Oh! The Places You'll Go!

We never thought much about the future during Rowan’s first year. It was always “take one day at a time” mentality. So, when it was time for Rowan’s first birthday, we were ecstatic. Here was a kid who, at birth, had a 50% chance of survival on top of having open heart surgery on top of plummeting into respiratory failure - we wanted his first birthday to represent where he had been and where he was going. Our theme was “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” And it has been a fitting theme ever since.

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Happy 1st Birthday!

Just like any new mom, those are the words I imagined writing on my son Kellen’s first birthday cake one day. As you may know, I will never have that opportunity as Kellen passed away just shy of turning six months old due to congenital heart disease. You may not be aware, but 1 in 100 babies are born every year with congenital heart disease. This means that your neighbors, friends, or even family members may have experienced these heartbreaking “firsts.”

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