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Experience Akron Children's through the eyes - and hearts - of our parent bloggers as they capture the ups and downs - joys and fears - of parenting. Our parent contributors hope that by sharing their stories, they may help others. Feel free to join the conversation.

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.

Sibling Revelry: Jordan dotes on little Gabby Gi Gi

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God has graced us with 2 amazing kiddos. I am overwhelmed by watching Jordan smother his little “Gabbi, Gi Gi” with hugs and kisses. There isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t ask to hold his sister. Then looking at little Gabriella gaze at her hero causes me to pray that these times only increase with age.

The first of many doctor appointments

Newborn pictures-roses

One week after my daughter was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect, we began the many trips to doctors. The first appointment was with Harper’s pediatrician. We drove down the street to the Green ACHP office, where we met the new doctor at the practice, Dr. Jennifer Snyder.

Unexpected journey begins after newborn daughter is diagnosed with Down syndrome and heart defect

Harper Grace Cunningham was born on March 3 at 1 p.m.

As March 3 quickly approached, I prepared my 1st grade classroom at Walker Elementary School in Canton for my long-term substitute. My husband, Aaron, a sergeant in the Ohio National Guard, prepared his tasks for the 2 weeks he’d be out. My 2-year-old son, Landon, and 8-year-old stepdaughter, Kaitlyn, ran around with excitement as the arrival of their little sister grew closer.

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.