Let me start this post off by telling you just how grateful I am for the Gumpy family. They are the strongest people I know, not because they have been through the most, but because they have triumphed the most by the grace of God. About a year and a half ago, Bryan and Rachel went through the loss of their first son, Charlie, who was born at 26 weeks and only weighed 2.2 lbs. I saw Bryan and Rachel a few days after Charlie past and I wish I could show you how much at peace they were. Not only that, but smiling! In fact, Bryan had to console ME. They were so grateful for the four days they had with him.
Last week on February 13th, Rachel gave birth to beautiful baby Zoey Noel at 33 weeks exactly and weighed 4 lbs 15 ounces. Zoey is doing fantastic! She is in the NICU in Sacramento, which is almost 2 hours away. They are staying at Bryan's Grandmothers house in Woodland to ease the commute.
I wanted to document this stage for Bryan and Rachel. Soon Zoey will be moved to the Chico NICU. Eventually she will go home with them. She will continue to grow and to flourish and time will slip away from them like it does with everyone else. The peace of mind they have, the patience, the grace; it all contributes to a special truth that needs to be told. This is what the first few hours of Zoey's 3rd day look like for Bryan and Rachel.