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I am Not as Strong as I appear. I enjoy weakness from time to time. We are a homeschooling, special needs family of 6. My 4th son has a Congenital Heart defect, and my oldest has ADHD. I am a survivor of Adultery and mental abuse. I learned that you never really know someone until you are strong enough to stand up and walk away. I love and protect my children, with everything I have. My life might seem unbelievable, but I couldn't make this shit up if I tried! Stick around & let's get to know each other.

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

It is a very happy and blessed Thursday Y’all! I am so very Thankful for the overwhelming support and prayers sent to Owain this past week! I can’t even begin to tell you all how much it means to us! We went to UVa this afternoon for a follow up with peds cardiology. It...
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Wordless Wedneday {Wee Nut Before & After Glenn Procedure 2008}

Owain Before Surgery October 2008


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Peds Cardiology Visit on a 2 Year Surgerversary and a Thankful Thursday

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When I woke up this morning, the only thing I had on my mind was Owain’s Peds Cardiology check up. I always get very anxious on his check up days. I always worry that things are not going as well as they seem. Or that there is something happening right in front of me...
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The Impossible Update

I try to keep things light around here, but I did warn a few weeks ago that you might just come across some whining and complaining this month. I am full of whine this week, unfortunately it is not nearly as fun as being full of wine. This week has been an emotionally and...
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Happy 2nd Birthday Owain!! (part 2) The Day I Became a Heart Mom

How I Became a Heart Mom. CHD Awareness.

At 6:30am, 2 years ago today, I put my 13 hour old baby down to sleep. I had been up with him off and on all night long, trying to nurse him and hanging out with him. We were in a quiet little room. I was enjoying my first night with my Little Owee...
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Great News from Peds Cardiology! Owee is a Lucky Boy and Mama Just Might Loose it

Yes, I know, he really shouldn't be standing on the table like that! And so does he, but... I had to grab the camera to catch that look of joy :)

Owain is a Great Look’n Kid! Most importantly, his Heart is looking Great! Owain had a peds cardiology appointment a few weeks ago. Do you remember last month when I finally posted an update about is December appointment? Here it is in this post. It took me a while to post and update because...
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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Well, for once this week has been dragging on. I feel like the weekend will never come. We still haven’t gotten our tree, first The Sickness hit our house during Thanksgiving weekend and then last weekend we got a snow storm which put the kibosh on driving to the top of the mountain to...
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A Year Ago Today My Wee Nut Had His Second Heart Surgery

A few days later I got this picture of him, after everything, sleeping peacefully.

I didn’t realize until last night when I was think about his surgery last year, that the anniversary of his second surgery was another contributing factor in my feeling down. I think it affected me differently because it was something we had spend months planning. It was so much different than when Owee was...
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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Oops! I almost went through the entire day thinking it was Wednesday! I missed Thankful Thursdays last week because we had one of those Crazy moments that involved my 5 yr old and newborn Ariel…we had to rush out to the pediatrician first thing in the morning and then run over to UVA for...
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Owain’s Heart Defect Story Copied From My Livejournal Account

I have spent too much time trying to get the different import programs to work. I am supposed to be able to import my livejournal posts over here, along with all of the comments. I have tried a few different programs several times, and for the life of me I can’t figure out what...
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Owain is Doing Great & Recovering Quickly!

Owain is recovering very well & sooo very quickly! I am amazed at how much quicker this recovery is. I did mistake his crankiness with a double ear infection for crankiness because of his surgery…which left me with bad mommy feelings, but I know I can’t know everything, so I am working on forgiving...
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Owain is home :)

Owain September 2008 5 months just before his Glenn Procdure

I know I should have posted here sooner, but I haven’t had more than a minute or two to try to sit down at the computer. Owain came home last Wednesday, October 15th. It is amazing that he was only in the hospital for a week and a day after having major bilateral open...
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Owain is recovering slowly

Owain is still in the PICU. We were hoping that he would be out on the floor by now, but his lungs and a high fever have been keeping him here. His fever has been dropping most of this evening. He has some fluid both in his lungs and around his lungs, so his...
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Another Successful Surgery :)

Owain came out of surgery around noon today,Yippie! He is doing well. He still hasn’t woken up yet & is still on a bit of pain killers. We are waiting for his pain meds to wear off and most likely they will be able to take him off the respirator early this evening. He...
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Owain’s Glenn Procedure Surgery is Next Week

We are getting ready for Owain’s next surgery. He is going in for the Glenn Procedure. I was looking for a good definition to explain it better, but I am not finding one right now. I think I mentioned it in earlier posts. We are going back to UVA Children’s Hospital on Monday October...
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Owain’s Prayer Quilt

Owain watching Olympics

My second son E Nut has a friend from school who’s mother gifted us with a Prayer Quilt for Owain. She and some of her friends from her church made it for him. It came with instructions that reads: “Each knot tied represents a prayer that was said specifically for you. Notice that the...
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Owain is home!!!

Such a happy little guy! We are so blessed!

He actually came home last Thursday May 29th! We have been getting settled, going to different Dr visits and trying to get some rest. The kids are so excited to have him home. It was very strange for them to be with out their parents for so long. They were just as disappointed every...
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Still waiting for Owain to come home…

I love this little guy so much!

Owain is still at UVA & we are starting to feel like he will never come home. I have been leaving as early as I can after getting the kids off to school & staying until 7pm or later so that I can nurse him. He has had some really good days with his...
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Getting better every day!

Celebrating Owain's Birth with a Family Photo

William insisted that I add a family picture…so here it is! Three very excited big brothers & two very happy & tired parents just a few minutes after Owain’s birth.   Lots of changes have happened since last Friday! Friday night when Will got to the hospital to visit they were getting ready to...
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Owain is getting better

Even just minutes after he was born, is a strong little guy. I had to pry his little hands away from his face.

Owain is doing much better this week! He is pink & plump & full of life! They were able to take him off of the respirator yesterday! It is so wonderful to be able to see his face again & to hear him cry. He is still a bit of a cranky head, but...
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Surgery went perfectly!!

Just wanted to pop in quickly & let every one know that Owain’s surgery on Monday went perfectly & he is doing great. They have been able to start taking him off of different meds & are hoping to have him off the respirator by tomorrow. He looks wonderful! It is such a relief...
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Surgery moved up to Monday moring

We just heard from one of the Cardiac fellow & Owain is not responding to the meds as well today as he was yesterday. So surgery has been pushed up to first thing tomorrow morning. He is first on the schedule & he will be going down for prep around 6:30am & starting surgery...
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Owain is Doing Better

A few minutes after Owain's birth

A lot has happened in the past few days. Some good and some not so good. He has been in critical but stable condition for the past few days. We were excited when it was determined that an interventionist could try a cath procedures which is a less invasive procedure. That was scheduled for...
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