Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Jersey's Special Day


Here she is on her blessing day, she's "dressed" as white as we could get her. White bracelet, white headband, and white blanket. In attendance: Grandma and Grandpa Anderson, Nonie and Papa Krieg, Bishop and Vonda Guttery, and of course Tatum and Tucker. Papa Krieg annointed her first with oil and Grandpa Sam sealed her annointing and gave her a beautiful blessing. Following that, the priesthood holders laid their hands on her head and her Daddy gave her a name and a blessing. It was a special evening for us. She's our princess.
She's scheduled for her big surgery tomorrow at 11 am, I am not ready for this. The doctors feel they are left with no other choice than to do her surgery ASAP. Every Tuesday all the pediatric cardiologists, ICU doctors, and surgeons have a big pow wow to discuss their little patients and Jersey was discussed this morning. I feel a little more at ease that it's not one doctor's decision when to do what it's a collective decision with all her doctors. I am SO scared, there's SO much that could easily go wrong. Her heart is incredibly tiny and to think of it being surgically operated on scares me to death. We're so blessed to have the knowledge we do and that the people who love her the very most were/are able to call on the power of heaven in her behalf. I know miracles happen every day and we definitely need one now. We know she's in the best of hands and can only pray that Heavenly Father takes over and guides those hands and sharpens the surgeons' minds.

23 comments:

Tanner, Avery, Benson, and Bela said...

She'll have the prayers of many tomorrow..
Prepare yourself for how she will come back, she will be a little 'beat up', even more so than now, but she will amaze you at how fast she will pull through and recover.. She'll be in your arms in no time.
I know how scared you are right now and my thoughts and prayers are with you.. Just tell yourself she can't get better without it. I always told myself also that there were angels with her the whole time and I KNOW that's true...
Love you guys.

Everhart Family said...

She is beautiful! your family will be in our prayers and in our hearts. We are waiting to help...love, C

Brittanie said...

What a little beauty queen. We love you guys and are praying for you- I know - I'm being repetitive - I just want you to know that we still are!

Morris Mama said...

Awww, sweet baby. We will be thinking of you guys all day tomorrow. We will pray for you, Jersey and all the doctors. Let us know if you need anything!

Alys

bunch of 'brooks said...

Jersey is such a beautiful baby; I especially LOVE the hair! I feel so sad inside for her and all that she and you guys have to go through, but I know there must be SOME purpose. Our family is praying for her and her surgery. If there is ever ANYTHING I can do to help please let me know. This surgery will be on my mind until I hear the next update. Take care and I am thinking about you Heidi.

The Larson's said...

Oh Heidi, I can't imagine how you are feeling right now. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you, Jersey and the surgeons tomorrow. Jersey is a tough little girl and has the strength of her mother. Keep it up, you are doing great!!! Just think, you will get to cuddle sooner than later. We love you guys.

Kippy said...

We are praying for Jersey, especially for tomorrow. I too believe in miracles and know that Heavenly Father is very aware of your situation.

Shanen said...

Heidi you guys have so many people praying for your whole family. You have the best doctors working with her and they will all work together tomorrow to perform this surgery. You have lots of friends thinking about you, one strong little girl, a loving Heavenly Father, and the power of the Priesthood all on your side. We will all be waiting anxiously to hear how it went. We love you guys.

Haily J said...

She is so adorable and special! I love yu heidi and am thinkin about you and your family. Your family and Jersey will definitely be in my prayers!

Heather said...

We will be thinking of you and praying right along with everyone else, it will go splendidly, all will be well.

Kim said...

Heidi,
My heart breaks for you and what you are going through. I wish there were more I could do but all I can do is offer my prayers on her behalf. Love you all

Kristine said...

Hi Heidi - I'll be praying for Jersey tomorrow morning along with a lot of other people. It IS so scary before your little one goes in for surgery. Try to envision how sweet your time will be with her 1-2 weeks from now. Snuggles and soon....smiles! Try to get some sleep. I know, easier said than done.

