Hold your horses

We aren’t going to Starship next week after all. They had another look at Albie’s case and decided that both Dr Kirsten Finucane and Dr John Artrip will operate together, and they can’t schedule them both together next week.

We are super stoked to have Dr Finucane operating on Albie too. She is pretty awesome in the world of cardiothoracic surgery and has a NZ Order of Merit for her brilliance. Starship are going to call us this coming Wednesday with a date for the following week, so fingers crossed we can get this Rastelli party started then!

In the meantime, I thought it pertinent to share a video of  Albie and his horse.  Unperturbed by the fact his toes don’t yet touch the footrests, Albie just tucks his feet up on top of the horseback and he’s away. Easy as Mumma! And, yes, that is a clip-clop noise he makes with his tongue. Melts. My. Heart.


  1. That’s brilliant about Dr Finucane coming on board. You are so nearly there! And clippity clop! Toooooo gorgeous x

  2. Delighted to hear that Dr Finucane will be involved , was reading something about her recently, and yes she is brilliant in her field. She is obviously “The Top Brass: in kiddies heart care.
    Love Auntie Adie n Uncle David xxx

  3. Woo hoo! Although it means waiting a little bit longer, from what I read it will be well worth it. Kis kaha whānau, not long to go! 🙂 Lots of love. Riria and Alex xox

  4. Hi Sarah, that is great news about Dr Finucane. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before but a very good friend of mine is a nurse in the neonatal ICU at Auckland hospital, and she has a million and one amazing things to say about Dr Finucane, who she has worked with in the past.
    if you are ever in need of a breather from the city while you’re up in Auckland, you are all more than welcome to visit us out west any time.
    All the best for next week (-:


  5. So near and now so far!!!!!

    The latest email from Sarah reads:

    “Spoke to Starship today (Wednesday) – there was a norovirus on the heart ward last week,, it got shut to new admissions as a result/ Now there is a massive backlog of cases so anything not acute has been pushed out.

    Albie is booked now for Monday 30 July but that still is not guaranteed. Tired of guessing and anticipating now!”

    My heart hurts for Sarah and Marcus and I can only guess how it must be for them

  6. I have been thinking of you guys so much and its great to hear that another highly recommeded Dr is going to be helping Albie. I absolutely love the blogg and Albie on the rocking horse – delicious 🙂 love Anna

  7. Hi Marcus and Sarah
    What a beautiful boy. Must be from his mum. You might be sort of ugly cute Marcus but Albie is beautiful. Thanks for telling me about your site. Parenting is such a joy and agony all rolled into one beautiful baby boy. That rocking horse will have a few tales love the clicks. My thoughts are with you . Hope journey is good for you all. love Heather from training days.

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