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!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Welcome to the family baby boy...

This past weekend, before we headed to Cincinnati, we went down to Milton to visit Chris' family!  Jessica, Chris' niece who was raised more like a sister to him, and her husband and new baby boy were in for a visit!
John Harris Horton was born about 4 weeks ago at just under 10 pounds!!  Chris and I laughed because Ava Grace was a year old and still only weighs about 8 pounds more than he does! :-)  He is a big, beautiful, healthy boy!
We thoroughly enjoyed a weekend of meeting and visiting with him!  There was a lot of snuggling and cuddling going on!  I am pretty sure he spent the entire weekend being held!  The only time his backside was on something other than someones lap was when he was being changed! 
I was very curious to see how Ava Grace would react to another baby... specifically to me holding another baby.  She was amazing!  I thought she would probably just not even notice him much.  Boy, was I wrong!  She was VERY interested in John Harris and she was VERY gentle!  
She would lay her head on his belly or leg to give him hugs and pet his arms and legs!  The only thing we had to watch out for was his face.  She wanted so badly to touch his face, but she is still learning to be gentle, so I wasn't comfortable with her touching his face yet.
This one got lots of snuggles and was held a lot too!  There is always a lap to sit in at Mimi and Pap's house! Lily loves sitting with her Pap!!
It was a great weekend with a newly expanded family!  Welcome to the world John Harris!  You have lots of people, big and small, that love you very much!