Day 129: Home Sweet Home!

We’re home! We’re home! We’re home! Praise the Lord. 

The words “We Are Home” have never sounded sweeter.  I can’t tell you how many times we thought of this day during the past four months.  I have to say, it’s exactly how i imagined…

We arrived at the hospital around 9 to pick up our girl.  Ryan dressed up for the occasion.  He asked if he should wear a tie and I of course thought that was an excellent idea!  After all, Grey did just graduate from the NICU!

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The NICU staff made Grey a 2014 cap and a certificate that congratulated her!  She clearly is pretty proud of herself. 

After the “graduation ceremony”  we were greeted by several people to say good bye.  One of Grey’s doctors stopped in to say bye when he saw her discharge orders and my doctor, who delivered Grey, stopped by too!  It was so great to see both unexpected visitors.  In between all of the visitors we went through discharge paper work and said our goodbyes to all the NICU  staff. 

It’s hard to leave somewhere you’ve spent 4 months of your life.  We made friends and close relationships with people we saw every day.  The thought of not seeing them on a daily basis is bittersweet.  I hope they know, but I want to say we are so thankful for each one of you!  Thank you for making us feel so comfortable at our home away from home. You all have loved Grey and us from day one.  Thank you for taking care of our baby girl so we can celebrate this homecoming.  

Upon arriving at home, Grey was greeted by her big brother, Gus.  He is already in love with her.  It really is so sweet.  I was nervous, but he has warmed right up to her and I can tell they are going to be the best of friends. 

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 We didn’t know where this journey would lead us 129 days ago, but we are so thankful for each day.  It’s unreal how time seems to go so fast but so slow at the same time.  It feels like just yesterday we were told I was going to be admitted to the hospital.  We are overwhelmed with all the love and support that has been shown to us over the past four months.   We can’t express how thankful we are in words. 

God is good and the power of prayer is so real.  We are thankful for prayers and God’s protection over Grey.  It’s truly overwhelming to think about.  He had her life planned before we even thought it was possible.  Last October (on the 25th),  we had a miscarriage and now, October 27th we brought our baby girl home.  God is so good to show us His love through Grey.  We are even more thankful for this gift of life knowing how fragile it is. 

This is the day we have all been waiting for.  It’s amazing to see a side by side comparison of Grey!  She is almost SIX TIMES her original weight. 

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We are overjoyed with this MIRACLE of LIFE! 

We are now adjusting to life at home.  We have a home health nurse coming over tomorrow and a doctor’s appointment on Friday.  Grey is on a monitor so that gives us great peace of mind.  We love being a family of four!  Please continue to pray for Grey and her life as we go through the winter season.  Pray she doesn’t get any serious colds.  We love you all and we are thankful you’ve followed us on this amazing journey of Grey’s life. 

Here are some fun pics from yesterday…

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31 thoughts on “Day 129: Home Sweet Home!

  1. So, so happy for you two! God is so good and you two have been so faithful! Will continue to pray for Grey and his amazing parents!

  2. Wonderful news!! What a blessing to be able to bring Grey home and share your experiences with so many. Continued prayers as life unfolds at HOME!!!! 😀

  3. Praise the Lord! So glad she is home and you three + Gus can look forward to quiet afternoons of being a family and watching football on the couch.

  4. Oh, what a wonderful day!! SO HAPPY for your good news and so glad that your baby girl is now home!! The answer to so many prayers!!! Continued prayers for a wonderful life for you all!

  5. So so happy and excited for all of you! God truly does perform miracles. She is precious and is very lucky to have you and Ryan as her parents. ❤️

    1. As I am reading this at work, my heart is so overjoyed by Grey getting to go home. I feel like shouting! Prayers have been answered and now your family is altogether. I am so happy for you all and will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

  6. This is amazing news! God is so good to is people. I cried tears of joy for your family when I read that Grey is home. I hope you enjoy every minute of having her home with you!!

  7. Thanking our Heavenly Father for his goodness and mercy for precious baby Grey and your family! I have followed your story through Lindsay and prayed fervently for your family. Thank you for sharing and being such a positive witness of your faith in God! May Grey grow up to know how special and loved she is!

  8. Though I never took care of Grey, I stopped by often to check on her progress. I work in the NICU and I belong to NECC. I have kept you all in my prayers. Congratulations!

  9. So stinkin cute and so happy for you guys! I think I found your blog through Coconut Robot and I have loved following your story – so glad it has a happy ending!

  10. God is so awesome and good!! Baby Grey has fought such a brave battle, and with prayer and God’s wonder, she is now home!! I know this has been a scary battle for both of you, Allie and Ryan, with many hills and valleys, but not once did either of you waver in your faith. You both put all of your trust in God, and he has answered all of the prayers for this little dynamite girl!! What a story to tell Grey someday!! Joe and I are blessed to know the two of you, and we can’t wait to meet Grey. Enjoy your time with your miracle baby, and God bless your amazing family!!

  11. It just doesn’t get any better than to read your happy ending! Grey is certainly a little miracle and God worked through the medical staff to ensure the best results possible. I knew your parents when I worked at MGH and my hubby was the Supt. at Eastbrook HS for several years. Our prayers continue as you begin this new part of your journey…the BEST part!!

  12. God is GREAT!!! She’s a precious lil gift…..prayers are the healing medicine. Thank you JESUS for the Holy Spirit never leaves❤️❤️❤️ God bless your little family for all your days forward.

  13. I don’t know you but I have been following your story since the beginning from a friend who shared your story. I want to thank you for sharing your story! From miles away I have been cheering for Grey! Today I cried when I read your update, I can only imagine how blessed you must feel. I hope you will still randomly share updates. Best of wishes to you and your family!! Congratulations on finally be able bring your beautiful baby girl home!!

  14. I am so happy for you guys. I can’t imagine the excitement you are feeling. Yes we serve an awesome loving good God. God bless you.

  15. I am so happy for you three!! These pictures are so sweet. Grey is such a doll baby! Prayers for a safe and healthy winter with lots of cuddles!!

  16. I am Jacob Hatcher’s father. I’ve prayed for Gray and your family every day since September 18. This is truly an answer to prayer. Prayers will continue.

  17. Oh my goodness I am so happy for your sweet family!!! It was such a blessing getting to care for sweet Grey and meet you guys!! She is so lucky to have amazing parents like you all. Congratulations on this amazing milestone !!!

  18. So happy for you guys!!! Been following your story and have shared with my H.S. volleyball team who have been praying for Grey! Peace and Blessings.

  19. I’m So excited!!!! Bless the Father!! Can’t wait to see you all (gus too, love that guy).

    Rejoicing with you and doing a little jig. 😉
    xoxo
    janele

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