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!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Week 1...

I couldn't believe the day my baby turned one week old!  How could time fly by so fast!  I was going to be so good about documenting everything and posting on the blog and taking pictures!  Turns out it's harder to balance all that and enjoy soaking it up too!  Time is flying by, and our little angel will be THREE weeks old in just a couple short days, but I still wanted to document week 1...

At the one week mark we started seeing those bright eyes more often!  We can already tell she's growing so fast!  Her eyes are still dark gray, and we can't wait to see if they turn blue or brown!! 

 Ava Grace discovered her love-hate relationship with her swing!  She loves it, but she hates that it makes her fall asleep! lol  She already fights sleep because she doesn't want to miss anything!

Her first week, she did lots of napping in her Moses basket.  We can already tell that she's going to outgrow it quickly, but for now it's a very convenient place her for to nap during the day when we are all in the living room!
The only hitch is that she's still a side-sleeper and the bumper in the basket makes us a little nervous, so we make sure to keep a really close eye on her when she's in there!  :-)  She likes to stare at the polk-a-dots though! 

We also broke out the play mat!  She has really enjoyed laying on it!  We caught a little smile in the above shot - she's been smiling more and more - but we're pretty sure it's involuntary and associated with gas bubbles! lol
The play mat makes a good place to naps too!  She's not too picky, when she finally crashes, she'll nap just about anywhere!  ;-)

Ava Grace is such a good baby!  She almost never cries.  She doesn't mind being laid down awake to "play" most of the time, but she LOVES to be held!  She's just the most precious think and we are so thankful to have her in our lives!


Sarah said...

love all the napping pictures! She loves to be held? Good! I'll hold her the entire time I'm visiting, if that's ok with you!

Ashley said...

She is so adorable! And I think she looks so much like you! Precious girl!