We made it.
2014 was the hardest year and the most rewarding. We experienced some incredible hardships that prepared us for wonderful blessings.
I'm a program manager so I like to speak in bullet points. Here's a recap of the year by months.
- January: went from care-free "power couple" excited to learn the gender of our second born to despairing bloggers.
- February: coping with Micah's disease and deciding, why not, lets fix up our condo and try moving.
- March: deciding on Children's hospital over Inova. Aka, deciding that commuting to DC isn't so bad... right?..?
- April: Sold our condo and decided to move to Bristow (aka "the country", "not Manassas", and "you know where Jiffy Lube Live is, right?") the land where nearly everyone is a commuter with small children. Ray took the GMATs for MBA school.
- May: Moved. Dylan started a new daycare (and got bit twice on the first day). Met many wonderful neighbors and love being close/really close to the grandparents. Micah is born!
- June: Doctors, open heart surgery, extubation, commuting, oh my! Also, a LinkedIn message worth it's weight in gold.
- July: ECMO and the beginning of the comeback story.
- August: Micah starts kicking butt and is extubated and sent from the ICU to the HKU. Ray starts the first classes at the WSU Online MBA program.
- September: Micah came home after 109 days in the hospital. Finally!
- October: Our 4 year anniversary of our marriage on 10/16/10. Micah's cheeks continue to grow.
- November: Ray started a job at Google in Reston, Va. Dylan's second birthday. Micah's cheeks continue to grow.
- December: Micah's cardiac catheterization (aka the "mini surgery" postponed until the new year). Laura graduated from her Master's program at GMU. Micah is becoming quite the sitter.
The past few weeks have been awesome for Micah's development. Aide from the looming cardiac catheterization that was bumped because there were no open beds in the CICU and bumped again because he got sick, we really can't complain. It still hasn't been rescheduled and is still looming, but we've been able to work with him a lot on sitting, eating and tummy time.