Kristine & Katie & Chris

Janalyn said...

Heidi, what will they be doing exactly for her surgery? Do they anticipate getting her heart repaired just in one surgery?

I hope you have some distractions lined up for you during her surgery. Some of ours are- a funny movie on a portable DVD, food, people to talk to. Those minutes while your baby's in surgery are the longest of your life. Staying positive, praying and having faith get you through it though.

Hope you could understand a word of my message yesterday. You know me- cry baby, cry baby. I've been checking in on you and Jersey many times a day for new updates.

Aloha fokisi!

WishTrish said...

I'm thinking about your family all the time. "Please bless Jersey, please bless Jersey..." Love and hugs, Heidi!

Chelsea said...

She will be in our prayers! She looks so cute in her white.

Kristin said...

So much of my day is full of thoughts of you and your family and what you are going through. I know words can't even begin to make you feel better but I know that Heavenly Father is watching over you and protecting Jersey. Let the spirit comfort you, it will. Jersey is beautiful in white I still can't believe that hair! SO Pretty. I am praying for Jersey, I am praying for you, abd I am praying for the Doctors. Hang in there Heidi, you have amaing strength. I am looking forward to your update.
Kristin

The Allen's said...

thinking and praying for you guys. love you.

Danielle said...

I found your blog through Avery's. Just wanted you to know that although we don't know you- my prayers and thoughts are with you today. This must be a scary day for you and your family- but there are lots of prayers being said on your sweet baby's behalf. She is beautiful!

Lily's Mama! said...

You do not know me, I am a friend of Tanner and Avery's, my daughter is a heart baby also. Bela and Lily(my little girl) were born the same day. I am so sorry that you are having to go through all of this. She will be in my prayers. The H&L doctors are incredible, and I owe them my life twice over for saving my little girl. Jersey is in good hands, the best in my opinion.
I actually saw your little girl yesterday as I walked through the floor and visited with the nurses. She is a precious little girl. You have our prayers and I will be keeping my eye out for an update.

God Bless,
Jenna, Lilyanas mama

The Simmons Family said...

We are heart friends of Bela Milne. My prayers are with you ALL today!! It's not an easy road, but the blessings you will receive are SO easy to see! My heart aches for you as I know ALL to well the feeling of putting your baby in the surgeon's hands to work on that tiny heart of theirs. I always told myself that Heavenly Father has his arms wrapped tightly around them, comforting them, while they are going through SO much!!

NOTHING can prepare you for the sight of your baby post op, it's scary and heartbreaking. We'll pray for a quick recovery so you can hold your baby girl again soon!!

Heart Hugs from Gilbert,
Andrea
simmonsfamilyupdate.blogspot.com
(Our Owen, 10mo, has HLHS and has had 2 OHS and now pre transplant)

Katie said...

I, too, am another heart mom with an 8 month old baby girl, Maddie, HRHS (Pulmonary Atresia IVS). She too was born early...35 weeks, 4 days and weighed 5 lbs. 14 oz...so our girls are similar (right sided defects and little bitty's)! My prayers are with you today, it's so difficult watching our sweet baby's go through this. Just have faith and take it a minute at a time. And as Avery said, remind yourself that she HAS to go through this to survive and to be able to come home. It's heartbreaking but the truth. Hang in there and know that you're not alone. Welcome to the "heart world" too! Thinking of your sweet family today.
Love,
Katie & Maddie

Amanda-The Family News! said...

I found your blog thru Tanner, Avery, Benson and Bela - while I don't even know them personally I follow and pray for their little one!! I am adding your family to my prayers and blog sidebar for babies needing prayers -
Amanda - South Carolina

Jamie said...

Chris-

Hey this is Travis Williams and I just came across your blog. I am sorry to hear of the difficulty that your daughter is having with her heart. Know that your family is in our prayers and that we would love to help you guys out in any way we can. Let me know if you need anything. Call me anytime at 480-452-8848. Take care man and best of luck with the surgeries.

Travis and Jamie Williams