July’s bittersweet 16th
Tuesday July 16th 2013, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends

Wow, what a day.

It started off with a note from our son: his sister-in-law, who lives just blocks from them, had just had her baby. After three girls, Parker and Hudson finally had a boy cousin to grow up with.

But things had not gone well and they were praying hard that the baby not have a seizure during his first 24 hours and if he can pull that off then things will hopefully look much better.

Deep breath. He’s in the NICU with a breathing tube. We are praying hard along with them. So far, so far as we’ve heard, it’s been good news, no seizure. I want to be told that in the morning, too. I want it to *be* morning already.

I drove over to my friend Johnna’s.¬† Richard and I have promised her college-age daughter that she always has a place to stay when she wants to visit home and friends, knowing that it is really hard to have that change out from under you at that age; meantime, her family is leaving tomorrow first thing to move across the country. There’s that morning thing again. (I need to go knit a few long rows, to create, to center.)

I hugged Johnna and her new husband and the younger two kids on a day when they especially needed it. I did too.

Turns out Johnna’s youngest sister had a baby girl just yesterday, Juliette, likewise in serious straits and in need of prayers, and of course we again added ours to the mix.

I remembered the time the doctors gave me no more than a quick look at my own newborn who arrived blue, and ran, and she turned out peachy fine. I know, I know, the situations don’t compare.

I had totally forgotten in the intensity of the day–and so it was a surprise to get the message that had the video in it. Which isn’t on YouTube so I don’t have it up here yet, but. His other grandpa carefully slit open the box such that his grandson couldn’t see what was inside, then handed it to him to discover for himself; Parker pulled back the flaps. He took¬† it out of the box in wonderment: “A blankie!” He put it down still mostly folded up tight on the floor. He looked shyly at the camera, he backed away from it, and I wondered just for an instant if it was being rejected for being too solid now (but he hadn’t even opened it up enough to know that yet…)

And then he LEAPED as high as he could in a flying faceplant into his favorite, his made-with-love blankie, back with him again. It was HIS! It was safe and sound! It was home! YAY! Or as he said afterwards, and I quote, “Tee hee!”

We should all be so lucky. We hope to be.

All that time that I was kicking myself for not getting the repairs finished faster, for not getting it out the door sooner for my little grandson.

Today was the day they needed that to happen.


Update Wednesday morning: no seizures so far. And here’s the video.

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Sounds like Parker was thrilled! I will add to my prayer list. I’ll PM you with a request of my own.

Comment by Jody 07.17.13 @ 5:46 am

Adding my prayers for both babies and glad that Parker has his blanket back.

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 07.17.13 @ 8:10 am

Prayers and joy here, to add to the mix. Bittersweet indeed…

Comment by Pam 07.17.13 @ 8:23 am

No coincidence, not at all. I’m praying Parker’s joy was foreshadowing of this morning’s good news.

Comment by Channon 07.17.13 @ 8:43 am

Interesting — events happen when they’re supposed to happen. Can’t rush morning.

I’m delighted that Parker both recognized, and loves his blanket.

Comment by Donald Meyer 07.17.13 @ 9:03 am

adding our prayers to yours

how wonderful that Parker’s beloved blankie is back with him!

Comment by bev 07.17.13 @ 9:21 am

I wish more problems could be solved with a really good blankie.

Comment by LauraN 07.17.13 @ 12:09 pm

Oh yeah….Grandama rocks Parker’s world.

Comment by Ruth 07.17.13 @ 12:34 pm

Love that flying leap! Thanks for sharing the video. And Parker. Going to see our 3 grandsons this weekend. It’s been too long and we’re really looking forward to it. (Yes, Max is 7, Harry is 3, and Valentino is 1. Yes, of course. I am taking them little bunny finger puppets I knit up last week, and the middle gets a Mochimochi pocket size super hero with an H on it to go with his super Harry cape with an H on it. Check Anna’s recent free pattern. I knit it in worsted weight for the little guy.)

Comment by Susan (sjanova) 07.17.13 @ 12:55 pm

Loved that video. Parker is such a great kid!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 07.17.13 @ 1:00 pm

Parker’s sheer joy is such a delight to see!

I’m adding my prayers to those already in the mix.

Comment by Pegi 07.17.13 @ 3:30 pm

I am taking all the joy received from seeing Parker and his brother and sending it out again to those two new babies. Love – the ultimate recyclable.

Comment by twinsetellen 07.17.13 @ 6:34 pm

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