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.