Monday, August 18, 2014

Mommy Monday: Meet Baby Jack

Meet baby Jack. He is just all smiles and as sweet as can be. Isn’t he just a doll!

Always by Jack’s side are his parents, Kyle and Robyn Kramer. Kyle is in the USAF. Robyn teaches yoga. I met Robyn at a yoga class on base in Oklahoma. (It was awesome despite the fact that I looked the least bit as graceful as Robyn did doing yoga!)

Jack was born on March 11, 2014. He entered the world crying loud and strong but had low oxygen levels so new parents Kyle and Robyn had to wait 30 minutes to hold him and even then were only able to hold him for a few minutes before he was sent to the NICU until he was stable. It was during their time in the NICU they were told Jack has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), also known as half a heart. Jack then had to be flown to another hospital 3 hours away in Birmingham, AL to be treated while Robyn and Kyle followed by car.
Flash forward to today and this sweet little boy is finally home after a second surgery in Boston. Being only 5 months old, Jack has spent more time in the hospital than at home. Because of this he is going through physical therapy since he is behind physically but otherwise is a strong, playful, and happy little guy! He surely brings joy to everyone who sees his sweet smile.
During his life, Jack will have to go through different surgeries and procedures. He had his first surgery at 6 days old, just recently had his second one at 4 months old, will have another at 3 years old, and possibly a heart transplant in his 20-30s since the surgeries are not a permanent fix. He will also be undergoing another procedure in October to help the blood flow in one of his arteries.
Having a new baby is one of the most joyous and crazy times for new parents, Kacie and I know the feeling, we have little ones ourselves! Although, finding out that your child has a complex and rare heart defect is something no parent expects or imagines going through. What a strong family the Kramer family is to go through all of this!
As you can imagine, there is an emotional and financial toll with all this. We would love for you to join us in supporting this wonderful family. One way is through prayer. Prayers for strength to get through all these obstacles, for Jack to stay in good health, and guidance for times where there may not be much. Also, if you feel led to support the Kramers financially they have a website set up through YouCaring (info below). While their insurance is more than generous, they still need help with food, lodging, and flights to Boston Children’s Hospital. However you choose to support the Kramers is invaluable and very much appreciated. A little goes a long way and means a lot.

Thank you for all the prayers and support for this family!

Want to learn more?
To read more about the Kramer Family please visit their YouCaring site CLICK HERE
To keep up with how Baby Jack is currently doing visit his Facebook page CLICK HERE.
To learn more about HLHS please CLICK HERE.


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