Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.
Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!
Size of Baby: About 9 oz... 6 inches from crown to booty!
Total Weight Gain: I lost a pound, lol, I have no idea why or how. Anyway, total weight gain for my entire pregnancy is 3 pounds... this blows my mind because in less than a week I'll be "officially" 5 months along! WOW!
Maternity Clothes: bottoms, some tops
Gender: Sweet baby girl!
Movement: She is a WILD GIRL! We know this from watching the monitor with our jaws on the floor as we watcher her flip and twist and make it VERY hard for the ultrasound tech to get what she needed, lol. Also, interesting fact, my placenta is on top! Basically this means that it attached on the side closest to my belly! The ultrasound tech explained that basically my placenta is acting like a big mattress/buffer between me and the baby so I won't feel her as much as I most likely would from a baby in a future pregnancy.
Sleep: Sometimes like a rock, sometimes really difficult. Not sleeping flat on my back is a challenge.
Symptoms: Not much, I pretty much feel like myself... except for my tiny baby bump, occasional heart burn, and a flutter every now and then! lol
What I Miss: wine.... boy do I miss my wine!
Cravings: Water, Caffeine Free Tea, Lemonade... I'm just thirsty all the time!
Best Moment This Week: Our ultrasound!! It was amazing and wonderful!
What I'm Looking Forward To: Holding our sweet baby girl!
Now, some of you know this already, but for those of you who don't.... we were more prepared for boy than girl and we are at a total loss for names! We want something unique, but not weird. We like last names for first names and are now open for suggestions! ;-)
Welcome! I am the head chef and home-maker at my address. A former teacher and current after-school program manager and a proud member of the education field (even though I still call myself a "stay-at-home mom"). I'm the member of a pretty wacky and wonderful family and a friend of some really special people. I get the privilege of being mommy to the most spectacular toddler I've ever met and the step-mom of the most kind-hearted and precious 9 year old anyone could ever meet. I'm a coach's wife (he's pretty hot and makes me laugh every day). And, most importantly, I'm a follower of Jesus Christ. This is my little blog. When I have time, I come here to share, write, document, and just to be me.