Hello everyone! None of you know me yet, but my mom and dad have told me how excited everyone is to meet me. I can’t wait to meet everyone either, but I am having a great time in here, so I am hoping I can stay here as long as possible! I like to keep my mom up all night long, and I really like when I can feel my dad’s warm hands on my moms belly. I think I am most excited about finding out who Bruce and Vince are, as my mom and dad are always yelling their names or talking about them. I hope they like me!
I only have a few more weeks before I get to meet everyone, and I know there are a lot of questions.
I will be born with a congenital heart defect called Tricuspid Atresia, which means the valve between my right atrium and my right ventricle didn’t develop all of the way. The right side of my heart is very small compared to my fully functioning and super strong left side of my heart. Thank goodness for that! The right side of my heart is responsible for pumping blood to my lungs, so I will need to have 3 surgeries throughout my life to reroute the blood that cannot reach my lungs on its own through the right side of my heart. Who knew you could do that??! Thank goodness for modern medicine, whatever that means. I hear my family say that a lot :).
I will be born at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver in mid October. My first open heart surgery will be when I am about 5 days old, but luckily I won’t remember anything. My parents say we should be home by Thanksgiving, and I’ll be able to sleep in my own crib in my own room :). And meet Bruce and Vince!
I will have another open heart surgery when I am 4-6 months old, and the third surgery when I am between 2 and 3 years old. After that, I will be ready to run and play and be a kid! The right side of my heart will always be non-functioning, but the surgeries will make it so I can be a normal, crazy and active kiddo. And I’m ready!
I’ll keep updating everyone here on when I make my grand entrance, and how my first surgery goes! My mom and dad will be busy taking care of me, and I can’t blame them because I’m pretty cute already.