What to Pack for Unexpected Hospital Stays

This post contains affiliate links. See the full disclosure here.  When my daughter Alexis was born, she was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. After she was born, I knew that we would find ourselves having to stay overnight at the hospital, but sadly I didn't realize how many overnight hospital stays that we would end up having.  The first overnight stay was miserable for our daughter and for us. The hospital stay was unexpected and we had to pack our … [Read more...]

Did Someone Just Punch Me In My Gut

On this day I was getting a sonogram. I have to say that the best baby doctor visits are when you get to see your baby! As the sonographer rolled the mouse like contraption on my stomach, my husband and I looked at our baby girl with such a delight. She was the cutest little bug we had ever seen! She pointed out her little fingers and toes and told us her measurements and her predicted weight. As she was moving the contraption my husband and I were just chatting amongst ourselves when we noticed … [Read more...]

Meet Lexi My CHD Hero

Meet Lexi... She is my Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Hero!   She was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot when she was around 4-5 months old in my tummy. She was a tiny baby that did not want to grow so the doctor decided to bring her into the world a few weeks early.    At 4 pounds and 12 ounces she was the cutest baby in the entire world. Sadly, she was born with more issues that were not related to her heart so she had to stay an extra 2 weeks in the NICU until she started to gain … [Read more...]

I Married Into a Ready Made Family and They Said It Wouldn’t Last

It's funny, I look at my past and my daughter's present and think 'WOW! I got really lucky!'.  I married into a ready made family and they said it wouldn't last. I met my husband at work 18 years ago. Actually, he stalked me for a few days and would not go away until I agreed to go to lunch with him. After our first lunch, I fell for the bait and could not get enough of him. He was so funny and cute. In addition, he had a car and a job; that is always a plus! At the time I was 19 and he … [Read more...]