When my son Huck was born this spring, the Craftzine team bought him this adorable hat from the Ikeasaurus benefit auction, which was raising money for a sick baby named Ike in Austin. It made me happy to think of one baby helping another. And now Huck’s finally big enough to wear it! The hat was knit by the very talented Beth Reyburn and is perfect for cool San Francisco autumn days.
I also got a photo and an update on Ike’s health from his mom, Kari:
He is still at very high risk for dangerous respiratory infections, so we have to be vigilant with our hand sanitizer, and Ike isn’t allowed out of the house, except for doctor’s appointments and walks around the block. We’re very busy teaching him how to chow down on things like high cal/high fat Greek yogurt so that he can pack on some pounds before the spring. If we can get his weight up, he’ll be able to travel to the specialists in Cincinnati for airway reconstruction surgery. Then he’ll finally, finally be trach free.
It’s not easy around here at Chez Ike-a-saurus, but with the support from our friends, family and community, we’re weathering everything surrounded by more love than we could ever comprehend.
Ike is not daunted by any of this, and despite everything, he’s even trying to talk. (Something the doctors told us he would never do with the trach.) Here’s a link to Ike jabbering, and here are some pictures. He’s our sweet boy, and we are stunned every day by how he touches the lives of everyone around him.
Three cheers for charming, brave Ike and his wonderful family and friends! And three cheers for my amazing, thoughtful, big-hearted, crafty coworkers!