Thursday, January 22, 2009

8 months ago today....

Lainey ~ 2 days old ~ May 22, 2008

8 months ago today was the day doctors told us that our perfect baby girl would need to have x-rays of her stomach. 8 months ago today the nurse force fed our baby in all attempts to produce her first stool. 8 months ago today our baby girl began to spit up yellow bile and show signs of a distended stomach. 8 months ago today I was asked to call my husband so the doctors could talk to both of us about our baby girl. 8 months ago today we were told that our 2 day old baby girl had a bowel obstruction. 8 months ago we were told our sweet baby girl would be taken to the NICU. 8 months ago today our baby girl was ripped out of our arms and whisked away. 8 months ago today our baby girl was severely dehydrated which resulted in fluids being pushed through an IV in her head. 8 months ago today a tube was placed down our baby girl's throat and into her stomach. 8 months ago today we were instructed to wash our hands and arms for five minutes before visiting our baby girl. 8 months ago today we were told that our 2 day old baby would most likely need surgery. 8 months ago today we sent visitors away without seeing our new bundle of joy. 8 months ago today we cried like we had never cried before. 8 months ago today we had to call our family and friends to let them know the status of our precious baby girl. 8 months ago today we prayed more than we had ever prayed before. 8 months ago today our perfect family was changed forever....


Lainey in NICU ~ 2 days old ~ May 22, 2008


Today, 8 months later, we are still changed and forever changing. Lainey has been a blessing to our family. I never imagined how one perfect little baby can make such a change, an awareness, an impact, a difference in and on so many people. Her smile could fool anyone into the falsities of Cystic Fibrosis. Lainey truly makes CF look good! God gave us this perfect child to be our teacher, our leader, our strength, our believer, our endeavor, our light.......and for that we are forever grateful. Thank you to everyone who has helped us over the past 8 months. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us over the past 8 months. Thank you to everyone who has followed our story for the past 8 months.....and hopefully will continue following us and praying for us for many years to come. We love you!
The Smithsons
Sid, DeAnn, Logan, Liam, & LAINEY



Lainey ~ 8 months old ~ January 2009

6 comments:

Carrie said...

Reading your words brought back memories of those days when we felt just the same way. You are right....she looks so good...she is adorable.

Christy said...

She is absolutely beautiful. You CF mom's (and dad's) amaze me! You are all my heros.

Tooter's Mommy (Courtney) said...

Lainey and Olivia had such similar starts! I remember crying like we had never cried before. We truly appreciate every moment we have with our sweet angel. I love the picture of Lainey with the pacifier!

Lil' Chris' Mom said...

You have such a way with words, I love it:)

Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

She is just beautiful:)
M

Carrie said...

Hey! We are going to Fort Gaines. It is raining here this morning too! Not good for a curly haired girl!! Well we are fixing to walk out the door but I have a few questions about the CF clinics in Georgia....I may email you tomorrow when we get home if you dont mind. Thanks!
Carrie

Alicia said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!