Happy tears.

An update on my niece, Evelyn: There was an accident last Sunday. Evelyn suffered a blow to the head which caused her to bleed on her brain. The leaks were stopped after 4 hours of surgery. The neurosurgeon said the blood stayed in between her skull and first membrane. Evelyn did not suffer any permanent brain damage and she should develop normally. Evelyn was transferred to the PICU for several days to recover. And then she was transferred to a regular hospital room. The neurosurgeon called her a miracle baby.

I was the luckiest person in the world when my sister placed my niece in my arms to rock her to sleep. I couldn’t stop smiling at Evelyn’s blue eyes slowly closing down. It’s what the crazy aunts do.Β 

Sweet baby Evelyn is going home today.Β 

The thoughts, prayers and love from friends, family, and complete strangers were powerful. And I thank you for that. Evelyn and her parents are the strongest people I know. They thank you too.

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I have another update in the family. In the midst of Evelyn’s recovery, I became a 3rd time aunt to a little boy, born in Texas, named Ben.

I played a game with Ben several days before his birth. Ben played back.

Text message to my brother-in-law and very pregnant sister-in-law: Hey, I’m going to send you a picture text every day. I want to see which picture Ben chooses to see in person. This will be hilarious.

Hey Ben, come out and look at this! Aunt Jules' doggie, Belle, is sticking her tongue out at you!

Hey Ben, come out and look at this! Aunt Jules’ doggie, Belle, is sticking her tongue out at you!

Hey Ben! Look at your uncle! He thinks he can handle the hottest salsa because he married a Mexican. Ha!

Hey Ben! Look at your uncle! He thinks he can handle the hottest salsa because he married a Mexican. HA!

Hey Ben! Come out and  look at your cousin, Kate! I told her to smile for you. Look at her face!

Hey Ben! Come out and look at your cousin, Kate! I told her to smile for you. Look at her face!

Hey Ben! Come out and look at this! Aunt Jules' doggie, Bailey, is dressed for Halloween! Snakes and puppy dog tails! Get it? HA!

Hey Ben! Come out and look at this! Aunt Jules’ doggie, Bailey, is dressed for Halloween! Snakes and puppy dog tails! Get it? HA!

Hey Ben! Come out and look at Emma. She's practicing her zombie walk for Halloween.

Hey Ben! Come out and look at your cousin, Emma. She’s practicing her zombie walk for Halloween.

Hey Ben! Throwback Thursday! It's Aunt Jules and Uncle Scott at the Kenny Chesney/Eric Church concert! Rock on out of womb and look at us!

Hey Ben! Throwback Thursday! It’s Aunt Jules and Uncle Scott at the Kenny Chesney/Eric Church concert! Rock on out of that womb and look at us!

Hey Ben! Come out and join the Aunt Jules club! She has a spot for you on her shoulders! You can hang on, like a Superman cape!

Hey Ben! Come out and join the Aunt Jules Club! She has a spot for you on her shoulders! You can hang on like a Superman cape! Wait – it’s Superman with the cape, right? Maybe Batman. Whatever.

Hey Ben! Come look at your President the year you will be born! He wears pink skirts. HA!

Hey Ben! Come out and look at your President the year you are born! He wears pink skirts. HA!

Ben. Please pray. Please.

Ben. Please pray. Please.

Thank you for not coming out on the day Evelyn almost left us, Ben. Aunt Jules couldn't have handled that.

Thank you for not coming out on the day Evelyn almost left us. Aunt Jules couldn’t have handled that. You can come out now. Evelyn is recovering in the PICU. Make Aunt Jules stop crying.

And then . . . he came out. Those babies just know when it’s time. He couldn’t have picked a more perfect birthday.

Welcome to the Aunt Jules Club, Ben.

Happy Birthday, Ben! Born October 8, 2013.

He's official.

He’s official.

17 thoughts on “Happy tears.

  1. Paige Snyder says:

    I’m so happy to hear that she is going home AND expected to have a full and healthy life ahead of her!!! And congratulations on Baby Ben!!! What a blessing!

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  2. KatieKSU says:

    Your little ones are so lucky to have an amazing and loving Wildcat Aunt. Glad to hear the recovery is going well and that Ben has blessed your family.

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  3. dusterbed says:

    What an adorable little man! So glad to hear Evelyn is on the mend!! ❀ Hilarious pictures! Keep laughing and smiling, it's the best medicine!

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    • ksujulie says:

      πŸ™‚ Thank you. I should have posted a picture I took of Evelyn’s toe. It had a red light attached to it (I think monitoring her oxygen levels). I touched her lit toe with my finger and I captioned the picture “Evie phone home.” Lol. I had to lighten the mood….

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