Last night we got a call from Father Dave (for those of you not from Milton - Father Dave is our parish priest from Milton who married Cris and I a year ago). His timing was perfect - after a really hard day at the hospital, an enlightening call was just what the Doctor had ordered. Father Dave has been following Ciaran and Shay's progress and has been saying prayers for our family since he heard of their early delivery. He was calling to see if he could come and visit Ciaran and Shay the following day (Monday) . He also kindly offered to baptize our boys should that be a route we wished to go at this point in time.
Like I said, his timing was absolutely perfect. Finding out only hours before that the possibility of Ciaran requiring surgery was more imminent - Cris and I felt very much that having both boys baptized was very important. So - Ciaran and Shay were baptized today in a very small quiet service at the hospital. It was only Cris, Father Dave, Ciaran, Shay and I - it was a very special service - one that I drew a great deal of strength from. We will have a follow up to their baptism at the Church with the boys, Godparents, baptismal candles, etc once we get the boys home. We so look forward to this day.
Following the baptism, Father Dave took us to lunch at a Toronto favourite - Fran's. We had a great breakfast in good company - we really appreciated Father Dave's enlightened words and his strong belief in our two children! It really capped a beautiful morning. Father Dave let us know that he will be holding a mass for the boys in the coming weeks at Holy Rosary and we will update the blog with the details as we know them if there is interest in joining us for this special mass.
Following breakfast, Cris and I went back to the hospital. Shay had a big afternoon - as he came out for a cuddle only on low flow oxygen (it was his first time trying this!) Low flow is the last stage of breathing intervention where the baby breathes completely on his own - and only has small prongs in his nose sending a bit of oxygen to the lungs to help keep his lungs open. He did amazing - and was able to visit for an hour. This is promising - as it will likely be another step forward for Shay in the upcoming week or two as they try to transition him to this breathing intervention.
It's late and we have an early day tomorrow. Sweet dreams everyone...
cris, liza, ciaran and shay