Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Growing in the NICU
Stephen's Developmental Specialist Julie was so terrific to document and capture Stephen's growth, especially while we weren't there. She took these pics and many more to help us remember that Stephen did come a long way! :) The nurses took to Stephen and loved him for us, so that he would know that he is wanted and loved and cared for in a great way. We are so grateful to the staff at the hospital, as we could not have asked for any better care for our little growing boy.
One of his nurses--Pauline--gave Stephen some character with his comb-over part! :) See his triple chin, too? :)
Each time I came out of the NICU to care for Stephen, Makana would ask, "Is he stronger? Is he coming home?"
After the doctor called to inform us that Stephen would be released, I told Makana. She picked up Abu and Pupu (her monkeys) and started singing, "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!" with them. Yesterday, we walked out of the double doors with Stephen, and Makana did not know what to do, as she was so filled with excitement.