9:26am And so it begins
They just took Bodie back for surgery. Hands down hardest thing I've ever experienced as a parent is to let your child go knowing it may be the last time you see him alive. Hoping and praying for the best, but finding it hard to stay strong at the moment. Please stay strong for us.
Prep should take about 1 and 1/2 hours, the actual surgery about 45 min and then another hour and a half or so to stabilize and close him. So, we probably won't have an update for a while.
Please, please, please pray!
10:14am No update, but a thank you
No updates yet, but I just wanted to let you know how much better we're feeling already. I know it's 100% because of the infusion of prayer we've gotten in the last hour. So thank you!!! Please keep praying that Jesus is watching over our sweet little boy!
Just finishing up the surgery - his heart is beating now and he's off bypass! PRAISE GOD!!!
3:38pm Bodie is Stable!
Dusk and I just left the hospital. Today went as well as it could have - praise God! Bodie's back in the CTICU on more meds than I can count, lots of tubes, wires and catheters, a ventilator and under heavy sedation - all to be expected. The next 24-48 hours are all about making sure complications are avoided. Then, they start thinking about weaning him off the vent, sedation, etc. And see truly how well his little body does. So, thank you for all of your prayers - and please keep them coming!!! He'll continue to need them, especially during this critical period!
- Dusk and Amy
This was our sweet boy, one year ago today...
And by the grace of God, this was our sweet boy TODAY... Could we possibly be any more grateful or blessed? NO. And on that note, I thought it was time to share some pictures from his birthday festivities this past weekend.
But first, a little background. The theme for the party was Bumblebees. Bumblebees anatomically should not be able to fly. Their bodies are too big and their wings are too small. And yet, they completely defy the odds to soar. How perfectly does that describe our little miracle?
The invitations for the party (thank you Sara Seipler, you are AMAZING!!!) Favors! (props to fellow heart mom Kathy for the favor ideas!)
Thank-you notes Sixlets (mini-chocolate candy) in honey bears
Most. Amazing. Cake. Ever.
Provided by Icing Smiles, a nonprofit organization that links bakers across the country with the families of critically ill children. The bakers make specialty cakes for free for the children and their siblings. If your child is in the hospital, they'll even deliver it for free! Icing Smiles connected us with the Cake Divas, in Culver City. Absolutely incredible cake!!!
Bodie checking out his cake, ready to dive right in!
The heart momma's and babes in attendance: Bodie (HLHS, 1 year), Townes (HLHS, 2 years), Babs (Valve repair, 1 year) (believe it or not, this was the best pic we got of all 6 of us!)
As you can see, the pic with just the kiddos didn't fare much better...
Bodie was obsessed with the darling bumblebee balloon that Sara (Townes's mama) brought him:
The whole fam with the amazing cake
Trying out the cake (was there any doubt this kid was going to like his cake after his shenanigans earlier this week?) (You'll notice that mommy wisened up this time around and made his personal cake vanilla - no more chocolate clean-up!)
We mentioned the kid likes cake, right? Ah, the sheer excitement...
Ahem, he had a hard time getting through the frosting, so he just gave up, picked up the whole cake and started eating - hilarious!!!
He couldn't figure out what the big deal was - isn't that what you're supposed to do with a cake?
Although Saturday was a bittersweet day (I apologize for taking a couple of days to get the pics up; honestly, I have had a very hard time dealing with Travis's passing and just haven't been able to bring myself to post the pictures), we were so grateful for the past year that we've had with Bodie and pray for many, many more! Thank you to all of you that have prayed for Bodie and our entire family during this past year - we love you all!