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!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pregnant with a captial P!

How Far Along: 39 weeks tomorrow

Size of Baby: BIG... or at least she feels that way!  The ultrasound/computer has her weighing in at over 7 lbs!  Let's hope it's wrong! lol

Total Weight Gain: About 23 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Yep!  Yoga pants at home and maternity jeans when I'm out!  :-)  When this is over all my pants that zip and button are going to take some getting used to! 

Gender: Sweet baby girl!

Movement: OH MY!  She is out of room, but that doesn't stop her!  She keeps her little booty sticking out half the time just under my ribs and she feels like she scratching my insides when she moves her hands.  Whens she kicks and moves, my whole belly moves with her!  My weekly ultrasounds over the past three weeks have revealed her playing with her toes and sucking her thumb! lol

Sleep: Difficult.  I have been taking a nap just about every day though, and that helps!

Symptoms: The usual... heart burn, I have been more tired the past couple weeks, and I bump into stuff and lose my balance a lot! lol.

What I Miss: Not being on "bed rest."  I am trying to follow doctor's orders, but this laying around on my left side got old fast... like within the first hour.  My blood pressure has been consistently wonderful for three weeks, and I think the bed rest thing was just because my BP was up while we were moving, but she says once she puts a patient on bed rest she doesn't lift it until baby comes... so here I am.  :-)  Hoping baby comes... like... today! lol

Cravings: Cereal and sweets. 

Best Moment This Week: We went to the doctor for an ultrasound and check up on Tuesday and found that I was at 1/2 a centimeter and Ava Grace was at -2 station!  Dr. H swept my membranes to prod things along.  We asked about induction and she said when I got to 2 centimeters and Ava Grace got to 0 station we'd talk!  She is letting me come back Friday when I am "officially" 29 weeks to see if we are there yet!  Keeping my fingers crossed!  :-)  My mama went 10 days over and had BIG babies... whew... bless her heart!  I am hoping Dr. H can help me out by getting Ava Grace here before or on her due date, not after, and hopefully less than HUGE! LOL!

What I'm Looking Forward To:  Holding my sweet girl and seeing her tiny little face.  Watching my amazing husband see her for the first time - sometimes I think he is more excited than I am (if that's even possible).  Becoming a family of four.  And... having my body back... at least, part of it any way! lol.  :-) 

Side Note:  Not pregnancy related, but letting everyone know... I am trying to blog!  We have been so busy with the move and holidays!  Plus, our new home is in the country and WE LOVE IT, but that also means we are out of the comcast network and have to use a satellite connection which is faster than dial up, but slower than cable.  If anyone has done this before and has suggestions or a good company to go with, let me know!  I miss my SUPER HIGH SPEED Internet!!  Without it, blogging takes a little more time - especially uploading pictures - and I already have lots of Christmas pics to share and I am about to have LOTS of baby pics to share, so I've got to figure out something soon!!  :-)


Jennifer Burtram said...

Glad to see you blogging again! Enjoy these last few days even though they are uncomfortable. I loved being pregnant and kinda missed it when it was over. Take care of yourself and get lots of rest.

LeeLee and B + Annie Louise said...

You will be holding that sweet girl before you know it! Rest, rest and rest! You have a long and hard journey in front of you, and you want to be at your BEST! Believe me, I know...birthing a 9 pound baby is lots of work! And it sounds like you might have a big girl on your hands, too! I can't wait to see you, sweet Ava Grace!

Sarah said...

miss the blogging, but I understand the frustrations. When I'm home, it's SLOW! And I get impatient for the pictures to load! I posted pictures from this weekend on my blog today, so you can take a peak! It was so much fun...just way to short of a time!

Allyson said...

1. Glad for an update. I've been wondering about you and that little one with no Facebook or blog posts lately! :)
2. I went 2 days after my doc stripped my membranes with Gavin so be prepared!! :)
3. Can't wait to see pictures of your new house in the country!! My dream!!
4. Enjoy your last few days of rest while you can! :)

Ashley said...

Yay!! Sounds like you are so close!! I cannot wait to see her. You better get that internet figured out because we need lots of pictures! :)