October 4th, 2007 - Day 92

Hi everyone,

The boys will be term this week, meaning that their actual birthday was supposed to be October 6th (not July 5th) and we know in our hearts that this is a wonderful achievement for them. They started out so little and very sick. Looking back on it I don't think we actually realized just how sick they were and as we look around us at the hospital we see a continuous stream of little babies born much too early and we know we have been blessed and lucky.

The boys are continuing their march home. Wednesday and Sunday are bath and weigh days. So yesterday both boys were weighed. Ciaran is now 8lbs 11ozs and Shay is 8lbs 2ozs! It is hard to describe how big this is as we know that a majority of babies are born at or get to these weights within weeks of life but we see preemies around us going home at 5 or 6lbs and comparatively speaking our babies are giants! I think this is a testament to just how much these little miracles are loved but everyone around them. Liza has done an amazing job of being by their side for what seems to be 24 hours a day and the amazing prayers and thoughts that have propelled these two through to this point have been wonderful. We could never thank you all enough. We are in the home stretch, both boys are getting stronger and better at feeding. This is the last step, the one that seemingly has taken the longest and it is tough to look at what appears to be fully healthy and normal babies and know that they have a bit of maturing to do. They are almost there.

Thanks again everyone - we are not out of the woods yet but we are close.
Cris, Liza, Ciaran and Shay


Anonymous said...

Wow-we are all so thrilled for you-the pics are amazing and the boys are so adorable! I can not believe they are 3 months old already and have reached their term gestation! WOW! Time flies. You guys are so amazing and we can not wait to hear more news!!!!
Bruce, Allyson, Beck and Rian

Heather Brown said...

Hard to believe the boys are three months already! We're looking forward to meeting them soon! We continue to send "good thoughts" your way!

Happy Thanksgiving :)

Heather and Doyle

Anonymous said...

Looking good! I can't wait to see you and the boys. I hope you realize that we are all part of your extended family now. Give them a big hug and kiss. P.S. I got my hug too...thanks! See ya soon!
Lots of love, Jo-Anne F.

Anonymous said...

You are all truly amazing. Liza and Chris you have become pillars for the meaning of the word strength. You are both good people and good things happen to good people. Your boys are beautiful and have definitely made a lot of progress. I hear that you are both adjusting well to parenting. Glad to hear it. Take care and happy thanksgiving!


Kemmerson said...

Glad to hear you'll soon be able to take the boys home. Oh and loved the last set of pics! You've got some good looking kids there!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on all the great news! I've finally caught up on all the posts and comments. The boys look great - they really do look big!!
This Thanksgiving must surely hold a lot of meaning for you two!
Nancy, Mark and Joshua Daniels

Phyl said...

The boys have done so wellSo have you and \Cris.
Still lighting the candles for you all.
Love Phyl Fran xxxx

Anonymous said...

Amazing children....amazing parents...what a journey for all of you! Just a bit longer!!
Amy Goldsterry