For the last couple of weeks I have either been working overtime, cleaning up puke or snuggling sick kids. That is until I succumbed to the nastiness myself. As much as it sucked to be that sick, I had a whole day all alone in the house where all I did was sleep and watch a movie. A whole movie. One that wasn't animated or rated G. Trade offs, I spose.
Well, today is a pretty special day. It is the three year anniversary of my sweet girl's open heart surgery. As much as I think I can put all of those feelings behind me, I can't and that is actually o.k. The photo above was taken the summer after the surgery and you can see her scar on her chest. She was 2 months shy of her second birthday when she had it so she was just a tiny thing. Plus she had a funky heart so she was tiny because of that. I still think its nuts because she was in the 50th percentile before the surgery and within the next ten months she shot up to the 95th and grew about 4 shoe sizes. Amazing what a healthy heart will do for a girl. Tonight we went to celbrate and have a family fun night, eating out, going to the paint your own pottery place and the Baskin Robbins for ice cream. I think an anniversary like this is a good time to reflect on the joy that these kids bring to our lives. One of the biggest things that still sticks to me to this day is that as scared as I was going into the hospital that morning, it didn't take long to realize that we were the lucky ones. We would be bringing our daughter home and she would be fixed. We met wonderful people there who did not share in that fortune. It is a good place to gain perspective.
Every March 2nd since the big day, I try to commemorate it in some way. Last year I cut off a foot of hair and gave it to locks of love, this year I organized a toy drive for the hospital at work and am trying to start my first Project Linus quilt. This year I also volunteered at the children's hospital holiday party and will make it a yearly thing.
We had a check up a few months ago and everything still looks great! Its all just so crazy and amazing and I am so glad that she was born in these times so they could fix it. It is almost not March 2nd anymore so I had better get to bed. Any ideas on how I can commemorate next years anniversary?