Category Archives: Birth, Surgery and Post-Op

  • The first 14 hours…

    Posted on July 12, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    The first 14 hours July 12, 2014 – 3:35 am Our beautiful little girl Morgan was born. After 8 hours of labor (about 3 of them being rather difficult) she came out screaming at the world. She’s beautiful! Weighing in at 8 lbs 10 oz and 20.5 inches she is the largest baby that I have […]

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  • NICU

    Posted on July 12, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    We couldn’t believe it was still Saturday. Sitting in the NICU and holding/caring for Morgan in a low-lit room where there are no windows to the outside world and the room is filled with wires, monitors, pumps and alarms – it’s like being on another planet. Walking through the doors to a dim lighted hallway of […]

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  • Empty house

    Posted on July 12, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    Empty… quiet… normally it would be like a vacation for a parent. No kids, no dogs… Jeff’s parents are amazing. They took 6 living souls from our house to their own for the night/day which is a pretty huge task. Couldn’t thank them enough. But it was eerie. Too quiet. We have grown accustomed to […]

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  • Rounds

    Posted on July 13, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    I woke up first at 6:30 am. I had set my alarm – It was advised that we get to the hospital in time for rounds at 8:30 am. Although sleep was sound I quickly realized the weight of the previous day’s events. I immediately began to cry again. Get up… get showered… get dressed… I need […]

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  • The Team

    Posted on July 14, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    What day is it? I honestly don’t know. Jeff doesn’t either. I always know what day it is. Why do I not know what day it is?!  All I know is it is an important day. We meet with “the team” today. The ones who are going to fix Morgan’s heart. We need to make […]

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  • Reflections of faith

    Posted on July 14, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    Jeff and I left the hospital around 2pm. The plan was for me to come back with Susan (grandma) so she could hold Morgan before surgery. I am in quite a daze. Completely exhausted but feeling guilty for leaving her again. I know I need to recover from childbirth but I reason with myself “if […]

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  • Big Brother

    Posted on July 15, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    Gavin, being 14, is highly aware there is something not right with his sister. We had decided that he was old enough to hear about what was going on and that the doctors would be performing surgery. We remain positive about this, of course, despite our fears regarding the process. He is a lot like […]

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  • The Surgeon

    Posted on July 15, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    After Jeff held Morgan and fed her (and I changed her diaper) they had to roll Morgan down to get her CT scan. We decided it would be a good opportunity to break for lunch. Even though our appetites weren’t exactly big lately, we knew we had to eat and Gavin indicated he was pretty […]

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  • The Surgery

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    Jim and Susan (Jeff’s parents) kept all of the kids on Tuesday night. Since we wanted to spend some time with Morgan before surgery, we would need to get to the hospital by 6am at the latest – they planned on wheeling her down to the OR by 6:30 am. I had headed to bed […]

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  • The first night post-op

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    After Dr. Peeler left the waiting room – Jeff and I hugged and cried. This time because it was relief. We knew she wasn’t out of the woods yet, but the first major step – the surgery – was successful. Dr. Peeler had felt very good about the surgery and this made us feel much […]

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  • Must be shock

    Posted on July 17, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    About 2 am I woke up shaking uncontrollably. I wasn’t cold… but I was shaking. What is going on? I tried to breathe and relax as best I could, but the shaking wouldn’t stop. I sat up… still shaking. I stood up…still shaking. After sitting on the bed for about 5 minutes the shaking subsides. […]

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  • Good morning

    Posted on July 17, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    I wake at 5:30 am and decide it’s time to go see my baby. I take a quick shower and pack my things. The CVICU has 5 family sleep rooms on the same floor as the unit. This is very thoughtful of the hospital to provide these rooms! I’m anxious to see how she did […]

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  • Mom Guilt

    Posted on July 17, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    Jeff and I decided it would be best if I didn’t stay the night again. The girls missed me and we had talked about maintaining a sense of normalcy – and poor Brooklyn wasn’t buying that things were normal. I was pretty torn about this…  My new baby will, once again, be left with someone […]

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  • DiGeorge

    Posted on July 18, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    Friday morning we took Brooklyn to daycare and Taylor to Jeff’s parents house (it would have been so much more difficult to go through this without them here – we are forever grateful!) It was about 11am  by the time we arrived, we stayed and updated his parents about what we knew. When we arrived […]

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  • Progress

    Posted on July 19, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    Saturday Jeff had quite a bit to take care of around the house so he offered to watch the kids if I wanted to go to the hospital with Morgan, then we can switch off later in the day. Absolutely – there is so much we need to be there for! I’m so glad he […]

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  • Daddy’s Day

    Posted on July 20, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Birth, Surgery and Post-Op.

    Sunday was a much needed day for me. I stayed home with the kids, ran errands and spent some good time doing normal “family” stuff while Jeff went to Levine’s to be with Morgan. On one hand it felt sad not being in the hospital – where I really felt I needed to be – […]

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