Friday, July 27, 2012

Flashback Friday - Whitefish

Every summer we take a trip to beautiful Whitefish, Montana. It's part work (for Jon) and all fun (for me). When I ended up having an emergency c-section at 23 weeks, the thought of going on a carefree vacation just rubbed me the wrong way. How could I possibly relax or enjoy my time when my little one was fighting for his life in the hospital? 

As the months went by and Jack got more strong, my family convinced me that it would be good to get away, even if it was very hard emotionally to do so. Just to take a break, sleep, and relax was their reasoning. So I decided to throw caution to the wind and head to Whitefish for 24 hours, industrial-size, hospital-grade breast pump in tow. All the preemie moms know what I'm talking about!

Grams and Cheeks would be there to hold Jack and to visit him. I would call in every few hours to make sure everything was OK. Jack was in his "feeding and growing" stage, with a period of no surgeries. It was then or never for me to go and I'm so glad I did. 

Off I went. That day away ended up being the only time I left the town where Jack's NICU was. I never returned home (which is 2 hours away) during the whole 4 months. 

end of July 2009, Grams and Cheeks checking in while mommy is away at Whitefish

Fast forward to 2010. Jack first Whitefish trip!

own name tag

cutest outfit ever! 

helping daddy 

cute cute cute cute

 Whitefish 2011

another cute outfit

We even made time for Glacier National Park!

And finally, what is still my most favorite picture of all time, taken of JackP on our trip.

This week we are heading back for Jack's third trip to Whitefish. Can't wait!
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Julie said...

Wish we were going this year. Stupid guard drill always gets in the way. Have tons of fun!!!

Emily Real said...

I'm sure that time was precious for Grams and Cheeks. Jack has the most perfect little lips (look at them in his name tag picture--cute cute!). Have fun!

Samantha said...

Beautiful pictures! I am glad that you seized the moment that you had, to recharge--Breast pump and all!! ::)

Looking forward to seeing pictures of Jack's 3rd trip there!

The Westbys said...

Jack is an amazingly cute boy. And you look absolutely stunning in every picture on your blog!

gemgemmum said...

What a gorgeous boy who has come so far! He is so like his daddy x

Brandi said...

I love yearly tradition trips! I try taking similar pics at the same spot each year... comparison pictures are some of my favorite! Have a great trip.