Friday, September 24, 2010

Settling In

As most of you know, Caleb, Zoe and I flew home on Tuesday afternoon, a successful and very uneventful flight. Zoe is becoming a champion flyer and gets a thumbs up from fellow passengers on every flight. "Way to go! I didn't hear a peep out of you!" Zoe also made quite an impression on our Southwest flight attendant who was asking questions about why Zoe needed oxygen. I'm pretty sure she wasn't expecting the answer she got and was amazed that Zoe had open heart surgery exactly one week prior.

I love sharing Zoe and her story. She is an amazing girl who has amazing things in store for all of us.

My dad came to pick us up at the airport. We weren't too excited right after we stepped off the plane. Phoenix's forecast of 100+ degree weather left us longing to be back in Philly.

When we arrived home, my sweet Emerson was there waiting for us with Grandma. When she turned around and saw that momma was home, she looked at me with puppy dog eyes and nearly cried. Emmy was so happy to see us. I think she began to think we were never coming back.

From this family photo (taken just minutes after we walked in the door) you can see just how happy Ms. Emerson is.

Simply because we were home, didn't mean it was time to rest. The very next day, Zoe had a cardiology appointment which quickly turned into a trip to the hospital next door. This time, for a routine chest xray. Dr. Stock wanted to make certain that Zoe's lungs were clear, since she did have a small plueral effusion upon discharge. Moments after we left the hospital, Dr. Stock texted me, letting me know that "Chest xray looks great, lungs are clear."

Ok, are we allowed to breathe easier now?!

Zoe will continue to have cardiology appointments which we hope will become fewer and further between as the months pass.

For now, it's time to focus on our girls and getting back into a routine. It's time for Zoe and Emerson to bond as sisters which they haven't really been able to do until now.

(What better way to bond than with Nick Jr.?)


  1. Thank you for the update and the pictures! Your girls are incredibly precious (I know you knew that. ~grin~) Mom and Dad are pretty special too. Again, welcome home and enjoy each other.

  2. The updates have been wonderful, although I don't know how you found time to do them. The pictures of your family say it all -- welcome home and enjoy your family! BG