Friday, August 21, 2009

Annaleigh is Loved.

Today, our beautiful baby girl was diagnosed with NEC. This afternoon she had surgery to see how far along it was. Tonight, she is dying.

Dr. Gallucci (the surgeon) came for us less than an hour and a half after he started the surgery, which we knew was way too quick and we knew it was a bad sign. What he found was not good. Her entire bowel system is dead, a victim of this sudden and terrible digestive disease. A person cannot live without a bowel.

They outlined everything for us and basically said that she will most likely not make it through the weekend. Even surviving the night would be a bit of a surprise.

The best case scenario would be that she makes it another 48 hours, stabilizes, has another surgery to remove all the dead bowel before it manages to spread to the rest of her organs, survives for a year on iv feedings, finds a bowel donor, and has successful organ transplant surgery. The odds of that happening are effectively zero. She's too far gone and too small for her body to survive all of this.

Thus, Annaleigh is dying.

Now, we are waiting for her heart to give out. She's already shown signs that it is weakening and so it is just a matter of time before it stops. We know it is coming. We just don't know if it will happen in the next few hours or not until tomorrow. But it is going to happen.

We've been with her for the last several hours, holding her and loving her. Our parents all came up to say goodbye. My brother John is currently driving back from Connecticut with his girlfriend to see her. All the nurses have been with us, even the ones who are not our nurses. Marissa, Annaleigh's primary night nurse, is off today but she's coming in to see her and take care of her. There were 89 comments on the "Annaleigh is having surgery" post that I made late in the afternoon, despite the fact that people usually check this site only before bed or in the morning.

Annaleigh is loved. By a lot of people. Some of those people are perfect strangers and so I felt that we owed it to all of you to post right now, to keep you all informed about what is happening. Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers tonight and every day for the past two months.

Annaleigh has brought us such joy and happiness in her short time. We love her more than we can express.

We will post again when it is all over.

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Anonymous said...

Brooke and Joe, I am so sorry. I've been following your story on the nest and was praying for a miracle for your daughter. My heart is very heavy for both of you. You are all in my thoughts.

Kimberly Pevoto said...

Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there was something I could say or do. God bless you and God bless Baby Annaleigh.
Kimberly (LonghornBabe from the Nest)

Cate said...

You guys are such amazing parents. I'm so so sorry that you are going through this, and I can't even imagine how much it hurts. Annaleigh has been so lucky to experience so much love. I'm thking about you all.

Kim said...

I am so sorry. I wish there was something I could do or say to make it all better- my heart breaks for you guys. My thoughts and prayers are with your family!!!!
Kim
(Kimmie1538 from Multiple Mamas)

pamelanmatt said...

I am heartbroken for your family. Annaleigh is lucky to have experienced your love. I am still praying for a miracle for you guys. Know that you are in my prayers and the prayers of my friends and family

The Bailly Family said...

You all are in our prayers - we are crying for your pain. Annaleigh is truly loved.

Allison said...

I am just heartbroken for you both. And that Charlie and Lily will never get to know their sister. I will pray for your strength, for a miracle and that Annaleigh is comforted knowing that she is loved.

Julie said...

Brooke and Joe... my heart is just breaking. i've been praying for you and your family all day, especially your beautiful annaleigh. and i will continue hold you all in my heart. i am so sorry, and i wish so much there was more i could do or say to take away your pain.

goldenmama said...

my tears are flowing. words cannot begin to express the saddness I feel for you and your family. know that you are loved by so many many people across this world. Annaleigh will get her wings surrounded by love.
much love to Charlie and Lily.
goldenmama

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry. Your family is in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am so, so, so sorry.

Annaleigh is loved and that will never change.

Anonymous said...

Oh Brooke and Joe- she is so loved... by so many. I am so sorry this is happening to her... to you. May you be able to spend every last minute with her showing her how much love is out there for her. May God wrap his arms around you both as you snuggle with her- and show you his love.

i am praying for you all... and heartbroken.

Gail (goldie_locks_5)

elly said...

I am so, so sorry you are going through this. It's just not fair. Brooke and Joe, you are seriously amazing people and Annaleigh could not have asked for better parents. I'm thinking about you guys all the time.

brannyboilsover said...

I am so sorry. I have no words. No words exist.
I made the foolish assumption that you guys were out of the woods. I feel so horrible.

Hopeful34 said...

My heart is just so heavy for you right now. I just can't imagine the heartbreak you feel. I'm so very sorry...

Rachael said...

