Today is my birthday and on this day last year is when I got to bring Ruby home from the hospital ,after her birth and two week stay in the NICU.I don't think I will ever receive a more wonderful birthday gift.
We had been told she would have to stay in the NICU until she was feeding well, which could take weeks and weeks, and if she couldn't eat enough she might have to have a feeding tube placed in her stomach.Well,my wonderful husband said what if you are giving her feedings too close together and she isn't hungry enough at each feeding.The doctor listened and changed her to demand feeding,as soon as they did that Ruby started eating wonderfully every 4 hours!We got to bring her home after 24 hours of feeding well.
When Ruby was born and we found out she had Down syndrome I felt like I had aged many years in just a few minutes,when she turned six months old it seemed like it had been an eternity,now at one year it seems that it passed quickly.I have come to know her and accept her Dx,she has changed so many things in me.What a perfect gift God gave me!
I read this following quote in an old christian devotional book, written by,Jessie Rice Sandberg ,from the 1960's.I think she said it perfectly:
" Trouble is a strange thing.It arrives in dark robes of despair and uncertainty,and not until it is already behind us do we recognize that our unwelcome intruder has been God's love and mercy in disguise.How often the Lord uses difficulty to give us"the best" in place of "the good."
Thank you my precious Ruby.