Ohhh, I have GOOD NEWS!

First, Annabelle is doing GREAT!

We saw her last night and got a WONDERFUL surprise. We were told that it was a big probability that they would leave her chest cavity open after surgery to give room for swelling, and that it is about 4 days before they close it. (they do cover it with some gauze…) but when we finally got back to see her, we found that it was CLOSED! The nurse says this is a VERY VERY good thing, and means we get skip that part. WOOHOO!!!

I talked to the surgeons nurse, and she said Annabelle came through the surgery about as good as anyone could, that it didn’t take very long and since all her stats were spot on, they were able to close her up. EEEE!!! How COOL is that!

She made it through the night wonderfully with great stats, just little minor things along the way.

This morning, we started to see her wiggle her arms and legs and move her head a little, which made us feel REALLY good since she hadn’t moved since her almost-surgery on Friday.

AND!!! For our HUGE excitement for the day!

She opened her eyes this afternoon!!! The nurse had said she’d seen her peek a few times but Scott and I hadn’t seen it, and I got up once to be with her and low and behold, she was looking at me! Oh my, you have NO idea how good that felt!

Here are a few pics… of us holding her the night before surgery, of after her surgery, and of her finally looking at us!



  1. Oooooh. I love the one of her with her eyes opened! So happy for this news!

  2. OH Krista!!! She looks so precious!!! Will keep praying!! This is Laurie Newman BTW…..

  3. Awesome report! Many, many more to come :O)

  4. Wonderful, wonderful news! Thanks so much for sharing and for the pictures 🙂

  5. Aw…such wonderful news, Krista! I'm so happy for your family. Those pictures are so precious, the one with her eyes open actually made me tear up.

  6. So happy for you and thanking God for the great news!

  7. She is beautiful!!!! I am sooo happy to hear your good news. I will keep you in my prayers.

  8. Ooooooohhhh! Such happy, wondrous news, Krista! She is so precious and I love the picture with her eyes open. And doesn't she have pretty lips! She will be a great kisser some day. 😉 I'm still holding you guys up in prayer!

  9. She's awake! What wonderful news!!! That's so awesome. I'm glad you got to hold her again, and thank you for keeping us posted. Thrilled for you!

  10. I'm so glad you're keeping us updated! 🙂 Love the pics!

  11. i'm so happy for you both. i've been praying for little annabelle!

    the character therapist

  12. She is so beautiful, Krista. I'm praying and trusting in His goodness. I know He has His arms around you all.

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