I am so sorry. I wish there was something more I could say or do to help take away the pain. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
~Rachael (Rachael070707 from tttc)

MrsKatieH said...

Brooke and Joe I am so sorry. I don't know what else to say. I am praying for you and hoping for a miracle.

Sandi said...

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless Annaleigh, your mommy and daddy love you with all their hearts sweet baby.

Ann said...

I am so, so sorry that you are going through this. Please know that you are in both my and my husband's thoughts and prayers. We wish you peace during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Your family and Annaleigh are in my thoughts and prayers tonight and always. I am so heartbroken for you all. Praying for a miracle. Words can not express how sorry I am for you all...

Andrew's Mom said...

God Bless You all and God Bless Annaleigh.

Jamie said...

I am so so sorry you are going through this. I continue to pray for a miracle - you are in my prayers.

Amber said...

Oh Brooke and Joe, You have no idea how heartbroken we are for you and your family. May you know that we are here for you. All I can offer is I'm so very sorry for your loss of your sweet baby girl. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Joanna Eberhart said...

I'm so sorry. Your family will be in my thoughts.

Tammy said...

Dear Brooke and Joe:

I'm so very sorry. I can't believe this is happening to you both. My heart is breaking for you and I pray that you will be okay. Please know I will continue to pray for all of you. If there is anything I can do please know I will. Your father, Fred has my number. Again, I'm so sorry.

forever in my heart,
Tammy Ranello

Anonymous said...

Brooke & Joe, I am sorry that you and your family are going through such difficult times. I have no words. My prayers are with you.

Jaime said...

I just came home and saw these updates... I am so sorry about what you are going through right now. My heart goes out to your family and you are in my prayers

Kat said...

I am so very sorry. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Brooke, Joe and all your families,

My heart is breaking for you. I cannot even imagine. No words will ever be enough. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Heather (craziheazo from SAIF)

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. She is loved by so many and there are many prayers being said for her. God bless all of you.
Suzanne
(firegirl05)

Kloepping Photography said...

I'm so sorry Brooke and Joe! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during the truly difficult time. She's one lucky girl to have such amazing parents!

Nikki said...

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers... Annaleigh has truely touched so many in such a short time. God Bless you all.

Lindsey said...

I am very sorry Brooke and you are going through this! You are all in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I'm another stranger praying for you and your family tonight. I've been following your story on the nest and over the past few months on your blog. Annaleigh is so lucky to have such amazing parents.

Molly Jean said...

Although I might be one of those "strangers" you mentioned, my heart aches for all of you. I am so sorry you are dealing with this pain. I only hope that you will find some comfort through friends, family, and God in the weeks and months to come.

JFa said...

My heart is broken for you guys. I wish there were something I could do or say. My prayers are with you and the babies. We are all praying and thinking of you on tttc.

Laura said...

I am so so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Laura (Laura1 from SAIF)

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family. May God guide you through this difficult time.

Jenn said...

There are no words :( I am so sorry this is happening to you guys...you do not deserve it. I'm praying for peace for you and your beautiful Lily and Charlie...thanks to your great blog, they will always be able to know about everyday their sister was on this earth and how much she was loved. Take care.
*jenjen*

Allyson said...

I am so, so sorry. I don't even know what to say because there are no words. I am so incredibly sad for you and your family. Please know that my family and I are praying for sweet little Annaleigh. Again, I am so sorry.

scally (SAIF)

Emily said...

Brooke and Joe,
My husband and I are just heartbroken for your entire family. May your sweet angel find comfort in your loving arms.
I am so very sorry. Many thoughts and prayers...
Emily
emmyloustu (SaIF)

lovestoeat said...

God bless..deeply praying for you and your babies

May said...

My heart is breaking for you guys. I'm so sorry to hear this. You all are in our prayers, as you have been quite a bit lately. We're still praying for Charlie and Lily too, that they stay strong. And also for a miracle for Annaleigh.
(mayfirstbride from theknot)

Anonymous said...

You are right, she is loved!! My heart is breaking for all of you. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
-Sara (jasonlovessara)

LTs said...

I am so sorry Brooke and Joe. Annaleigh is definitely loved and always will be. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers tonight and until you need them to be. Hugs.
Leslie
(trieuiam)

Bridget said...

I am so sorry. So, so sorry.

Anonymous said...

She is loved, and so are you. Praying for a miracle.

Anonymous said...

prayers for all of you and especially for baby annaleigh. she is a fighter, and a miracle...
i have no words, because there are none. i don't know you, but i can say that i have love for your family and your daughter and she has touched my life.
praying for another miracle.
april (april062604)

mojomama said...

