The Jordan Family

When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband joked that our child would be super human, and have super powers.

Looking back at it now it's almost funny. In my days before having my son I was an artist, a wife, a blogger, a kitty & puppy mama, and an eight-to-fiver in the customer service department of a software company. Then I had my little boy, Elliott Wilde, on August 12, 2012. He was teeny tiny at 6 pounds 6 ounces, and he whimpered and squeaked fresh out of the womb. He didn't cry or yelp like you see in the movies, but he was given a clean bill of health and we happily took him home a few days later.

Right away I knew: Elliott was different. He was sleepy, his cry was tiny & quiet, his breaths were quick. On October 9th 2012 when Elliott was two month old I took him into the pediatrician for what I thought was his first harmless cold and left the office in an ambulance to Loma Linda Children's Hospital. This was no harmless cold; Elliott needed to be intubated. That evening we were informed that our son had a very rare heart defect, Truncus Arteriosis Type 1, and would need open heart surgery.

Becoming a heart mama has forced me to shift my pace. It has forced me to be more aware of how I spend my time, how I focus my art and blogging. Heart mamahood has inspired me to love in a way I never knew was inside me. After one open heart surgery, a stent/balloon procedure, an NG feeding tube, weekly therapies and countless doctor visits Elliott is a happy, silly (oh! So silly) one year old who loves music & Cheerios, playing with his dog, chasing the kitties, and poking his little sister in the eye. And me? I am most certainly convinced that kid has super powers.

Thank you for allowing us to share our story. You can read more about our journey on my personal blog, Hello, Charlotte Joy.