our first baby turns 5 today! i can’t believe it’s already been that long since the breeder called us to say that a litter of baby berners had been born and that we would get to pick a little boy. when we went to see the puppies for the first time we knew right away that we wanted gruber to be ours. we affectionately called him crooked tail {since his tail had been broken when he was born} until we knew for sure that we would be able to take him home. he was by far the most active and stubborn puppy of the bunch and well, we kind of loved that. as soon as he came home we were instantly in love with him. and over the last 5 years he has become our best friend. he has seen us laugh, cry, fight, celebrate, and he’s definitely given adam more than a few gray hairs. this birthday will be his last as an only child, but something tells me he won’t mind. so, to my sweet, cuddle buddy – happy happy birthday!!

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also, there was no way i could write a post without saying THANK YOU to everyone. your kind words have been such an inspiration to me this last week and have meant more than you’ll ever know. we had our first post-surgical follow up this week and the doctor said that everything is looking really good. the stitch is holding strong and i’m not showing anymore signs of preterm labor. i’m not going to lie, bed rest sucks; but i know it will all be worth it in the end. to those of you who shared your own personal stories with me, i just want you to know how much that meant to me. it can be difficult to cope with a pregnancy and/or birth that doesn’t go the way you want it to, but to know that i’m not alone makes it a little better. also, to those who sent well wishes, prayers, and good vibes – you all brought tears to my eyes. to know that so many people are thinking about me and rooting for these babies to make it, is an indescribable feeling. you all are truly amazing people and i can’t even begin to say how grateful i am for all of you. hopefully, we can all celebrate our first milestone on tuesday – 24 weeks!! thanks again everyone! you guys are some really awesome people!

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