I am so so sorry that this is happening. This is just heart breaking. Know that little Annaleigh and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
-Ashley (from the MoMs board)

Our Story said...

Please know how much you are all being prayed for.
I am so sorry that you all and your sweet little girls have to go through this.

Sara said...

Your strength and love is beyond words. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I hope that you can find more in knowing how many people are thinking of you and your beautiful children.

Jessy said...

I am so sorry.

Rebekah said...

My heart is broken for you. She is so loved and will continue to be. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Mrs.OL said...

I sit here with tears in my eyes while I think about your beautiful family and daughter. I am so heartbroken that you are going through this. Annaleigh is truly loved and is a blessing. My prayers are with you all.

Cathy said...

I'm so sorry this is happening to your family. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Annaleigh has definitely been loved and she will be with the angels soon.

MM4ver said...

You are in my prayer. Know that Annaleigh will always be with you and looking at you from heaven

Sara B said...

I'm so sorry. Your beautiful baby girl certainly is loved, best of all by her wonderful and amazing parents. I will pray for all of you and keep all of you in my heart. God bless.

Skoorb said...

Brooke and Joe,
There are no words to express the depths of my sympathy. I am praying endlessly for a miracle for Annaleigh, and Charlie and Lily, too. May you find some comfort in our outpouring of love. Your babies are loved by many, and tonight please feel cradled in all our arm.
With love and sympathy,
Robin, Todd and Ethan Radel
(Skoorb)

CRS said...

Oh this is so so terrible and so unfair. I'm very sorry and praying for Annaleigh

Anonymous said...

You're all in my prayers tonight, especially your beautiful Annaleigh.
Mrs.BKP (Elizabeth)

mrsgingergrl said...

I am so so sorry. My heart, my prayers and my thoughts are with you and your sweet babies, especially beautiful Annaleigh. Yes, she truly is very very loved.

Lindsay said...

My heart aches for you all. You are in my thoughts.

Valerie said...

I carry a very heavy heart for you. My prayers are with you tonight during this difficult time.

nora said...

There are no word that can comfort right now. I just want you to know that Annaleigh is indeed very loved, as are you and Brooke and your other two beautiful children. The ladies of SAIF/multiples and our families are sending all of our thoughts and prayers.

Nora

Lanie said...

My prayers are with you all right now. And my heart is breaking for you. Please know that you will all be our thoughts.

Whitney said...

Joe and Brooke...I send prayers for your strength as much as hers. I am so sorry for your loss.

gringa78 said...

I am so, so sorry. This is just heartbreaking. Wishing you peace.

Anonymous said...

I am so so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so so sorry. My heart is breaking for you. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I cannot express how sorry I am for you. I find myself here crying and there is absolutely nothing that I can say or do to comfort you. Truly, there are no words. You are right, though-- your beautiful Annaleigh was- and is- very loved. We will all remember her and Lily and Charlie will know her and take her with them always. I am stunned-- you don't deserve this heartache. Thank you for your wonderful blog where you documented Annaleigh's life so beautifully. One day, it will be a wonderful remembrance for you all. In the meantime, I will pray for all of you, and especially for beautiful Annaleigh.

I am so, so very sorry.

Cheryl

Ivory said...

my heart is breaking for you. i am so sorry that you are experiencing such an awful turn of events and i will continue to keep all of you in my prayers.

Mrs.Babbsy said...

Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.
No baby or parent should have to go through this.

Anonymous said...

I am so upset to read this. I have followed your blog since coming across Brooke on thebump.com. I am one of the ones you mentioned who reads it every morning, I look forward to it! I am so sorry this is happening. Your family is in my prayers. Annaleigh will be watching over all of you.

Anonymous said...

i'm so sorry for you. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. You are in my thoughts and in my heart tonight.

Sandi (CharlottesWeb)

Quince Family said...

There is nothing else I can say except that Annaleigh is loved by everyone. I know her parents love her more than anything, her brother and sister love her, people all over the world love her (I think about her and Lily and Charlie every single day). She is an angel here on earth and will be a perfect angel in heaven. I'm so, so sorry you have to say goodbye to hear so soon. It seems unfair. But the best thing feeling in this life is the feeling of being loved and Annaleigh has felt that every day of her existance. I will continue to pray for your entire family during this tough time.
Shady06

Rachel said...

Words cannot express how sad I feel inside for you. I wish so badly I could make this all go away, to go back so it wouldn't be true.

