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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday night.

I am pooped, but I have to share:

My sister Tina made it here safe and sound this afternoon. We were all happy to see her, but Isla was the only one that let out a squeal upon seeing her!

We all decided to head up to the hospital together. Greg and Tina went to visit with Oakes, and I took Isla with me to a meeting for parents with "Heart Babies". As you might imagine I was a bit of a mess when I introduced myself to the group, but it was comforting to know that there are other people that have gone through very similar situations. Dr. Egtastady was attending the meeting and as he was sharing with the group the hospitals plans to allow families WATCH surgeries by the end of this year, my phone started buzzing. I was getting texts from both Tina and Greg saying that Oakes was waking up and we should get to the room! I could not get out of that meeting fast enough!

When I got to the CICU, Tina stepped out and took Isla while I put on all of my gear. Oakes was awake, he was definitely groggy, I think the nurse used the term "high" in describing his state, but his eyes were open, he was tracking us and responding to our touch and voices. I had adrenaline pumping through my veins, I was SO excited to see his little eyes! My sweet Oakesie! His nurse tonight, Sarah, who had him last week too, said that she was amazed at his progress over the last 4 days. This was SO great to hear!

Sarah repositioned Oakes and then he drifted off a bit. The whole time, Isla and Tina were in the window peeking in. When I grabbed my camera, Greg made his way to the window to play Peek-A-Boo with Isla. She was a little taken aback by the gear, but warmed up very quickly. Once we got home, Isla talked non-stop about seeing Oakes....I think it was a much needed visit for all of us.

Praying for more days like today!
XO, Becky

They are sleepy eyes, but they are eyes!

Isla and T.

Pappa making Isla smile.

Oakes making Momma smile!


  1. Oh Becky, What a beautiful post and a great way to end your night! God Bless your family and may he continue to give that sweet little boy of yours many more miracles!! Love, Erin

  2. Although Isla is only 2, I bet this is one event that she will never forget!! So sweet!

  3. Incredible day for you all!!! Continuing to pray for Oakes and the whole family!

    - Jaime

  4. Tears here as well! You describe in such eloquent detail the most beautiful moments you are grateful for, Becky. Thanks for sharing and bless you all!

  5. Thanks for sharing, you continue to touch my heart, and the tears are flowing...tears of happiness for your moments of joy! God Bless your family. You remain at the top of the prayer list.

    Mary Q.

  6. Aww! So sweet! What a tough baby boy! Loved this post and loved seeing those sweet little sleepy eyes! Keeping the prayers coming!
    Hugs, Krista Herman

  7. AMAZING!! Love the pics, especially love that you all got "eyeball time" with Oakes! He is looking great. Incredible to see that he is getting feeds again. He just keeps amazing all of us!

  8. Hi Becky and family,
    I am so, so incredibly happy to hear this news. I'm sure that's those are the most beautiful peepers you have ever laid eyes on! I'm thinking about you all again today, hoping it's full of more of this great stuff.
    Chris s.

  9. Chills!!! What a wonderful, joyous evening for your family! Love and hugs!

  10. I am so happy to hear this!!! Crying tears of joy for Oakes promising road to recovery....God is definitely at work!!! Will continue to keep you all in my prayers!! Give that sweet baby a kiss for me and hopefully one day I will get to meet him!! Much love....

  11. So many happy tears here!!!! Your words and pictures are so powerful!!! What an incredible moment for your family. May the miracles continue today!!! xoxo, Emily and Jennie

  12. Becky I love to see the pictures of Isla and T playing outside the window, and you lovin on your Oakes, but I really LOVE to see the picture of that sweet little boy. What an amazing miracle he is!! I love you all. Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. Tears of happiness in my WONDERFUL! Bless your family and your precious Oakes. Will continue to keep him and your family in my prayers.

  14. Hi Becky - I was one of the moms at the Heart 2 Heart meeting last night and you were incredibly strong to be able to attend and share Oakes's story with us! I got home and funny enough, my sister/babysitter was telling me about a blog she had found through a local interior decorator's facebook page and said Oakes's name - what a crazy coincidence! I want you to know that everyone in the group is thinking and praying for Oakes and your family. He is an amazing little boy and I know he will be home in your arms where he belongs very soon!