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!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

May Recap...

May passed us by in a hurry!

Most of the month of May was spent counting down until the end of school!  Counting down to summer is always fun, but if you don't live in a house with kids AND teachers, you have no idea how much summer can be anticipated!  Even with our count down going on and the clock racing each day towards summer, we ended up still having lots of fun!

Ava Grace discovered that she doesn't just like bath time, she loves it!

She also discovered she can splash on purpose by kicking her legs and that's the best part of bath time!

Lily and I spent some time in the kitchen (as always), but this time SHE did the cooking!   

We worked on reading directions, measuring, and mixing!  She did a great job and cooked an entire batch of mini muffins (almost) all by herself while Ava Grace and I kept her company and watched her improving cooking skills!!  (I love how serious she is about measuring each muffin out carefully - look at that concentration!)

 We played some of our favorite games!  A few rounds of Yatzi and more than a few rounds of Pretty Pretty Princess!  Doesn't Chris make a beautiful princess?  ;-)

Pretty Pretty Princes is Lily's favorite game right now!  As you can see from this picture, she won because she had her game piece, her matching necklace, ear rings, ring, bracelet, ring, and the crown... can't be the prettiest princess without the crown!

Ava Grace let Crystal hold her without sleeping or crying! lol  This was a first for them both!

"What's for dinner Mama?"
Ava Grace sits in her feeding seat in the evenings with me while I cook dinner.  Her appetizer?  Index finger on this night!  She loves those fingers

"Seriously Mom, the camera again?!?"

Tummy time was frequent with our new found abilities to roll in every direction!  Ava Grace also figured out she can travel short distances by rolling, although she doesn't exercise this ability very often... only when you lease expect it! lol

 Both girls spent their fare share of time being silly...

 ...its just how we roll!

And we said good bye...
...to Miss Johnson and Lily's first year at Richpond Elementary.  Lily made a home made brownie mix to take to Miss Johnson, it was very sweet.

We made sure to get in plenty of play.  These two are playing together more and more these days.  Lily likes to pick Ava Grace up and carry her around and show her things.  She reads to Ava Grace and gets in the floor with her often.  Ava Grace LOVES the new attention from her sister.  In fact, she loves EVERYTHING that Lily does!

With all that going on,  we had to get in some beauty rest every now and then... but mostly we just did lots of having fun!

So, what was your May like?


Sarah said...

loved this post! And I'm happy for Crystal. I've laughed at her facebook comments about Ava Grace alkways sleeping when she's around. So hooray for Crystal! Hope she enjoyed it!

Jennifer Burtram said...

Such a great post! I love reading about your sweet family!