Captain Destructo …

As most of you know, Bailey has quite the personality!  She is a little bit crazy (okay, a lot crazy), goofy and incredibly sweet all rolled into one.  We love her so much and she keeps us (mostly) sane.  One morning a few weeks ago, I woke up to find this:

I was none too pleased, seeing as the laundry was clean, but I suppose I shouldn’t have left it on the floor in the first place!  I went downstairs to confront the little nugget and see what further damage she had done, and found her happily chewing on one of my sports bras.  She pranced over to me to show me her “prize” and I just didn’t have the heart to get mad at her.  She was so proud of herself!  I would love to know what goes through her mind … it cracks me up that she threw all the socks on the floor (apparently they just weren’t good enough), and why the laundry has such appeal is beyond me, but we thank God every day that Miss B makes us smile and laugh and reminds us to enjoy the simple things in life!

We also want to say congratulations to proud new parents Amanda and Nick!!  Antonia Maya made her fashionably late entrance into the world Saturday, January 17, weighing in at 7 lbs 5 oz, complete with a full head of hair.  She is a cutie and we’re looking forward to meeting her!

Our own precious angel remains overwhelmed (as do her parents) at the love and support she continues to receive!  We’re so grateful to everyone who’s been so kind to us … this is certainly a challenging time, but knowing we are not alone is so comforting.  We have another ultrasound the first week of February and cannot wait to see our little girl again.  I think I’m starting to feel her move, which is absolutely amazing and words can’t describe how special it is … the little flutters are something I treasure, and know I’ll hold close to my heart forever … we “talk” every day and I love it.  I love knowing that for the time being, she is safe with me … if only I could keep her that way forever, I would.

Thank You

We just wanted to say a quick thank you for all of your love and support.  We truly could not ask for better families and friends and appreciate all your kind words and prayers more than you know.  This is certainly a challenging time for us, but it is so comforting to know that we are not alone …

Although we had planned on keeping the sex of Minimarr a surprise until delivery, when we found out he/she had Trisomy 18, we changed our minds.  We decided that we wanted as much time as possible to bond with our baby and knowing if we were having a boy or a girl would help us do just that.  Last week in a meeting with our genetic counselor, we found out quite accidentally that our sweet little one is a precious baby girl.  We have a daughter!!!!

We feel truly blessed to be her parents and love her more than we ever thought possible; she is truly a gift.  It breaks our hearts to know that we won’t have as much time with her as we want, but at the same time, we know how lucky we are to get to know her now.

We had an ultrasound today and got to see our sweet little angel again.  It’s comforting each and every time to see her moving around and hear her little heartbeat.  As hard as it is for us to see our baby and know that we won’t have nearly enough time with her, we treasure every opportunity to visit with her.  Despite the sadness and uncertainty that surrounds each visit to the doctor, we cherish every moment we get to spend staring at our beautiful girl.  She looks perfect to us …

Thank you again for all your support, we are lucky to have you in our lives.

Pat and Laurie