Kylie May

Kylie May

Layla Faith

Layla Faith

Zoey Noelle

Zoey Noelle


Our baby boy, due March 16th.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Layla Faith Gruse - 11/29/11

I don't know what to say today. We are overwhelmed with the support that we have seen/heard on Facebook & through this blog. It is incredible. To see that, is what moves me to tears. I signed on to Facebook last night, and just cried through reading everyone's sincere messages. It was truly comforting. Layla Faith has touched so many lives. I signed on to the blog today, to see that over 500 people have visited to check-in on us. Wow! We are so blessed.

Layla Faith Gruse was born yesterday, 11/29/11 at 4:29pm. He heart was beating when she was born and it continued to beat while I held her until 5:18pm. She was alive to hear everyone when we returned to the room full of our family. She received many sweet kisses on the head & was held by the most important people in our life. Kylie came to visit & just had a huge smile on her face the whole time she was looking at "Baby Layla". Layla was 4 pounds & 2 ounces (much bigger than expected). She was only 10 and 1/2 inches long.

Sometime, I will write about everything that happened. Right now, I need a nap. I am feeling good, physically. We're hoping I can go home tomorrow night. I have so many beautiful pictures of our precious Layla Faith. I'll include a couple right now. I'm sure I will share more in the future.

Aside from having her yesterday and not on Dec 16th, everything went as planned. Bryan and I were so happy with the way things turned out. We said goodbye to Layla last night at 9pm when the funeral director, who we know from church, came to pick her up. She left in her beautiful white dress, pink blankie, and her hat from Auntie Sarah.

Please know that we felt your prayers last night. It was so comforting to know that we have so many people praying for us. I remember in the beginning of my blog, I said that "even if my miracle is to have an hour with Layla...". We got that :)

Here are some pics:


Rabelers said...

Nancy, your words and pictures are beautiful and bring tears to my eyes. Layla came into this world knowing SO much love - so deserving for such a beautiful girl! We are praying for you as you heal. Get some rest and take care of yourself.

Kate said...

Nancy- She is such a beautiful, perfect precious angel. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Angela said...

I know we don't know eachother, but I have been just moved by your story. I read the entire blog yesterday and you've been on my heart all day today. Praying for you and the family. She looks absolutely angelic in the pictures. Take care~ you are obviously loved :)

Lindsey Hipp said...

Layla is absolutely perfect in every way just being her. I think about all of you so often-now as I write this I'm tears. Not sure if they are happy tears that Layla is in peace now, or if they are sad tears feeling some of your loss. Either way, Layla and your family have touched so so many lives and taught many people to be grateful for everything and every single person in their lives.

Marsha Quatsoe said...

I wanted to say I can only imagine the pain and sorrow you must feel, but through your journal that you so bravely shared with us, my heart aches for you, but most importantly I feel your love for Baby Layla and your love for God. He will always hold your family in the palm of His hand, giving you strength to heal with His promise that someday we will all meet again in Paradise. Until that day, treasure the memories you have with Baby Layla and your family. She is just precious! Thank you for sharing your little bundle with us. May God bless you all and give you peace.

Marsha Quatsoe

Christy O said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet baby Layla Faith with us! I am so glad you got time with her, though I am sure that is only small consolation. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. God bless you all as you walk this road.
The Oswald crew

Marissa's Blog said...

Nancy, Thank you for including us in this journey. I am moved to tears as I read your post and look at the beautiful pictures of you all and Layla. She touched so many people with just one day of life. Wow. Continuing to keep you in my prayers. Much love, Marissa

Tristen and A.J. said...

i kept thinking of you the past couple days and when i looked on here yesterday i see why. you got to meet that beautiful little girl! I know that pain you are feeling today oh so well. it is hard and painful. your arms are aching to hold her again. smell her again. kiss her again. it all feels to quick and yet like the longest few days of your life. i am praying fiercely for you. for you to just feel what you feel and for God to hold you up in a very real way. she is beautiful! I would love to see more pics (email me)! i love me some bitty babies :o) could you also email me your address?

let me know if you need anything or i can pray in a specific way. just know you are lifted up even when you can't hold yourself up.

you are such a good brave mommy. to 2 beautiful girls!!!