Wednesday, March 17, 2010

One Year Ago

Wow...so tomorrow it will have been one year since my water broke 900 miles from home and changed our whole world. I looked up some of our earlier posts just now and and I'm flooded with the memories. The posts that we made right after Gaines was born made my eyes sting. I guess the memories have faded but reading some of that brought it all back. I remembered how hard it was. How scary. How every day seemed like a week. How I just wanted to throw myself in the floor and give up some times. How I'd just cry and ask God why.

Its amazing what a year does.

Right after Gaines was born and was still fighting for the non-critical label, I wrote something about him opening his eyes and looking at us a few times. Now, that same baby looks at me and says "pllthtlth"(you know that noise) and laughs when I try and give him medicine or a bottle. Stinker. I tell you, Gaines is just so precious and I could not be prouder of how hard he's fought this past year. He's incredible. I just tear up when I think of all he's endured and pushed through the last year. Its been a looooong year but it could not have been more worth it. We have Gaines...and I know he's going to be fine. (I'll update more on Gaines later...I'm running out of battery).

We've been through the hardest year of our lives but we've come out ok. We have had incredible ups and downs the past year but we've made it. I would never ask to re-live this past year but I'm thankful for it. It has done so much for me and my family. We are stronger, we appreciate each other more, we take less for granted, we have more compassion for others...and I'm thankful for all of that. Thank you all so much for keeping up with us and praying for our family this last year. We love you for it.

Love to all,

Brittany

9 comments:

Rachel E. said...

You go, Gaines! (and your incredible mommy, too) It has been a privilege to be a part of your family's journey over the past year through prayer, and I look forward to seeing Gaines continue to grow & thrive.

Diana said...

So glad that you all are on this side of the journey and you and your family has survive. Yeah Gaines! Gaines is still in our prayers.

Giggles said...

My Mom and I have been following your story since the beginning. I don't know if you remember but ladies from my church sent you cards and some other things while you were in the hospital. I will have to update them on how you all are doing.
I have not kept up or commented as much lately because my Mom was diagnosed with leukemia in July. She went into remission in the same month and had a stem cell transplant in October. We were finally able to get her back to our hometown at the end of February but due to complications from the treatments, she passed away on March 1st. While she was in the hospital, she would occassionally ask how you all were doing. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that although I don't stop by as often, I think about your little one all the time. I am so glad that your little guy is doing as well as he is. He is such a trooper (and so are you all).

The mom of 4 monkeys! said...

Boy, from my seat it is so hard to believe that it has been a year already! I am so happy for you all!!!!

Thomas and Jamie said...

Wow? A YEAR ALREADY??? I can't believe it! So glad and thankful to the Lord for bringing you guys so far!

Tiffany Lockette said...

What a blessing Gaines is and what a blessing that the past year is gone and a new year begins, one that I pray is healthy for Gaines and for all of your family.

Lori said...

Thank you for keeping us updated, not as frequent as earlier but you do have jobs and a family to tend to. As I recall we were worried you might end this blog once Gaines made it home. Keep blogging we're loving the updates.

Lauren Hope said...

Wow, lady ... well, you know my water broke at 13 weeks and then resealed at some point. But my water just broke AGAIN on Thursday (the 18th) and now we're in the hospital for the long haul. Y'all are such an inspiration for me and I am SO thrilled to hear how well Gaines is doing!!!

sanjeet said...

So glad that you all are on this side of the journey and you and your family has survive
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