Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Tribute To My Wife

When I watched Maria hand Owen to the babysitter (Miss Janet we'll call her) this morning I couldn't help but smile and reflect on how far we've come. Just a year ago, we were still sitting in the NICU with Owen as he battled the complications from Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) surgery.  
Today we were dropping off a pretty healthy baby boy, and my wife was going back to her job as a high school teacher.  
I would never discredit those that have been through this and lost their battle with CDH and say today was hard. It wasn't, it was a miracle and a blessing to be able to have this day. But  today the true blessing in my life is my wife. So Maria, the only way I can Thank You, is by telling the world how I feel.
Thank you for the countless hours you sat in the NICU with Owen. For all of the daily rounds you sat in on while I was at work. For holding his hand during the daily procedures, the moving of the PICC lines, the upper GI, the ECO's.
Thank you for holding us together during the infection and reherniation scares.
Thank you for giving up your job, for changing your life and nurturing our son back to health.
Thank you for the numerous times a day you had to change Owen's and your own outfit while we battled through feeding issues.
Thank you for delivering him, and the 25 hours of labor you endured knowing that it was in his best interest to come naturally. For sleeping in his POD putting your own health aside after delivery to be with him.  

Thank you for the days you spent teaching him to say, "Dada" so he would say it to me on Father's Day. Thank you for holding me together when we came home without Owen to a flooded basement after Hurricane Irene.  
Thank you for the research you do, to make sure he has the best toys that will help him catch up and for sitting with the PT every week.  
So today, as we celebrate the opportunity to move on, I wanted to let the world know how special it is to be a CDH Mom, and to Thank You for all that you have done, and all that you continue to do for our family and other CDH families.  

- Love, Mark


  1. Such a sweet posting, everytime I read these I cry. Lol

  2. So sweet. Thank you for sharing.

  3. This is gorgeous! I am so choked up! So happy you're all in a good place!