|Ember Raine Baldwin|
Gabrielle's health has steadily improved since being discharged from the hospital two months ago. While her prognosis hasn't changed for the upcoming winter, her lungs, strength, and (we'd like to think) her post-transplant immune system are all improving. Amy's been going to BC Children's lots and the doctors are pleased with Gabrielle's progress.
|Gabrielle, our little fighter|
Quite truthfully, the day-in / day-out has been challenging, and for no one more than Amy. She's been so amazing with Gabrielle and all her medical needs (2 hrs in the morning, 1 hr at night, changing oxygen tanks, drawing meds, etc.) and Amy's patience for her has shown no bounds. While I can imagine, I truly don't know where and how mothers of these babies find their strength. It's different for moms. I get that now. And when things are good and everyone's healthy, it's fun for us guys to complain about the 6th gear women slip into once the babies come (which they brilliantly conceal from us during the dating years), but sometimes things with kids don't always go well, and I love and appreciate how my wife (at least) never let's Gabrielle drift from her thoughts (like I often do), always ready and willing to do what needs to be done. It's an amazing thing, really.
|Amy & Gabrielle ~ Summer 2011|
The boys and I escaped to Davis Bay (thanks Ben and Julie) for a father-son getaway at the end of August, allowing Amy and Gabrielle to stay home and have a mother-daughter weekend. It was awesome, and as I posted on Facebook,
Daddy-style kid trips are the best: no cooler full of groceries, no planned meals, no talking while eating. Add that to the Book of Awesome.Here's a few of pics:
|All you can eat Chinese buffet|
|Swimming at Porpoise Bay|
|Baba / ice cream sleepy stroller ride|
And, best of all, the summer ended with a respite trip to Canuck Place. It really is becoming our second home, full of people who understand what it is we're going through, either because they're living it themselves, or because they see it every day. We are so lucky to have been invited into the Canuck Place community. Here are some pictures from our last staycation:
|Gabrielle at Canuck Place, Sept. 2011|
|Amy & Gabrielle during Sept.11 Canuck Place respite|
|Regan & Gabrielle|
|The Ross Family|
Thanks again, everyone, for all of your support. While sometimes we feel all alone, we know we're actually not. And that means so much, especially as we see the seasons starting to change, knowing the warm weather will give way to the cold, chilly, flu season of fall and winter. Thank you.