Saturday, November 24, 2007

I've been initiated into the world of blogging

Well, it seemed like time. I'm transitioning over from the predominantly health related forum provided by, and will be posting updates on this blog instead. I hope you'll find a bit of everything here, from the mundane and day to day rituals of our family, to the more exciting accomplishments of my three kiddos. Of course, what I consider exciting may be no more than mundane to another person. That's for the readers to judge.

I hope to post a little bit of something at least a couple of times a week, let's see if I can hold myself to that, I suppose only time will tell.

I will keep our care page active, and use it to post health related info, doctor visits, and so on, so if you are signed up to receive email updates you'll still get them, and if you are interested in checking it out, it's That said, for those who don't know how I started out on carepages, a little background.........

........About seven years after Hamza was born, Zakir and I decided to have another baby, a tiebreaker in the family, so to speak. Bilal was born on 7/24/2006, after what was a pretty routine pregnancy. He was rather small, weighing only 5 pounds and 9 oz, but looked great in every other way. The following morning the neonatologist heard a loud heart murmur that didn't go away after 48 hours, so we were paid a visit by the pediatric cardiologist. That's when our lives changed dramatically.

Bilal was diagnosed with a condition called tetralogy of fallot, a combination of four heart defects. (If you want to know more about the condition just click the link to the right). We knew he would need open heart surgery by the time he turned 6 months old. His cardiologist followed him every 2 weeks after birth, and due to the fact that his growth rate was slowing down and he was showing signs of heart failure he had his surgery on 9/18/06, at 8 weeks of age and weighing less than nine pounds. His post operative course was remarkably unremarkable, and we were home only 4 days after surgery. He really is our miracle baby. Today if it weren't for the scar on his chest, no-one would be able to tell what he has been through.


Unknown said...

Mina Bhabi!I really liked the blog! it was very thoughtful of you to start this blog as it will help us know you guys and the cute kiddos!
Bilal's Antics video is gr88!! i simply loved it!!
>>"Of course, what I consider exciting may be no more than mundane to another person" <---- well you are wrong Mina Bhabi! we are as thrilled and excited as you are!
do keep us posted on the new and "exciting" developments!

waiting for the latest blog!

Saving Little Hearts said...

It is amazing how stories seem so similar. Bilal's story is so much like my son's, all the way to the wild child part. It's so wonderful to know that they are both doing so well. I look forward to reading your blog.

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