Photo by Becky Abernathy at Abernathy Photographics

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Jack and I went over to my little sis from Samford's house to have a playdate with her adorable twin boys, Will and Logan. We had so much fun. Jack wanted to sit by them and lay on them...Terra and I even got to talk some.

This is a great pic that Terra got of the boys. The boys poised themselves. Jack went right over and sat between (or right on) the boys.

Blog Change and big news

Well, I have finally changed over my blog from mac to blogger. Even though I do not understand blogger yet and it is not as easy to me as the one I had on mac, I know it is time to change. Baby number two is due in March and a blog just for Jack would not be fair for our new little one. We found out last week we are having a girl... Bring on the pink!! Our due date is March 16, but she is already measuring a little bigger, so we will see. Everything has gone great so far. It has been a hard pregnancy on me, not physically but emotionally. I have been really worried about the development of this new baby. I wonder if I can have "healthy" children. I am less worried about another child with a heart defect and more worried about everything least I know and understand a heart defect. I have done a lot of praying and I am trying to give my worry over the God, but it is so hard. Our first sonogram looked great, and we have a fetal echo in November.

Now, we just have to come up with a name...we had been calling her "Jack, jr." until we found out she was a I don't know now.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Watch me Grow...finale session

Our finale photo session with Becky Abnernathy was early this month. This was the last of the three sessions . We decided we wanted to be outside, so we went to Linn Park and Morris Ave. We have not seen all the pics yet, but Becky has given us a sneak peak at some. So, enjoy!!!

Labor Day Trip to the Beach

September 7, 2009

Again this year we went to Sullivan's Island for Labor Day. My aunt, uncle, dad, my dad's wife, my sister and brother-in-law, and my aunt's sister. We had such a great time and the weather was awesome. Jack got in the pool a lot with my aunt...he loved it. He loved wearing everybody's hat and playing with Maggie, my cousin's dog.

Here are some pics from the trip...

Uncle Todd throwing Jack up in the air

Family picture wearing Sullivan's Island t-shirts

Jack had never listened to music through headphones, so Uncle Ed decided to give it a try. Jack LOVED it and would not take them off for a really long time. I guess it is time to buy him his own ipod.

Jack relaxing with Brian

Jack wearing Aunt Su- su's hat

Jack with Aunt Ashley

Jack loving on Maggie

Jack loving the pool

Jack is his SI t-shirt

Mowing the lawn

August 10, 2009

Brian decided to let Jack help him mow the lawn...and he got very excited!!!

Saying bye to our babysitter

July 30, 2009

Jack's second nanny, who he has had since December '08 is finally leaving us. We are very sad to see her go, but excited that Jack is able to attend Hand in Hand Early Learning Program. I had to get one last picture of the two of them before she left.

Thank you, K, for all you did for us and especially for Jack these past 7 months!!

Ready for Football session

July 26, 2009

Brian took Jack to T-town for some father and son fun, and he bought him a jersey. Jack is officially ready for AL football....ROLL TIDE!!

Watch out John McEnroe

July 5, 2009

For Wimbeldon Men's Finals this year we had a "breakfast at Wimbeldon" party with our friends, the Kizzires. So, we thought it was only appropriate to add some sweatbands to Jack's outfit. He was so funny.

Watch out John McEnroe....

Picture of the Day!!

June 28, 2009

One of Jack's birthday gifts was a ride/push toy. He loves it!! Here he is posing in front of it.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jack turns ONE!!

June 27, 2009

We made it to one year. I can not believe it. It seems like yesterday when we where in the NICU wondering what are future, or Jack's future, held. But here we are, one year later and no open heart surgeries yet. ;) I am amazed everyday at my son. He lives each day to the fullest and has taught me to do the same thing. I know this next year will probably bring more doctor appointment, another trip to Boston, and possible heart correction. But for now, we are enjoying that he is healthy and thanking God everyday for the miracle he has given us.

For his birthday, we just had family and a few friends up to the pool for a pool party. I have a feeling that Jack will be having pool parties until he can tell me something else he would rather do.

Here is Jack wearing his birthday hat...

One happy Family!!!

Jack loving his cake!!

Bad hair day

May 31, 2009

As Jack's hair do the number of "crazy" hair days. I think he needs a trim, but Brian and I are afraid that his hair will loose his curls...

Before nap

And after nap...

Trip to Flordia

March '09

In March, Jack and I went with my sister to Fort Lauderdale, FL to see my aunt and my grandfather. I was so excited for Jack to get to meet his great grandfather. It is so important for me for him to learn about my mom's side of the family. He had a blast throwing him balls and sitting with him. Thank you, Aunt Aloha, for a great trip!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Friday, May 11, 2009

One of the many things that Brian did for me for Mother’s Day was he entered a contest put on by Becky Abernathy, our photographer. She asked everyone to post on her blog “about how your wife that makes her the best mom ever”...and yes, he WON!!!! I thought I would share what he wrote because it touched my heart...

