Saturday, September 22, 2012

Baby Update

I know many of you are waiting to hear!  Sorry it has been a couple days but you understand how the schedule is right now; CRAZY!!

Cute little feet!

First things first, baby is doing very well.  They have all their fingers and toes that were opening and closing!  Hooray!  (As some of you know, this was another of the first signs that things weren't quite right for little Aimee.)  More importantly their heart is pumping and forming correctly and their brain is looking good!

One minor thing that the doctor, of course, said not to worry about is a tiny cyst on baby's brain.  He said they see this in a large number of the babies now due to how detailed technology is these days and that many adults even have them and would never know.  Still, it's something to be praying stays small and doesn't become more than it is.

We did NOT find out whether baby is a boy or girl and baby was so funny because it held it's legs together the whole time so even if we had wanted to find out it would have taken quite a bit of searching and moving.

Thank you so much for your prayers for our day.  I didn't feel really anxious as I had thought I might but I did feel a huge sense of relief when I saw the heart beating as it should!  We would appreciate your continued prayers for this little one, especially that the cyst stays tiny and nothing!

Baby Greene!  boy or girl?  Hmm...

I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
Deuteronomy 32:3

Lucy, Matt and I are pretty convinced it's a girl but there are a lot of others thinking we have a boy, go ahead, chime in... what do you think?  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thank You!

I think that one of the most difficult parts of having to say "good-bye" to someone you love is all of the decisions that go with it.  Not only are there so many that you have to think about and make but every one of them tends to be a reminder of the pain and loss all over again.  So, we delayed.  I wanted to have a nameplate picked out and in place right away but we just couldn't do it.  None of the standard stones were what I had been hoping for and trying to figure it all out was proving to be too difficult.  So we set a goal.  Our goal was to have Aimee's stone in place by her birthday.

July 2012 came quickly and Matt and I realized we still hadn't ordered it or even decided what we wanted.  So back to the cemetery (with more decisions to make) we went.  We met with a wonderful woman who told us we don't have to just stick with the standard pre-molds, there were a number of other options to put together.  We knew our goal timeline was coming close so we gave ourselves one night to think on the design we had picked out after an hour or so of looking through the book and in no time it was done and in place.  The same lady who helped us plan what we wanted also placed the stone and was so excited to call and tell us how beautiful it looked.  Just in time for her birthday!

Isn't is beautiful?  It is exactly as I had imagined and I am so happy with it.

We also really want to thank our Lifegroup family for the amazing monetary gift you gave us that actually bought it!  You are a part of this.  Thank you for all of your love and support and help.  We love you guys so much!

And so, now it is finished.  There are no more decisions to make.  No more, questions about where, what, when, how.  All is decided and done.  Except of course, when we will get to meet our beautiful Aimee face to face and know her for the amazing girl she is.  What an amazing day that will be!!  Praise the LORD!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to Our Girls!

Lucy listening to her birthday song. 
August 19th, 2012, Lucy turned 3 years old!  WOW!  I can't believe what a big girl she is now.

As you know, August 19th is also Aimee's birthday.  Yes, a bittersweet day indeed.  We were anticipating a lot of emotions and not quite sure how the day was going to go so we purposefully planned the party for the 19th thinking that having friends and family around on the day would be great distractions.

However, as I have mentioned before, sometimes the emotions catch us off guard.  On Saturday I was having a bad day and noticed Matt was too.  It wasn't until a friend of mine called asking how we were doing that I finally broke down and just cried on the phone to her.  She gave me some good advice and told me to let the emotions come so that the next day the worst of them would hopefully be over and we could enjoy a fun party.  So, I did.  I cried myself to sleep on Matt's chest and believe it or not it did help!

Honoring Aimee at the party!
The next day was the party.  It was wonderful!  I think about 30 people showed up (about 20 of them are family, but still a lot of people).  And everyone had a wonderful time with only a slight struggle with emotions on my part.  Lucy got to blow out her 3 candles and one on her cake for Aimee too.  We had talked about this earlier and she thought it was a great idea.

Lucy opening garden lights for herself and Aimee.
We are so glad that so many were there to make the day special and fun for Lucy.  She is still talking about what a fun day she had!

After everyone went home that night we tried to light off a sky lantern in honor of Aimee but they weren't going over too well so we only got one off and barely!  And unfortunately, no good pictures of it.  Maybe I will be able to find some smaller ones for next year...  But here are some other fun pictures.
Lucy's cool birthday cupcakes, brownie and jell-o made by Mam'ma.  

Having a blast!