My kids are awesome.
Ruby is doing so well with her heart defect, but it has still been a life changing event. Adding a baby to your family can be difficult on any kid, but having a baby with any challenges can make things complicated. They pray for her constantly. They worry about the worst case scenarios with her surgery (tomorrow!!).
They watch over her and make sure she doesn’t cry for too long because she can have a blue spell. They come along to many of her doctors appointments. They never complain when I ask them to wash their hands multiple times a day, and they are sad when they have to stay away from her if they are sick, but they do it because they love her so much. So. Much. It’s absolutely heart-warming how much they love her.
They are the BEST brothers and sister for Ruby. I so appreciate them being who they are and being there for each other and for Ruby.
I wanted to give them something to show the world how great they are—or at least those they associate with during the day. They want to wear these shirts on surgery day! They are Ruby’s biggest fans. Talk to anyone and they’ll all tell you they know Ruby’s older siblings adore her. They just love everything about her! These shirts are just my little shout-out to them—to let them know I recognize their efforts and want everyone else to know as well.
I simply love these kids with all my heart.
Tuesday is the big day. Thank you thank you thank you for all your prayers and words of love and support! I’ll hopefully update you on instagram (@lemonsqueezyhome) and might be able to pop in for an update post later next week if she is doing well!
All the faces they are pulling when not looking at the camera are from looking at Ruby and trying to make her smile. :)
Here are some templates for the shirts I used in case you know someone who has a child with a heart defect. Simply right click the image and save it to your computer. I have open office so I used open office draw. Make sure to reverse your image before printing it! I used Transfer Artist Paper(affiliate link) to print them (and printed two per sheet so I didn’t waste any).
The first one is generic—you can add a name with any photo editing tool—I used the font Lobster Two for Ruby’s name in picmonkey, in combination with picasa (and other fonts).
I’m including these templates because I know I have GREATLY appreciated the gifts sent to us, wishing us well. It has been amazing. You people are amazing, you know that? Thank you. I know that any heart parent would love to receive something made like this for their other children, or their heart child.
I have a post that will go up Wednesday that I wrote a couple weeks ago—don’t be shocked when it’s up and think I’m all writing a tutorial in the hospital ;). I’m not that crazy. And lest you think I’m also taking up my precious Ruby time writing posts, she’s asleep and it’s actually Friday night—I have a pretty strict policy these days to only sew and write posts at night after the kids are in bed.