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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

bekah

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.

Why do I feel something is missing on Sam?

Sam

I am so used to seeing Bekah’s faint little open heart surgery scar on her chest that now I feel like something is missing when I see Sam.

Sharing Bekah’s story as a NICU and heart patient brings holiday hopes and wishes

Chris holding Bekah

As proud parents of a NICU graduate and an open heart surgery survivor, Chris and I are never shy about sharing the story of Rebekah’s hospital experience, or what it was like to be there as her parents.

Welcome to the world, Samuel Ryan Plant

Plant family

Two years ago, when Bekah was born, we learned very quickly that things don’t always go exactly as planned. Maybe we’re slow learners, or maybe we’re just forgetful, but we were once again surprised by the entry of a baby into the world on Friday, Nov. 15.