Recent Pics

A few pics we thought we would include with our New Year's posting! Enjoy!

christmas day....

Being tricky - shay :)

too cute - shay

tired shay

ciaran hangin out



mr. personality!

having a more serious moment


happy times!

The 'Bros'

'cheeky' shay

sweet, sweet ciaran

cozy ciaran

inquisitive ciaran

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year everyone! Sorry it has taken us so long to be in touch. Life has been extremely busy and hectic. Ciaran and Shay are doing fantastic. They are growing and developing at a rapid pace…believe it or not, Ciaran weighs over 15 pounds and Shay weighs over 13 pounds. The two of them continue to develop their unique personalities which I love!

Ciaran remains sweet, sweet Ciaran. He has a beautiful disposition…really angelic. He is calm, happy and full of smiles these days. The only time that he ever gets upset is when you pull his bottle out for a burp during a feed – in times like this – he gets sooo distressed – he is too funny! Shay continues to be our feisty one. He makes his needs known to all – he knows what he wants and when he wants it – does he remind you of someone :) He too is good natured - smiling tonnes, getting very strong and is making a lot of gains! He is very expressive and cracks us up on a daily basis. The two of them bring so much love and joy to our lives. I must admit that until now, I never fully understood the overwhelming feelings of love that a parent could feel for her child – it is such a beautiful and special thing!

From a developmental perspective, the boys are really coming along. We have had a number of follow up appointments already and will continue to do so well into the future to ensure that the boys are developing according to plan – and should there be hiccups – we will be able to get timely intervention which is so essential for their future development. I am not sure if you all know – but my MA thesis focused on the importance of early intervention - the knowledge and experience I gained has been really useful now that I can connect it on a personal level. Ironic how many synchronicities there are in life…

Ciaran has already had some access to an early intervention program – we have already been hooked up with an Occupational therapist named Allison. She comes into our home once per week and works with Ciaran on muscle development and tone. She has only been to the house twice so far and the progress he has made during this time is unbelievable…again, we have been reminded of how truly blessed we are and what fabulous resources are available in our community!

The appointments will continue and I am sure that we will continuously be reminded that our journey has only just begun. We recognize that there will be many more bumps in the road to come– but none that we can not handle! For now, we know that we are truly blessed to have these two miracles in our lives….Ciaran and Shay remind us on a daily basis what a gift life is– I have been personally reminded that things truly do not matter – what really matters is the quality of our personal relationships in this world – and this year has really emphasized for Cris and I how many relationships and friendships we should be thankful for.

Every single one of us has so much to be thankful for. 2007 was a year we will never forget – despite the obstacles that we have had to face – we have come through it...with our two little boys fighting! We look forward to what 2008 will bring…we are sure that it will bring continued peace, love and happiness.

To you – our amazing family and friends – we wish you all the happiness in the world. We hope that your year brings you joy, laughter, love and friendship. Thank you for being remarkable people in our world this year – we love you and appreciate you!

love you!
liza, cris, ciaran and shay

Its been a long time, very sorry!

Hi everyone,

Cris here...

We hope there are still people out there. We have not been able to blog much over the last 3 weeks but we'd like to give everyone an update before Christmas + we want to post some pictures for everyone. Pictures will be later in the week...I just don't have them with me right now.

We have had some ups and downs over the last few weeks to say the least.

  • We got to see all of our family through visits to the house (my parents and brothers + kids) and Liza's family at Kellan's baptism. We have also had some of our friends over as well to help out and spend some time with us.
  • Liza's parents have been great with the amount of help they have provided since I starting working on a full time basis again.
  • Ciaran is near 15lbs now and Shay 13lbs
  • Both kids are staring us down like a couple of stalkers and being a bit interactive, including some spontaneous smiling!
  • Both kids are doing things like holding up their heads (Shay is like a groundhog) and we hear the occasional sound other than crying - we'll call it cooing cause we can
Overall, we have lots and lots to be happy about. The boys have no problems eating and sleeping and they are not really fussy about anything. They are wonderful.

Only one to speak of really - a few weeks ago Shay caught the flu. We are not really sure how or from who but let me tell you that this was quite scary thing. Shay ended up being hospitalized for 6 days at Oakville-Trafalgar hospital near our house. The main problem that the flu caused was that Shay was not able to keep his blood oxygen level anywhere near an acceptable level and he required oxygen to keep it up. Personally this was a horrible experience as I had put away the memories of the boys hooked up to the monitors. It was very hard. To top it off, I caught a cold for a few days and I needed to wear a mask and gloves for days to try and make sure I don't make things worse. A real low but we got through it..

Anyway, we hope all of you are well. We are certainly looking forward to 2008. 2007 brought us a lot of good (Ciaran and Shay) but it also brought lots of stress, worry and the like. It will be a year that will never be forgotten. We have managed to get through a lot and we've come out of it stronger than ever.

We are extremely thankful for the support and thoughts throughout our journey. We could never thank you enough for everything that people have done for us over the last 6 months. Yes, the boys will be 6months old on Jan 5th, 2008. Crazy!

We lots of love and thanks,
Cris, Liza, Ciaran and Shay