These days, I often say that, if you would have told me 5 years ago that my life would look the way it does today, I would have thought you were completely bonkers.
But, here I am, and, boy, have I learned a lot.
My son, Evan, was born in early April. In December of last year, my husband and I discovered that he had a congenital heart defect. From that time, parenthood and pregnancy changed, and we have been on a heart family journey ever since.
As is one of the big lessons we’ve learned as a heart family, nothing goes according to plan–well, at least our plan. We expected to be in the hospital with Evan for just a little over a month. He threw us for a loop with some significant breathing issues, and we ended up in the hospital for three months. In early July, we went home for about a month, and now Evan is back in the hospital recovering from another surgery.
Early on this path, a good friend told me that she believes that these experiences I am living can be a way for me to help other moms–something I’ve wanted to do since the day I became a mom and have been struggling to find the best way to do it.
Another of my biggest lessons as a heart mom is that no one really understands unless they’re in it. And, sometimes, it’s incredibly discouraging to not have anyone around you who really understands. So, I was inspired to ramp up this blog. Perhaps it will be a way for a mom out there who has experienced something similar to feel less alone. Perhaps it will be a way for a mom who doesn’t understand to gain just a little bit more understanding or, if nothing else, empathy. Perhaps it will just be interesting to one of those people who tells me they don’t know how I do it.
Or, really, perhaps it’s just a way for me to process this new life of ours.
Regardless of what it is, I’ve got plenty of things to say. 🙂