This is my babygirl, born almost six years ago. Today is special because when she was 22 months old, she had open heart surgery- and that was four years ago today. The first three years after her surgery I was very aware of each anniversary and I was sort of glad that this one slid in without too much noticing on my part. I think that when you go through something so altogether frightening with one of the humans you love the absolute most in this world, it takes awhile for those feelings to melt away. She was born with a hole in her heart that was diagnosed when she was about 10 months old. We were told to wait a year and see what happened as her body could grow and maybe it would shrink a little. The year after her initial diagnosis, it had grown so large that the wall of her two atrium was more hole than wall. She had started to breathe funny so I didn't really need to have the checkup to know things had not gotten any better. Shortly after that she had to have her surgery. There are things about the day that I will never forget. Feeling helpless, feeling so scared, that moment when the Dr. came to take her from me. That was the worst- handing her over, knowing they were going to fix here but knowing how they would fix her and being pretty mortified by the thought ofwhat they would do to her little body. The worst was she didn't know what was happening and her 22 month old brain wouldn't have understood so I tried to be brave until she couldn't see me but I could hear her cry all the way down the hall. But then when she was finally done, I remember feeling like I was floating because this big thing we had spent so much time thinking about was done and now she would just keep getting better. I think the most remarkable feeling I came away with was the realization that we were the lucky ones- she was better than new. We met some really nice people during our stay that didn't share in that good fortune. So we are sure to remember our friends over there- we have had a few toy drives, and movie drives and I volunteer when I can for their patient holiday party. Ultimately perspective is a good thing and this experience gave me a ton of it. She is great now- fast and tall and unstoppable. So Happy March 2nd to you all!