Sunday, August 31, 2008

August Birthday Fun

August is a big birthday month in our family. Claire, Emmy, mine, and Courtney's! This year, three of the four of us celebrated our birthdays at the hospital. (We sure know how to celebrate!) Actually, Courtney almost celebrated his at the hospital too, because I ended up back in the hospital with pneumonia and pleurisy a few days prior to his birthday. What a month it's been! Here are few peeks back at our birthday celebrations. . .
Courtney did a fantastic job making sure Emmy had a great birthday. He took the girls to the Logan outdoor swimming pool for a fun afternoon. After they were done swimming, they came to the hospital to see me, where we ate Olive Garden take-out, watched a movie, and ate donuts to celebrate her big day. She loved it!

I was pretty impressed with Courtney's organizational skills.

The girls arrived at the hospital, each with their own bag filled with pajamas and robes, which they changed into following a quick shower. He had bought the birthday presents, wrapped them, and even had dinner and dessert taken care of. What a guy!

The best part of the day was that the girls got to see Claire for the first time. We were able to have her brought to the NICU window so they could get a peek at her. Emmy had been telling everyone that she would be able to see Claire for her birthday, and we were a little worried if that would work out. Luckily, it worked out that they were able to get a birthday peek after all. Claire cooperated marvelously, and was so alert and wide-eyed. The girls thought it was great! She kept waving her arms around, and they were so impressed that she already knew how to wave and hold up four fingers to show how old Emmy was! What a gal!Dad hit the jackpot with Emmy's presents. . .a "Big Sister" shirt, a little Disney princess portable cd player, and a Little Pet Shop. She was pretty happy!Emmy loved the puzzles and "school clothes" Grandma C and Bop gave her! She can't wait to wear them to Joy School! Emmy is actually quite proud of her birthday celebration. She told us proudly the other day that she's the only one of the girls that got to celebrate her birthday in the hospital! She loved the clothes Grandma & Grandpa J gave her, especially this shirt, which says, "My Dad Rocks!" (Dad thinks it's pretty cool too!) She couldn't have been happier with the purse Aunt Haylee gave her, complete with sunglasses and lipgloss. She thinks it's pretty sassy! Courtney came to the hospital for my birthday, bearing flowers and cards from the girls. He kidnapped me for a night out to dinner, which was a nice break from the hospital scene. We came back to the hospital to see Claire and watched the Olympics together for a bit.

Unfortunately, Courtney's birthday was pretty lame. I was fresh out of the hospital and still not feeling well. For dinner, we ate a meal a neighbor had brought. He didn't even get a birthday cake. The girls were so excited to give him the "Patriots" blanket they had made from some material they had spied earlier in the summer.

Luckily for us, he's pretty happy just spending the night with his girls. He told me that all he wanted is for Claire and I to get feeling better. I sure love this guy. . .He has been a trooper this past month. I don't know what I would have done without him.

He's spent countless hours taking care of all of us, being the mom and the Dad. He was determined to keep things as normal as possible for the girls. The girls had a ball playing with him, and learned to be quite the card sharks!

The night I went back into the hospital, he spent the night at home with Claire, feeding her every few hours with a bottle. He used the smallest nipple he could find so she'd have an easier time adjusting to nursing. After the long night, he was still up and back to the hospital, Claire in tow, by 9:00 am the next morning to be with me. Needless to say, I appreciate and love him so much! I owe him a celebration!


dippyrooroo said...

Wow Kelly. What a month! I'm so glad that you have a such a wonderful husband to help you survive all of this!

Darcie said...

Oh Kelly! I'm so sorry about pnemonia and pleursy (what is that, exactly?). That doesn't seem fair. I hope that ALL of you get back on track soon. Courtney is a little hero... but so are you! You keep such a positive attitude. I need to take a lesson!