Spending Thanksgiving at LA Children’s hospital while Walter recovers is profoundly poetic of our last 8 weeks and lives as parents. Without the trimmings, the day is just as grand with the three of us as a little family. We are grateful for being near my parents, grateful for the prayers and support from so many friends and family, and grateful for our tough little Walter who, as Life, tests, challenges, and awes us daily.
Today is a joyous day for our family!
Walt is looking stronger already and is beginning to make some feisty movements. He still has his breathing tube and ventilator in as well as blood drains, so we’d like him to stay peaceful and comfortable for a bit longer. Today will bring more progress. Also, I feel especially thankful for blood donation (which I am passionate about) and the donors who have kept my son alive with the gift of Life through their transfusions.
I’m sharing the below photos of Wally particularly for those families looking for answers about tetralogy of fallot, and what their baby may look like post – op. The stories shared with us by others were invaluable and helped to prepare us for this journey.
One hour after surgery:
One day post surgery:
Right before surgery, cuddling in mommy’s arms: