Thank you for all of your love and support. Mom and Dad feel so blessed with so many wonderful friends and family. They told me that they have always known how great you all are, but you have truly amazed them with your love and caring for our family.
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OK, I am sure you already know that my name is Daxton Paul Helten, you can call me Dax though. I was born on December 28th at 8:20 p.m. at Medcenter One in Bismarck. I weighed 6lbs 5oz and was 20 ½ inches tall. I have lots of brown curly hair and according to Mom, beautiful eyes too. Mom and Dad were so happy to finally get to see me that night. They were both convinced that I was absolutely perfect. The doctor said Mom did a really great job delivering me and Dad was quick to send messages to all of our friends and family. He was so excited that I had finally arrived. He told them all that Mom and I were doing great and to please pray for my sick Grandma.
Everyone who knows my Dad knows he exaggerates things a little. Between you and me, I’m pretty sure that no baby is absolutely perfect, even though our parents think we are. Really, babies are only 99.9% perfect, because we all have something different, whether it’s reflux, jaundice, funny hair, big ears, dry skin or just a little extra attitude.
What Mom and Dad didn’t know was that my .1% not perfect was that my heart isn’t built like everyone else’s, mine is special.
Since I have a special heart, I needed some special treatment (Surgery) to make sure blood gets to all of the really important parts of my body especially my lungs until I am old enough and strong enough to get it fixed for good.
That’s why I had to leave my mommy and sisters only 9 hours after I was born and get on an airplane with Dad and fly to St. Mary’s (Mayo) hospital in Rochester, MN where I am today working on getting better. I have a whole bunch of great doctors and nurses taking care of me. They are working hard to get me better, so that I can come home. I can’t wait to get back to Bismarck and see my big sisters, Drew and Dylan.
Thanks for all of your love, support and prayers and I can’t wait to meet you all when I get home.