This maternity leave with Gracie has been amazing. Besides doctors appointments, therapy, and a quick trip to the beach, we’ve stayed at home.
We’ve missed going to several parties, eating out at restaurants, and other things, but we have needed to keep Gracie a little quarantined so she has less of a chance of being exposed to something and getting sick before open heart surgery (OHS).
Speaking of heart surgery, we got to take a tour of the new cardio unit at Children’s where Gracie will have surgery. It is so nice. I was really excited to learn that when she is in ICU for a day or so, she’ll still be in a private room, so we will get to stay with her! We got to see the rooms and meet a really nice nurse practitioner. It made us feel so much better. It was very evident how fortunate we are to live in Birmingham and have all of these medical resources!
It still makes us panicky when we think about OHS, so for right now we are choosing to live in the moment with our awesome family and trust God through it all.
I started back to work today. Very sad to leave Gracie, but luckily, she is going to be staying with her Nana during the day, so that makes it a little less unsettling!
Gracie is still gaining weight and at our last cardio appointment, he was excited that she has not worsened at all. You could make a case to wait until she’s a little older for OHS, but based on his opinion and the opinion of a surgeon he spoke with about Gracie, there really isn’t any benefit. If anything, she will develop better (faster weight gain, strength, etc.) after surgery so at this moment, he is still encouraging a June/July date. Les and I feel very confident in our doctors and their opinions and praise God for the peace we have considering the circumstances.
Gage is also becoming a little golfer! His daddy got him his first set of real golf clubs and they have been spending time at the driving range and even went and played a round of golf last weekend. If you happen to see him around, I’m sure he will ask you, “Hey! You want to see my swing?!” He’s very proud. 🙂