Let's Start at the Very Beginning...

On September 15th, Katy and Andy found out that Baby Jacob has a life-threatening condition called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). CDH is a very serious condition in which a hole in the diaphragm allows abdominal organs to move into the chest restricting lung development. In Jacob's case, his liver is also squishing his heart and displacing other organs. CDH occurs in about 1 out of every 3,000 pregnancies and has a mortality rate of 50%. To make matters more complicated, Jacob has Right-Sided CDH which only occurs in about 10% of CDH cases and is typically more severe. They are so blessed to have found this out when they did, or Baby Jacob would have surely died at birth.

They will be delivering at UW Hospital in Seattle and later transferred to Seattle Children’s. Thank you to everyone who has already begun praying, and everyone who will now. Baby Jacob is blessed to have all of you thinking and praying for him.

Baby Sprinkle

The Rondeau's Online Baby Sprinkle

Who is invited?
Anyone is invited to send gifts, cards, notes of encouragement, etc.

What is a Baby Sprinkle?
Since Baby Jacob is #3, Katy and Andy are well equipped with all the major items. Originally we had planned to have a get together to celebrate Baby Jacob with items that need replenishing such as diapers but other needs have arisen. We will be having a Welcome Home party once Jacob is healthy enough to come home.

And What sort of gift is appropriate? 
Since, Baby Jacob will be staying in the NICU for an unknown amount of time we would love to sprinkle them with any of the items below to help with their stay at the hospital.
Some ideas would be:
Gift cards for: (Please indicate if you have special desire how this is to be used.)
Unanticipated baby supplies
General life expenses (Target, Wal-Mart, Visa etc.)
Medical expenses (Visa)
Restaurant gift cards (Chains or local near Seattle Children's
Gas gift cards (Much travel will be done between Seattle and

When will this take place?
Because we really have no idea when Baby Jacob will grace us with his presence, I wanted to collect these items as soon as possible. In light of the news that Jacob may be coming earlier than expected it would great to have the gifts sent prior to October 17th.

Where do I send my gift?
My mom will be collecting the gifts as they come and will bring them to Katy and Andy since she lives only a few miles away from their home and also will be visiting them in Seattle with Landon and Hazel.

Debbie Countryman
12423 139th St. Ct. E.
Puyallup, WA 98374

Why an online shower?
Because of the nature of Jacob's CDH and the many questions about his future, Katy and Andy are uncertain of how emotional they might be at a baby sprinkle.  Many of you have expressed a desire to show your love and care and this is the best way that we could think of for you to do so.


  1. What a great idea!!! Count me in! Let's get to sprinklin' and hope they get SOAKED!!!!