A friend recently asked me if seeing all the old faces of the NICU brought back bad memories and old feelings. Definitely not!! I feel that the NICU reunion gives us a chance to "show off" our girls and prove to everyone how powerful the "power of prayer" really is. Without each and everyone of the amazing people in that hospital, and without each and every one of your prayers our girls would not be where they are today.
I remember last year going to the reunion. The girls had only been home for a little over a month at that point. Terry and I thought that it may be a small gathering of a few hospital personnel and a few NICU grads. Boy were we wrong!! At that point in our lives we truly didn't understand how great of an accomplishment being a NICU graduate actually is, and that it IS something to celebrate. Every year over 3000 grads, doctors, nurses and parents gather to celebrate surviving the NICU. This year was no exception. It was incredible to see some old faces and to reflect back on how far we have actually come in the last year or so.
We had been watching the weather for a few days leading up to Saturday morning (the 21st). The forecast wasn't looking so great. Saturday was the one day in like a month that it was supposed to rain. I got up Saturday morning to find it raining. I turned on the news and the forecast showed that the rain should pass through by 9:00a.m. and it should be a pleasant day. So we decided to head on out to the park. It was sprinkling on the car ride there and we were wondering if we should take the girls out, since they are still getting over their colds. But to our surprise, once we arrived at the park the rain cleared up and it was pleasantly cool outside. It was a beautiful morning.
The park was filled with bounce houses, seriously like 10 massive, full size bounce houses, vendor tents, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a kiddie train. As we entered the festivities, we ran into one of our doctors from the NICU. She immediately remembered us and kept commenting on how amazing the girls looked. She asked me "didn't we tell you that she would never be able to walk" (referring to Addison). I replied with "yes, and I'm so thankful that you were wrong". The doctor laughed, gave me a hug and said that God is the only logical explanation as to why our girls are doing so well. I agreed!