Before you drift off to sleep each night (or as often as you are inspired to do so) please sing out tunes of love, strength, and courage to the girls to the tune of “Row, Row, Row, your boat…” Sienna, in particular, seems to LOVE that tune above all others and I literally watched her vitals climb today each time I sang it to her. She doesn’t seem to mind what words are sung, or even if it’s just hummed (must be with sincere passion and spirit…) She seems to love the upbeat tunes (yep, mommy’s trademark optimism is in her veins!!!) My favorite way of singing it right now is “Grow, Grow, Grow each day, gently baby girls…you are strong and you are loved, all around the world….”
Quin and I have both seemed to hit a bit of a brick wall physically today, as the lack of sleep, emotions, (and I’m sure my hormones), have us feeling tremendously drained. We took a few hour nap this afternoon after a good visit all day and are on our way back to the hospital now to read and sing more songs. My favorite book to read to them right now is “Bailey by my Side.” It’s “Life lessons from a golden retriever.” As we’ve always known through our golden, Riley (“Big Brother” as he is affectionately called in our home), he holds deep wisdom beneath his kind eyes and fur suit. He seems to sense that something is awry and continues to comfort us each time we come home with his warmth and lack of judgement.
We sat with parents and heard the surgeon’s good report of a baby girl this morning whose daughter was born at 24 weeks (after her mother has had multiple miscarriages previously) who is also fighting like a champion. Their daughter came through the expected heart surgery brilliantly while we were sitting with them. Apparently, all preemies have to have either medication or surgery to close a tiny hole that automatically closes later in full term babies. Sienna is currently scheduled for the same procedure on Wednesday of this week. The doctors give us strength and confidence about how often this surgery is done successfully (and it only takes 5 minutes once they are set up to complete). Please pray for this to go well on Wednesday. Avery’s will be done later.
We received a large, overflowing gift bag of gifts from one of our new dad heroes in the NICU, Mike, who ,bless his beautiful heart, lost his wife to heaven, which is why his daughter was brought into the world via c-section at only 24 weeks . Despite all of the absolutely unfathomable pain that he’s dealing with having lost his wife and then having a less than 2 lb baby girl (“Layla”), per the time stamp on the long gift receipt, he obviously went to Buy Buy Baby over the last day and bought US a massive stock of pastel blankets and winter outfits with things like, “Daddy’s little girl” and, “Mom’s angel” embossed on the gorgeous (full size) outfits and onesies. His little girl was the same size as ours at birth 5 weeks ago, and is now thriving and double that size. She is SO beautiful and was literally doing push-ups today while I stood with him (how many of us could do push-ups at our current age and weight?!?) She has miniature pink boxing gloves attached to her incubator that can’t help but make you smile. Angels are everywhere. He may never know how his confidence that our little girls will definitely need a huge bag of winter clothes touched our heart (yes, it will be winter when they come home).
Overall, the girls have so far had another stable day that has been uneventful — exactly the type of day we want from here on out! Each day they simply wiggle and rest, and enjoy the vibrations of “Grow, Grow, Grow, each day…” is a victory.
On we go…