Baby Maverick

This blog was created to keep family and friends updated on what's going on with the pregnancy, birth, and surgical plan for Maverick. We'll also be able to keep everyone updated during his surgery and recovery and hopefully be able to show you some cute pictures of him, Maddie, Carter and Chloe along the way.

This was the original intent; however, when we started this blog we had no idea the twists and turns our lives would take. Our sweet baby Maverick was born September 12, 2008 with Transposition of the Great Arteries, ASD, and VSD. We expected to have a baby boy to bring home three to four weeks after his surgery. He had numerous complications after his arterial switch and fought through many that would have taken the life from an adult. He passed away February 24, 2009 - without ever coming home.

This blog is now a place I share my feelings, work through the grief, remember Maverick, and try to make sense out of our life without him. I hope in doing so I am giving a name and a face to babies everywhere born with congenital heart defects.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

We had a pretty good day today. I awoke to find the sign posted. Greg and the kids got me a pretty white turquoise necklace, bracelet, and earrings. Carter gave me a present from school earlier this week - a cute flower pot with dirt and worms in it (the edible kind). Chloe gave me a flower that she potted at Mother's Day Out. Maddie saved hers until today. She made a cute scrapbook style card with our picture on it. We went to lunch at Santa Fe Steakhouse here in Shawnee. After that, we went to the Mav's grave. I'm so thankful those videos showed up yesterday. At least if I don't have him here, I have some more memories to look back at. One thing I've learned is you can't take too many pictures or videos. You never know when they may be all you have left...

We didn't go to church this morning. We did our back-up plan and watched yesterday evening. They just started a series on Elijah. There was a quote on the sermon notes, and I know I'm not going to get this exactly right and I can't pull it up right now, but it was something like, "God will break you before he will use you." I don't remember who it was from either, I'll check later this week when it's available. Anyway, it was a very good sermon. I think Greg and I are about as broken as you can get right now. Hopefully, brighter days are ahead.

I want to thank my mom, my stepmom, and my grandmas today. I have some strong and amazing women in my life who have helped me make it this far. I think this Mother's Day, I appreciate being a mom a bit more. I'm a bit less uptight when the kids make mistakes - like the fingernail polish on the carpet. I'm a bit more patient when they're being pokey. I try to enjoy every moment. I appreciate my kids more. I appreciate Greg more. I owe it all to Mav. Thanks sweet boy, momma loves you. Hope you all had a Happy Mother's Day. Love you all, jc


Anonymous said...

The quote that Craig used was:
"It is doubtful that God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply." A.W. Tozer

Also, Craig said "The more God breaks you, the more He is preparing you."

I imagine that this does not provide you comfort now, but I pray that one day it does. However, it is apparent that God is preparing you for something. You will see one day what that something is.

We said special prayers for you this morning, and I'm glad to see you had a good Mother's Day, even though it was bittersweet. I don't even know you, but you are an amazing and inspiring woman.
We will continue to keep you in our daily prayers.

Anonymous said...

Maverick has taught us all a lot. I am glad you had a terrific Mother's Day. You have such beautiful children, you deserve it!
Thinking of you <3

Juli said...

Thanks for the quote, Jaime. I wasn't able to pull it back up last night. Thanks for the prayers.

Anonymous said...

Looks like your mom's day was very special and meaningful this year. I cried when reading the last line on how you owed it to Mav...I can't stop crying now. Amazing how the young children in our lives can teach us so much. My young son hugged me tonight and told me to 'cover up' my pregnant belly so he could kiss his baby a first time mom, this is all new to me, but I cherish these moments so much more after following your blog for a while now. Please continue to share your trials and tribulations, they help out so much.

Laura-Marie said...

You have really been on my mind since Mother's Day, I was praying you would have a good day. I received your thank you in the mail..the card was perfect. My husband had already opened it, but waited to give it to me after the kiddos went to bed, I couldn't even explain to him the significance of "Godspeed Little Man," the words just wouldn't come out without alot of tears. Know that I think about and pray for you often, that God will graciously get you through one day at a time.