The Parreira family

Today we got a few pics done professionally and we'll post a link to where they are when they are ready but for now..

Liza, Shay, Ciaran and Cris

November 13, 2007 - Transition + new pics

Hi everyone, sorry for the delay but things have been hectic as I'm sure you can all imagine. We have been home now for 10 days or so and we are still adjusting to home life with 2 baby boys.

Our homecoming was indeed something special with many mixed emotions but it was all made clear when we got home to see that 2 storks were waiting to greet us and the boys. The storks were courtesy the staff at Guardian Angels Catholic School in Milton. This is where Liza has been teaching for the last several years. It was a great way to come home. Pics below.

We have been to a few appointments already including Shay's first visit to the pediatrician. During our last visit to the baby doc, both boys got their 4month shots + a shot of RSV - a drug to help them fight off colds if they get one. We also had the boys weighed. Ciaran weighed in at 11lbs 10ozs! Shay weighed in at 10lbs 10ozs! They are big, big boys! All in all, things are good and we are happy to be home!

Now on to the pics... these are the last few pics from when we left the hospital to when we got home along with some pics from the last week.

Bev with the boys (she came in on her off day to see us off, she is awesome!)


The boys in their car seats ready to go!


The boys under the storks!


Close up of Ciaran's stork


Close up of Shay's stork!


Shay with mom and her BELIEVE necklace!


The boys taking a nap with mum!


The boys napping again!


This is Riley with Shay and the Tiger she bought for them. It represents STRENGTH!


This is Shippy with Ciaran and the Lion they bought (it represents COURAGE)

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

Halloween

Our first halloween with the boys was certainly not supposed to be like this, tied up at the hospital for yet another night. But the hospital and the nurses came through yet again. The first picture of the series today is of Colleen, one of the charge nurses of the NICU. We have gotten to know Colleen over the last few months and I have to say that she has taken quite the interest in our 2 little men. It is Colleen who is responsible for the pics below as she is the one that brought in the costumes for the boys and took them trick or treat-ing around the hospital! (They made $2.50 and got some candy) She is super duper kind!

Colleen with Shay (aka Skeletor)


Shay ready to trick or treat


Ciaran resting after doing the halloween thing


Shay rocking it! (see his hand?)


Ciaran


Bev and Michelle with the boys


The boys in that stroller again, who keeps putting them there i wonder :)


That's it folks, we hope you all enjoyed halloween

Cris, Liza, Ciaran and Shay