I am begging God for a miracle, and asked my blog readers to all do the same.

I am so sorry.

Alisha A said...

Brooke, Joe, I am so sorry. I know how wanted and loved these babies are. I can't begin to imagine your loss and wish you all strength to get through this.

Cathy said...

I'm so, so sorry. Your precious Annaleigh is in my prayers, as are you, Brooke and your other precious ones.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you. So many people all over are praying for you right now.

Toni said...

I'm one of those anonymous Nesties/Bumpies you don't know, but I wanted to let you know that my heart is with you and your family.
<3
Toni aka smismar

Melissa said...

I can't find the words; that is, they just don't exist - I am so so sorry. I will be thinking of you, Joe, Annaleigh, Lily and Charlie. You are such ana amzing family and this shouldn't be happening to you.

madebymel said...

I don't know what to say other than I am so, so sorry. Thinking of your family tonight.

Newman Family said...

I am so sorry to hear about Annaleigh. I am continuing to pray for her and your family.
Karen

Anonymous said...

Dearest Brooke and Joe,
I have been following your story since before your little ones were born. I have been praying for them throughout their ups and downs; and for you in your moments of joy and sadness. Words cannot express how heartbroken I am for you tonight. I hope you can find some small piece of comfort in knowing how blessed Annaleigh is to have had you as parents and to have been so loved by so many people in her too-short life. Her story - and that of Charlie and Lily - is truly one of inspiration, love, and hope. Her spirit will live on through you, her siblings, and the many many people who have been touched by her struggles. May God bless and comfort you in this heartbreak. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Mary Simons

DrL said...

Words cannot describe how sorry I am.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog through Triplet Connection and have been following your story. You are right, Annaleigh is loved, in some cases by strangers who have never met her. She is also blessed with very special parents. I am praying for peace for your family in the coming hours and days.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you Brooke and Joe. Sweet baby Annaleigh has touched the world and will watch over Charlie and Lily forever.

Themikki said...

Brooke and Joe, there are obviously no words for this. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone in my family as you try to make it through.

*hugs*

Anonymous said...

I am sooo sorry! ((((HUGS)))) to your whole family.

-LiAngel from SAIF

Stephanie said...

I am just in tears over this news. You are amazing parents, she has amazing siblings. I cannot imagine the pain you are surviving. Annaleigh will be an amazing guardian angel to her loving brother and sister.

I read your blog daily, sometimes multiple times. I feel like I am part of your family and I am just heart broken. This is just so very unfair. We love you and pray for you to have the strength you all need. Give Annaleigh a kiss from us.

Stephanie, David and Colin
sapphire1398 from SAIF

oneparticularkitchen said...

Annaleigh IS loved, as are you all -- even by those of us who have never had the privilege of meeting any of you. I'm praying so much for all of you.

J said...

I'm am so, so sorry. Words cannot begin to express. I have been following your blog for months and make sure to check on the babies before going to bed each night. Please know that you have been and will continue to be in my prayers. God bless you and your family, may He bring you strength and comfort in this difficult time.((hugs))

Megan said...

There are just no words. I am one of the many strangers who has followed your story...I am so sorry and your family are in my huband and my thoughts and prayers.

MamaMia said...

I am so incredibly sorry. I've been following your story from the nest boards, and praying for your sweet family and amazing babies.

From a mother who lost her baby at the beginning of this year, my heart goes out to you and to your sweet Annaleigh.

Lisa said...

Praying for you and your lovely Annaleigh right now.

Stephanie said...

My heart goes out to you at this time. May you enjoy these moments with her and find peace.

Shawna said...

Brooke & Joe - I am praying for you. I have cried for you & with you in spirit. I am so saddened to read this, for a beautiful and loving family that I have never met, but will keep in my thoughts and prayers forever. I am so sorry.

Lani said...

I can't even express how sorry I am to hear all this. It's so unfair and you and your family are the last people on earth who should have to go through this heartache. I will have Annaleigh and you all in my prayers.

Kimesunshine said...

I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family right now.

Lindsi said...

Saying many prayers for you, your family, your DH, and Annaleigh's siblings. My heart is just broken for you....there are no words but- I am so sorry

Anonymous said...

Although I don't know you, I have been following your journey via the nest message boards... I don't post often, but I had to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Words cannot begin to describe how sorry I am, and how much Annaleigh will be missed by those who never even met the sweet, precious little girl. I have never been moved so much by someone I don't even know, but I sit here in tears for your family. Annaleigh is so lucky to have parents like you, and her memory will live on in the hearts of many. I will continue to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

bethanyjg said...

