Last Thursday my mom traveled up from Virginia for the second time since David was born. My mom and Tina Ashton originally planned a small baby shower to be hosted on Sunday December 4th, but with David’s early arrival it changed into a “Welcome” shower. And eventually, with the bright idea and help from some of my mom’s craftiest friends, it evolved into a wonderfully low-key preemie hat and prayer flag making party.
It was just what I wanted and needed—a chance to see a good charge of great women in one setting. A chance to sit around, craft, and chat.
We worked on two projects: making hats to donate to the ICN at Dartmouth and a prayer flag for David. Thanks to my mom’s friends Betty Richmond, Connie Davis, Dana Krusz and Sheree Kiser for doing the initial sewing for the hats in Virginia. They were a hit at the shower and they’re now a hit in the ICN. My mom sent me a poor quality phone picture of the prototype a week before she came north. I thought the hat looked nice (I couldn’t really see it), so I was completely unprepared for the (and I’m really not big on this word) adorableness of them. They’re adorable.
I splurged and took a few for David.
Prue Fisher conceived the idea and organized the making of the prayer flag. She brought her sewing machine to the party and with paint pens and markers and fabric scraps we all created it there. At the end of the shower, we hung it in the middle of our living room.
I have read every single one of them. They’re funny, touching, artistic—all things we hope David will be, and this prayer flag is already teaching him how. Thanks for the “thoughtful” gift, Prue. We’ll use it one day to help teach David to read.
Here’s a slideshow. “The Grannies” worked their magic and showered me with a pleasant and vibrant afternoon.
David’s on CPAP now, which means he’s breathing without the help of a ventilator, but still with the assistance of oxygen. This evening we will hear results from his most recent electrocardiogram. The doctor wanted to check for a potential SVT (Supraventricular Tachycardia). He had an episode a few nights ago when his heart rate jumped into and stayed in the 200s for almost ten minutes. They want to rule out any potential issues, but it’s more likely that he was just agitated and too warm.
He is a bear, you know.
As always, we’ll hope for the best.
J & G & D