Friday, September 11, 2009

We're Finally Home

Brittany and I arrived at the hospital at 8:00 this morning after dropping Reed off at daycare. It was very surreal to be walking into the hospital knowing that we would be walking out with Gaines. After about 3 hours of too many details to mention, we loaded everything into the car and drove Gaines home. It was really neat to see him squint as we walked out of the hospital and into the sunshine. He has been outdoors only once before (during the transfer from DC) and that was at night. He saw the sun for the first time today.

The home health care company arrived at our home shortly after we did. We are now experts at all of the machines and gadgets. Right now Gaines is sleeping, his SATS are 97 and we are trying to put all of Gaines' stuff away. In just a few minutes I will go get Reed from daycare and he will see Gaines for the first time in almost two months.

We'll post more later...below are a few pictures from this morning. The first is of Gaines smiling at us this morning when we arrived at the hospital. The second is of us as we left the hospital. The third picture is of Gaines...happy in his new digs at home.

Beau

60 comments:

Brian said...

Congratulations! I am excited for your family and can't imagine your joy and thankfulness today.

Granna Girl said...

His little smile brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations on finally getting him home where he belongs. Please keep us updated.

Carrie said...

What a wonderful day. I am crying tears of joy for you guys. Love to you all.

Debra Davis said...

Your Alfa family is ALL SO HAPPY FOR ya'll! Answered prayers, for sure. He is such a cutie! I hope ya'll have a perfectly, marvelous, NORMAL weekend! We love ya!

flynnfamily said...

Congratualtions! I have been following your blog since your stay in the hospital. It's so exciting for you and your family to finally have Gaines home. God bless!

Tanya said...

I have been following your story from the beginning and have yet to comment...and for that, I apologize. This homecoming has been a long wait. I am sitting here thanking God that Gaines is finally home and with his family. I pray that his little lungs will soon be strong enough to no longer need the oxygen and that he will be the healthy baby boy we have all been praying for. Enjoy every moment with him. I look forward to following your story and Gaines' progress. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Ashley Jo Anglin said...

That has got to be an amazing feeling!! He is a gorgeous baby!!!
Congratulations on his homecoming!

Kate said...

God is good! I am sure that all of your followers look forward to very infrequent updates! :)

Devon said...

so happy for you...i remember bringing our daughter home after 69 days in the NICU. i can only imagine your joy after so long...enjoy each moment with both of your boys home!

The Williamson's said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sharon said...

God is SOOOOO good!!! I'm so happy for ya'all!! Words just can't express - as ever, we'll keep praying! :)

So very blessed said...

So excited for you guys! Praying for a nice, calm weekend for thefour of you! Enjoy!!
Karen Clifton

The Stairs Family said...

Seeing his sweet smile brought tears to my eyes, I'm SO Glad that hes home now and I can't wait to hear how he continues to improve. I hope you guys have a wonderful, relaxing weekend at home as a FAMILY OF FOUR!

Cary said...

I am so happy for the entire Daniel family!!! The pictures brought tears to my eyes! Y'all are such a sweet precious family. Enjoy each and every minute - you have two very precious boys! I bet Gaines is as ecstatic as you are to get him there! Thank you for all of your postings and I hope you will have time to keep us updated every now and then on Gaines' progress!

Jen said...

Oh my goodness. Crying tears of joy and purely worshiping to Jesus this day has finally come for your family.

I remember, like yesterday, the day we brought home our baby girls (after 5 long months).

Oh, I have goosebumps.

CONGRATULATIONS!

the pictures are wonderful to see and I cannot wait to see more of the family, together, at home.

Praise the Lord.

Amber said...

i love the pictures! smiles all around :) :) i'm so glad that gaines is home!! all the best! God is good!

Nichole said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

. said...

Welcome Home Gaines!! He is beautiful! Many blessings to your family:) It's a sunshine day!!

Kelli said...

HOORAY!!!!! GOD IS SO GOOD! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU ALL!!! HALLELUJAH!

IAmDenise said...

God is great! Praise God for all the wonderful things! I am so happy for you guys and I love the pictures he is sure growing up and is adorable!

Heidi said...

Welcome home Daniel family of 4!! I followed you from the beginning and was so excited to see your little boy is now home with his Mommy, Daddy, big brother and of course his dog Jack :)

Shan said...

long time reader popping in to say welcome home!

Karen said...

I join the crowd of people shedding tears of joy today - Happy Homecoming!!! Bet the whole thing seems surreal at this point. I love the first picture of Gaines smiling; he looks so much like Reed in that one. Will just keep on praying for this little guy as he continues to grow.

Praying in Oneonta

The mom of 4 monkeys! said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! Prayers have been answered!

Debbie said...

I've been praying for this little guy ever since the 2nd day of Brittany's hospitalization! He is just about the cutest little guy I've ever seen! I hope you will continue posting - you've blessed a lot of others with your story and faithfulness!
Hugs,
Debbie from Georgia

rsikes said...

