It has been one year since the ultrasound that turned our world upside-down.
What a day of highs and lows that was. We were thrilled to find out that we were having a little girl, our Aberdeen Wren. Jameson had suspected from the start that we were having a girl, but I hadn't had any strong inclinations either way, so was elated to finally know! Everything at the scan had seemed to go well, but our world came crashing down a few hours later when we got the call that something might potentially be wrong. Though it was still unclear at that point what the issue was or what it might mean for Abby's overall well-being, it didn't matter, something was wrong and it was devastating.
Though I will worry about Aberdeen every single day for the rest of forever, as any parent would, I don't think anything was as anxiety-inducing as the concern I had for the questionable health of our unborn child. The surgeries have been hard, the recoveries have been harder; waiting to see what Abby would be like, if she would be ok, was the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
It has been a challenging year, no doubt, but being able to see and love on our sweet baby, makes the difficult days so much easier to deal with.
Abby's procedure last week went great, even better than expected. We got to say hello to some great friends (families and nurses), and then we got to go home! It was so reassuring to know that Abby can now tolerate small procedures without landing herself back in the CICU, and that her heart surgery really has made a difference.
The rest of this past week has fit in nicely with the last-week-of-March-highs-and-lows theme we seem to have started.
Highs: Jameson's birthday was this week! Yay! Abby's vomiting was not as frequent - we started her on a new medication a few weeks ago, and while it certainly hasn't fixed the problem, we're happy it's at least helping! Abby had her last Synagis shot and flu shot booster, so we should be able to start taking her places here soon without the hightened risk of contracting a respiratory virus!
Lows: I slipped down the stairs while doing laundry on Wednesday, and bruised up my leg and ego pretty badly. Seriously, you'd think I'd be able to walk up and down stairs with all that dancing growing up, but no. I'll be fine, just a klutz. The balloon in Abby's new g-tube button popped last night (see image below). These things are supposed to last months, but this one only made it a week. We had a spare on hand and got it all fixed up, but gosh I hope this isn't a representation of what's to come.
All in all, things are going well enough and we're looking forward to Spring and getting out of the house some more!