Monday, January 4, 2010

twenty ten

2009 came and went, faster than I could even imagine. Years never flew by this fast before did they? If only time went this fast when I was in middle school. The new year always makes me think/re-evalute how things have gone in my life and where I see some changes being made. I wouldn't call them resolutions, because then they'd never happen, Resolutions have a funny way of being great for about 5-7 days and then fade the minute life gets busy. So, I don't call them that anymore. I've grown a lot this year and am hoping this continues into twenty ten, but the key to this growth was that some major life changing stuff took place that shifted my outlook on just about everything in my life. The real question is how do I keep that focus and drive when things start to get "comfortable" in life? No, I don't want life to karate chop me in the gut this year, but often those are the times we rise to the occasion and take life by the horns. So here's to an amazing 2010! Don't blink, it'll be gone that fast and Grey will be enrolled at college. :)

Another Great thing about the New Year is looking back at what happen last year. The Gibbs family had some big moments last year and Greyson told us he wanted to highlight them month by month as he remembered. So Here he is...

If some of you didn't catch all that, here's an interpretation of what he said

1. January
This was the month that Greyson was supposed to be born. January 29, that was the day we had in our head for months, tht was gonna be his birthday...Until a few days earlier when LEigh had the amnio in which we found out his lungs weren't quite ready. So we "lived it up" for two extra weeks!!!

2. February
Can't really think of anything this month. :) hehehe
February 12 the little Gibblet officially gets a name, Greyson Neal Gibbs, born at 7:48 AM weighed 7 lbs, 7 oz, he took hold of my heart instantly and hasn't let go!
Our proudest moment!!! Grey has surgery to close the opening in his back at around 4pm, by 8pm we get to see him again. Tough little guy.

3. March
It's determined that Grey indeed will need a shunt. Something we thought we could somehow avoid. March 5 was the day. To be honest it was much harder than his closure surgery. At this point he was home with us for over a week and we were getting to know him. It was heart-wrenching to hand our 3-week old baby over to the doctor to have brain surgery. tough day. But Grey came through brilliantly and has had no shunt issues to date. WE pray everyday this will continue.

4. April
Grey gets fitted for his first pair of AFO's. These were to specifically to help straighten the curve in his feet. Quite possible the tiniest, cutest things ever. Today, his physical therapists often comment on how straight his feet are now.

5. May
Grey has his dedication at church. A very important and meaningful day for Leigh and I. It was shared with our friends and family. Also, it was Leigh's first Mother Day! Grey and I did our best to make it special :)

6. June
My first Father's Day! Grey painted me a picture and we spent the day on the water. Grey goes swimming with his new lifejacket.

7. July
Greyson has to continually endure his parents impromptu photoshoots! At the park, in the pool, inside, outside, everywhere. He's a good sport.

8. August
Family vacation at Lake Mitchell. Greyson does it all, tubing, seadoing, surfing, fishing, everything we did, he did. He also starts to eat real baby food, and loved it!

9. September
Emotions hit us both as we recall that day in September when we found out about Greyson's Spina Bifida. We've come a LONG way since then, But more importantly so has Grey.

10. October
Grey turns into the cutest, most ferocious fire-breathing dragon ever!!

11. November
Thanksgiving Day! So many things to be thankful for.

12. December
This is what Christmas is all about!

what a year! Thanks for being a huge part of it!!!

love Andy, Leigh, & Greyson


Joanna and David said...

What a year! One of my favorites so far :) I can't believe it's already coming up on a year since I met little Grey. I've loved every post and evey picture! What a blessing this little blog has been to me and my family. Happy New Year and thank you again for your friendship. :)

krousehouse said...

That video is FANTASTIC! I love the photos of Grey over the year. Hope my next year is very similar!

krousehouse said...

Oh, and thanks so much for every bit of support and information. We really appreciate it.

Blanca said...

I loved it! This was so awesome! And his first birthday is right around the corner! YAY!!!

Leigh and Andy said...

Blanca-don't even talk about the big ONE! I am in complete DENIAL!!! :)

Jason & Rachel said...

I love the flying spit part of the monologue! and it seems as though Grey is going to be a talker like his auntie emmy... ;)

Susan M. Nelson said...

This is so fun to read. We can't wait to see you again.

Bec said...

Your blog is an inspiration and your son is delicious and so gorgeous!
I found the blog via spinabifidaconnection website while searching around looking for information; my sister has just found out that one of the twins she is expecting has spina bifida and until now I knew nothing about it. Thanks so much and I hope you don't mind me being nosy!

Meinhardt Family said...

What a great post and a great year! I've been busy with holidays, etc. Glad to see you guys are doing well.

Holli (and Mark) said...

I'm teary eyed re-living this year with you. I found you guys through babycenter almost a year ago when we learned our son would be born with spina bifida. your blog helped us through an incredibly difficult and uncertain time and now we keep up with how Grey is doing and celebrate every milestone. We feel like we know you all. Thank you for sharing your life with us!!!!!

Scasmflops said...

2009 is definitely a year that we as new mommies and daddies will never forget. What a joy it is to have these new adorable, precious, and special little men to love. Congratulations to you and thank you for all the help and smiles you bring me.