Love and prayers to you all. God bless beautiful Annaleigh.
Bethany (WC lilcrablegs)

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry to read this. The strength that you all have shown is just amazing. Annaleigh is a beautiful little girl and will be remembered and loved by so many. Many many prayers and hugs to you.

Andrea said...

Oh Brooke and Joe I am so sorry to read this. There are no words that I can offer you, because there are none that will work. I am praying for a miracle for Annaleigh. ((HUGS))

Andrea
edasmommy0709 from Multiple Mamas

irishdo said...

I am so very sorry. Annaleigh is an amazing baby who has fought so so hard and has an amazing family who will have their own angel. I will be praying hard for peace for all of you.
Love and Lots of Prayers,
Deidre (irishdo)

Ashley from TC said...

Your posts are so unexpected. I am keeping you all in my prayers. I am soo Sorry Brooke and Joe. Im crying with you.

Franco said...

I do not know you or your family,but you are in many of our thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry that this has happened. Your daughter truly is loved!!!

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with Annaleigh and your family!!!!!!! There are just no words.

thorenkl said...

My thoughts are with your family. I am so sorry for all that you are going through and will continue to hold you and your family in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Your sweet baby girl is in my thoughts and prayers. Many hugs to you. I hope and pray that she pulls through. I can tell you that even though the Dr. have given you little hope, if she does make it she can live a normal life. It will be a difficult journey, but she can live to thrive. Many prayers and hugs.

beth said...

BrooKe & Joe
It is soooo difficuLt to type through the tearS...I too have followed your amazing family's story via the nest...
Sending praYers and HuGeLoVE
BeTh
Modchick

Lisa said...

You do not know me but I have been following your story from the nest, and your blog for quite a while now. I just do not have the words to say how truly sorry I am. Please know I am praying for a miracle for your family.

Lisa
(from SAL)

Stacie said...

I wish I had something more profound to say other than I am so, so sorry that you are facing the loss of your beautiful little girl, Annaleigh. I send you strength and love for the days, weeks, and months ahead.

--

I don't know when you will read this, but there is an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/ which is a volunteer organtization who sends professional photographers to the hospital to take pictures of babies who pass and their families if you'd like. I have known of far too many families who have gone through this organization and have cherished the beautiful photos taken of their babies.

danielle said...

I am so sad and heartbroken for you. You don't know me, and I don't know you but I lurk on the WC boards and so I've been following your story. Annaleigh will be in so many people's hearts. A million prayers for you, your family and that sweet little girl of yours.

Sarah said...

I am thinking of you. So very sorry that this is happening. It shouldn't be happening. Praying for a miracle.

Shannon said...

My prayers are with you all. May God bring you strength during this time.

Chelsie said...

May God be with you all during this very difficult time! The five of you will remain in my prayers.

Jessarella said...

Oh Brooke, I am so sorry. There are just no words.What a sudden, unfair, and horrible disease. Your sweet daughter has been such an inspiration to so many people. So have you, and your loving husband. She is so lucky to have been given you as parents. She knows how loved she is. Cherish every second snuggling and breathing her in.
-Jessarella- (Multiple Mamas)

Marcie said...

I don't know what to say. My heart is breaking for you and for Annaleigh and her siblings. This is shocking to me. May you find some peace and solace with her in the time she is here with you. I am so so sorry. My God, I am just so sorry,

ONE OUT OF SIX said...

My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry. Annaleigh is loved.

Chrissy said...

I am so sorry. I am praying for your family.

meepitonparade said...

My heart is broken for you all. I am so sorry that little Annaleigh will not grace the world with her beautiful smile for many years to come. This is unfair, and there are no words to explain or excuse this loss.

Please know that your daughter is a beuatiful and precious gift to the world, and that her life has an eternal significance for all those touched by her life.

I am so honored to have gotten to "know" her these past few weeks. Thank you for sharing her with us.

I hold your family in my heart tonight, and I lift you all up in prayer.

Tonight, I will light a candle for Annaleigh.

~Jess said...

I'm so sorry: I am praying for you all.

*HUGS*

Little Wonders said...

My heart is breaking and I am crying tears of sorrow for you. Although I never had the privilege of meeting her, she was such a gift to all of us and will be in our hearts forever.

Kenley said...

There aren't any words to express how sorry I am. I will be praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

I'm yet another stranger who has followed your story from SAIF. I may not be a well known poster, but I had to express my deepest sympathy for what you are going through. Annaleigh will make the loveliest of angels watching over your family. Prayers for you all.

