Well, we don't have any huge updates, but I know that if I hadn't heard what has been going on, I would want to know what was going on, and that is just a fancy excuse for me to blog and share pictures. :). So here goes.
As of today, the boys weigh 14 lbs 5 oz. Owen has pretty much caught up in size to his brother, and I really can't tell them apart anymore! I am glad that they are color coded, and that they have name bands on; however, they are developing very distinct personalities, even at such a young age!! Owen is feisty and tends to get upset faster and easier than Emmett. Emmett, on the other hand mostly just chillaxes most of the time. He does get worked up, but it seems like he is easier to calm. Gosh they are cute! Even when they are cranky!!
The separation surgery has been tentatively-but-most-likely set for Saturday, August 24th. It is less than 2 weeks away, and this momma is very anxious about it. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in this life but "death and taxes," but these little babies have prayers and love and God preceding their surgery, and hopefully the same during and after their surgery. I'm going to kneel on faith, and ask for their protection, health, and safety, and I am going to ask those of you who believe in The God of Grace to do the same!
On Friday, we took family photos of all the boys together! They are certainly not 'picture perfect' photos, but they will certainly be cherished!! Ethan loved on his baby brothers and pet their heads, and tried to figure out how he was going to tell them apart. The nurses and child life specialist did a great job of making him feel important and special, and for that I am so grateful! Liam cooed at the babies for about a minute, and then he had seen enough. He really wanted to touch them, but we wanted to be extra cautious of germs since Emmett and Owen will be having surgery very soon. So Liam only got to look. The staff here is absolutely amazing! We could not be more pleased with them!
Dave and I have been discussing the state of affairs concerning our pup and cat. We love them, the kids love them, but because we live in an apartment, we can't just put them in the backyard with food and water; we have to be available to walk the dog at regular intervals, and put food out for them (because Oxford would eat all the cat's food if we left food out all the time). As a result, we decided that we needed to find a new home for them. My grandmother found a good home for Oxford, and we took him to his new family yesterday, and Cortez (the cat) became grandma's mouser). Last night was a lonely night with all the animals gone, Liam visiting my grandma, Dave and Ethan in Arkansas, and Emmett and Owen in the nicu. Our apartment was very quiet and still. But, both of our pets are in good homes where they will be taken care of.
In other news, I had the opportunity to hold/cradle my babies today for the first time! It made my heart so happy that my eyes overflowed with my heart's happiness! AND, I earned two beads for Emmett and Owen's 'beads of courage' jars! Each time they have a procedure, or are poked or prodded, or they undergo pretty much anything, they are rewarded with a new bead. I adore this program because as a parent of a nicu baby(s), it helps to feel like the baby(s) are being rewarded for all the things each one has to endure. Their jars do not have the same amount of beads, or the same type of beads, but what a great story to tell them when they get older!
So, I guess all in all, the boys are growing and getting stronger, surgery is scheduled for the 24th unless something changes between now and then, the big brothers were FINALLY able to meet the little brothers, I got to cradle my babies for the first time EVER, and our animals have new homes, and that should bring everything up to date!!
Until next time, hug your babies and cherish them, and God bless you all!!