I know this is CopTalk and I've not posted much in the last year but I had to show off my little one and ask for prayers of strength as we go on this journey. The full story is at http://elliana.coltfreeman.net This is my baby girl Elliana born to us just a few short days ago. We found out around 26wks that she likely had a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. We have spent the last week in the NICU and PICU at UVA. She has finished the first of 3 open heart surgeries; while she is still on a ventilator she has been breathing on her own today and we hope to get her off soon! I had to come home today to take care of getting her added to our insurance and to keep myself sane while I am away I edited these few images. While many have missed focus and are not up to my normal standards they do tell a story. Those of you who pray I would covet those prayers, and those that do not warm wishes are also welcome. She has been a little fighter from the start and I can't wait till I can hold her again sometime this week. Sarah got to hold her for just a second before they wisked Elli to the NICU. I got to follow Elli downstairs to the NICU. Day #2 they had to raise Elli's Prostaglandin to keep her Ductus Arteriousus open so it gave her sleep apnea and they entubated http://www.coltfreeman.net/elli/3.jpg http://www.coltfreeman.net/elli/4.jpg Got to hold her a few hours before her surgery on Tue Elli recovering in the PICU after surgery http://www.coltfreeman.net/elli/8.jpg These are the machines and medication keeping Elli alive Grandma getting a finger squeeze. http://www.coltfreeman.net/elli/10.jpg They wired her breastbone back together after the swelling post-op went down, the tubes are for drainage. Got rid of about half the meds Fri. Still waiting for her to open those beautiful eyes to see what color they are.