're back! Sooo sorry that we haven't been updating this blog like I've said we would over and over again. I'm lazy.....what else can I say? ha ha. As we sat here watching the horror on TV in disbelief of the evil of one man I look at my daughter and start to reflect on the incredible year we have gone through and how incredibly blessed we are to be spending our first Christmas and her first birthday with her. It's hard to believe that a year ago this month we were going to the McDonald house awaiting a life that scared the hell out of us because we didn't know if we would get to enjoy or even experience it. With a few bags packed, a computer, my wife at my side and my daughter in her belly we walked through those doors with no idea what was going to happen next. That Christmas was the most incredible I have ever experienced! I have never been around such generosity and selflessness in my life. The people we met and the staff that works there will always have a place in our hearts and we will NEVER forget the time we spent there. From the moment my daughter was born until this very second she has consumed every aspect of our lives and we wouldn't have it any other way. She has shown us how strong she can be through two open heart surgeries, how smart she is, learning EVERYTHING that momma challenges her with from body parts to sharing to animals and their sounds! (I'll post those videos too!) and how loving she is to her parents.......she's sooo sweet! I've also watched my beautiful wife struggle against stubborn cardiologists, rough nurses, hard headed family members, and watching her daughter deal with everything and after all of it she still has tons of smiles and love for her daughter and makes everyday wonderful for her! You can see her wonderful dedicated work in our daughters smile...and she smiles ALL the time! I can't say enough how much respect I have for my wife and how much more I love her each day! She is the strongest woman I have ever met and I know in my heart I get my strength from her, without her I know I would just fall apart! Since our last post many things have happened and Cemaia just keeps getting bigger and stronger! I just can't keep up with everything she can do and everything she has accomplished. We are going to try and go through our notes and do a more specific year in review for you....I know I know......"you've said that before." Can't say trust me we will, but trust me we will this time lol. I guess the most recent things that have happened for our family started in November when we all got sick, that was horrible. I never thought that we could have caught such a nasty virus at a pediatricians office, what we took away from that little stunt was next time we don't like something SPEAK UP! We can never be too careful when it comes to her health! Although Cemaia got over it like the super warrior that she is, it never should have happened in the first place. Since then momma has been working with her like you would not believe and Cemaia now knows a lot of her body parts, she can pick up certain animals when you call them out, and just to show off she can pick them out by the sounds they make. Yes we have videos of her doing all these thing in case you might have some doubts, and yes, she's only 11 months old! BOO YA!! Also we have had a series of good cardio appointments and so far her heart seems to be doing well and getting stronger. We have started the process of getting some second opinions from CHOP and Boston Children's Hospital. We look forward to what they have to say, we'll keep you posted! This year has been the longest, scariest, most wonderful year of my life! We can't wait to enjoy Christmas with our beautiful, strong, exceptionally smart heart warrior princess, and then just a few days later our special gift turns one! Good times!