This year was much less eventful than the prior two. We didn't need the Operating Room, thank goodness. We tried to do things the babies would like, eat great food, and focus on experiences. As usual, we wanted to keep the babies away from any unnecessary exposure to germs and illness.
We got up early for a breakfast snack of rice pudding and then headed out. Our first agenda: Snooze for gluten free pancakes! The little dragons were very patient and even were told they had great sets of lungs (there were a few mini screaming matches with other babies). Although we felt like we should have brought our handheld vacuum, everything went really well at our breakfast. The blueberry pancakes were a hit and James tried "taytos", which he loved also.
After pancakes we split up; Jimmy took the babies adventuring while I had a long doctors appointment. They visited Wings Over the Rockies Museum and while they were there, they saw local pilot and news anchor Amelia Earhart. She is heading off on a flight around the globe and they were able to participate in her send-off. The little dragons were very popular apparently, and I don't doubt it. They are cute and very friendly.
Afterwards we headed home, stopping at Sonic for Strawberry Lime-aids (our last meal before delivery two years ago). We got Cinnamon ice cream for the birthday kiddos, which they absolutely loved - and then came home for a dinner of green chile chicken enchiladas.
After dinner and phone calls and FaceTime with family, we read our favorite book (Goodnight Little Dragons). We also read birthday cards from GGP which were a big hit with the little dragons.
Two years ago, we were at the edge of a cliff and about to jump off without parachutes. It was the most terrifying time of our lives. Even though we were prepared for preemies and the NICU, it was more than we bargained for. Luckily, our determination and resilience helped us a lot.
Two years later seems like a lifetime away, in some ways. But, we still have medical bills from hospitalizations and surgeries and illnesses that stem from our babies' prematurity. We struggle with insurance companies, doctors, providers; all in the hopes of aligning for the best care.
There's no more "adjusting" for prematurity. The babies are two, and that's it. They wear 12 month clothes and are ahead in some areas and behind in others. And- that's okay. We'll take it! For kids who weren't supposed to be here they are doing fantastic and thriving.
Happy 2nd Birthday, babies.