Enamel and CZ stone on gold filled pendant and chain.
Made in the USA.
Created in collaboration with Kalie Thomas.
Our sweet Axxle came a little early at 34 weeks after a smooth and complication free pregnancy. Two days into his NICU stay, we received the life-changing news of his CHD diagnosis. He was born with double outlet right ventricle with TGA and a non-committed VSD, PDA, pulmonary stenosis, and heterotaxy.
I never expected to walk out of the hospital empty handed to chase his ambulance down as he was transferred to children’s hospital two hours away. Nothing can prepare your heart for that.
But after a month in the NICU, we were able to bring him home for a while before his first surgery.
At 5 months old, he faced his first open heart surgery and sailed through it, coming home after just one week inpatient.
Since then he’s battled growth delays, global development delays, severe food allergies, and childhood apraxia of speech.
This past year has been a huge year of growth for him...finally making it onto growth charts, saying “mama” for the first time at 3.5 years old, really interacting well with us and his sister, becoming more and more vocal...he’s developed such a love for letters, numbers and music. He’s such a happy, handsome little man filled with love and always has us laughing.
This February we head in for another open heart surgery and while we are filled with anxiety, we know once he gets through it we’ll get to watch him blossom even more.
The design of the “Axxle necklace” is a heart to represent his imperfectly perfect heart, his birthstone, and a daisy blossom that represents innocence, happiness, and hope, especially in his year of blossoming.