Anonymous said...

I've never posted before but have been following your blog for quite some time. I am so sorry. Its absolutely heartbreaking... please take comfort in the fact that you loved her with all of your hearts and she knew how much you loved her...

Martha Compton said...

I am so sorry that your family is going through this. As a fellow preemie mom and SAIF-er (mhop from the nest), I've been following your blog for some time. I celebrate in the wonderful memories you will have of Annaleigh...aka "the little fighter".

Teri said...

I know nothing I could say could ease your pain. Prayers for your little angel and your family.

Anonymous said...

Loved, indeed. Sorry doesn't begin to describe it, sweet girl.

~njdcgirl from thebump

Anonymous said...

We've been following your story and praying for your three precious babies. Our hearts are aching for you tonight. Our love and prayers are with you. -Angela & Joe (joesangel from the nest).

Kris said...

I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers to your family.

momma mimi said...

My heart breaks for you all. You've been through so much already. This is just not fair. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

Amy
momma mimi from thebump/TTTC

Brie said...

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so, so sorry.

Maeghan said...

I can't express just how sorry and saddened I am with this news. You and your family are in my prayers tonight.
maeghan21 from WC

Mishi said...

My heart just breaks for all of you. I am so sorry. I have fallen in love with your babies after becoming familiar with Brooke on the TTTC board, and I have enjoyed reading your daily updates about your beautiful triplets. My husband is a triplet, and watching your babies grow has been like a window into what my husband went through as a baby. I desperately wish that this would have resulted in a better ending. :(

Allison said...

I have been following your story on The Nest and words can't express how sorry I am. I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Allison (Abcteach)

Melissa said...

There are no words that I can say for how heartbroken I am for you & your family. You & Joe are amazing parents and have shown Annaleigh a lifetime of love & devotion in the far too short time that she will be in your arms. She has touched the lives of so many & will always be loved.

Melissa
(bunney/WC)

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. I will be praying for you. As a Mom who lost one of her multiples, I can tell you there are no words to describe how you must be feeling - I am so sorry you have to go through this.
~Melissa

Christi said...

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry this is happening.

Anonymous said...

Annaleigh is loved by more people than you know. My heart aches for you and the rest of your wonderful family. There aren't words to express how the story of your three wonderful amazing babies has touched the lives of so many. I wish you as much peace as possible during these trying times. Annaleigh will continue to be loved in all of our hearts.

sadie607 said...

Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your little Annaleigh really is loved.

Anonymous said...

You dear, sweet parents. Your daughter (as well as her siblings) have been loved and touched by many people who you don't even know. Although I cannot sympathize with losing a child, I have lost people close to me. I'm sure losing an innocent baby will not be easy, but you can rest assured she will no longer be in pain. Much love and prayers to you and your family. Be well and know you will see her again.

A grateful follower.

Mozzer said...

To only say I'm sorry is to sound too trite and insignificant for the pain you must be experiencing. I am utterly heartbroken for you. Life is not fair at all. I hope your remaining time with Annaleigh is long and loving, she can feel your comfort.

Mozzer from the private board

Jamie said...

There are no words to express how sorry we are...Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you.

Abbie said...

I am so so sorry. My prayers are with you, your husband, and your family. I have been praying for you and following your blog since hearing about everything on the TTTC board a while ago. I was so hopeful for the babies. My prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

I, too, have been following your blog via The Bump. My heart is aching for your family. Many prayers are being said tonight for you, Brooke, Annaleigh, Charlie, and Lily.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all...Just from following your blog, is obvious how much love you gave to Annaleigh-she knows. I'm so sorry.

Kristen said...

I have no words other than you and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry!

The Home Cook said...

I'm so incredibly sorry. Words cannot fully express how much. I've been thinking about you guys since I got the news, hoping and praying that there would be a miracle, that Annaleigh would be OK. I still can't believe this is happening to your sweet baby girl. My heart breaks for you both, for your families and for everyone who loves Annaleigh.

You know I'm here for you in any way that you need me. (((HUGS)))

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. Little Annaleigh is loved by many. I am praying for a miracle.

Michelle said...

My heart is breaking for you and your family right now. I am in tears trying to imagine what you all are going through. All of my prayers and positive, healing thoughts are with you. I can't even imagine how hard this is. Treasure the time you have left with your daughter.

JDG2007 said...

May God welcome her with open arms and light the candle behind your heart with her love.

Many Blessings,
Jennifer

togetherbetter said...

