Monday, January 3, 2011

January 3, 2011

Welcome to 2011! I hope the new year brings happiness and good health to you and your family!

On Sunday we enjoyed having the Jenson's and Vendlinski's over. These families also had micro preemies and provided what I will term supportive outreach while we were in the NICU. I still remember how stunned and grateful I was to receive a package from a complete stranger at Charlotte's bedside in the Marquette NICU. Lindsey Jenson had sent a care package with reading materials and Charlotte's first preemie clothes - a red and white dress and a pretty pink hat. Then, while we were in Milwaukee the Vendlinski's were in town for a marathon and they took us out for dinner where we met their preemie twins turned perfectly health toddlers. Since then we've met for the occasional dinner in Houghton (including another mom who wasn't able to make it on Sunday). Anyway, they're good people and their blogs are linked to the right.

The students are gone for winter break, so we were able to take advantage of the ballroom in our building and let the kids run around. Here's a rare moment when they were all standing still after Patrick turned off the Vikings game for a bit of Yo Gabba Gabba.

Willow and Charlotte looking pretty serious.

Catherine, Willow, Charlotte, and Lewis. I took about 5 or 6 pictures and this might be the only one where they're all looking in the general direction of the camera. :)

Charlotte may not be looking at the camera in this one, but at least her glasses are on!

Charlotte has discovered the empty cupboards resulting from our packing. Who needs pots and pans when cupboards are such great play spaces?!

I mentioned in my previous post that Charlotte has been throwing up again. She has lost about one and a half pounds as a result, so Patrick and I have started thinking it might be best to return to the GJ Tube. Today we called CHW to find out what Dr. Stephens thought, and he is very opposed to this backward step and considers it a last resort. Since she has lost weight he, of course, wants to see her in clinic. So, we'll be making one more trip to Milwaukee on Friday. Unless Charlotte stops throwing up, and that's what I'm hoping for!

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