Day 14 - July 18, 2007

Conor (my nephew) created a card for me yesterday entitled Baby Magic...being only 8 years old...he sure did get it right. Ciaran and Shay are truly magic!

Both boys continue to make steady gains. Yesterday as a result was a good day. The boys are looking stronger and healthier as each day passes. Both of them are continuing to develop their tiny little lungs and hence are requiring less and less oxygen. This being said, they still require significant support with their breathing, however, we have decided to celebrate every small thing - and we believe the improvements in this area is something to celebrate.

We got the results back this morning of one of the big tests that I had mentioned earlier in the week. The cardiologist came in and did echos on both boys' hearts to see how their murmurs (duct opening on the heart) were doing. Another celebration - both boys still have slight murmurs - but nothing that requires further intervention at this point. The results of this test are a huge relief...and definitely a couple of steps forward!

Still some bigger tests to be done...anticipation and worry accompany the days prior to these tests...but in the meantime, it is very clear that we have much to be thankful for! Hopefully, we will be able to continue to take small steps forward in the upcoming days.

At this point, they are going to become a bit more aggressive with the boys' feeding - as we are starting to prepare for some weight gain in the next few weeks.

Thanks for all of your prayers and thoughts...we truly think that our prayers are being heard!

lots of love to everyone,

cris, liza, ciaran and shay


Heather Brown said...

This blog is great and I am thoroughly enjoying tracking Ciaran and Shay's progress. I'm glad you are able to "celebrate" their progression. Can't wait to continue to "celebrate" with you! Hang in and Cris are a remarkable couple and will get through this!

Heather (and Doyle too)

Anonymous said...

Great seeing you two and the twins yesterday. They really are looking like little men, it made me feel so optimistic.
Take care!

Farrah said...

We are happy to hear things are moving foward :)

Farrah,Dermot and Juliana

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the new members of the family. Hope that all is going well.
All our best wishes.

Phil, Diane, Madison, and Carly

Anonymous said...

Hi Liza,
I was so excited to see the pictures up there. The babies are beautiful! They look great (and you do too, by the way!) Thank you for doing this blog. I look forward to hearing about the boys' progress every day. I'm keeping all of you in my prayers.
Erin Belobradic

Phyl said...

We are so happy with your blog today. You are all in our prayers
Love Phyl Fran.

Anonymous said...

Hi Liza,
Just wanted to let you know your blog is spanning the globe. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Those little miracles will give cris and you the strength to overcome everything!
All our love
Jill, Jim, Trevor & Marc