Sunday, November 7, 2010
Behind The Scenes Blanket Donation
Then they asked us if they could get some pictures of the three moms with the three babies. We were happy to oblige, although felt a bit weird with dozens of cameras focused on us.
The plan was for the Newscast and Photographers to follow the husbands up to the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (CPCU) and deliver blankets to everyone up there. So as they got prepared, I snapped this picture.
While they were up there, we waited downstairs with all the kids. We continued to talk to the publicity people, so they could get enough information for their articles. We also enjoyed each other's company, and played with our babies! I love this picture of Julie playing patty-cake with Adam.
Even Chance wanted to help distribute the blankets! He's holding onto the wagon load that we were planning on taking up to the CICU.
Finally it was our turn. We handed over our babies to the husbands, and we made the very familiar journey up to the CICU. Our hearts were very full, and memories abounded. It was so touching to go back to the unit where our lives were changed so much. A very pivotal moment for us, back then, as well as now.
We had some family members come out and pick out a blanket, but some were too busy with their children, and instead the nurses picked out a blanket for them. We had some who were hesitant to get a blanket, but after we told them that last year at this time, we were all here with our newborn babies, and we received so much service, and that now, in celebration of our babies turning one, we are here to pay it forward, and offer hope and comfort to everyone here, who is experiencing the same thing we went through...well, they warmed up a bit, and picked out a blanket.
Some parents asked us "So there is a light at the end of the tunnel, right?" or "You mean, life gets back to normal again?" or "Your babies are doing fine now?" I think it was great for them to see that even amidst the turmoil and confusion of their life right now, things will change. Life goes on. You find happiness and joy, even during the hardest time in your life. It was so touching for us to share that with everyone, and offer a bit of comfort to them.
We made sure to leave all the extra blankets, as well as about 50 receiving blankets, in their unit, so when more patients come, they can all get a blanket.
After that, we went down to the cafeteria and set up a little area to have some dinner, and celebrate our babies birthdays! As we were waiting for our pizza to come, the boys all enjoyed a little snack.
Later, we gave them some cake and sang happy birthday to them. Oh how I love it when all three babies are together. I almost feel like I have triplets. They are so fun.
Obviously, Kimble enjoyed another opportunity to stuff his face with cake. I think he has a sweet tooth already!