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!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Soaking up the last days of summer

Over the last couple of weeks we have really tried to soak up summer.  We went to the pool as much as we were able and I'm glad we did with the recent cooler temperatures!
Lily loves to swim!  She and I worked on swimming a lot last summer and with a quick refresher course from Grandmommy at the beginning of this summer she was ready to go!  She's like a little fish!  She has diving bracelets and spends most of her pool time underwater diving and flipping and the rest of the time jumping off the diving board like she's in the Olympics!  Our most recent trip to the pool we started practicing going in head first and trying out some baby dives!
Two separate trips to the pool helped us with our Not-Bummer-Can-You-Get-It-All-Done-Before-The-End-Of-Summer list!  Lily had to catch a toad or lizard.  We realized the catching part wasn't going to happen. Ever.  So Daddy caught one for her and she touched and even held a lizard!

Another trip to a different pool helped us mark off another Not-Bummer-Summer list item!  She had to go down a water slide!  Check out this slide:
It is a LONG water slide built into the side of a hill!  It's at the public pool in Gallatin.  We were delighted to find this place and discover that it's never crowded on week days!  We loved it!

Here's Lily with her diving bracelets!  I throw, she dives, Ava Grace splashes, and Daddy golfs, lol.

Oh, Ava Grace also naps.

We love spending a few hours a day at the pool.  It's sad to know our pool days are quickly coming to an end as the weather shifts, but I am so excited for Fall to come!  The little break in the heat has me dreaming of football, chili, and pumpkin bread already!
And another post-surgery shot!  This is Saturday, 5 days after her procedure.


Sarah said...

Amazing how fast it's healing! The pool looks so much fun! Tell Lily, Aunt Sarah hopes to go swimming with her next summer!