Sunday, December 12, 2010

Remembering Your Cousin

Dear Pickles,

Your mommy and daddy received some very sad news recently about your cousin, Brady.  He passed away suddenly on Dec. 10th after five months of receiving treatment for his congenital heart condition.  Your cousin was born on July 19th and had been in the hospital since he was born.  His heart condition, right atrial isomerism, required several surgeries and related treatment.  Even though the treatment he received was hard, he was a little fighter.  I wish you could have met him.  He was such a cute and happy little guy.  Even though he was a baby, he changed a lot of people's lives, bringing our family and community closer together.

Me and Brady 2

Jason and Brady

Your Aunt Barbara was by Brady's side since the day he born, and she held him in her arms the day that he died.  She is the strongest, most amazing mother I know.  I know the pain I am feeling now over the loss of Brady -- and it hurts.  I can only imagine the pain that she is feeling as well.  But Pickles, even though so many people are hurting over his loss, we also feel blessed.  We feel blessed and comforted in the fact that we had the opportunity and the privilege of knowing Brady and having him in our lives.  Although his time with us was short, it was time that we will always cherish.

Well, Alright

Losing Brady has opened my eyes to the challenge and blessing of being a parent.  Brady has made me and your daddy see both the hopes and fears we have for you already.  All we want for you is to be a healthy and happy baby.  We know that you are our own little blessing.  Your daddy and I already love you so much-- and we haven't even met you yet.  I can't promise that I'll be the perfect mother, but if I can give you all the love that Aunt Barbara gave to Brady, I know I'll be on the right track.



Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Our Baby Has a Face!

Dear Pickles,

On November 30th, I went in for my second ultrasound.  It was the second time mommy got to see you.  You grew so much in three weeks, kid!  Instead of a cute little pickle shape, you now have a face, a body, and arms and legs.  You're officially a little person!  When the sonographer brought you up on the television screen in the doctor's office, I could see you jumping around as she tried to find you.  Your heart beat sounded so strong, too.  You were just the most precious thing I had ever seen.  It was a very emotional moment for me (and it didn't help that the sonographer had Sara by Jefferson Starship playing in the background).  What can I say?  Your mom is a sucker for 80s music.

Pickles at 10 1/2 Weeks

Pickles at 10 1/2 weeks
Keep growing little Pickles.  Mommy and daddy can't wait to meet you.


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