If you were at Vanderbilt Hospital last Thursday, you probably saw us. A group of 35+ people scattered in different areas because one area wasn’t big enough for all us. The reason you would have noticed us is because we were all wearing bubble gum pink t-shirts emblazoned with “Team Olivia” on the front. We were all
anxiously awaiting the birth of Olivia Emerson Alred – a precious baby that,
even before being born, had already received more love and more prayers than
some people receive in a lifetime. Being
female, she did things HER way and took her sweet time arriving. Finally, at a little before 11:00 p.m., we
got a glimpse at a beautiful baby girl with dark curly hair and chubby cheeks.
Olivia’s doctors discovered a few months before her birth that she had a heart defect. To keep things simple, let’s just say that some important parts of her body were not located where they should be. A few minutes from now, at 5 days old, Olivia will have her first heart surgery. Nobody except her mommy and daddy have been able to physically touch Olivia, so we haven’t been able to smother her with kisses like we want, but she’s been bathed in prayers and love by more people than I can even count.As you go through this afternoon, and the days to come, please keep Olivia and her parents (Jonathan and Emily) in your prayers.
Olivia Emerson Alred
7 lb. 8 oz.
Born August 2, 2012
Click on this video for more pictures. (Thanks, Amy Sherrill, for sending this to me)