Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
One year ago today, Mary underwent her first heart surgery. It was a palliative measure, to place a shunt, to help her blood flow as normally as possible until she was big enough to handle the complete repair. She was just 6 days old at the time (it also happened to be her due date). Those days are still such a blur to me. I was recovering from my own major surgery, and was scared and worried, about Mary, and also Charlie and Sam. They both missed me, and were filled with their own fears about the baby.
Now, a year later, Mary is thriving. We've learned just how each of us can rise to various challenges. Our faith has been strengthened. Our love for each other, and the Lord, has grown. We are whole again.
Then He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace." Luke 8:48
Thursday, November 6, 2008
About a month before Mary's big day I received this email from Kelly -
Subject: A story
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008, 10:10 PM
I am going to buy this for you. You can read it, and run your fingers over the stamping while we wait for Mary to get perfect (again) (even though she always was). You can look at it, and remember that I'd never known that particular quote until I saw it on the blog about Mary.
Someday, when we are in our 50's or older- jetting off to book readings, and other interesting cultural happenings, it will sit in Mary's room, on her dresser or a shelf. It will hold her jewelry or just her dust. She will be a perfect, normal teenager- she'll be giving you hell. She'll never get rid of it, and she won't be sure why.
When she is our age or older, she will rediscover it, and begin to love it in the way that you and I always have loved it. Because it will represent love, certainty, goodness and faith.
All the things she will have learned because of the way you loved her, mothered her and cared for her.
We will want to steal it from her, possibly. We will envy her youth and opportunity. Then you'll smack me and I'll smack you because youth and opportunity take time away from all the interesting cultural happenings that we finally have earned.
She'll give it to her daughter.
I promise you. Okay? I promise.
Kelly brought over the little dish right before Mary's surgery. It's lovely~
Oh, Kel, thank you for being a friend. Love you.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Lot's of the people who love Mary came to help us celebrate - Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Darlene, and Uncle Dan. Jack, Madeline and Luke. Aunt Jessi and Jaiden and Julian. And Aunt Christina. Aunt Donna and Great Aunt Charlene. Our friends Emily and Desmond, the Humphrey's and the Merrick's were all here, too!
It's hard to believe that Mary is a year old. This was one of the longest years of my life, and still it went all too quickly. She is such a joy to be around. Mary smiles easily, especially for her brothers. She is taking 3 or 4 steps at a time now, and babbles like crazy. Everything becomes a phone :) She says, "mama", "daddy", "hi", "bye" and "this". She points all the time, and acts silly for our entertainment. She will give us kisses, when asked. We all love her so much!
Today we went to the NICU reunion at Loyola. It just happened to fall on her birthday. I'm glad we went, because it brought a sense of closure to the whole ordeal, but we probably won't go again next year. It was mostly other patients, and not enough staff. We also took a quick walk up to the PICU and said hello to the nurses there. They were impressed by how big and healthy Mary is.
Tomorrow we're celebrating her "golden" birthday with a party at home.