a family weekend with otto

this weekend will be our last weekend home as a family of three for a while as we gear up to hunker down and get otto better. it was a weekend where we were very intentional about everything we did, even when we were not doing anything at all if that makes sense. we rested, […]

how heart surgery day is going to go

yesterday was a big long day at the hospital for us. we got a full in depth tour and explanation of how our otto’s heart surgery day is going to go. i hope that through all of this if anyone else is going through what we are going through they get a chance to read […]

best baby shops

having a baby means many many sleepless nights. between feedings, changing and then pumping you have a big of time on your hands around 3am (especially if you have the hands free pumping bra – a true revolution). i have a new(er) bad habit now of ordering stuff at 3am and completely forgetting about it. […]

a season of rest

i was making the schedule for the shop this weekend when it was there staring me right in the face. the lack 4 on a white square, the curser blinking waiting for me to type in workers names. october 4. next week. in some ways i feel like it’s all too soon and some ways […]

results are in

the song “praise God from whom all blessings flow” has been stuck in my head since 3pm yesterday. i’ll start right out and say that the appointment did no go how we had prepared ourselves for it to go. at all. my big strong man at the doctor we started off talking with our surgeon […]

big day small pebble

today is one of the days we’ve been anticipating and dreading all at the same time. today we are meeting with our otto’s surgeon to talk about the pending surgery and hopefully get it scheduled. i hate the idea of having it on the books because that means it’s actually going to happen but at […]

in the trenches

this week is turning out to be a doozy folks and i believe we are officially in the trenches. one that is testing our mental and physical stamina around here. even more so than previous weeks if you can believe that. and yesterday i was just in a really bad head space and had to […]

weekend recap indian summer

what is going on with the weather this fall?! i’m not complaining but it’s 85 in the mid/late september. it’s funny how the air can be so hot but so crisp at the same time. the brink of fall is about to break and i am ready. i’m ready for the scents of fall, the […]

we have a plan

this week has been a total and complete roller coaster of emotions, plan, doctors etc. we have seriously had appointments every single day for the otter both at home and at helen devos. the biggest one was with the cardiologist on tuesday morning. otto had his echocardiogram (an ultrasound on his heart) and his EKG. we […]

cardiologist appointment update

yesterday was a long day at the helen devos hood. these appointments typically last about 2 – 3 hours not to mention getting there, checking in and of course getting coffee. I swear that starbucks in the hospital has to be the busiest one ever. we got to the appointment early in an attempt to […]