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, March 21, 2015

Our last weekend as a family of four...

It is hard to believe how quickly the last few months have gone by!  Our little Ty will be here on Tuesday and we couldn't be more excited.  The Lord has truly filled us with his peace and we are trusting that He is in control.  In that respect, even though in my head I know this delivery and baby will most likely present some different challenges, in my heart I feel exactly like I did when anticipating Ava Grace - just plain excited and ready to meet the newest member of our family!

I think I am more anxious about the girls, especially Ava Grace, adjusting to a younger sibling.  What a big adjustment for a little girl!  Of course, Chris and I worried about Lily adjusting to Ava Grace and she did so with flying colors.  Lily has made us so proud from day one in being such an amazing big sister and young lady.  Lily could write the instruction manual on big sister how-to.  She is so gentle, kind, helpful, and patient.  Ava Grace might need some pointers... in all of those areas.  lol.

Today and tomorrow I plan to finish up getting the house ready for Ty.  I have a few things left to wash and some odds and ends that I want to take care of before we head to the hospital on Tuesday.  We also plan to have some fun with the beautiful weather and to go to Lily's volleyball game tonight!  I'm hoping for a fun, productive, low-key, no-schedule weekend together.

I have so many thank-yous to send and 3 showers and a benefit to blog about!  Stay tuned, I'm hoping to do that this weekend to.  In the mean time, let this serve as a temporary, but heartfelt THANKS to everyone who has been so supportive.  We have had friends and family and even some strangers give donations to help us take time off work and pay for medical expenses.  We have had benefits and been showered with gifts that have just overwhelmed us with gratitude.  Most special of all, we have been added to countless personal and church prayer lists and I can assure you that we feel every prayer!  We believe that God has already performed miracles for Ty and have seen the wonderful ways he is providing for our needs.  We are blessed and ever so grateful for every prayer and know that God hears each and every one and will do great work through Ty's story!