Last week we had a follow up appointment with the Perinatologist and our OB. It was the easiest and smoothest appointment we have had since this journey began. Owen was on his best behavior. He gave the Perinatologist some great views of all of his organs and he continues to gain weight. They are estimating he is now closer to 5 lbs and 14 oz (+/- 7 oz). We then met with the OB and she says that I look great. I have had an amazing pregnancy and feel beyond blessed for that. Physically I feel awesome and thankful each day that he is still on the inside growing bigger and stronger! Our appointment was very quick but as always very thorough.
Our next appointment is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th at CHLA. This will be our last check up before seeing the doctors in the delivery room. We will also be meeting Owen’s surgeon, Dr. Starnes, for the first time. We are looking forward to sitting down with him and learning about all the details of Owen’s surgery, however, meeting him will truly drive home the reality of what’s in store in just a few shorts days. Dr. Starnes will be discussing the anticipated surgery plan from start to finish. We will meet with him one more time after Owen is born to confirm those details and make any modifications, if needed. They will require our consent for his surgery at that time and we expect that to be the hardest dotted line we will ever have to sign.
Some days I feel like we are going to get a call from the doctors only to find out that we have been on a very sick and twisted 6 month season of Punked. I picture myself picking up the phone and them saying, “Good thing you have the carseat installed cuz’ we were just kidding. You’ve been Punked! Owen is great! You can all go home after delivery! You have also won $100,000 for keeping it together and not completely losing it during this process!” But, then I realize that is never going to happen and that this truly IS our “new normal”. Our new normal consists of talking to doctors more than our friends and families, being a part of an incredible new world of heart Mom’s and Dad’s, getting more explanations of benefits in the mail daily than junk mail, and counting down the days till we meet Owen and realize our new normal is pretty great! We feel so much joy and excitement that in 10 short days we will be a family of four and this perfect little boy will change our lives with his first breath!
A lot of people have asked us where we will be staying when Owen is recovering. There is an incredible organization called the Ronald McDonald House available to families like ours. They provide a home-away-from-home for families of children undergoing treatment for serious illnesses and injuries. If you’d like to learn more about the Ronald McDonald House Charities you can visit their website at www.larmh.org.
Over the next week we plan to embrace our last moments as husband and wife before adding our new titles of “Mom and Dad”. We plan to spend some quiet time just the two of us celebrating our one year wedding anniversary! I still can’t believe it’s only been one year since we said “I do”! What a journey it has been and we are so excited for the even bigger adventure that’s in store!