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Celebrating hearts in March

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We think about hearts a lot here at our house. In fact, while everyone else celebrates hearts in February, we reserve most of our excitement for March 6, Happy Heart Day, the day of Bekah’s open heart surgery.

Harper celebrates her first birthday

Harper

A whole year has gone by. When I think back to this day a year ago, I didn’t know anything about Harper’s awesomeness before she was born. I remember so many emotions that day: nervousness, excitedness, sadness. I was all over the place. If there was anything I could change, I would make sure I had seen my baby before they told me she had Down syndrome and a heart defect.

Surgery scheduled to help strengthen Jordan’s legs

Jordan

We met with Dr. Jones and Dr. Baird to discuss Jordan’s upcoming surgery. Randy had talked with Dr. Jones about potentially correcting Jordan’s left ankle during his hip surgery. The tendon only works on the outside of his foot and has started to shift over his ankle bone.

Cherishing our special memories every day

Great-Grandpa-Selfie

Until Bekah and Sam arrived, I was unaware of just how short time can be. Now, I am sometimes brutally aware that there are small, seemingly insignificant moments that I’d like to remember forever.

Looking ahead to hip surgery to realign Jordan’s right hip

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Though it’s only January we have already seen a small glimpse of how our world is going to be turned upside down. We had a great December celebrating the Christmas season. Our season was also welcomed with our 6-month visit to the Myelo Clinic at Akron Children’s to meet with his specialists to assess his progress.

Proud to be independent

Jordan and his lil sis, Gabriella

Independent is becoming our new word, or should I say, “I do it myself, mommy!”