We’re less than 12 hours away from a brand new year. 2011 will be over and 2012 will begin. As great as it is that little baby Eliza was born in 2011, we all are glad it’s over and hope the new year brings us better tidings. You see, several things happened in 2011 that were not so great. The first being that my grandpa passed away in January. He was 91 and lived a great life, but I was/am really sad to see him go and wish he were still around. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year now.
Death visited us again in July 2011 when Amanda’s mom, Judy, passed. She had cancer a couple years back that she beat, it came back and she and the doctors couldn’t fight it. She was Amanda’s best friend and she misses her dearly. I had grown to like ol’ Judy in the relatively short time I had known her. It was pretty tough to watch happen. We were there throughout the process and it was not something anybody should have to go through, it was especially tough on Amanda due to the fact that she was with child. Judy never even got to see her first grandchild, she did however, feel Eliza kicking. But, we think Judy is watching over Eliza and taking good care of her.
A week after Amanda’s mom died, Amanda went into labor 2 months early and she spent a week in the hospital while we tried to keep Eliza from coming out. The doctor’s plan was to keep Amanda there till the original due date, if they could. But Eliza couldn’t wait and she came out. We then spent the next 6 weeks going out to Aurora to see Eliza in the NICU almost every day.
I don’t know if you know this but, I don’t really spend a lot of time in hospitals generally. I don’t participate in unsafe activities and keep fairly healthy. This last year however, I spent a considerable amount of time in them. I saw my grandpa at the hospital in Billings. Amanda and I both spent a lot of time with her mom at St. Joe’s and the Denver Hospice. Amanda spent a week in labor and I was there at the hospital, then going out to see Eliza.
I’m fairly sure that in 2011 I have spent more time in hospitals than in the rest of my life combined. I don’t want to do this again this next year. I resolve that things are going to be so that I don’t have to spend time in any hospital this next year, unless you count when I go pick up Eliza’s Synagis. And I will keep to this as best I can, if I do really have to go to a hospital I will though, so don’t worry about that. Here’s a request to everyone I know. Stay out of the hospital.
Oh, wow, with all the bad things I was writing about, I almost forgot one other really good thing that happened this year. That is I was born. Not me personally, but me as “Stay At Home Brad.” And I know you love that. I really do. It has been a fun half year or so. I look forward to next year and all it may bring to me and hence to you too. So I’ll keep writing and you keep reading. There’s going to be some big things going on around here. I don’t know what they are or if that’s even true, but I’m gonna be hoping.
So have a happy new year and if you’re out partying it up tonight, don’t drink and drive. I read that in Colorado there have been 1300 DUI’s since Thanksgiving. Don’t add to that total tonight because I need you to be here to read this wonderful blog and leave hilarious comments and tell all your friends.
I’ll see you all next year! Bye!