We will never be able to thank and show our full appreciation to all of our family and friends who have embraced our situation as their own. We have an unbelievable network of support around us that love us and are willing to do anything for us. This baby is going to be so lucky to be part of the O'Daniell/Driscoll clan!
From the first phone call everyone of our family members and friends offered their help on anything from giving us baby stuff, taking us shopping, helping us with the house and basement, to helping me with my school work. The day we got the initial phone call the Talbert's even invited us over for some yummy dessert. It was so nice to hang out with them, Riley and, Jack and enjoy the moment.
We spent the first weekend in Chicago for Christmas and my parents and Laura and Will showered us with baby gifts as "special Christmas presents". It really became real to us when opening the little lovey, rubber ducky, toys, and fleece orange and blue snowsuit from my dad. It brought tears to my eyes that they were so thoughtful. My mom hasn't been able to drive since the accident due to her neck brace so she said she was dying to go shopping after they got the phone call. Laura and Will arrived at my parents a couple hours before we did that Friday and right when they got there Laura turned around and took my mom shopping for the baby!
The morning after Christmas day my mom, sister, and I went shopping to look at /buy some of the bigger items I needed to possibly travel with. We went to Buy Buy Baby, which is an amazing baby store by the way, and spent the morning shopping and looking around. When it was all said and done, we (my mom and sister) bought our stroller (via Elizabeth's research) , pack'n'play, car seat, a blanket, outfit, socks, a hat, and Sophie the Giraffe. It was so nice to be able to spend that time with them just the three of us!
When we arrived back home, Brett went back to work and I became very busy trying to get the house in order before I went back to school the next week. Elizabeth, Liam, and Annie came over on Wednesday afternoon and took me shopping at Babies R Us. She helped me register for some more stuff and gave me all kinds of advice on a variety of baby items!
Laura and Will decided to make the trip down to St. Louis later that week to help us out in the basement and around the house. They came on Thursday afternoon and Will immediately got to work vacuuming the dry wall dust down in the basement (god love him :)) to get ready to lay the floor. Laura and I went grocery shopping, did laundry, and straightened up around the house. The floor then got delivered later in the afternoon. Ryan came over to help unload along with Will, Laura and I. It was a team effort and we got it all into the basement before Brett got home from work. Melanie brought a delicious dinner over and we all ate and hung out with the kids for the evening. It was such a great time to for Laura and Will to get to know the Talberts. The guys all worked in the garage painting all the trim and doors for the basement.
Melanie also gave us our first hand made gift for the baby. A gorgeous and soft knitted hat!! I had been dying to make him one but hadn't found the time. It was killing me that he wouldn't have a hand made hat to wear right after birth. What a precious gift with perfect timing!