Brook and Joe,

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Annaleigh and your family. *hugs* She is very very very loved!

Alissa

Sara and Dustin said...

My thoughts are with you and your family.

(sourpop from the bump)

Anonymous said...

Brooke & family - we know you only through SAIF, but you have been so open with your journey that I feel we do know you. There are no words for a tragedy like this...a parent should never have to outlive his or her child. Sweet Annaleigh has been lucky to have such doting parents in the time she has been with us on Earth, and I know she will make the most beautiful angel. We are praying for Annaleigh and for your family.

Bridget said...

I am completely heart-broken for you all. You are such a wonderful family and I am so sorry that you are dealing with the pain of losing a child. Annaleigh is loved. You are all loved.

Bridget aka travelbug

Michele from FTHS said...

I am so, so very sorry. Katie just texted me and I immediatedly checked the blog. I have her and you in my prayers. God bless you, Annaleigh!!!!

k-mart said...

I am so sorry you are all going through this. My heart is breaking for you. Following the babies progress has been a daily event for me and to hear the devastating news about Annaleigh today was shocking. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May you have the strength to get through this awful time. You are amazing parents. Sending you hugs.

Annie and Jason said...

I've been living a year and a half of living on hope. While you are in the dark hours at this very moment...just know there are thousands of us out here PRAYING for Annaleigh's miracle. Keep the faith, hold eachother and that little girl tight and know she is so loved.

Annie (sweater)

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Anonymous said...

My heart is aching for you and your family. May peace come to you and your family soon.

Jade said...

Brooke and Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I have been thinking of you all day. I am so sorry.

Jen said...

Brooke and Joe..
I can't imagine your pain. There just are no words. My thoughts are with you and your family. Holding out for a miracle..

lvisser said...

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I am one of those perfect strangers that has been following your blog and have fallen in love with your babies. Blessings and prayers go out for you now. Words cannot bring you peace , I know, but you are awesome parents and Analeigh has had an amazing experience of love from you!!
love from Cathy in Sydney, Australia

SaraBelle said...

I am so very sorry! I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Sara (beefsbride)

HesseTwins.org.com.biz said...

I am so sorry. I have no words. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

Rosie said...

I'm so so so sorry :*( You are all in our thoughts and prayers. You are all such special people, I pray for your strength in this time.

Layne said...

I couldn't help but drop what I was doing to tell you how sorry I am. I am a NICU nurse in Florida and just stumbled onto your blog. I have really enjoyed reading and sharing in your excitement. I will admit that Annaleigh had become my favorite because she was doing so well! She was such a little rock star (room air? awesome!) and she had me cheering for her and her brother and sister to catch up.

I hate NEC. It's so insidious and this is what it does. Takes healthy babies from loving parents. Other things I can handle, especially because I can see them coming. But NEC is awful and sneaks up on you. Makes well babies sick. And a lot of times you only know when it's too late. I hate it and I hold my breath when I see babies thriving. I worry for them. I am so so sorry that Annaleigh is going through this. And I'm pissed that this happened to a sweet, thriving little girl.

I am so impressed by your dedication as parents and your consideration of what is best for her and what is most comfortable for her. Love her and cherish her while she is here and know that she knows that you are there and has been blessed to have you as parents. I'm glad you have nurses that know Annaleigh and who you've bonded with to be with you tonight. God bless and know that you two, Annaleigh, Charlie and Lily will be in my thoughts and prayers.

~Layne

Aliki said...

Brooke,
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Another NJ Nestie

Anonymous said...

Dear Brooke and Joe,

Words cannot express the terrible sadness I feel right now. I'm absolutely heartbroken. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you, sweet Annaleigh.

Catie, Cato3 from Multiple Mamas

Michelle and Gary said...

Brooke and Joe- I am so sorry to hear this news. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Rachel said...

I am so sorry you are going through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rachel (rachel06 TTTC)

Anonymous said...

I am another stranger who has been following your story since before your beautiful babies were born. Every day I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing their sweet faces. I am so heartbroken to read this tonight. I have been unable to stop the tears. I am so sorry for your family. It's just not fair.

Annaleigh is very loved. And she knows she is loved because you are there with her to comfort her. I firmly believe you will all be together again. I will continue to keep your sweet babies in my prayers.

~*~ Rita Danielle ~*~ said...

I'm so very sorry. Annaleigh is loved so much and so is the rest of your family. You will all be in our hearts and prayers.

Amber said...

No words. No words at all.

