In April 2013, we received the devastating diagnosis that our little girl had atrial septal defect, a congenital heart defect that required open heart surgery as soon as possible due to the pressures on her tiny heart. To de-stress, I began making her some custom hospital gowns to wear while recovering from surgery since I thought that the hospital-provided gowns weren't very cozy, warm or cute. The doctors and nurses went crazy over them because they enabled quick and easy access to check her incision and her pulse...plus, she looked adorable! Other moms asked me where I purchased such cute gowns and a light bulb went off: what a great way to give back to the heart community after they had been so supportive of our family. I started making and donating the hospital shirts (called Peek-A-Boo-Boo™) in August 2013 and have been the recipient of grants from PNC and Hearts of Hope S.E. Michigan, as well as the benefactor of generous donations from family and friends.
The Heal-A-Boo-Boo Project is meant to provide some normalcy for families of babies and toddlers undergoing surgery or other medical treatments. Hospital visits are no fun...especially for little ones. Nothing helps make them more comfortable than soft cotton wrapping them in a warm hug while ensuring they don't miss a stylish, tiny step in these adorable shirts, Peek-A-Boo-Boo™.
Avery is a vivacious, smart and funny two-year-old who is the light of her mama and daddy's lives. A picky eater, Avery has always been petite, falling into the first percentile for both height and weight most of her life. She successfully knocked out a bout of pertussis when she was only four months old and loves nothing more than dancing, playing with her pug, reading, playing guitar with daddy, wagon rides, people-watching and hitting plastic golf balls around the house. Her favorite foods include cheese, pickles, olives, raisins, prunes, sweet potatoes, apples, mangoes, bananas, soy milk and yogurt melts. She also LOVES chocolate and ice cream.
The open heart surgery to repair Avery's ASD on May 24th was successful and she is healthy, happy and gaining weight!
Doug and Amanda were married on October 23rd, 2010 and were blessed to find out on January 16th, 2011 that they were expecting their first child. Pug Tessie rounds out the family and serves as Avery's best buddy.
Avery is extremely lucky to have Papa and Grandma Holdsworth from the U.P. and Grandfather and Grammie Chaborek from Canada who love her more than anything. She is also spoiled by her three uncles, David, Dan and Ryan; her Godmommy Dawn; and many aunties who love to send her adorable clothes, shoes and hair accessories.
With more than 10 years of experience in public relations and marketing, Amanda has always had a crafty side: sewing, scapbooking, making cards and invitations--anything to allow for a creative outlet. A talented seamstress, Amanda's mother, Betty, helps her make the Peek-A-Boo-Boo shirts.