Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
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!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lots of firsts...

Ava Grace's first couple of days held lots of firsts for her...

First official photo shoot! 

 Firs hearing test - passed!

First time putting on real clothes - whew - that was a worrisome workout for Mommy!  Good thing Daddy changes clothes and diapers at lightening speed! lol

First visit with Megan and Web... and... 

...first visit with Lauren too! 

Meeting big sis for the first time!
Lily said, "I like her!  Let's keep her!" LOL
They are already big buddies! 

Her first couple days included lots of bonding time with Mommy and Daddy, of course!

We also learned for the first time that her face was not bruised during delivery as we first thought.  After a clean up in the nursery and a good night's sleep, we found out that she has a birthmark on her face.  It's a port wine stain that is most likely JUST a birthmark, but on rare occasions can be associated with a couple of syndromes.  We'll be checking into that soon and also the procedure to have it removed by laser at some point.  In the mean time, we call it her extra sweet spot and she gets LOTS of extra kisses on that very sweet face!

We sure do love our little monkey!


Sarah said...

I can't wait to meet her!

Betsy said...

She is so beautiful, Meagan! I hope everything is going well and you are getting some rest! Those first few weeks are such a happy time, but tiring also. And don't worry about your milk not coming in (easier said than done, I know!) But this way you can share the fun with Chris and whoever else wants to feed her. :) Love you!! xoxo

Ashley said...

She is so precious!! I just want to hold and squeeze her!

Lisa Murphy said...

She is beautiful!