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