It's another milestone that deserves to be celebrated. Hope is now 7 months old and has shown the incredible power of God. There have been many dark days that are full of bad news and poor outlooks for the future. We choose to take it all and give it back to God, He is the only one that knows the number of days in Hope's life.
I am thankfully feeling much better and was able to return to my Hope snuggles on Saturday. It is so hard to be away from her, especially so close to surgery. It's hard to believe that Hope's surgery is only 3 days away. We have waited for this day since April 18th (Hope's first surgery) and it took a long time to get here. It is the day we have looked forward to, and equally dreaded.
Hope is still slowly working up on her feeds, but is only at 16 mls (She needs to get to 34). We had to stop moving forward this weekend as her tummy had gone back up to 43cm. She came down a bit this morning to 42.5cm.
Our very sweet friend drove up from Calgary on Saturday to stay with Hope and allowed Shawn and I to have dinner with James (Shawn's brother) and his girlfriend. Then this morning, we were able to take Sadie to a theme park with some friends while Hope continued to be in very capable hands. It was such a gift to spend that time with Sadie and with Shawn. It gave us the boost we needed as we head into this difficult week. Hope is just happy to have her Mommy back in the hospital with her though! She is severely attached to me and it's a mutual feeling!
We truly covet your prayers as we head into this week with surgery on Wednesday. Please pray for Hope's health, that she would not get a cold or infection of any kind. We are asking the Lord for strength as we endure another difficult stage with Hope and have not had a break to go home (Calgary) for a very long time. Please pray for Dr. Ross, Hope's surgeon that will be performing this difficult procedure. They have never operated on a baby here that has Hope's heart condition, and liver problems. They have no idea how she will do with the complications that are already upon her. We are praying that she shocks them all and does wonderfully! Thank you for walking with us through this difficult week.