Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I did everything I could to prepare myself for my daughter's heart surgery. I did all sorts of research and read through blogs of people who had children go through similar surgeries. The pictures of little babies with a huge scar on their chest and tubes and wires hooked up everywhere were not easy to look at, but I felt that I had to in order to prepare myself appropriately for what was to come. My coworker even connected me with her brother-in-law who's son had this procedure. I was prepared for her to look a little blue. I was prepared for difficulties in feeding her. I was prepared for her being out of breath. I wasn't thrilled about the whole thing, but I was prepared.
We went into our appointment today hoping that things had not worsened and that no new problems were detected. We were happy to have the same sonographer as last time! She is very kind and seems to do a great job. In the beginning, little Miss Swanberg was not very cooperative, but over the course of the appointment, she decided to give in and take some great pictures for us.
When Dr. Zilberman came in to review the images, he was pretty quiet. Finally he said, "I don't see a hole here." Caleb and I were stunned! "Is he kidding?" I thought. Of course he wasn't kidding, Pediatric Cardiologists do not joke about these things. We waited a bit longer in silence as he looked at more pictures. Maybe the angle was not right on those initial pictures. He spoke again, "These are beautiful images and I really do not see a hole." Could it be? Could this hole have closed on it's own? He told us that he couldn't rule out smaller holes at this point, but there was certainly nothing major we needed to worry about. We nervously started laughing and told him that this was not the news we had been expecting. We were told at our last appointment that the hole was so large it would not close on it's own. He responded, "Miracles do happen. I see no large inlet VSD here."
This is the first time I've ever had a doctor use the word "miracle" while talking to me and it took my breath away. Maybe I'm making a mountain out of a molehill, but I feel like this isn't a word they use frequently. It must truly mean that the "large inlet VSD" should not have closed on it's own. Our little Rosie is doing miraculous things already! I absolutely believe that this happened as a result of all the prayers people have been sending our way. So thank you, everyone, for your prayers. Please keep them coming. Who knows what else this little girl will accomplish!
God is good. Please thank Him for our miracle!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Today is my birthday and little Rosie decided to surprise me with a new trick... I nearly had a heart attack when I looked at my belly to see that it was all lopsided! Maybe she was trying to get my attention and this was her way of saying "happy birthday mommy!"
I also had another nice surprise when Caleb brought be birthday cake in bed! :) Now for my free birthday Starbucks latte before going to work! It's going to be a great day!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I just got an image of Baby Girl's karyotype a few days ago! Maybe it's just the science nerd in me, but how cool is that?!? My baby has more chromosomes than your baby! :)
You can clearly see three copies of her 21st chromosome. You can also see that she is a she because there are two X chromosomes!
I seriously think I'm going to frame this and put it in her nursery with a caption that says, "My extra chromosome makes me extra cute!"