photo gallery: 1.)Elizabeth and mom 2.)Elizabeth 3.) Ellen and mom 4.) Ellen
Well, yesterday was my birthday and Bo was here to celebrate. We drove around Salt Lake and tried to take in some of the sights. The doctors and nurses are always telling me about places I should go, so we took their advice and tried to find a few of them. The city feels pretty small and it doesn’t seem like you have to go far to get from one end of town to the other. We had a nice dinner and saw a movie. Of course there were also several trips to the hosptial. Bo had not been here for 2 weeks and he could not believe how much Ellen had grown. She really is putting on some weight. Elizabeth had a great week as well. She is now IV-free. It is so nice to see them without those in their hands or heads! Bo left late yesterday and now I am back on my own.
I woke up feeling a little melancholy. I actually decided to have a little pity party for myself this morning. I am sad that summer is here and I am going to miss out on all the fun that summer has to offer. No schedules, no homework, just swimming, bicycle rides, and water fights. I really look forward to this time with the kids. I tried to rationalize that this was just one summer out of many, but I wasn’t buying it. I said a rosary and asked for strength. And guess what happened………
As soon as I walked into the NICU the nurses told me that they were going to put the girls in clean isolettes and I was going to get to hold them while they switched them out! So one day after my birthday and one day before their one month birthday, I got to hold my girls for the first time. I cannot express the overwhelming feelings of happiness I had as I held them in my arms. They were so light, it was light holding empty blankets. They did so well. They held their body temperatures and kept breathing so that I was able to hold them for about 10 minutes. I could actually smell them, feel their face against mine, and kiss them. I could not stop smiling…..or crying.