Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Just a few days prior we found out that Lindsey would be induced on January 14th. We got busy and booked our flights for the weekend before. I thought we were home free....BUT, deep down I knew this baby was coming early and Dave thought the very same thing.
I hung up with Lindsey and began to scramble. Alicia called and we talked about getting our flight changed and heading to Chicago to get to Texas asap. We booked tickets to Chicago to save some money and the kids are there and could help to transport us. Alicia checked all flight, flights from all airports and there was none to be had due to the Christmas holiday. We were stuck in Michigan.
After calling Dave at work he hurried home and a plan was made to drive the long trip to Texas. Alicia called us back and surprised us with the news that she would meet us along the way by Chicago and drive with us! She's the most upbeat person and such an encourager and has brought huge doses of peace for me. It meant another driver for the 17 hour trip (which we made in 16 hours this time.)
We left home about 9:30am and met up with Alfred and Alicia a couple of hours later. Alfred had to stay behind to work so he kissed his wife goodbye and sent her off with us.
Jenna was able to be with everyone in the labor and delivery room so we were blessed with a moment by moment account. There was much cheering, tears and joy in our car when little Beckham entered the world at 12:22pm, one month early. Jenna was in total awe of her sister and her new itty bitty nephew.
Lindsey did an amazing job and her prayers were answered for a natural delivery. Her team was amazing and allowed her to do it her way which made for a wonderful experience and a great recovery.
We arrived in Dallas at about 2am and went straight to Jenna's apartment. Lindsey was all set with Beto's sister staying with her for the night and Beto and Beckham had been transported to Children's Hospital a few miles away. We were excited in the morning to go see Lindsey and bring her to her baby boy.
It was such a blessing that on Christmas Eve and Christmas day we were blessed with turkey dinners with all the fixins from the hospital and it was wonderful. The hospital is a strange place to be on Christmas. Needless to say I spend a bit of time in the bathroom alone crying.
There is no doubt that baby Becks has captured our hearts. He was born the spitting image of his momma at birth which shocked us all. The sono pictures looked just like his daddy. My heart flooded at the sight of this little 5lb 13oz baby boy who looks so perfect. He truly is his is momma and daddy's little buddy. He has their features and fits perfectly into their little family.
For now we wait. Beckham's heart surgeon has been on vacation for the holidays. He will be back next week and is currently be informed of all that has transpired. We anticipate surgery by mid week next week, but have no idea until the surgeon is back.
Beckham has been doing wonderful. His blood levels have sent us into a scare a few times and we pray for him to be stable. We ask for your prayers as well and we believe the many prayers are the reason he's doing so good and has bounced back previously with the breathing issues. Thank you hardly says enough. As I type this we just had another scare and it's been a more magnified one. Wow, how we realize our need for the Lord in every detail.
Where do I begin to express what my heart feels? I write this blog as a journal for my family to keep in the years to come and to know my heart, my faith and my failures. This is more than a simple blog post can express.
I AM IN LOVE. This child found his way into my heart many months ago. Now as I look at his room filled with many machines connected to sensors which connect to him I'm lost for words. I long to take it all away, the pain, the uncertainty and more just to bring him home.
I woke up the other night after a dream where Beckham was crying in his nursery at home and I was afraid the kids didn't hear him. It was only a dream, but I hold it close to my heart and long for the day he will be in his crib crying to be fed or held. His momma told me today that hearing him cry as the nurse changed his diaper was a good thing. She's hardly heard him cry.
Beckham's nurse, Doug, commented today on how spoiled Becks is. By the way, we love Doug, he is great! When Beckham snuggled against me Doug reminded Becks that he is one spoiled little boy. We are holding him all day long just switching arms. We marvel at every sound he makes. We go crazy when we see his eyes and laugh when we know he's messing his diaper. We are all crazy fools for this little life that has been added to our family.
As the time approaches for surgery I feel the sadness of knowing what he needs to go through. It's tough to know what lies ahead and how repairing Beckham's broken heart will indeed break mine. I pray that the Lord will constantly remind me that this is necessary for us to see our little buddy come home.
God's fingerprints are all over Beckham. We know our God does not make mistakes and He sees each and every detail involving Becks little heart. We give thanks for the surgeon who is known to be one of the best in the country and pray for him daily and his staff.
Our little boy is resting safely in the palm of his Maker. We covet all the prayers of family, friends and those who know us only by way of the internet, but love us just the same. Please continue to pray for us. Pray for strength for our kids and endurance as they walk this journey with Lil Becks. Pray for rest at night to renew physical strength. Pray for Dr Forbess and his team to be well prepared and tack sharp with their skills. Pray for me as I'm already dreading the day I need to leave my girl and her baby boy and go home.
We give thanks for all of the meals that have been brought to the hospital. We give thanks for the support of Lindsey and Beto's friends who have been amazing. We give thanks for the gifts for Beckham and the gifts to allow us to live inside of a hospital and not have to stop to plan for anything other than caring for Beckham. To each one of you we deeply say a huge thanks! Thank you to each one of you who have called or texted us to encourage us and just check on how things are going. It means so very much. Thank you to my coworker for working out the schedule without me, you rock and are priceless to me. I love all of you! Most of all thanks to all who are praying. We know the prayers of a righteous man avail much and God hears each prayer uttered on Beckham's behalf.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full.