When new parents bring their babies home from the hospital, they will tell you how awesome it is. They will say how it is all worth it, that it is the most rewarding experience in the world, and that they wouldn't trade it for anything. I will be the first to tell you that they are lying. Bringing even a healthy newborn baby home from the hospital sucks. You are up every couple hours feeding. You are exhausted to the point of hallucination. You learn everything as you go along and worry about every little thing your kid does. It's completely miserable. When I look back on the fact that we had three little babies at home, on oxygen, that needed to be fed every three hours I wonder how we even survived. Now, was it all worth it? Absolutely! I think after about the 6 month mark, parenting becomes the most awesome and rewarding experience ever. All of that misery is completely justified when your babies start interacting with you. Parents have selective memory, which is why I don't remember the NICU or most of the first 3 months at home, but I remember all the laughs and good times. So remember, when new parents tell you how awesome it is, just smile and agree since they are in a state of temporary insanity and don't know what they are saying.
Today, we went to visit the eye doctor for the first time since last spring. I have to admit that sometimes I am just waiting for the hammer to drop. During our stay in the NICU there were many potential obstacles and it always seemed like one of the three was trying to overcome one of them. I fully expected to hear today that someone was behind in their sight development or that something would be wrong. I am not being pessimistic, but with 28 week preemies there is a pretty good chance that at least one of them is going to have some kind of vision problem. Amazingly enough, everyone was doing fine. Another sigh of relief and another hurdle leaped, although we are not completely out of the woods yet. The miracle that these babies are continues to amaze me everyday.