This has been written for almost 2 weeks. I want to go ahead and post it so it doesn’t sound odd a month from now with the first sentence exclaiming that it’s 2010 and it be February. That would just be silly. Hopefully Erik will get some time to add his thoughts and some pictures to the post and give you a little more than what is already here.

It’s 2010. What?!?! Seriously, time goes by so fast. 10 years ago I was still in high school and a nerd. 10 years later I am a mother and well, still a nerd. So much has changed in the last ten years and the best changes were meeting Erik and having Brady. My life is so much more rewarding thanks to those two very special people.

Lets narrow it down to the past year. This was the last paragraph of my post after the new year,

“Anyway, I am glad 2008 is over and I welcome 2009 with all of it ups and downs and milestones. I thank God for getting us through last year and I know He will be there through the coming year. I thank all of you who have faithfully kept up with our story. I know that I don’t know all of you, and it means so much to me that you care about my family. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!”

I was so ready for 2008 and to be over and I think that was pretty understandable. A lot of unexpected and scary thing happened in 2008 and many of them were recorded on this blog. It’s been really neat to be able to see what I was doing on certain days in 2008 and where Brady was. Although, I was so glad to say goodbye to 2008 it was nice to be able to reminisce. I am a member of an online community called Babycenter.com and one day there was a post asking “what were doing doing this time last year?” I was able to say exactly what I was doing. And it happened to be a year to the day that Erik held Brady for the first time.

Unfortunately Erik and I have not kept the blog up like we should. There are definitely gaps in the story these days, but I would like to recap the some of the milestones of the past year. Milestones are huge for every parent, but for preemie parents each milestone is not so patiently waited for.

  • hit 10 pounds! Big deal for the little peanut she started off as
  • rolled over for the first time on New Year’s Day
  • made the whole 6 miles of the March for Babies, her big debut
  • was able to finally go to church for the first and was dedicated
  • had to go straight to the nursery once she started church because she loves to talk
  • crawled
  • started learning real words
  • walked
  • finally got her first tooth at 15 months

There are so many other things that I can’t remember, but in the past year Brady has gone from a baby to a toddler. Everybody said that she would grow up so fast, but I just didn’t realize how fast it would really happen.

For the most part 2009 has been fabulous. Brady has had her share of illnesses but they have all been blips on the screen except for a bout of RSV and pneumonia which put a damper on November. She was in the hospital for 4 long days and got over the pneumonia to get a stomach virus which threatened us with another hospital stay. That never happened (THANKFULLY) but Brady  has spent a total 100 days of her short life in the hospital. Wow, that’s a whole lot of time in the hospital for a 17 month old.

Anyway, 2009 has been great. We have so much to be thankful for and we are most definitely thankful to God who has blessed us beyond anything we would have ever imagined. I am sure that 2010 will be wonderful and full of more surprises. Surprises are Brady’s specialty!