I am sorry that you aren't going to be able to keep your beautiful little girl with you for longer. You all deserved a long long happy life together. But she is such a loved baby (and I know she knows she is loved). Her life will be far far too short, but she will have been lucky to have such beautiful parents and siblings and I know you were lucky to know her. I am so so sorry. You all deserve so much more time together. I'm just so sorry.

Tracey said...

You don't know me. I'm on SAIF. I'm sorry. So sorry. I'm praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

Brooke, Joe, and to all of your family I am sooo sooo sorry this is happening. I have had such high hopes for Annaleigh. I read your blog faithfully everyday and even though I haven't met your children, I feel as if I and (we) all know them. I am still praying there is some miracle out there that will save her. My thoughts and prayers are w/ you tonight and always. I even had Cayden say a prayer w/ me for your precious angel Annaleigh.
We love you!!!
Carolyn and Cayden

Pyjammy Pam said...

My heart is very heavy for your sweet, beautiful annaleigh. she has touched so many lives, along with her whole family. You are all in my thoughts. I can't express my sorrow enough, it's impossible.

Jenn said...

I am so sorry. I pray that you find some level of comfort and peace in Charlie and Lily as you struggle with this difficult time. Your beautiful family is always in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

K said...

I am another one of those Nesties who has followed your story, but who you don't know. I am praying hard and without ceasing for a miracle for Annaleigh. She is loved, and you both are loved. I will continue to pray for a miracle, and, more importantly, for peace and love to surround you all at this time.

(sweetsurrender09 from TTTC)

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

L and W said...

She is loved around the world.

MrsSisler said...

Sending up continual prayers for your family.

Lexie McCrillis said...

No words I say will make this feel better, so I will not even try. My prayers are with you and your family. Lord be with you through this very difficult time. Baby Annaleigh is so very loved, by all.

kim said...

Brooke and Joe,

I have no words. Only tears for a baby I have never met, yet feel like I know thanks to your blog. Although we don't know each other, please know that my husband and I are keeping sweet Annaleigh and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Kim and Keith

Gretchen said...

I am so so so very sorry! I can't imagine the heartbreak and what you must be feeling! You both are so strong! Give her lots of kisses and love from all of us!
You continue to be in our prayers!!!

Christie said...

Your family is in my prayers.

Kiane said...

I have followed your blog daily for a very long time now. And although I don't actually know you, Annaleigh and all of you are very loved. Words cannot express how sorry I am and I cannot imagine the pain you must be going through. This is so unfair. I am so, so heartbroken for you - there are not even words. You are amazing parents & Annaleigh has touched the lives of so many, will continue to be thought of all the time and loved. She will be a wonderful guardian angel to her brother and sister. My love and prayers are with you.

~ Kiane (kianew from SAIF)

smellslikehome said...

There are just no words to say how sorry I am that your family is going through this right now. I actually got up out of bed tonight hoping to find a great post about Annaleigh's surgery and I never expected this. Remain strong and know that Annaleigh will be loved no matter the outcome of this. You all will remain in my prayers.

G said...

there are no words for this. my heart is broken for you all. i am so so utterly sorry. just so sorry.

Lori (o: said...

Your daughter Annaleigh will always be in my thoughts.... What an amazing little fighter. God bless you Annaleigh.

Sunny said...

I'm another stranger you've never met, but have been following your blog since before the babies were born after seeing you on SAIF (I'm on TTTC). I was so hoping not to be reading this post as there were so many prayers for a miracle today... mine included! I will continue to pray that a miracle will happen for Annaleigh tonight. I pray for comfort and peace for you and your family. She is very blessed to have you as her parents. I will keep you all in my prayers and continue to keep the faith for you. Know that there are so many people praying for Annaleigh right now.

Diana Lopez said...

Praying for AnnaLeigh and all your family........

Flutterby918 said...

I am sitting here reading this with tears streaming down my face. This may seem strange but I feel as if I know your babies, just from reading the wonderful updates you leave daily. I will pray for a miracle to occur and for strength for you and your loved ones in this time of need. I am so sorry that you have to experience this, I wish there was more that I could say. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

BreezieGirl said...

I was linked to your blog tonight and my heart is breaking for you and your family. Your dear, sweet Annaleigh is truly loved. I'm praying for you all.

roswellgahokie said...

Your baby girl is SO loved - by you, family, your hospital family, the readers who send prayers... My prayer is that she and you will feel that love surround all of you as God brings her back into his arms...I'm just heartsick for all of you. You don't know me but I'm holding all of you in love and light. I've also lit a candle for your baby girl to light her way home.

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