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The Merriest of Christmases!

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas! Last year at this time we were just telling everyone we were pregnant. Now we’ve got an adorable little (nearly) 6 month old perfect baby boy. If you didn’t know any better that could really be the whole story. We are so incredibly blessed that Oliver is doing so well. He rolls over, he sits up (for a bit), he’s a big banana and pizza crust fan, and the boy never stops smiling! He’s absolute proof to me that God is real and miracles happen.

This time last year we thought we’d be spending Christmas 2012 with our adorable little family of four. And now here we are, doing just that. And you know what? I wouldn’t change a single thing about the year in between. It was hard. It was so incredibly painful. But it brought us to where we are now. We appreciate Poppy & Ollie more. We appreciate our family & friends more. We appreciate strangers more. And if it weren’t for the roller coaster ride we had, we wouldn’t have Oliver. I wouldn’t want any other baby. I’ll take him, funky anatomy and all! Because he is just the most delicious little creature on the planet! He showed us so much about strength, love, fear, joy and prayer, and he acts like it never happened. He just grins his wicked grin and waits for you to make him chuckle. He’s such a miracle. And, as she constantly reminds me, Poppy is too. Because that little ray of sunshine brightened up so many dark days for so many people. I have no idea where we’d be without her.

We had some great news from cardiology along with a bit of a scare. He had his echo, ECG and a lung profusion scan (LPS). His heart looks amazing, his pulmonary hypertension is GONE!!! And the LPS showed that his right lung is compensating for his left one so his total profusion is 100%, which explains why he is so energetic and us meeting all his milestones. They don’t need to see him for 2 years! BUT on the scan the right side of his diaphragm appeared elevated. Reherniation seemed likely. I was freaking out. Surgery. Intubation. Hospital stay. Recovery. I cried in the bathroom. Luckily my mom was here to watch the kids during my mini breakdown. I called poor Tim, who had to hold it together at work but was crumbling inside. Dr Himidan and Ping are amazing and were right on top of it. He’s got crazy anatomy. His liver is gigantic, there’s lots of scar tissue. He’s NOT reherniating! It was an intense 3 hours that really brought home for me how far we’ve come and how constantly terrified I am of having to go back.

Oliver’s still getting his RSV jabs and we’re doing our best to stay healthy. Lots of washing, avoiding sick people and not going to any public play places. We’ll get even more home bound following Christmas. It sometimes feels a bit mean or crazy to refuse to do things but I’m always aware that I am SO lucky to have a healthy baby and I’m not going to do anything to jeopardize that. At least not for the first two winters. I look at it like this: if the government is willing to pay $2,500 a month for his RSV shot I can do my part and keep my social butt at home.

Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you SO much for your love, support and prayers this year. You lightened our load in the most difficult journey of our lives and we’d be lost without you. I’ll be saying a prayer this year for all the Cherubs who didn’t make it, and are spending Christmas in heaven and we’ll honor them by treasuring every single second with our Cherub on earth. Xo

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9 Comments
  1. Mom of two permalink

    He’s beautiful and so is Poppy and you all deserve nothing but happiness! Merry Christmas Alex and family!!

  2. Lani permalink

    Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family Alex! Ollie and Poppy are so wonderful – doesn’t surprise me, their parents are pretty darn wonderful too. Hugs from Germany! xox

  3. Touched by your story permalink

    May your family be blessed with only good health. Sending virtual hugs and kisses for what I suspect is a Very Merry Christmas. Well, I guess we don’t really have to suspect – it’s pretty obvious – you’ve already received the best gift possible. Stay safe, stay healthy – Happy New Year.

  4. varla permalink

    Alex and Tim, Ollie and Poppy,
    You have given all who know you the very best Christmas gift ever! A HEALTHY SMILING OLLIE ! Ollie and Poppy are soooo adorable. You and Tim are incredible parents !!. Your family is an inspiration to all of us… and highlights all that is good in the world !! Hugs for a Very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with even greater health and happiness !
    XO Varla

  5. Laura permalink

    I was coming on here to leave a comment to ask for a Christmas update with pictures. HOW BEAUTIFUL is your family?! And how good is God!!! I’m so thankful Oliver is doing so well. He’s a treasure. I’m so thankful Poppy is so wonderful as well. They are lucky children to be loved so much by their mummy and daddy. Merry Christmas and God bless!!!! Here’s to many, many more healthy and happy ones!

  6. Elinor Halpern permalink

    I hope you had the merriest of christmases. You are such a beautiful family. With all my best wishes for a healthy and happy new year.
    Elinor Halpern

  7. Belle permalink

    Merry Christmas Wesson family!!!! We are so happy for all of the progress your little warrior Ollie Boy has made. He is proof that miracles do happen! Congrats to all of you… What an amazing job you guys did. Best wishes for an amazing new year 🙂

  8. Jemma Chalmers permalink

    He’s getting so big! Wonderful to see you all getting to enjoy normal family time and a happy, healthy Christmas. Wishing the whole Wesson family a wonderful 2013.

  9. Hope you guys had a great Christmas with your newest little gift! Thank you also for mentioning the Cherubs who didn’t make it. We follow Oliver’s story and love seeing him grow up and are so proud of him!

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