Photo gallery: 1.) Mary Ellen 2.) A little pudgey foot 3.) Ellen opens her eyes 4.) Mary Elizabeth with the cannula 5.) Elizabeth still needing to gain some weight! 6.) Isolette covers made by the 2nd grade
What a great time to have Mother’s Day! Just in time to reflect on the gift of children and how blessed we are to be mothers! I was so happy to be able to go home for the day. I am very non-commital when it comes to making decision on when to leave the girls, so Bo made it for me and booked a last minute flight. I know that Mary Ellen and Mary Elizabeth would probably not know if I was there, but Megan, Michael, and Nicky would. And so with a little nudging from Bo (and Dr. LaPine who said he would take good care of them) I flew to Kansas City for the day. We kept it a secret from the kids and based on their reaction, it was a good decision.
I was so happy to be HOME and see some of my family and friends….I can’t believe it has been a month. We were able to go to church as a family, see some friends, visit our moms, attend a soccer game (wouldn’t be a day without a sporting event), and throw in one very quick picnic. Then I caught the 6:50 flight back to Salt Lake and got to the hospital around midnight. Just in time to say prayers with the girls. Not a bad day!
In the photos you will notice the isolette covers made by the 2nd graders at Ascension. Each square contains a heart painted by the kids and holding a special letter or prayer request. I just love it and so did all the nurses and doctors. A special thanks to Mrs. Growney, Mrs. McDaniel, Mrs. Porter and the kids. What a thoughtful gift!
The girls are doing really well. Mary Ellen is now just over her birth weight…. 1 lb 9 oz. I was talking to the nurse today and we were commenting on how ‘chubby’ she is getting. If you can call a one pounder chubby! But she really does have some fat in her checks and her fingers are not so boney. Now Elizabeth on the other hand, has a little ways to go. She is still almost a 100 grams less than here birth weight. She has been so strong and is slowly but surely making her own strides. She got off the CPAP a few days ago and is on the cannula like her sister (each step requires less artifically produced oxygen and gets her closer to breathing on her own). We had to deal with a little dehydration issue which took her off her feedings for a few days. But now that that is under control, they are concentrating on getting her to gain weight. Small baby steps for our strong little girls.
As you can tell, I am not as good at the blog as Bo is!.. and I am not sure you really want to hear about every little thing. So I will try to commit to posting on Tuesdays and Fridays. We are still asking for your prayers and LOVE your comments and insight, so keep it up! This is not over until I am holding my little girls in my arms and standing in carpool line in Overland Park!
Love and thanks…..and mother’s day wishes,