Following Your Heart is a blog by Sarah Plant. She shares her experience as a first-time mom whose daughter was born with a congenital heart defect. Sarah lives in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, in Trumbull County with her husband, Christopher, their daughter, Rebekah, and their rabbit, Gussie. She is a former high school English teacher.

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At 6 months, Sam’s an eater, even with his allergy to cow milk proteins


Now that Sam is 6 months old, Bekah finally has something new to say when people ask her about her brother. Thank goodness. Her old standby had been a description of how he ate, with a brief period where she told everyone about his “boy parts,” which once even led to a discussion of how many different words for her own parts she had.

End-of-life planning protects your children


Recently, when we were seeing what has been going on in the lives of the other mom bloggers, I noticed a post about end-of-life planning. I’m not sure if it was that or the Easter season in general, but suddenly I realized that we have been slacking. We hadn’t added Sam to our will.

Bekah LOVES getting blood work done

Smiling while she waits at Dr. Lawhon's office.

After an unpleasant (thanks to an unruly toddler) trip to the eye doctor in January, I was not looking forward to our most recent visit with Dr. Lawhon.

Remembering the peace of heart surgery 2 years later

Moving the chair to reach more.

Two years ago I spent four of the most peaceful hours of my life sitting in the surgical waiting area of Akron Children’s Hospital. To this day I am surprised each time I look back at just how at ease I felt during the time Rebekah was undergoing open heart surgery.

Sweet memories: Bringing treats to thank NICU and Reinberger Family Center staff

Bekah and her grandma give lollipops to the NICU

Our trip to Akron Children’s Hospital in January included more than just Bekah’s eye exam. After leaving Dr. Lawhon’s office, we ran (really ran, it was FREEZING out there) out to the top level of the Locust Street parking garage so we could take a look at the progress the construction crews have been making on the new tower.

Going to the eye doctor with a 2 year old


I now know that I’ve been spoiled by Bekah’s typical behavior at most appointments. Usually she walks in, hops up on the table, does what she’s asked to do, answers questions, and we’re done and out of there.