Brittany & Beau,

I am sooo excited for all of you. The first thing I thought about this morning when I walked into the office was, today is the day Gaines gets to go home! He is absolutely adoreable. I hope you guys have a wonderful, uneventful weekend.

Rhonda Sikes

Stephanie said...

What a glorious day! Love the pics...hope you all have a wonderful night with your family!!!! all under one roof :)

Beth said...

YEA!!!!!!! I have been praying and praying to get to see a Going Home picture, and now my prayer has been answered! Congratulations!

Avery Tales said...

What a wonderful day for your little family of four! I'm so happy for all of you. I'll pray for an easy adjustment to home life with Gaines.

Trisha said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! Sooooo excited for you guys!

Amy said...

Welcome home, sweet baby Gaines! Congratulations to you all!

Jennifer said...

I cannot imagine all the emotions that must be flooding over you tonight. I'm so happy your family is all together and safe and secure at home.

Jennifer in Indiana

Megan said...

woohoo! It made my night to hear you finally got to bring your sweet little guy home. My word is he handsome!!

Chris and Lindsey Sullivan said...

I've been following you from the beginning. I had a similar situation (with twins) and I am so excited that this day has finally come for you! Gaines is adorable! Congratulations!

Mitzi Levering said...

I just cannot stop crying happy tears! You guys have been so strong through this whole ordeal! Now the real fun begins! Enjoy every second of it!

the4morans said...

I have been following your blog! I am so happy your little guy is home at last. May God bless your family of four. Gaines is adorable!

Amy said...

Wow, wow, wow, what a big day!! Congratulations!!!

Praying you all sleep well tonight!

Victoria said...

Praise the LORD! God is so good!

Kelly said...

Praise the Lord!!! I know y'all are thrilled to have him home!

Giggles said...

So very happy for you all.

4DLife said...

I can't even remember now where I first found the link to your blog, but I have been reading since the beginning. I signed up for a Google name just to leave you a comment. I couldn't be happier for you all. He is going to be so happy to see you every day, all the time. What a sweet blessing for you all to be together. Congratulations and please continue to update us. We will understand if they are more infrequent, but you can't just cut us off from our Gaines and Reed updates :)

God bless you guys,
Love from Texas

otherwise known as mom said...

Best wishes for your first night at home. Praying for Gaines.

Rachel E. said...

Welcome home, Gaines! He looks SO adorable and so big! It was nice to see a picture of the two of you as well. Can't wait to hear how the first few days go!

kim_brough said...

How cute is that little guy? Can't wait to see your boys together in pictures! Enjoy and try to get some sleep!

Gracie said...

Congratulations! God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever think or imagine. He has such awesome plans for Gaines life. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. I can't wait to see what else He has in store for your family. =)

Thomas and Jamie said...

Thank you for the wonderful start to what promises to be another beautiful day. (Actually, it's supposed to rain here, but God ALWAYS promises us rainbows, doesn't he???) You guys did well with little Gaines and he looks wonderful!!! I mean that with all of my heart! Thank you God - As always!!

angie b said...

Brit: So happy for your beautiful family. Babs is excited as can be! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. angie

Erica said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What an amazing day for you guys! Praise the Lord!!!

Stacy Brown said...

Yay! I am so glad Gaines is finally home!

Julie said...

YAY!! Welcome home Gaines!!

teasinglydiverse said...

When I read the line about him seeing the sun for the first time I teared up a little - CONGRATS and welcome home to Gaines :)

Jennifer said...

So excited for all of you!!! Hope it is a wonderful weekend!

Diana said...

Congratulations! So glad to see prayers answered and your whole family home together. I have to say that Gaines is one of the most handsome baby boys I have ever seen. =)

Mab said...

I am very very happy for you all!
He is ADORABLE! Love the picture of you all as well!

Arlene in Louisiana (it's been a while since I posted but I think of yall often and read your blog all the time)

The Tylers said...

Many prayers answered but still praying. Beautiful baby and family! God is so good!

valerie said...

Been following your story from the beginning in Connecticut. Praising God for these answered prayers! The road is not over, but what a milestone! Your baby boy is absolutely beautiful. God Bless!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations!! I'm so excited for your family. Many prayers have been answered today. God is SOOOO good:)

Gaines looks adorable!!!

Michelle Gregory said...

Oh my goodness!! So many answered prayers! So many tears, so much joy!! How ironic...it was sure a "911" the day your water broke and the day he comes home to his family was 9-11-09! God has in Hands in this for sure all along!! We don't always understand His plan but He does! It has been a long, long journey! Can't wait to see pics of everyone together (including Jack). Will continue to pray for improvement of his lungs and NO SETBACKS! Will pray for confidence and comfort for you and Beau. Much love!

Hugs and Prayers from Millbrook (I moved)!

the*4*of*us said...

I am so happy for all of you! what a long journey you have been on!

Tiffany Lockette said...

I am so happy for you guys. Sorry I haven't logged onto blogger since Friday morning so I am late responding. Again, I am so happy for you guys. Enjoy having Gaines at home. My prayers will continue for you guys.