Grayson Steven Walsh was born on April 3, 2019. His birth mother had chosen a family to adopt him earlier on in pregnancy, after the suspicion of Congenital Cytomegalovirus (cCMV) during an ultrasound towards the end of her pregnancy, the family withdrew from the adoption. At birth, the doctors prepared his birth mother for his possible death. He was born not breathing. Thankfully, doctors and nurses were able to get him breathing and stable. Grayson was moved to the "high risk" NICU.
A family member forwarded me a Facebook post that said: “6 day old boy with congenital cytomegalovirus needs a loving family“. It took me no more than 3 minutes to call my husband and send our home study and information into the adoption agency. His birth mother (who is amazing) chose us! Three days later, my husband and I were on a plane to Arizona to meet our son, who we named, Owen.
We felt confident, but we also felt scared like any parent who is about to become a parent for the first time. You see, I've taught plenty of kids with cCMV and I have a good friend who has a little girl who contracted CMV early on in utero and she is what people call "normal" and just has a hearing loss.
Owen is far from "normal", but he is perfect
The following information is from The National CMV Foundation website:
“Congenital Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the most common viral infection, and the leading non-genetic cause of hearing loss, that infants are born with in the United States. Every pregnant woman is at risk of acquiring CMV. And only 9% of women know about it.”
-National CMV Foundation (2020)
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My idol is Joanna Gaines. Shiplap is life, I would die to meet her + have a house renovated by her and Chip!
We bought a fixer upper in the quaint + quiet outskirts of St. Louis. The streets are lined with enormous trees, we can walk to the corner market and downtown is just a hop and skip away.
Follow along as we renovate our entire house!
My husband is the handyman in the projects (he can literally do anything I ask him to, which is AMAZING and kind of dangerous!!). I try not to stand there and just tell him what to do or what I want it to look like, but that's pretty much how it goes. If it isn't designing, decorating, painting or staining I leave it up to him, especially if it requires math to be done (not my strong suit).
Kevin is an accountant by day and plumber, electrician and handyman by night.
Soon, we will be redesigning our floor plan to make it walker/wheelchair friendly for our son, Owen.
Also if you want a giggle, watch this -->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHweN7K_P2w