Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NICU Reunion 2012

On Sunday, we attended our third annual St. Peter's NICU Reunion. We love the reunion, as it gives us a chance to catch up with our favorite doctors and nurses and also with some of the families that we got to know during our stay.

Charlie and Lily both wore new outfits to the reunion, although Lily seemed to think her bloomers looked better on her head than on her tush.

We were happy to get to spend some time with Charlie's primary nurse, Sue. Sue spent countless nights at Charlie's side while he was in the NICU and was always kind enough to wait to take her break so she didn't miss my nightly 3:00am paranoid check-in phone call.

Then Charlie and Lily had their first bounce house experience, although this was as far as Charlie got before deciding that the bounce house wasn't for him.

Lily, however, couldn't get enough of it!

After bouncing, Charlie and Lily helped me make their scrapbook page, which will be hung in the hall of the hospital for current NICU parents to see.

And of course there were treats. My kids may or may not have had cookies and ice cream for lunch. And Charlie had his first taste of cotton candy. Needless to say, he was a fan.

We also spent some time with friends - this is Juliana and Nicholas, NICU grads of a friend of mine!

The highlight for Charlie and Lily was riding the train around the reunion site. We rode twice and they loved it both times!

But for Joe and I, the best part is always seeing Dr. Hiatt, the head of St. Peter's neonatology. Charlie and Lily are alive today because of him and we will never forget what he did for our family.


T.J. said...

What a great post! They've come a long way!

sue said...

Seeing kids like Charlie and Lily must be such a thrill and morale booster for Dr. Hiatt and the nurses in the NICU!! It let's them know that what they do really matters!

cjdubs13 said...

Love!! Tears filled my eyes with happiness seeing your kids have fun at the reunion! I bet your daughter was watching down with a smile on her face :)

Melissa said...

I have been keeping up with your blog from time to time since your Nestie days and I wanted to say that Lily looks soooo grown up now. Your little ones are perfect!

Brooke said...

Aw, such nice comments - thank you everyone :)