​Parents’ Strength Captured in Pregnancy Time-Lapse Video ​

This isn’t the first pregnancy time-lapse video we’ve seen, but it’s one of the most inspirational. (It’s kind of long, but worth the watch!)

Excited to document their pregnancy while exploring their new city of Cincinnati, Rob and Erin Marshall took one-second video clips from each day leading up to baby Alexander’s birth. Most of the video traces the couple doing things they love: cooking, going to baseball games and going out to eat. The only rough patches involve glimpses of Cincinnati’s negative temperatures.

But on March 19, things got more serious. An ultrasound at 7 months revealed that Alexander had hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS),  a life-threatening congenital heart defect. Only two of Alexander’s four heart chambers were functioning. The only option? Open heart surgery with a 75 percent chance of survival.

The Marshalls thought about putting the video on hold. But seeing it through became an important part of staying optimistic:  “I could not think of any time in life when quitting was the a good way to respond to a problem,” said Rob. “[W]e knew we would love our son and we would be proud of him regardless of the condition of his heart.”

Some of the final images of the video are tough, showcasing Alexander’s tubes and scars. But they also showcase a smiling Erin. Ultimately, the aortic arch advancement surgery performed at  Cincinnati Children’s hospital was successful, and Alexander’s heart is now functioning just like a normal baby’s. Wait for the adorable final clip: you’d never know there was a problem at all.

How did you document your pregnancy?

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