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12/24/91 — Our NICU Journey Day 38

December 24, 2010

Isaac — 552 grams

Molly — 658 grams


The was the fountain in the lobby outside of labor and delivery. We passed this sculpture every day on our way up to the ISCU. I paced around it when we were asked to leave the unit for rounds or some procedure or emergency. Sometimes I hated this founatin. I remember wondering if I would ever hold my babies like that, smiling and carefree, enjoying normalcy. That is one of the gifts of having a premature baby — you learn to appreciate very simple pleasures and to treasure the often mundane experiences of a healthy life.


Ike, you are still off feeds. They decided to hold them again today. And you are up on your Os again now, but you’ve been OK during the day. Merry Christmas Eve, pal. Don’t worry, Santa knows where you are.


Uncle Ed is here to see you. You have now been off the vent for more than 24 hours and doing great.  They taped your pacifier to your wrist so you don’t lose it. Merry, merry Christmas Eve. Be a good girl — Santa knows.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Irene Freeman permalink
    December 25, 2010 2:14 pm

    I have some feelings about that fountain, too, with its idyllic depiction of motherhood. I would like to have been on the committee that chose it – why not something more abstract?

    Anyway, the Mike and Ollie story continues to be riveting. Keep the posts coming!

    • December 25, 2010 5:10 pm

      Thanks for reading, Irene. It is a beautiful fountain, but there is something a bit intense about it.

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