It’s the flicker of a heartbeat on that first sonogram, showing a healthy baby is growing inside you.
Later, it’s the 20-week scan, relieving fears and worries, when baby’s heart is shown to be strong and developing properly.
Throughout, pregnancy and after birth, we moms know a healthy heart is crucial for our baby’s survival. We take every test and scan, and hope and pray all will be OK.
Creating a healthy baby is a miracle of human creation, and for those of us, who had babies with no medical challenges, we can only imagine the hurt and heartache endured by parents whose babies need extra care.
During my time as a blogger, I have met several extraordinary writers, who have faced the difficult news of learning their child has a birth defect.
Mia Carella is one such mom.
Her daughter, Evalyn was born with a congenital heart defect, which meant she had to go through several surgeries from the time she was just an infant. Her difficult start also caused some developmental delays, meaning Mia would be a special needs mom, a role, which she has embraced with grace and strength.
Through Mia’s incredible writing, I have gotten to know Evalyn. I have learned about her amazing courage, her unwavering joy and the pride she brings her parents.
She is truly special. Continue reading