November 2 - Day 121 - Homecoming

And so today a chapter of our lives closes and we prepare to start the next chapter of our lives. We started today with a great deal of anticipation as Cris and I knew that today was the day that we finally would be able to go home with our whole family. Shay was officially discharged from the hospital this morning as I must admit that the feelings that we experienced were pretty bitter sweet.

Although we are so excited to start this next chapter of our lives today, we too were very sad to say good bye to some of the phenomenal people that we met during our four month stay at Women's College Hospital. Over the course of these four months, many of the staff at Women's have become much like family to us. They have cared for us, listened to us, supported us, laughed with us and cried with us. They provided support every minute of every day. I will forever be indebted to the staff at Women's College. Cris and I feel blessed to have met the people that we have and we look forward to maintaining some of these friendships in life.

Mixed with these feelings of sadness, were overwhelming feelings of pride and excitement. Cris and I felt a great deal of pride today as we packed our boys into their car seats and prepared to leave the hospital. Ciaran and Shay have come a long, long way. Looking back over our journey, we can't feel anything but pride when we think about their determination and will to live. I dreamed of the day that I would be able to leave with them in their car seats...and today this dream became a reality. We recognize that the journey is far from over as we have numerous follow up appointments still to attend - appointments that will likely continue to instill fear in Cris and I - however, what we have realized is that at this point we can only hope and pray that Ciaran and Shay will have the best possible outcomes.

The boys are already keeping us very busy at home. Cris has taken three weeks off work to assist with the transition which I am so thankful for. I apologize for not getting to this post sooner - as we have not had much of a second since we got home. We try to catch naps when the boys nap and find there is not much down time in between. We plan on keeping up the blog up and going with at least weekly updates.

To all of you - a sincere thank you for joining us on this long and difficult journey. We would not have been able to get through the past four months without your support. From your thoughts, prayers, encouraging words, phone calls, emails and visits - we are so very thankful. This post finds me for the first time really lost for words as the feelings that I have surrounding the support from our family and friends cannot fully be described. As long as you know, that we love you and appreciate you more than you will ever know.

We will post some of pictures from our last day at the hospital and our homecoming over the next day or so.

With lots of love,
Cris, Liza, Ciaran and Shay


Ele said...

Liza and Cris,

We are absolutely delighted for you, I'm sure we're not the only ones who were dying to read about your homecoming.

We hope you enjoy the next few weeks whilst you are at home as a family.....we remember those days well- catch your naps whilst you can!!

Lots of love

Ele, Adrian and Seth

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Anonymous said...

Congratulations Liza and Chris. I'm so happy for you and your family. The boys are gorgeous and are so lucky to have parents like you! I love reading your posts and look for them daily. It's funny - I find myself sad when there's not a new one. I just love hearing about their progress. I'm glad you're going to keep posting them once a week...I need my Ciaran and Shay fix. Good luck with the transition and know I'm always thinking of you.


Heather Brown said...

Welcome Home Ciaran and Shay!!! What great news Cris and Liza - we can't wait to see pictures of the boys at home and we certainly are very much looking forward to meeting them soon!

Enjoy your time at home with your little men!

Heather and Doyle

Anonymous said...

We are SO! happy for you. Congrats :0) It's normal to feel what you are feeling,bringing home two babies. Things honestly get easier. If you ever need extra help we are not far, just call.
Hope to see everyone soon.

Farrah, Dermot and Juliana...

Anonymous said...

Liza and Cris,

What great news, I am so excited for you all, and pleased to hear that your family has been reunited at home, a home that the boys will enjoy and be loved!!

Congratulations to you all and enjoy every minute

Mary Sala

Anonymous said...

Liza and Cris-

We are so absolutely thrilled for you. Those little boys are so amazing and the fact that you can enjoy them in your own home now is so special. Wooohooooooooo! Enjoy it all and I will talk to you soon-XO
Allyson (bruce, beck and rian too)

Anonymous said...

Dear Liza and Cris,

Mayer and I are so very happy for you. I'm sure all your friends and family have been hoping and praying for the day the boys would finally come home with their Mom and Dad.

They seem to have inherited your strength and determination. Good for them! They've chosen great parents.

We send you our love, prayers and best wishes.

Many hugs to all of you.......
Ninette & Mayer

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Anonymous said...

Welcome home gang! Congratulations! It's been a long and windy road to finally get to where you are now. I know you have learned so much from this experience but the best is yet to come. Enjoy this time at home. I know you'll be super busy and it will be hard to savour all those special moments but they grow up so quickly. Do I sound like a mom whose baby is already in S.K.??
Congratulations again. I'm so happy for all of you.
Nancy, Mark and Joshua

Phyl said...

Hi Liza Cris Ciaran Shay.

Welcome home Could not get onto the blog Fixed now. So pleased the boys are home. Its going tobe hard work which iam sure you and Cris are going to be very happy looking after your boys

Lots of love
Phyl Fran xxxx