Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The End of Something Can Be a Good Thing . . .



Sometimes the end can lead to great beginnings.
I am sooooo happy to say it is the end of the NICU for us, and I am bursting to announce the beginning of our family life with the twins.
Let the chaos begin!

 Our driving back and forth from home to the NICU, never ending pumping to keep my milk supply up, guilt from leaving our girls over and over again to go to the hospital, guilt from not spending enough time at the NICU with the boys, and the stress of watching the monitors beep and flash when one or both boys heart rate and oxygen saturation would drop is now over!
No more!
Finished!
Done!
 Here's how it all went down . . .

Levi was doing so great, the Dr. took his feeding tube out and told us to prepare for his homecoming in a couple of days but...

that night he started having a lot of bradycardia episodes and would need to be in the NICU for a while longer. We thought he was slowing down so his little brother had a chance to catch up.
Caleb took the chance and ran with it. He actually pulled his feeding tube out himself and came home 4 days later.

We put them together one last time in the NICU

       Caleb's bassinet is all stripped clean while Levi on the left was left behind.

       Because the girls were under 18 and it was flu season, they weren't allowed to see the twins in the NICU. After over a month and a half of waiting, they finally met their brother Caleb for the first time.
                                                            It was love at first sight!
                      They took him hiking, gave him a bath and showered him with loves and kisses.
3 days later, to our surprise Levi progressed enough to join his brother at home. . .


with his sisters.
We are one big happy family with a lot of diapers, laundry and love!

Stay tuned for more living . . .

19 comments:

Christina said...

YEAH a new post!!

I love that each girl has a baby brother to hold at all times---so so so precious.

As you said "Let the chaos begin!"

Meiken said...

This post brought BIG tears to my eyes! SO happy the boys are home with their big sisters. I went to visit Max's place today and talked about his baby brothers. I know he is so happy as we all are for these 2 blessings! Good luck with the laundry. We will have to plan a trip to help you. xo

Rachael said...

YAY! So exciting! So happy for you guys that they are finally home

Kiwi said...

Yeah, so excited to hear that everyone is now under the same roof. The girls look like they are going to be awesome little helpers.

Ann said...

The miracle you didn't mention is that amid sleep deprivation, feedings & diaper changes you sacrificed to share your joy with all who love you by posting news & pictures of Caleb & Levi.

Darcy said...

SO SO happy for all of you! The day you finally leave the NICU for the last time feels so surreal and so wonderful! YAY!!!

Meghann said...

This post and especially the pictures of the girl with their brothers made me cry for joy. YAY!

Rachel said...

Okay, I teared up too. I'm so glad there is a baby for each girl!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!

ERK, MRK, & GRK said...

Oh goodie! Thanks for posting, I have tears in my eyes, we are so excited for you all. The boys are just precious and your girls just continue to cuter and cuter. What darling little helpers you have! Miss you!

heather c said...

Oh, such wonderful news!!! I'm so happy that your little guys are finally home where they belong. Enjoy the crazy:).

The Family Stone said...

I think all moms got teary-eyed with this one! They are so sweet and we are oh so excited for your whole family!! :)

Brittany said...

yay! so glad to see that the boys are home! welcome home Levi and Caleb! They are beautiful Harris fam! So excited for you guys! :)

JCBrooks said...

I can't wait to read your blog in three years when these boys are turning your house upside down! :-) Good thing you have all that property for them to run on. Congratulations and much happiness Yay!!

Annalisa said...

marvelous reunion for all. loves & hugs, anna

michelliebean said...

Oh YAY! I am so glad that they are home and that you have such awesome help from your girls! Thank you so much for keeping us updated!!

The Bishops said...

Yeah!! SO glad to hear the boys are home. What a fun and new little adventure you will all have now! Looks like you have the 2 best little helpers in town!

Deb said...

Love Love LOVE this post! Thanks for taking the time to keep your fan club in the loop. Lots of loves and hugs to your cute lil fam!

Kristine said...

Thank you for sharing, Looks like you will have plenty of help!