Saturday, May 18, 2013

NICU Reunion

What a day! We are exhausted. After a full day of car seats, sunshine, and seeing our friends at PSL we are finally home. It was an amazing day and I am so glad we had this opportunity to catch up with everyone.

We arrived at the Denver Zoo just after 10am to find absolutely NO parking. There was a race finishing up at City Park and a generous runner gave us his spot in the last row. We unloaded our gear: babies, carriers, stroller, diaper bag, supplies - and headed to the entrance. It was packed with families and children of all ages going to the reunion. We heard there were over 1200 people attending.

We met up with many of our nurses and doctors, including Dr Hawkeye, Dr Irish K, Dr K, and Dr Z. We saw nurses L and M, two of our absolute favorites. And our highlight was meeting up with our friends Braedyn, Dana, Chris and Ryan and Liam, Jen, and Matt. It was bittersweet because Liam's twin Lily is in the PICU at PSL (thoughts and prayers are needed).

We told our story about our pProm experience and PSL on camera for the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Foundation, with hopes that it will help others in our situation. You can watch our story here starting at 7 minutes 45 seconds.

It was muggy and hot out, and the little dragons were very overheated. We managed to see a few animals (giraffes, leopards, and cheetahs) before leaving for PSL to see the rest of our primary nurses.

At PSL we met up with nurse M, nurse C, and nurse H, along with respiratory tech J. It was so great to spend some quality time with our good friends there. We found out that the NICU will be moving to its new location on the little dragon's first birthday, June 26th. We heard time and time again how well behaved the babies were. And, people are quite impressed with their hair, eyelashes, and cuteness.

Maisie blew lots of raspberries and showed off her flexibility. James smiled and talked to everyone, and even sternly told the doctors how he felt. They weren't even showing off. I'm so proud of how far they've come.

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