For the past few weeks, every time I would think about this Christmas season I got a knot in my stomach.
And I would remember last Christmas. What a tough time that was.
Violet was 7 weeks old and caught a cold, which turned into a serious case of RSV/bronchiolitis. When I took her to the ER two days before Christmas, I had no idea that we would spend the next week and a half in the hospital.
Such a scary time. We had to hold her upright at all times because she couldn’t breathe lying down. She had a terrible, gaspy cough that would last for hours. We spend four days at a community hospital, then were transferred to the intensive care unit at Hershey Medical Center where we spent the next week.
I was by her side almost all the time and I missed my other two kiddos like crazy. But the experience made me realize how our lives can be turned upside down so quickly and made me so grateful to have healthy kids.

And now, one year later, Violet has been so healthy and I am so thankful for her little life! She is precious.

All of the kids have had a bad case of the flu this week and now hubs and I have it too. Lots of sleepless nights, cleaning up messes, and holding sick babies!
But I am so glad that we didn’t get sick over Christmas! Hopefully this year will be much more peaceful than last year.

I read back over the comments from my posts a year ago when Violet was sick and I’m amazed at the enouragement I received from you all. It was a treasure to hear your kind words while we were in the midst of that hard time.
THANK YOU for caring about our family. I’m so grateful.

December 22, 2011 — Aimee Weaver