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!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Our house is a playground...

...and we like it that way!

(Thursday - 3 days post surgery)

(Yes, she's pulling up.  She has actually done it several times since Thursday.  All the way to her feet.  Slow down baby girl, you are growing up too fast... but I'm so proud of your accomplishments!)

Some days I struggle with how clean I think the house should be.  After all, I stay at home.  And most days, our house isn't out of control or anything, but it's never just right either.  I look around right now as I type and Ava Grace naps and I see toys.  Our living room has become Ava Grace's playground.  It frequently is home to 11 or 12 American Girls also, and a board game or two.  Daily, I look around and think, "I have got to get all these toys up."  Frequently I pick them all up in the evening.  Then, first thing in the morning, Ava Grace takes a bottle, gets a clean diaper, and I plop her in the middle of the living room floor to play and explore and out come all the toys again.  Then, Lily gets home from school and toys begin their afternoon parade down the stairs.  Today, {not every day, but today} I look around, smile, and think... this is a happy place.  All these toys in the living room make it the most fun and exciting place to be for the two most important girls in my life.  Maybe picking up toys and having a clear open floor in the living room is overrated.
(Friday - 4 days post surgery)

See the Bouncy?  It stays int he living room under the huge window that is my favorite feature of the room {the window, not the bouncy... the bouncy is Ava Grace's favorite feature of the room}.  Now that she is mobile, playing under the bouncy has become as, or perhaps more, entertaining than playing in the bouncy.  The only problem?  When her head touches the top she gets freaked out and convinces her self she is stuck and shrieks in horror until you rescue her.

Just like playing under the bouncy has become fun, the Bumbo is now a great obstacle course/climbing device!  It's great for sitting toys on, pulling up on, and biting, of course.
(Also Friday - 4 days post!  See how the top area is starting to clear and the bottom, darker area is starting to become less solid and more dappled?)

Our living room window lets in so much heat light!  The afternoon sun glares shines though and makes sunny spots on the carpet.  You cans see some sun splashes on the carpet behind Ava Grace in this picture.  When she notices them, she'll take off crawling over to them and try to touch the sun.  It's pretty adorable.

The best part of our playground-of-a-house is our jungle-gym-of-a-daddy!  :-)  Check out Lily's smile in this picture.  Notice anything?  Yep, those are braces on her teeth!  Top only.  Green and purple.  Cute as a button!  They make her look so much older!!!!  When did she get them?  Oh, that's right... the same day as Ava Grace's surgery!  Seriously.
This girl loves being on Daddy's shoulders as much for the novelty of it as for the ability to play with hair up close and personal!  lol!!  Don't worry baby girl, your hair is coming in rapidly now and you'll be able to play with your own hair soon! {Mommy can't wait to put some bows in that hair!!!!)

Another good thing about our playground?  It's open late!

Nothing like a baby in PJ's.  Check out that belly honey pot!  Cutest. Thing. Ever.


Allyson said...

I think you are a lot like me--a perfectionist! But it is physically impossible to be a perfect mom, a perfect housewife, a perfect chef, etc. So when Ryan walks in and sees a messy house, I say, "I was a really good Mom today!" because I sat down and played with my kids, and when he walks into a spotless house, I say, "I was a terrible Mom today, but a great housekeeper!" I have to make a choice every day!