Saturday, May 29, 2010

Our Second Family Reunion

Last week we had a big second-family get-together...with our NICU family! I used to spend about 40 hours a week in the company of these wonderful people, so I really missed them and was looking forward to getting together since the day The Kid was discharged from the hospital.
The Kid with Becky, his primary night nurse. She is so gentle and kind--The Kid loves her!
The Kid with Linda, another night nurse. She was The Kid's nurse a lot during his first few weeks of life, but then a sweet little 23-weeker was born and Linda became her primary, so we didn't have her any more after that. But I think that The Kid was one of her favorites, because she would always come visit him. She loves taking pictures--she's the one who took the Flat Stanley pictures and the dollar bill picture. She also took pictures on his one-month, two-month, and three-month birthdays. And she was kind enough to get The Kid a gift (a wrist rattle) the day before his discharge. We miss her!Our NICU buddies! It's always fun getting together with them.
Us with Annie--the OT who works miracles. She and I became very close when The Kid had so, so many issues with learning how to eat. When we were discharged, she told me to call every so often with updates. A few weeks ago, I called to tell her that The Kid was nursing like a champ. At the reunion, she said that she was SO HAPPY to get that message, and she wanted to know my secret. Apparently pretty much no one who doesn't learn how to nurse in the NICU learns how to nurse at home. She was very impressed.

We also saw Charlene, Darrin, and Catherine, but don't have pictures with them. They were also our favorites, who we got to know well, and we miss them!

It was a cold, rainy day for a reunion, and The Kid was rather cranky (a combination of being tired, cold, and overwhelmed by lots of things going on around him really doesn't make for a happy baby) but it was entirely worth it. Another year is just too long to wait before I get to see these nurses and everyone again. I think I'll take The Kid back for a visit on his birthday. :)

1 comment:

Heather said...

I love his BYU jacket! That is adorable. Can't wait to hold him this summer!