September 11, 2008

Early Off!







First, I can't believe it's been 7 years since September 11th, 2001. It seems like an entire lifetime has happened between then and now. Back then I was only dating Greta, scheming as to how I could trick her into marrying me. Now, we have 3 little graduates of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital NICU who have turned our life upside down. Last weekend my Mom and Dad came to visit (Mom stayed a few extra days to help us recover from the Lithuania trip) and we attended the NICU reunion. It's such a great experience to see the doctors and nurses who played such an important role in the state our children are in now. At the time, it all seemed like a bunch of tinkering, tweaking and adjusting. Now, it very clear to me that God was guiding their hands to give my kids the best care possible. I will forever be thankful to everyone at St. Joe's for the way my kids are today.

Today my kids were kicked out of the Early On program! Well, kicked out is putting it a little rebellious I guess. We took the triplets for their evaluation at Model Elementary School with Pam and company and, once again, our kids are average or even above average for their non-adjusted age. They are doing so well that they no longer need to be evaluated. Pam, we love you and thank you so much for everything you have done for our kids. Thank you for pushing us to keep advancing them, we are so blessed to have you in our life and look forward to seeing you at the play groups.

I remember sitting in that hot room with Dr. Weiner agonizing over whether or not to continue Greta's pregnancy, or give birth to our children at 28 weeks. I remember hearing all the things that could go wrong at 28 weeks and realized that we were rolling the dice three times. I remember 4 brain surgeries and a long experience in the NICU. To be honest, I am actually glad that some of what we went through is in the blog because I no longer remember the NICU at all. After all we went through, we are told at 18 months adjusted that things are fine. Not everyone is as blessed as we are and I try not to let a day go by that I don't thank God for our three little miracles. Below are shots at St. Joseph Mercy last Saturday that Greta managed to take between doing mini photo shoots for all of the families that attended.

4 comments:

Hanselman Family said...

Isn’t God awesome and amazing!! What great news to hear, normal & average!
Mari Lee said she saw all of you at St. Joes & the kids were having a great day with their Granny there.
Barb

The Buckley Family said...

What great news! Isn't it amazing how all of the good memories of the here and now eventually take over (at leat mostly)?!?

Awesome pics Greta!

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures. Have I got the cutest grandkids ever or what? The NICU is like labor; you forget about it over time (otherwise we would all be only children). Hopefully, Kevin will be able to forget about the game last weekend, too. Take it from a long time Spartan fan, it gets easier to lose the more often you do it.

Love, Granny

Anonymous said...

ohh,i missed them so much:*

ieva