Heather has always been a caring woman, as evidenced by her love for her job working with children with special needs. But it wasn't until we had our beautiful son, Jack, with his own set of special needs, that I was able to witness up close my wife's unending love for children, and particularly for Jack. During Heather's pregnancy and even when Jack was born, we had no reason to suspect that Jack suffered from any complications. However, not long after his birth we learned that, while he is a perfect little boy, he carries with him an imperfect heart. During this difficult time, Heather was a rock for me, exemplifying leadership in the household that I can only hope to one day repay. I love my wife for everything that she is... beautiful, caring, loving, patient, and strong. Happy Mother's Day!

The first Mother’s Day for me was awesome!! I loved hanging out with Brian and Jack. I am truly very blessed!!

Cardiologist Check-up

Friday, May 1, 2009

We had a check-up at the cardiologist that could not have gone any better. This is the first check-up since Jack’s heart cath, and since he has really been moving. He is crawling everywhere (including up the stairs), pulling to stand, trying to stand not holding on, and cruising. I was very interested to see if Jack’s heart was showing any deterioration due to his increase in activity. Dr. Pearce was totally surprised to see no change in Jack’s scans and sats!! YEA!!! What a praise and answer to prayer!!! Dr. Pearce said that sometimes you can begin to see leaks from the tricuspid valve and pulmonary artery enlargement...Jack showed no signs of either. Dr. Pearce could not express how pleased he was in Jack’s growth and his lack of signs of any heart failure. This is almost unheard of in someone with Jack’s condition. We don’t have to go back for a scheduled cardiology appointment for 6 months!!! That is the longest that Jack has every gone without seeing any heart doctors!!!

Brian and I are so blessed by Jack’s health!!! Not a day goes by that I do not Thank God for the blessing He has given us!! Not a day goes by that I praise the fact that we are not in a hospital and Jack does not have any scars from surgery! I do know that one day the news is not going to be so good...but I will worry about that day when that day arrives. Today, I am just so blessed to have one of the healthiest heart babies around!!!

Jack's First Easter

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jack had a great Easter!! He got all dressed up, thanks to Grandman and Gramma and we went to Easter service at Dawson Baptist church with my sister, brother-in-law and his parents. Jack did great at first in the service but started talking, so I took him out in the hall. While in the hall, the director of the children’s fellowship came up to me to see if Jack wanted to go to the nursery. I guess the look on my face answered the question before I could get the words out. I expressed my concerns and touched on his heart...She talked to me about there nursery program for a little bit and said that I could stay with him for awhile if I wanted. (Not wanting to look to bad) I went to the nursery class to check it out. There were only 2 other babies, and one of the three nursery workers that Sunday was a nurse. We got to talking and she was very familiar with Jack condition and promised me that she would make sure to only give him toys that had been cleaned. Reluctantly, I got my pager and left him in the nursery for the remainder of church. I did not hear anything for that 20 minutes...I just kept waiting for church to be over so I could go get him. I even left while everyone was singing to get him. The nursery workers said he had a blast!!!

After church we went over to Brian’s mom house to visit and let them see how cute Jack looked.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Photos from Becky Abernathy

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Before Jack was born we found Becky Abernathy, an amazing photographer in Birmingham. We decided on a package called “Watch Me Grow” where Becky comes out and takes pictures three times throughout Jack’s first year. We did the first session about 7 weeks old, and have just done our second session. We will do the last session sometime this summer after Jack is walking. She has provided me with some pics and I just have to share...brag...because Jack is the cutest kiddo ever!!!

All of these pictures where taken at our house:

First “Heart” Support Meeting

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mended Little Hearts, a national organization, is a new support program for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease, is dedicated to inspiring hope in those who care for the littlest heart patients of all. Mended Little Hearts offers resources and a caring support network as families find answers and move forward to find healing and hope. Birmingham just got a chapter and they had there first meeting last week. Brian and I went to it. It was great to see the support of the families here in Birmingham. About 6 families showed up. We sat is a circle and shared our stories and discussed future outings and fund raising. Once again I was humbled by all the other families. Jack is the only child that has not experienced open heart surgery of some kind. That did not stop me from being the only person to cry during the meeting. I am just touched by all the things that these (and our child) children have to go through. No one, especially a child, should have to go through the day to day struggle that every “heart” baby has to go through. I also cried for all the kiddos I see at work on a daily basis...To watch the families live out a life they have never dreamed of just hits so close to home. I wish I could just blink and make it all go away!! I am so thankful for the support I have from new “heart” moms and especially the moms of the children I serve.

Photos from Tori Ryan at Sullivan’s Island

Monday, April 6, 2009

Here are just a few pictures that where taken from Tori. She was amazing and we had such a great time with her. We can’t wait to use her again!!! We even got a great picture of Jack and Anna together.

Here are just a few pictures that where taken from Tori. She was amazing and we had such a great time with her. We can’t wait to use her again!!! We even got a great picture of Jack and Anna together.