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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lunch with the Girls

Here some of us are at lunch today. It seems every week some can make it and others can't, but we always have a good time. Have I mentioned lately what great friends I have? Seriously, I'm a lucky girl. My friends help me laugh.

Yesterday evening I had a friend bring by a big tub of clothes for Chloe for this summer. It was like Christmas! Friends, these are nice clothes. This friend of mine is always dressed to kill, and her daughters are too. I'll be posting some pics of her in these I'm sure. Thank you so much, G - she loves them.

This morning I had a chiropractor appointment and I've been released - well, I'm just supposed to go back in a month for a check. My neck and shoulders feel so much better and I'm not having many headaches either. After that, Greg left for work and I took Chloe to Mother's Day Out. I went by the post office and then went to lunch with the girls. We can sit and talk for hours. We keep each other laughing and it gets my mind on other things - at least for awhile.

The kids helped me make dinner tonight. We had breakfast, kind of. I sent Maddie into the store to get biscuits and she came out with crescent rolls, "They were on sale mom!" I guess I asked for that one with all my recent bargain shopping. So, the menu consisted of eggs, bacon, and crescent rolls. No one complained. Greg even told Maddie he likes them better, anyway. After dinner we made worms and dirt - where you make chocolate pudding and cover it with crumbled Oreos and add a few gummy worms for effect. They had fun and it kept us all busy.

No big plans for tomorrow. Chloe and I will probably try to get caught up on some things around the house. My closet is awful, but I don't know if I have the energy to tackle that project. I'm hoping the rain will stop and we'll be able to plant Maddie's veggies tomorrow. Her grandma and grandpa heard she was wanting a garden, so they brought us some very large tubs to plant them in. Carter was supposed to have tennis camp this week, but so far it's been rained out. Maybe we'll see the sun tomorrow. Love you all, jc


Gena Rice said...

I received your thank you card in the mail. I just sat and cried saying "no mother should ever have to do this." All of you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and have a good week.


Anonymous said...

If I Had My Life To Live Over
by Erma Bombeck
(Written after she was diagnosed with cancer.)
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television--and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. (Juli, you did this and more.....Maverick was such a blessing and has imprinted our hearts forever*)

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's"...But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it...and never give it back.

Stop sweating the small stuff. Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.

Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Let's think about what God HAS BLESSED US WITH.

And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually.

On this Mother's Day, may God bless you with the knowledge that you are very special. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.