On August 25th we welcomed our second daughter to the world! She was a whopper, 8lb 5 oz and every bit of cute! We had two sweet, seemingly healthy days in the hospital before heading home to reunite with big sister. Unfortunately, that evening our sweet girl appeared to have something wrong and after two ER visits that night we found ourselves in the NICU with a team of doctors and nurses working vigourously to figure out what was wrong with Mercer.
Unknowingly to us, our daughter was born with a heart defect (coarctation of the aorta) that needed immediate attention. On Sept 3rd (big sister's birthday), Mercer had heart surgery to repair her heart. Her surgery went well and she recovered for the next week and a half. When she turned three weeks old, we were discharged from the hospital and finally headed home.
I can't quite explain the roller coaster of emotions Dustin and I experienced during those first three weeks but we were comforted by friends, family, and strangers that prayed for our family and helped us during our stay at the hospital. You never expect to find yourself in situations like that, and it can be so difficult to put your trust into the hands of nurses, doctors, and surgeons but we are forever grateful for their knowledge, compassion, and expertise.
Mercer is recovering well from surgery and will be monitored by a cardiologist for the rest of her life. We continue to pray that the repairs to her heart will continute to grow as they should. She is such a special little girl and she has forever made me a heart mom, and for that I am grateful <3