To our surprise one January morning in 2009 we learned we were expecting baby #2. In shock, but happy, we prepared to grow from a family of 3 to 4. We already had a 4 year old son and he would now be a big brother.
The first time around we chose to wait until the delivery to find out the sex of the baby. It was fun to wait but we had enough surprises and wanted to find out this time.
The first ultrasound came along and we were giddy with anticipation, It took much longer than expected. We were told the baby would not cooperate. It also was a bit more painful than I remembered. "Why was she so quiet and applying so much pressure", I thought. As we inquired, she must have snapped out of her intense mindset and said "oh...I just want to make sure I get all the organs. I think its a girl though." Her deliverance of the information was very "lack luster", but that was o.k. We were on board.
Next we went to the Doctor for the post ultra-sound. She began with, "Everything looks good, but we want you to go to the women's center for another scan because there are some shadows or something preventing us from seeing some areas of the heart." That's when some areas of my heart went numb. I said, how likely is it that what you see are some "shadows"? The doctor looked down and replied, "I don't think it's likely.... I think something is wrong with the baby's heart.
A "whirlwind of uncertainty" is the only way to explain the next 6 months. Thankful that the CHD was identified but what now? Can doctors really fix it? Will the baby live? Should we decorate the nursery? What if things don't work out the way we want them to?
As believers in Christ we did what we knew to do... pray our way through it. Not that this made easier but it encouraged us to do what God wants us to and cast our cares upon him. He is the one who would guide and provide for us. This is when our Faith was being tested the most and we were determined to not crumble.
On September 4th, 2009 Kyden Justus Brown was born. We chose the name Kyden because it meant "warrior" or "fighter", which we needed him to be. Justus was a worshipper of God and friend of the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts (Acts 18:7). He was so perfect in every way, that it was hard to believe he was not o.k. We knew we would be facing a lifetime of cardiac concerns. The first being open heart surgery at 4 days old.
Kyden was a chosen vessel. Created as a wondrous package that everyone would fall in love with. You would get to know him and never realize he was facing the struggles he faced. He encouraged, inspired and brought so many non-believers up close and personal with true miracles. Kyden was a gift to the world. Through Kyden's Keepers, he will continue to leave his mark on peoples hearts and minds.
Kyden's footprint will go beyond brick and mortar. He will reach the world in his own special way. Four years, 10 months and 6 days on earth is not long, but Kyden was here and he served his purpose.
Well done Sweet Boy!!!