Thursday, October 15, 2009

I remember.....

Palate Repair- Oct. 16, 2008
I vividly remember sitting and holding Reid before putting him to bed one year ago tonight. I remember praying for the doctors, nurses, and medical staff who were going to be taking care of my not quite one year old son in their arms. I remember wishing that it was me who would be going under for the 7 hour procedure instead of Reid. I remember wondering if Reid's speech would greatly improve from the procedure and how quickly. I remember tears falling down my cheeks in preparation of handing over my son for surgery. I remember the gap that went from the very front of Reid's mouth to the very back. I remember like it was yesterday.

It was one year ago tonight.....but I remember.
How can you forget something like this????
I remember spending hours trying to figure out how to get Reid in the crib without bumping his monitors or i.v. lines in an attempt to get him comfy so he could rest for a bit. And every time I would get him cozy, I remember nurses having to wake him to take vitals. I hate remembering that. I so wanted you to be able to rest. I remember that sweet face and praising God that another surgery was behind us. I remember thinking that we surely have one of the top surgeons in the nation, and being so grateful that we were lead to him. I remember so well......and will never forget. One year ago tonight....and so grateful for the year of growth that we have seen. Love you, my big guy. We are so proud of you.....and are amazed by your strength daily. I can't wait to see what this next year will bring. I am sure, no matter what, it will prove to be a year to remember.


Heather said...

It will be a great day for ALL of us when those metal cages are out of our lives and in the distant past. No more arm splints. No more surgeries.

Funny to see Reid in those favorite Carter's bibs!! Back when he drooled more!

Joy Howse said...

I remember you posting that picture of his palate. :) I remember being only 16 days post-op from Aiden's major surgery and being able to complete empathize with what he was going through. I remember what a strong mama Reid had (still has) and she helped Reid through the recovery. Our memories help us to cherish every moment with our special little ones.

The Dawkins said...

Can't belive it is already been a year. Glad it is in the past:)

Kelly Rogers said...

How vividly us cleft mommies can remember the surgeries. Although it has only been 4 months for us, I still remember the tears and heartache like it was yesterday. But how wonderful it is for all of us to have healthy, happy children who bounced back so quickly from their surgeries. We are so blessed to live in a country where we have skilled surgeons who can take care of our children at such a young age.

Anonymous said...

We do remember! Will never forget!

Loved all the fall pictures of the kids! I knew my grandchildren were the cutest kids in the world!

Hello, and welcome to my page! I am so glad you are here. I am going to try and show you the average life of a 5 year old from my perspective. Mommy and Daddy will help me along the way if I get stuck.

Let me first introduce my family to you. I am Ellie. I am a 6 year old. I live in Ohio with my Mommy, Daddy, little brother Reid, and dog, Sophie. My mommy is a teacher. She teaches nine and ten year olds and loves it. She has been teaching for twelve years. My daddy works with computers. He works hard everyday.

We all love spending time together. I have wonderful grandparents and a terrific extended family. I am a very lucky girl. Thank you for visiting my page. Write to me any time. I love getting mail!!!

Many blessing to you all.

Little Ski (Ellie)

Mommy and me having cuddle time at Hocking Hills.

Told ya, my hair can be wild! And you thought I was kidding!

Hmmm, Blue's Brother's perhaps?