Day 33 - August 6, 2007

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


Anonymous said...

God has a plan, and while we would love to know what the outcome will be... it is not ours to know. Our children are our greatest gifts, and it is only normal and natural to want what WE think is best for them. The difficult part is that only HE knows what its best for him. Keep being the wonderful parents you are. Those boys are the luckiest boys in the world to have you as parents.
Sweet dreams. Lianne Summers xoxo

Cassandra said...

You are all in my prayers. I love you!

xo Cassandra

Phyl said...

Hi Liza Cris
You are still in are prayers Just came ba ck from England good trip
We are thinking of you hoping the boys will get all the strenght from you and Cris
God bless you all

Love Phyl Fran xxx

Riley said...

I am glad that you can hold the babies. It is like magic in your hands. It helps both of you and the babies feel your magic too!

My heart says things will be okay!

Riley xoxo

Kate said...

Hi Liza I have been thinking about you, Cris and the boys. This must be a very difficult time for you,and I'm sure that you feel emotionally and physically exhausted some days. You and Cris are both very strong people and your faith in God will see you through this. I feel confident that you, Cris, Ciaran and Shay will soon be together as one happy family.

Bev Burian

Rory said...

Hey guys,

A favourite quote of mine talks about attitude and says that "life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it". In reflecting on how you two have faced this adversity in the last month, I certainly see the truth of this statement. You have had the FAITH to trust in God and pray for the best. You have had the HOPE that your boys will overcome their various ailments. You have had the WISDOM to educate yourselves and involve yourselves in the boys' daily care. Finally, you have counted on the LOVE of friends and family to support you in this trying time. With FAITH, HOPE, WISDOM, and LOVE; anything is possible. You are fighting the good fight and the boys are fighting the good fight. May God bless you both and the boys.