Wednesday, March 26, 2008

We Made It!

Yup, we did! We arrived in New Orleans at about 7:15 PM last night. It was a pretty uneventful trip with a great little traveler. Julianne did well on both flights. She was actually more fussy in the airport than on the plane! She was absolutely precious and stole the hearts of some onlookers. :)

We had a couple of little hic-ups. They were minor enough that we didn't find out about them until after we'd landed. The airline broke Julianne's stroller. A can of formula busted in our suitcase. And the zipper on our diaper bag broke. We've purchased a replacement stroller and the airline has already paid us for it (they were actually REALLY great, apologetic and helpful about the whole thing)! We've shaken out all of our clothes and put them in the washer. We just need to find the vacuum attachment to vacuum out the rest of the formula. And we have a couple of other diaper bags, so no worries there either. It was a good trip. We are very thankful for a safe trip and we are thankful to be home! It was so nice to sleep in our own beds!

Julianne has Cardiologist and Pediatrician appointments on Friday and an appointment with Early Steps on Tuesday. Early Steps comes to our house, so that's nice. We will be sure to update this weekend to let you know the outcome of her appointments!

Our hope is that Julianne will not undergo another surgery until the third stage of her repair, the Fontan, when she's 2 1/2 years old. Please continue to pray for Julianne's heart function to improve fully and, as always, we'd LOVE for her to be able to eat! That is something that we'll be working on in the coming months. We certainly don't want to have to puree' her wedding cake and put it through the tube, right? :)

It has been a longer journey than we expected for this round. Thank you so much for your constant prayers and encouragement. In addition to our gratefulness for God's protection and healing of Julianne, we are grateful for all of you and for how He's used you to care for our family during the past year (it will be one year on 3/31 since we found out about Julianne's heart). Thank you so very, very much!

Finally, here are some new pictures and a video of our little one: (Correction, I was GOING to post a video, but I can't get YouTube to cooperate at the moment, so the video will have to wait.)

Practicing sitting up deep in thought

Must've been a pleasant thought

In her Easter head band!

Just waiting for daddy and mommy to get their act together so we can go to the airport

Back at the New Orleans airport! (Julianne's foot is not THAT big, her sock is just coming off)

Ready to head out to get my new stroller!


Julie Miles said...

I'm so glad to hear you all made it home finally! I know you were glad to be back in your own beds last night. Praying for continued healing of Julianne's heart function and that she will really pick up an interest in eating now that the 2nd surgery is behind her. This month makes a year since we first found out about Ethan's heart condition too!

Blessings to you all,

Julie, Dan & Ethan Miles

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful for you to be home and praises to God for a safe trip. Maybe you can eat some crawfish soon and really feel home!! Julianne looks wonderful and you all are such a blessing to us. We look forward to good reports from the Drs.

God bless,
M White

Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you all are safe and sound at home!

Thank you God for all the blessings on this precious little family.

I Love you
Aunt Sarah

Anonymous said...

GREAT, you've made it back safe and sound. We can't wait to see you all.

We're thankful for a smooth flight home and an almost uneventful trip.

Enjoy being in your own space and relaxing for a while. We'll continue to keep you all in our prayers for a continued speedy recovery.


A. Stac

Elysmom said...

Ahhh... love the new pictures. She is soo cute!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home! Praising God for a safe return and a (pretty) uneventful trip. And, hey, a new stroller is kind-of exciting! We'll still be praying.

Meredith L.

Anonymous said...

So glad to know y'all are home!! Praise God for a good trip home and for your great attitude about the mishaps. Julianne is just beautiful!! With all she's been through, she seems so incredibly happy ~ that's b/c of her wonderful mommy & daddy!
We continue to pray for her eating issues and will pray for Dr. visits.
Welcome Home!
Erin C.

Anonymous said...

So glad that you all made it home safely. Julianne does not look like an baby who just had surgery. She's beautiful and a very happy baby. God Bless.

Marcia Jones
Entergy Employee

Anonymous said...

So sorry for sweet Annabelle's parents in their loss. We've added them to our prayer list for comfort and strength.
Julianne's smile just takes my breath away! Praise God! We miss y'all. Love, Mime and Papa

Anonymous said...

Look at that cutie little baby in her new jeans from her grammie. One day she's gonna get to eat a po boy. Wonder what kind she'll like! Love you all.