Monday, April 30, 2012

Love Letter

As most of you know, the Pittsburgh Ronald McDonald House was our home during Ramsey's hospital stay. (We look forward to delivering 70 bags there next week!) The Ronald McDonald House produces a newsletter called LoveLetter three times a year to keep friends of RMHC updated with the happenings of the organization. This November I was surprised when I received a phone call from RMH. They asked if I would write an article from our family's perspective about "the house that love built". The article was featured here, in the Winter 2012 Newsletter.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Look who's walking

I love watching children grow. Each stage brings a new set of exciting changes and every new word or deed, though often simple, never cease to impress. Ramsey is 15 months old. He now weighs 20 lbs. He loves to sing. His favorite song is "Ya ya ya, Ya ya ya". As his vocabulary grows, the lyrics do too. He is learning body parts. The first thing we taught him was nose, so he now grabs everybody's! He loves giving kisses...I think they are kisses although it feels more like he is trying to eat my face.

He has decided to let go of the furniture he clung to for the last three months and WALK!  I shot this video tonight. He was tired and angry; he wanted the video camera.  (Please disregard the mess in the background...those blankets, well that's Reed's "tent")
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

"We will never be the same."

About a month ago, I took an ordinary trip to Walmart and found myself in tears, TWICE.  Yes, my readers- I have issues. First, I saw an adorable pregnant woman strolling along with her toddler in the shopping cart. They looked so cute...so happy, yet I couldn't help but wonder...is she really happy? Is her baby OK or is she carrying the weight of some dreadful prenatal diagnosis? Seriously, I have issues. I know it's crazy to think that way, but I couldn't help but remember the mixture of joy and fear while I was pregnant, knowing my son might not survive.

Next, I made my way to the checkout. A couple in front of me had a cute 18 month old daughter. We got to talking and I learned that she was adopted. She was taken from her birth parents at several weeks of age after they beat her, fracturing her skull and covering her body with bruises. Enter the tears AGAIN. I became so enamored with the couple that to this day, I wish I had the opportunity to talk to them again.

The following day, I eagerly waited to meet my friend Liz and her family. I first met Liz at the Ronald McDonald House while her son Case was also being treated at Children's Hospital. Case was born just a few weeks before Ramsey. Liz and I made arrangements to meet on their way home from some outpatient appointments at Children's. We greeted one another tearfully, then laughed at ourselves. Liz commented, "We will never be the same."

Liz is right, we will never be the same. We are stronger. Wiser. We are blessed. And sometimes, we are a bit emotional too. It's comforting to know there are friends, like Liz who understand.

This week, we had the pleasure of meeting Liz, her husband Dan, and their son Case for dinner.  We had a great time! It is so exciting to celebrate the lives of our sons together.

Read Case's blog: A Very Special Case.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! Our plans were a bit derailed since both boys are fighting colds, but all in all it was a good day. Here are some photos of our weekend. Check out the stuffed toy in the last photo; it's a set of lungs from a company called I Heart Guts. It is strange and adorable at the same time, but I couldn't resist it...I thank God every day for Ramsey's big beautiful lungs. Boy does he know how to use them!

Reed has his first chocolate of the day

Think the chocolate kicked in already?

My boys love sticks....

...and they love each other.
Think he likes hard boiled eggs?

Peek-a-Boo!