Reflecting back on 2012 brings with it a flood of memories...some emotionally difficult to revisit, but mostly happy times. We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in early June and little did we know we would meet our greatest blessings a few weeks later. As we toast in 2013, we have more to be thankful for than ever before...our sweet Drake & precious Kennedy.
It's hard to believe that I spent the majority of 2012 on bed rest and then living in a hospital. Our NICU journey showed us we are stronger than we ever thought possible and just how mighty our little babies are, too. 140 days in total is how long we spent at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital. 3,360 vigilant hours, 201,600 minutes at their issolette/crib sides; rooting, praying, singing, talking and letting them know we were there. We were blessed to be able walk out of the hospital on November 1st with Kennedy and the 10th with Drake; our precious miracles. We also left with some very dear life-long friends we made along our journey. The medical staff of Dallas Presby became our extended family, and we look forward to staying in touch over the years to come. They will be able to take pride in each of Drake and Kennedy's milestones and accomplishments which will be made possible thanks to their hard work.
Since our last post on Friday, we have had a visit from Papa and enjoyed a fun filled family weekend. Thanks to the weather outside, it has made being stuck in doors seem like an ideal situation. They both continue with their daily exercises and Kennedy has started to mimic, which brings us great joy. Drake's congestion and cough are almost completely gone and he has really done well with his bottles. He has been able to take over half by mouth, which is fantastic. The occupational therapist with ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) will be coming to work with Drake in the morning, and we have their 6 month doctor visit on Friday. I am already dreading all of the shots on Friday which will include their next round of Synagis in addition to their other immunizations. Looks like Brian will arrive home to some cranky babies.