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!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

All I want for Christmas is a bath...

Last Sunday we had some visitors!

The Fletchers and the Hutchings came up to see our new home, to get some snuggles in with the newest addition to our family, and to exchange Christmas gifts!

It was wonderful to see each one of them, but I think we all agree the cutest part of the day was watching all the kids play together!
Vance and Jack didn't really seem that interested in Ava Grace, but were all about spending time with Lily!  Especially Jack, who wanted to sit in her lap, hold her hand, and follow her around.  It was the sweetest thing!

Dawson was a different story...
He enjoyed hanging out with Lily as well, but when it came to Ava Grace he was enthralled!  I had no idea, but Dawson absolutely LOVES babies!  He was so sweet with Ava Grace!  He even held her, but didn't want his picture taken.
We exchanged gifts and visited.  Megan and Lauren had prepared a wonderful dinner to leave with us of salad, bread, lasagna, and dessert!  YUM!

Ava Grace was due for her very first tub bath and we decided  to do it while we had extra helping hands!

She was not a fan, but she came out squeaky clean and smelling so good!

(She has since had a couple more tub baths and is warming up to the idea... she doesn't cry now until we get to the hair washing part of the bath! lol)

Here she is freshly scrubbed!

It was a wonderful time with friends that are like family to us!  We were so very excited to share time with them and to have them drive all the way out in the country to our new home!