Monday, January 31, 2022

Celebrating Jude's 2nd Birthday

 Two years ago right around this time in the evening, we were getting ready to welcome Jude Killian to the world.  It had been one of the longest days of our lives. Waiting all day for surgery to begin, not knowing what lay ahead, but knowing that our lives were never going to be the same. 

Fast forward two years and we have a little boy who loves to play outside, make messes, and is adamantly independent when it comes to feeding himself. He's survived bacterial meningitis, blood clots, 2 heart caths, and an open heart surgery.  Jude's life will always follow a little different path than a child with a healthy heart, but we are so thankful for each day that he is healthy and all that he is able to do.

Life for Jude has been really good since his surgery.  We don't have to go to the doctors nearly as much, he's growing and he only has to take aspirin daily.  He does have some speech delays, so he's been doing speech therapy since November, which he loves and it's helping him tremendously.

For his 2nd birthday, we chose to celebrate in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. We rented a big cabin so the whole family could join us and had a "Oh Twoodles" party.  It was a beautiful weekend to spend outside and everyone had a great time together!

Jude's echos in Dallas have been rescheduled twice due to staffing shortages and COVID at the hospital. Our next step plan for now is to go back to Houston for a one year post-surgery check up in April.