During Heart Month in February, most people think of adults and heart disease. Too few realize that some 32,000 babies per year are born with congenital heart defects. In fact, it is the #1 birth defect, by far. Some of those defects are so major — such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) — that babies have to undergo open heart surgery as newborns, followed by at least 2 other surgeries as they grow.
My husband and I were surprised last November when the doctors found a 2nd heartbeat at my 6-week ultrasound. At the time we had an 18-month old little boy so the thought of doing what we did with him twice seemed like an impossibility.
Breast milk does not usually contain much vitamin D, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that all breastfed infants receive 400 IU/day of vitamin D via drops that contain that amount in each dropper.
I couldn’t be happier to share the great news that we raised $32.2 million dollars for Texas Children’s Cancer Center this past Saturday night at a disco-themed benefit.