Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day

Wow, what a Mother's Day!  I am so blessed to be the mother of Emma!  Emma has changed my life in so many ways!  Becoming a Mother changes anyone's life, but becoming a mother to a child with a CHD really changes your life.  That moment where you get to hold your baby for the first time happened for me when Emma was 21 days old.  The first time I heard her cry---5 months old.  The first time to pick her up by myself---5 months old. Her coming home outfit---size 6-9 months because she was six months old before she got to leave the hospital.  We start our morning off with a smile and 10 meds!  I have several charts up in the house just to keep track of her meds, ins and outs, PT/OT/ST, doctor appointments, etc.  They have called me in twice to tell me that my daughter is crashing-----However, at the end of it all, she is HERE!  God has given me 7 months with this sweet little girl.  Yes, we have a long ways to go, but we have come so far!

I got to spend Mother's Day with my Mom, Dad, Scott, Emma, My bother, My Sister-in-law, and Coen!  My Wonderful husband wrote me a beautiful poem for Mother's Day that I want to share with you!  Scott is an amazing husband and father and he went out of his way to make me feel special on this day!

Poem by Scott:

I look before me and I see,
Our child's amazing mother, and hey, she is married to me!

She loves our child with all of her heart,
And she has from the very start.

She makes mothering our child a priority in life.
Even though, at times, it is filled with some strife.

She drys up the vomit, and cleans off the poo,
And she turns and says to me, "Well that's just what mother's do!"

She gives our child baths and changes her clothes,
she even uses the electronic sucker to clean out our child's nose.

She cleans he house and even cooks the meals,
I don't tell her this enough, but she's kind of a big deal!

She wahes the dishes, and cleans off the table,
Even when Emma is across the room screaming, and she may not feel able.

She deals with all aspects of our child's care,
Which keeps her so busy she might not be able to fix her hair.

She gets ready the feeds, and preparess the swing,
Puts on Baby Einstein, while in the background the phone begins to ring.

Oh there are so many many more things that I could list out,
That would give you a better idea of what her life as our child's mother is all about.

But one phrase is for sure, one statement that trumps all other,
"I have the best wife, and our child has the best mother!"

Pics from Mother's Day!

(Having issues with pictures...Will upload soon)

Future Plans:

Emma will go to the hospital on the 22nd to spend a week before her next heart Cath!  The next heart Cath is on the 27th and will look at the current function of her heart.  This will give the doctors an idea of where to go from here!

Prayer Requests:

That Emma will continue to gain weight and grow!
That Emma will be able to stay off of oxygen!
That Emma will stay infection and virus free!
That Emma's Cath will go well and the doctor's will be able to make a good/informed decision for Emma's next step!
That Emma will have a short and uneventful recovery from the Cath!
That Emma will continue to improve with her physical development!
That Scott and I will have the knowledge/patience/strength to take care of Emma!
Please pray for Emma's heart buddies!

God is Good!  All the Time!  God is Good!

Sarah (Emma's Mommy)


  1. So thankful that your "Mother's Day" was so special. Praying daily for you and that little one. Saying extra prayers for the heart procedure. Praying God's peace and strength through all the daily things. Good job Scott on the poem!

  2. Happy belated mother's day to you! What a wonderful poem to receive! You have a beautiful family and we do keep you in our daily prayers! So happy that you were able to spend this mother'd day outside of the hospital. :)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing the pix and your poem.

    God truly is good and even though we may not understand the whys, we can always be sure He is in control and is never caught off guard by the things that happen in our lives.

    Emma is blessed to have you and Scott as parents. God knew He could entrust you with this precious 'special' child. You bless me every time I read your posts.

    Prays continue for your family.

    Joy/Chandler, OK

  4. My Oh My!!! Every time you post pictures, we think they are the absolute best so far. Same with the Mother's Day pictures. Emma looks so happy and so does mommy!!! We know you all are just having so much fun with her. We continue to keep your precious little Emma in our prayers. Thanks so much for sharing her with all of us. Love, Kendall and Darla

  5. This time, I offer no Nana Jana poems for you; Scott spoke of such beautiful things, and I could never top those heartfelt words from my "little boy" to his wife, Emma's Mommy.

    Instead, I just want to say that it has been almost a year since you received the diagnosis of Emma's HLHS, only halfway through your pregnancy.

    In the year since that diagnosis (and in the seven months since Emma's delivery), we have all had our eyes opened to the realities of HLHS by following Emma's journey, and by praying for hope for Emma's heart - asking at first for her little half-heart to be mended, and asking now for a new heart to be found.

    God's grace and tender mercies have accompanied us all through a roller coaster ride of turns, twists, quick drops, and hopeful climbs. In the process, HE has taught us to love one another more, to realize the blessings of each day, and to have deeper compassion for others who suffer.

    In ways we never could have dreamed a year ago, Emma has been a blessing to all of us - to family members and Prayer Warriors, too. Her brave journey has touched the lives of tens of thousands. My, what a gift she has been, and is!

    GOD be praised for the wonders HE has already worked in Emma's life. May HE stay right beside her as this journey continues; and may the spiritual growth she has brought to our families' lives continue on and on.

    In ways we never could have understood last May, GOD IS GOOD, and HIS blessings abide forever!

    Hugs to two of the best parents I have ever known...and blessings for your first Mother's Day, Sarah.
    (Love from Nana Jana)

  6. LOVE the pictures of your family. Praise the Lord for a very special Mother's Day.

    Prayers continue for your family.

    Joy/Chandler, OK

  7. Prayers for your family continue, especially today as you prepare to take Emma back to the hospital for her heart CATH.

    Joy/Chandler, OK