Brady has officially been home longer than she was in the hospital.  This is a huge achievement. The past 6 months have gone by so fast. In a way it is sad. The past 3 months have gone by in a blur. My baby has gone from wearing the cute and tiny preemie clothes to the cute and huge (to me ) newborn and now 3 months clothes. Wal-mart has recently received some crazy cute preemie clothes and I find myself in disbelief at how small Brady was. At many points in her life those clothes would have been way to big on her, now they wouldn’t fit over her head. I also find my self sad that I don’t have my teeny little baby anymore.

I am also happy that the past three months have gone by so fast. It gives me hope that April will get here quickly. I anticipate the day when Erik and I get to show our baby off to friends and family and introduce Brady to the mall and more importantly to church. Also, April not only heralds Brady’s  release into the world, it also will bring 2 precious baby boys to my family. My brother’s wife and my cousin are expecting babies around that time. My family is growing like crazy. We are going from no babies in 2007 to four in 2009.

The biggest aspect of April that I am looking forward to is taking Brady to church. She will be 9 months old. I had my first “it’s just not fair” moment in a long time at church yesterday. Of course to this my mom would say “life’s not fair”, but that doesn’t make it easy. Eight babies were dedicated  at church yesterday. Brady should have been one of them and would have if she had been born term.  I have to admit that I got a little teary eyed. For the most part I have accepted the limitations that come with having a preemie, but sometimes things like that just hit me. When you find out your pregnant, you expect to do all the normal things moms and dads to with their babies. When you have a preemie, especially one who comes home in the winter months, all those normal things go out the window. That’s why I can’t wait till April. It’s when I can start having a “normal” life with my baby.

April is a big month for us. If you can’t tell lots of things are happening. As I am sure many of you know Erik, Brady, and I have been chosen as the Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes in the Savannah area. April 25th is the big date for that. It is called Walk for Babies and it is the big MOD fundraiser of the year. For those of you who don’t know the MOD is the voice for prematurity. They raise money for prematurity awareness and research. Their goal is for one day all babies be born healthy. Erik and I are excited to be a part of this. When you have been through the NICU experience you know how much the MOD does for premature babies. They are constantly holding classes to help you transition from hopsital to home and many of the procedures and equipment used in the NICU were made possible through MOD funding. I strongly believe that God has used MOD to allow these little babies a fighting chance for life.

Our goal for the March for Babies is $1,000 dollars. We hope to go over this goal. If you would like to donate just let us know and we will be sure yo get in touch with you. This is our way of giving back to an organization that has done so much for our family and many others. If you would like to donate you can go to this website  http://www.marchforbabies.org/628053

I believe you can either join our team, which means you would like to actually walk with us, or you can donate. There is a section where you can donate cash or check, but I am not sure how that works. If you donate please put Team BradyFaith somewhere on there so it is credited to our team. We would love for you to join on our team and walk with us, and we would love for you to help us raise money, but most of all we would love for you to pray for us. This is a huge investment for Erik and I. We will most likely be on TV with interviews and on the radio. It’s scary to think about, but we are still excited. Pray that we make our goal and fulfill our part in raising money for the MOD.

Thanks again for keeping up with the blog. I know we don’t write on it as often, but in a way we are that boring “normal” family I dream of being. Brady is a baby who no longer has health issues that are interesting and prayer worthy to write about.  Pretty much everything right now is praise worthy, and you can be sure that we praise God over and over again for the things He has done for and through Brady.