I told you all last week about my best friend Amanda. Her baby Kate was born seemingly healthy. After a couple days Kate was losing weight and became jaundice. What seemed like something a lot of newborns go through quickly turned into a very dangerous situation.
Amanda and her husband were told that Kate was fighting a vicious virus. In her current health condition they couldn't do any testing to determine what the virus was. They were giving her several antibiotics to cover all possibilities. All the knew for sure was that the virus was attacking her liver.
They were then told that Kate was dying. It would take a miracle. Told to call all their family to come and say goodbye to their sweet newborn baby girl. It was unbelievably heartbreaking. Still grieving for my dad when I heard the news I couldn't bare it. I was so sad and really angry. I've been so angry feeling like we were "cheated" with my dad...and now my best friend losing her newborn baby girl??
Well they did all come to say goodbye to Kate..but there have been miracles. A month later Kate is still fighting!!!! She has an uphill battle but she is here and there is hope. There is a high probability that she will need a liver transplant which comes with it's own set of health risks and problems. But the hope (and belief) that Kate can go home and grow-up with her family is real.
The weekend Kate was born I finished her name blanket and quilt. And a couple days later the morning Amanda told me the sad news I rushed to send her the gifts. (Unfortunately we now live states away) I just wanted her to have them. If Kate only had a few days on the Earth I knew anything tangible would be precious to Amanda.
I started the star blocks this past Summer with no real plan. When Amanda and her family came to stay with me over Thanksgiving we were talking about what type of quilt she wanted for baby girl. I showed her the blocks and she loved them, so I took it from here. They're 6 inch blocks, 1 inch sashing and then a couple of borders. I just kept building this quilt each step of the way :) We also made the name blanket with no name while she was here...and I added her name after Kate was born.
Kate is baby number 3 for Amanda and Ryker. Their oldest daughter is the same age as my oldest son (6). They'll probably get married one day because they love each other and fight with each other equally :) Kalil has wanted a name blanket for ages and we've just never put one together. Last week I sent this to Kalil, after all siblings need just as much love when all this craziness is around them.
I am so so glad that Kate is still here. That she is fighting. I am so happy that even though handmade things don't change the situation or lessen the pain, they can maybe bring some comfort to our hearts. Making these things for Amanda and her family has probably done more good for me than them. I can't wait to meet Kate and hopefully be able to hold her too!!
You can follow me on instagram (@quiltstorymeg) to stay in the loop or you can also follow Amanda (@rykerandamanda) to keep posted on sweet baby Kate. I'll keep you all posted here as well.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read today :)