We had nice visits with the babies today too. This morning I went to the NICU alone while Joe was busy at the bank opening accounts for the babies – three college educations won’t come cheap! I held all three babies while I was there, although all of them were on the fussy side. The damp, dreary weather must have been affecting them – they just wanted to stay snuggled up in their isolettes. This evening the babies had lots of visitors. My mom and Nana came up with Joe and me and had a great visit. Nana comes to see the babies every 2 weeks and enjoys every second of her visits. She learns new songs each time so she can entertain them with fresh material. Along with the standard “Twenty Froggies,” a song that my great grandmother used to sing and that Nana used to sing to me when I was little, she also modified a song called “Oh Johnny” for Charlie:
Oh Charlie Oh Charlie
You are my love
Oh Charlie Oh Charlie
What makes me love you so?
You are handsome it’s true
And when I look at you
Oh Charlie Oh Charlie Oh
I am definitely memorizing this so I can sing it to Charlie too. I love it!
During my morning NICU visit Annaleigh’s nurse asked if she could introduce a new dad to me. His wife had given birth to twins a few days ago at 24 weeks 5 days and the nurse thought it would be good for him to speak to someone with babies of a similar age. I spoke to him briefly while I was holding the girls, and when I was done he and I stepped outside the NICU to talk a bit more. I tried to answer his questions the best I could, and he kept repeating “My wife and I are so scared.” My only response was “I know, but it DOES get better, really.” Talking to him made me look back on our last 6 ½ weeks in the NICU and it made me realize that it really DID get better. And I am so grateful that we seemed to have reached the “better” part of our NICU journey. Instead of being afraid to enter the NICU each day for fear of bad news we now can’t wait to rush in there to cuddle our babies and see how they’ve grown. I was also pleased that the nurses think our babies are doing well enough to be used as comfort for new preemie parents. We know that things could still change in an instant so we try to remain prepared for that, but we are enjoying each and every improvement our babies are making and savoring every time a nurse or doctor says, “When they go home…” or “In just a few weeks she’ll be out of here…” At this point we are closer to the end of our NICU journey than the beginning and that is a very nice thought indeed.
Charlie is looking so great! He's getting so big that his little gray outfit hardly fits him!
This is what three pounds of Lily looks like!