On President’s Day, 2015, my husband and I were thrilled to find out we were expecting our first child. We immediately decided to nickname our growing baby Jalebi, the name of a sweet south asian treat my husband grew up with, because he is our little sweet treat.
On June 18, when I was 22 weeks pregnant, our little Jalebi was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. We have since learned the defect is on the more complicated side of the spectrum (TOF with pulmonary atresia and collaterals) and will likely require several open heart surgeries in the first years of life.
We welcomed our son, Kiran Aaron Valji, into this world on October 21st, 2015. This day marks the start of a joyful and terrifying journey, as we are being thrown into a medical world we have never known before.
This is my place to process and rant, educate and update.