Tuesday, February 10, 2009

One year ago today...

...we walked into Joshua's ICU room see this...
That is right, one year ago today Joshua had his second open-heart surgery, the Glenn. It was a rough one for Joshua (as well as the whole family), but as soon as he was fully recovered we had a new & improved baby on our hands! We were told to expect a 7-10 day recovery...uh, not quite! 6 weeks & a pacemaker later we were home free!

In many ways it feels like the Glenn was years ago because Joshua has come so far this past year! It is unbelievable what a child is capable of in such a short time.

I was told that for every day a baby spends in the hospital, they fall 3 days behind developmentally. 12 weeks in the hospital did not slow him down a bit, what a huge blessing!

Everyone already knows this, but I'll still say it, we couldn't be prouder of our little fighter!

Way to go baby boy!

7 comments:

Valerie said...

Despite the vent, etc....he even looks great here!

Hetrick family said...

These pictures of Josh bring me to tears. Even knowing how he is today, I can hardly take it. I just can't imagine all you have been through! I'm so thankful I can go to his "time out" picture and breath/smile again! He surely has proven himself one tough cookie--thank heavens! Keep it up Joshie!

Hetrick family said...

Ok...quick question, I just noticed the bunny next to Josh. Is that the "Best Friends Indeed" bunny from Bunnies by the Bay? If so that is wild because I just got the SAME one for Baby #3! Weird.

Allison said...

Amy, yep same bunny!!! It is so soft & cuddly! He always had it after that surgery, but by the time we left the hospital, he was over it!
But it is still special to me!

Andrea said...

One year from his last surgery! And what a year it's been! He's come a long way and is a very special little boy.

AdoJohnny said...

Wow, seeing those pictures really affected me. He seems so healthy now that I can barely believe that he is that same baby. He really is a special little man, and I am so happy that things are going so good for him.
Love you buddy,
Uncle John.

Crystal said...

That is amazing. I am glad he did so well! I found your blog through a mutal blogger and it is all so inspirational. Although different defects, my daughter is also a heart baby. She has Tetralogy of Fallot and will be having her first open heart surgery in May. I am an emtional mess, but to see stories such as yours and many others, gives me so much hope.

Blessings to you and yours!