This past years have been full of memories some good & some bad... These past 6 months have been especially bittersweet. All 3 of my brothers were expecting children in 2012. Which is pretty neat to think about. I love being an aunt it is the best job in the world and to add more to my two sweet little nieces is fabulous. So in January my little nephew Wesson was born. Our first little miracle of the year. While my sister-in-law was in labor his heart rate dropped and they had to stop the labor for hours. My sister-in-law was such a trooper for the long day she had to get this little guy here. He is such a happy baby and we love him so much! He is my little buddy and I wished I could see him more than I do. It has been fun to watch my baby brother with his own little boy and see him change and grow. And little Wesson looks like his dad and is such a sweetheart. He smiles so big for everyone and especially loves the girls and they absolutely adore little Wesson. Such cute little cousins.
The cutest blonde hair & blue eyed boy I've ever met! (besides my brother)
These are my super cute little ones! I love them all very much!
The next little miracle was due June 25th. Unfortunately complications that were unforeseen happened and our sweet little girl came on June 6th at 37 weeks. She weighed 5 pounds 1 ounce and had some complications. She was taken to the NICU immediately and only stayed on this earth for 12 hours before she was called home. This has been one of the first so close to home experiences that I have had with death because my grandparents lived so far away I wasn't able to go to theirs and I have to say it is not easy and I hope to not do it again anytime soon. Our little angel Lanieanne Marie Smith is in heaven watching over us. We wish she was still here with us, but we know she is in a better place and one day we will see her again.
Which brings me to why I posted this post. I wanted to do something special in memory of Lanieanne and since children in the NICU can't wear cute clothes because they are hooked up to all kinds of wires I am making hats as of right now for the December donation and depending on time I may make little cute premie booties and even some little bracelets to donate in her name to the NICU. I am donating on her 6month birthday (December 6th) and then again on her 1 year birthday(June 6th). It helped for them to be able to have something that Lanieanne had at the hospital and I just think that if it can brighten the day of another person that is the goal. I also think service is the best way to celebrate the life and memories of Lanieanne. This is something that is helping me deal with the loss of such a sweet little person and to keep her memory alive for me, but if anyone is interested in helping or wants to donate a hat or two let me know. Leave me a comment on the blog or e-mail me. If you need a pattern there are a lot of websites that have free premie hat patterns and they are pretty simple to make. These are a few I have done as of lately.
My next little niece is due on August 27th and everything looks good. Her older sisters were hoping for a brother, but a sister will do. They just love Wesson and wanted to have a brother. It is crazy to think that McKayla will be 5 and starting kindergarten on August 27th, so that week could be very interesting. We are excited for the new little one as well. I think they are going to name her Londyn, but that could change. Life is always full of surprises and I am thankful for the many blessings that I have in my life.