A Letter To Kaden

Kaden,

One of my favorite things to listen to is the sound of your heartbeat. It has been something I anticipated between each monthly doctor visit, even before we found out about your heart condition. I would be thinking about that sweet sound the weeks before that next appointment and the week after. I would try to play it over and over again in my head, but it was never as good as the real thing. It was always the last thing I got to do before leaving the doctor, and each time it put the biggest smile on my face and absolutely warmed my heart. I wanted to hear it everyday, but I have to admit the anticipation always made it better. It is delayed gratification. 

It has now been nearly three weeks since the doctors in Boston successfully completed the surgery on your heart. I am going to the doctor now 2-3 times a week for monitoring. This is standard for a high-risk pregnancy, and in addition, your Dad and I also see your cardiologists. God has aligned some amazing physicians to watch over you. We are very blessed. 

Selfishly, I must admit I get to listen to your heartbeat now twice a week for at least twenty minutes at a time. I love it. Now, I just can’t wait to feel it with my hands and up against mine. 

I am already so proud of you and your strength. I cannot wait to see your heart in action …. And not mechanically (God is in control of that), but rather how you use it, what you are passionate about, what you love and what you pursue, and most importantly, who you are and whose you are. 

I love you, Kaden. God is already using you for big things. 

Love,
Mom

Here We Go

Heading into get another echocardiogram right now. Nervous but we know God has a plan and this little guy is in His hands.

Stay tuned for update tonight with what’s going on and how you all can pray moving forward.

Nate & Erica

Faithfully Petitioning

Although we have absolute Faith in what God has, is and will do for/in and through Baby Kaden…we continue to petition/ask/beg God for healing of his heart.

Yes the procedure went better than expected by all parties involved, but there are so many things ahead that could happen that no one can predict.

Living in fear could cripple us in this time but we are choosing to walk this journey and many more that will come IN FAITH as we continually ask God for healing of the left side, ask God to be with all specialists involved, beg God to give us patience/wisdom to stay focused on his good/pleasing will.

Tomorrow afternoon we have our first ultrasound since returning.

Pray that Gods healing hands touch this little boy and that we would have the attentive ears to listen to what HE TELL US.

Thank you for being on this journey with us!

Love you all,

Nate and Erica

Heading Home

Final check ups and scans were done yesterday evening. Things went better than expected but we all know why that happened.

We are packing up and heading home. Can’t wait to see the kids and get back to warmer weather.

Now it’s a waiting game to see how his heart heals and what it does next. Lots can happen but we know that our awesome God has a plan and we will continue to be obedient and walk step by step trusting him.

Don’t stop praying for baby Kaden.

More later this eve…

Nate

Rough Night | Hoping For Better Day

Sleeping on a chair that makes into a bed ain’t all that bad when you are laying next to your best friend in the hospital…even w/out much sleep.

Erica was up most of night in pain but everything seems to be doing great with Kaden. He is moving a ton and after what they did to him inside there, I believe I’d want the heck out as well lol.

Today at 12:45 EST they are doing an Ultrasound to see how things are going internally and then we have another big echocardiogram with Dr Tworetzky and team to see how his heart is doing and take a look at what’s potentially to come / expect from this point forward.

We should be back in hotel tonight and then heading home I the AM.

Dad left this AM to head back to the OC.

Stay tuned

Eph 3:20

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Indescribable

The procedure took 6 minutes once they were in. The hole in her belly is what you see, no stitches and maybe the size of a the camera lens on the back of the iPhones 😉

Praise JESUS! I’m in tears. They said it’s the best they have seen. Blood is flowing in the right directions and the docs said this little boy is gonna be ok.

Keep praying things continue to heal but I GOT NEWS FOR YA’LL – This is a freaking MIRACLE is what they say. The goal is to monitor and hope that his heart continues to heal and start working correctly lots of scans and tests next few hours. End goal is to save left side of heart and get him to avoid anymore surgeries. But we will continue to pray and beg God for only what he can do.

Momma is safe. Baby Kaden is a stud. Little dude has had a needle through his side, in his heart and out again. What up 😉

Keep praying.

Gratitude

They have us scheduled for surgery tomorrow at 10am EST. The surgery will last approximately two hours. Tonight, we speak humbly and come with hearts full of peace and gratitude.

We are blown away that God chose us to be Kaden’s parents. We know He is for us, and not against us. And we will continue to give Him the glory throughout this process.

He has provided the best circumstances, the best care, the best doctors, the best opportunities, the best insurance, and the best family, friends, and support system that is more faithful and loving than any couple could think or imagine.

Thank you, all, so much for listening, praying, sharing, thinking, talking, walking, and growing in faith. We love you and are honored to share this journey with you.

Please join us, and surround us with your prayers. Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of forever.

With peace, love, and gratitude,
Nate & Erica

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