Sweet baby Z


Sweet baby Zion is hanging on and hanging in there.  His condition has shifted so many times and so quickly, it’s hard to know what to say – and I don’t want to say one thing, only to have it change in the next minute.  So watch Jeremy and Ashley’s blog for more “official” news.

What I can tell you is that Zion had surgery yesterday afternoon to have a shunt placed in his brain to drain off fluid – fluid that had been building up and restricting brain growth, fluid that had caused his original crash on Saturday night.  The surgery went well, but as of right now, he is still intubated – a much longer intubation than would have been ideal.  We are hopeful that he will be extubated this morning, because he is uncomfortable and in a lot of pain.

Jeremy and Ashley haven’t left his side, and have the impossibly hard job of entrusting their baby to strangers.  They are low on sleep and high on stress, with every beep of the monitors making them sit up and take notice.  Being a parent requires one’s entire heart – and Zion has theirs. They have been amazing.

In the meantime, and until further notice, I’m in Colorado Springs hanging out with my little chipmunks.

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts and texts and emails. This beautiful, tiny baby is so loved, and we continue to entrust him to the One who made him.



  1. Tad on August 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    I put Zion on our prayer board here at school. We’re praying for you, the fam. and him especially.

  2. Maria on August 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Baby Zion is melting me, Annie. And I’m sure a whole world of others as well. My husband and I are praying for all of you. I wish I could get you all some chocolate cake and good coffee and we could pray together.

  3. Shannon on August 3, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    I second Maria’s comment. Melting is the perfect word. Praying strength for everyone, especially sweet little Zion. xo

  4. Carin on August 3, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Thinking of you all Annie.
    Much love to you.

  5. Little AP on August 3, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Zion is so beautiful. I’m praying for him and for y’all. <3

  6. Greta on August 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    I love this pic of you and the boys, and so relieved to hear positive updates on Zion. Can’t wait to talk, Annie.

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