Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I like doing Thankful Thursdays because it helps me to focus on everything I have instead of what I do not. But this week, boy do I have a lot for which to be thankful!! I don’t even know where to begin.


  • I am overwhelmed with how wonderful our care at UMD-B has been. We have had nothing but a fabulous experience here and we know we were in very competent hands. Our nurses and doctors went above and beyond the call of duty to get to know us, calm our fears, and take care of my girl. If there was ever any doubt about whether or not this was a good hospital choice, those thoughts have vanished. I think what Matt and I loved most of all was how everyone treats Abby as a person…because she is!!! I’m not going to start in on a debate, but there is a true little person inside of you from the moment of conception and I am not going to act like she doesn’t exist yet. Her picture is hanging up on our bulletin board and we show everybody who comes in. We talk to her, play with her, chastise her when she doesn’t behave (like when she runs away from the fetal heart monitor and causes my nurses angst!), and tell her how much we love her. The staff has done the same, and we love it. Our daughter exists and matters, and I love when people acknowledge that.
  • The love we have felt from our families and friends has been amazing. Tons of people have texted, called, emailed, and sent messages to let us know that they are praying for us. This is not taken lightly by us, and we have felt totally wrapped in love. It is so much easier to choose joy when you know that so many people are thinking of you! Among the people who have come along side of us to help out: My sister and my mother-in-law have taken turns caring for Caleb and bringing him up here so that we can visit. My parents have been up to visit just about every day, bring us clothes and other things we need, and take care of sweet Becky-Dog. My amazing 5th grade team and principal have stepped in to help my sub and create lesson plans for my class in my absence. My aunt and grandmother took charge of creating an awesome thank you basket of snacks for the nursing and hospital staff on the LD floor. The church and youth staff have worked together to cover everything so that Matt could stay with me. Everyone has just been amazing. Thank you!!!!!
  • Now I’m going to brag on my husband a bit. He’s pretty great to begin with, but he has seriously been amazing during this. Matt has truly proven his love for me in the way he has cared for me. I won’t go into details, but some of what he has had to do has not been pretty! J Plus, he has been incredibly sweet and encouraging throughout the ordeal. During my amnio reduction, he held my hand and whispered how proud he was of me throughout the entire nerve-wracking procedure. He has been such a blessing to me and I don’t know what I would have done without him. He is my rock. I tear up when I think about how awesome he has been through all of this.
  • Lastly, I am so incredibly thankful for my baby girl Abigail. If nothing else, she has brought a lot of excitement into our lives thus far! She will not be a dull child, that’s for sure. I want her to know how much she is wanted and loved by us and that we are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure she is healthy and safe. I’m a proud momma showing off my pictures of my beautiful baby, and I am falling more in love with her every day. I cannot WAIT to see what God is going to do in her life. I’m pretty certain it’s going to be incredible!

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