Thursday, May 15, 2014

Throw Back Thursday - January 2006


My FB wall is always flooded with #TBT pictures, but the ones I like best are those that put the picture into context.

This was Jordan's first birthday party - January 2006.  All parents remember their child's first birthday, especially when they are brand new parents.  For us, Jordan's first birthday held special meaning because he had survived his first year as a heart transplant kid.  It was such a big deal.  We were so weepy with gratitude and happiness. 

Those anguished weeks of being in a hospital sitting by his side, watching his still body on an ECMO machine were slowly becoming a memory.  There were months of uncertainty while we figured out how to give him medications, marking off the times on checklists, measuring how much he ate, how much he slept, around the clock, nursing him every two hours, driving him to clinic twice a week, crying along with him when he could no longer sit still through EKG's, Echos and stickers being pulled off his torso. 

Between struggling with balancing his medical needs, we tried so hard to treat him like a normal kid.

That first birthday felt like such a weight had been lifted. 

He made it.  And we were so happy to share that moment with our family and friends.   

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