Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Reagan!

Reagan would have been 4 years old today. I know she is happy and so are my parents, but it doesn't mean that I don't still feel the hole that is in our family.
Here are some of my feelings about her from that time...

Reagan Noel came into this world on her own terms--
Six weeks early with her fist in the air! She truly was the most beautiful baby.
When we first learned of her Trisomy 21 I was devastated...I saw my dreams for my daughter vanish. I saw a long hard road for us and a complicated life for her. I thought it wasn't fair that it should happen to us. After receiving a priesthood blessing I knew how blessed we were. I suddenly felt inadequate to be her mother. How could I be trusted with such a valiant and righteous spirit?
Then I realized all the ways she had surprised and charmed us as well as those around her.
Being 5 lb. 11 oz. instead of 4 pounds

Being able to breath on her own right away.
Being able to take a bottle on day two of her short life.

The sweetness of her personality came right through her dark blue eyes.
One of her Dr.s introduced herself by saying,

"Hi, I'm Dr. Laura Neisland. I'm the latest person to fall in love with your daughter!"
All of her nurses in the NICU said...
She is so cute!
She is so good!
She is so Sweet!

Reagan was an unexpected gift. I cannot explain the joy she brought to all of us. I cannot explain my sorrow.
The Friday before she passed away was a wonderful day with her. She had been moved on Monday to the nursery with windows and Calah, Mackenzie and Kian were able to see her in person for the first time. Vanessa was still at BYU-Idaho and was looking forward to Christmas when she would come home. That night as I was getting ready to leave because of the shift change, she was wide awake. I laid her in her bed and I just had to stay because she was wide awake. I knew that she knew me. She knew I was Mommy. Maybe she knew that she wouldn't be here much longer--maybe she was saying, " I'm sorry Mommy. I wish I could stay. I love you." I only know that she gazed at me so long the nurse noticed it too. It was a gift to me that I didn't know I would need.
Our little girl was so brave. She waited so patiently to come to our family. She knew what her life would be and she chose it. We knew what our life would be and we chose it too.

Happy Birthday my sweet angel...I will love you always and miss you until we are all home again.


Tara said...

Thank you for sharing this. It is so sweet. She absolutely could not have come to a more loving family.

Sara said...

I can't believe it's been four years since Reagan came to your family. That was a wonderful post. I'm sure Reagan is watching you and waiting for her whole family!

Lyndee said...

She is darling. Thank you for sharing.

Cyndy Mikesell said...

I was just blog hoping through Lyndee's blog and saw this beautiful post of your daughter. I am so sorry for your loss. She was beautiful!! I am glad we have the knowledge to know we will see our loved ones again. May peace be in your heart. Happy Holidays.

BradandMelanie said...

What a beautiful and sweet angel she is. I enjoyed seeing the pictures and your feelings about Reagan. How blessed she is to have such a strong mother and good family. I am sure you will rejoice at the day when you can be all be together.