Yesterday Oakes had an amazing day. Yesterday, Momma had an amazing day. This is partially because Oakes had an amazing nurse yesterday, one of our favorites, Yvonne. When I got to the room, Oakes was dressed in a Cardinals onsie, propped up in his crib looking great. He was awake and alert and happy. Shortly after I got here, Yvonne came walking into the room with her arms full of toys and goodies for Oakes. One of the items that she brought in for us was a bumbo chair, a little foam chair to help support Oakes in a sitting position. I teared up when she confidently suggested that she thought Oakes would love the chair. Sometimes, I am thinking about so much I fail to remember that Oakes is just a 5 1/2 month old baby afterall, and that he is going to have little milestones too! Thank you, Yvonne! So, we sat Oakes in his chair for about 20 minutes while we talked to him, and dangled toys, mirrors, noise makers and squeaky stuffed animals in his face. He need help supporting his head, but he did great and I think we thoroughly wore him out!
By the time Oakes was waking up, Gramma Jan, and Gramp Bill were coming up with Isla for a visit. I thought Isla would stand at the window and peak in, like she did on previous visits, but Yvonne went to get a small mask for Isla so that she could come in the room and visit with Oakes. She thought it would be good for all of us, and she was absolutely right! Isla was hesitant at first to put on all of the gear, but finally agreed to the mask, gloves and drape. Without a doubt, the 20 minutes while Oakes and Isla were together in his room, were the best 20 minutes that I have had since....I don't know when. Some time pre-transplant. Isla was completely focused on Oakes, and he was busy looking at us, tracking us and soaking up the action.
Oakes sitting up!
Oakes and Momma!
Smiling and showing off his two free hands!
Isla with her gear on!
Still gorgeous underneath it all!
There is a smile under that mask!
This is Isla saying, "Oakesie!, Hi Oakesie!"
We checked out some of his new toys...
.... Isla hugged Oakes!
....we read a book.