MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Lacey Simpson, wife of WHNT News 19 Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson, recently made the tough decision to close the brick and mortar shop she co-owns inside the historic Clay House on Main Street in downtown Madison.
But this report isn't just an update on a local business, but a progress report on a little boy and a growing family, facing new challenges and celebrating small victories, every day.
Tiny Hearts Boutique has seen great success since opening a storefront this February. Boutique partners began with an online shop more than a year ago. They were focused on building their local clientele. But all that changed in early May.
"The day he was born, me and Jason's world just kind of came crashing down," Lacey remembers.
Over the past month or so with the birth of their 3rd child, Brody, the Simpson family has learned more about the intricate workings of actual tiny hearts than they could have ever imagined.
"I don't think it's any coincidence that our business is called Tiny Hearts. It takes on a special meaning to me now. Because Brody was supposed to be born at the end of May. My due date was May 31st and he came at the beginning of May, so he was a little early. And we found out when he was born that he had several defects but the main one being a congenital heart defect that had to be addressed immediately."
Life-flighted to Birmingham for what would amount to several surgeries for little Brody and weeks of worry for the Simpsons. Brody will face more procedures but so far he's battled through. Over the initial hump -- he's getting stronger.
"He just needs special care right now at home. There's a few feeding issues and I have to take care of him and I need my focus to be on that. He needs his mom and so do my other 2. Walt and Shelby have been wonderful through all this. They love their little brother; they're so excited he's home."
And soon mom will be there, too -- full time.
"Your business kind of becomes a baby to you once you open a small business," Simpson says. "This is a baby that I guess needs to take a back burner while I focus on my real babies. But I think this is a good decision for now."
A decision we're quite sure Lacey will not regret.
Children's fashions from the popular shop will still be available at the Tiny Hearts online boutique. This Saturday, June 27 the shop will have a farewell sale from 10a.m. to 4p.m. with 50 percent off every item.