Finally a new post...you've all probably stopped checking for updates by now. I've never been one to update too frequently, but lately I know I've been extra terrible at it. It’s weird and a little scary to me that it’s already 2008. I’ve looked forward to 2008 a little apprehensively because it undoudtedly will be full of life changing experiences for us. I'm 31 weeks along now with a baby girl that has been diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Atrial Septal Defect, and a chromosome abnormality called Turner Syndrome. We found all this out about 2 and a half months ago. It's sort of surreal to be told all that when you think everything is coming along just perfect. Surreal at first, then frightening. It's been a rollercoaster ride so far with lots more ride to come. I was first told I'd probably lose her soon after we found out (around 18 weeks) to being told now that she'll be born and have 3 open heart surgeries with a very unsure outcome. We're now playing the 'waiting game' to see what that outcome will be. We have tried to simplify this trial by placing things in the Lord's hands, knowing that is all we can do. We know she has a plan, and that that plan includes her being with us forever, if not for this short time on earth. I know that the hard parts are yet to come, but this has blessed us so far. Life has been very simplified for me latley to two things: the Gospel of Jesus Christ and my family. Everything else that I get caught up in is unimportant in the long run. I know I have a far way to go, but I'm grateful to have been able to learn some important 'life lessons' from all of this. I've had lots and lots of support and I'm grateful for good family and friends that have been there for us. Thank you! My plan is (hopefully) to use this blog to keep people updated on all this. We'll be spending some time in the hospital (St. Joe's in phoenix) and will hopefully keep updates on this blog for those inerested that we don't talk to all the time. I found a website of a little girl who had the same diagnosis as our little Bela and while parts were difficult to read and see, it was finally a light of hope for us to read her story and see her living today. Hopefully we can provide that to someone else going through something similar.
Other than that major update, we've been doing great. We had a wonderful Christmas in California and had fun spending time with family. We got to meet Charlie (Danny and Lauren's) for the first time and fell in love with him. It was easy to feel that heaven is close to us when Charlie was around. The weather was of course perfect and we spent Christmas Eve at the beach. I know that might be wierd to some of you, but that couldn't be any more perfect to me. :)
Benson continues to be such a good boy...he was a little naughty in California, but it must've been because his schedule was so off cuz he's been great ever since we got back. He's a complete homebody lately and NEVER wants to leave home. About 10 minutes into any outing he's asking for Benson's house. I guess I'm sorta a major homebody too, so he probably just gets it from me. He's a sweetheart and I'm lucky to have him.
My camera decided to quit working in the middle of November, so I don't have very recent pics, but Tanner got me a new camera for Christmas so I'll post some new ones later. A quick update in pictures of a couple events I never posted...Here's my superman for Halloween...
He turned two in November and loved every minute of the birthday celebrations. We took him to the train park in Scottsdale and chuckie cheeses..he still talks about his choo choo train birthday party.