I recently had a friend ask some of us heart moms for pictures of our children's scars right after surgery and now.
I see Benjamin's chest every day, but I had never really sat down and compared the pictures.
It's amazing how much difference a year makes, both on his physical outside and in my emotional inside.
Here are a few pics from before and after the surgery.
September 26, 2008 (exactly one week before surgery)
October 3, 2008 (several hours after the surgery)
November 4, 2008 (one month and one day later)
February 4, 2009 (four months and one day later)
July 3, 2009 (nine months later)
October 4, 2009 (one year and one day later)
It's no exaggeration that this has been a tough 18 months. Heart surgery, for us, really wasn't that big of a deal. I know that seems silly, and that's not the attitude of all moms whose babies have a similar experience. But it was just another hurdle to overcome for us.
I'm working on a post for later where I will explore what has been the hardest part, and what is one of my biggest fears as I anticipate the birth of my next child.
But for now? It's naptime.
I do have priorities, people. :)