Hi blog world! It's your Georgia correspondent here! :) I wanted to share some pics from our fun weekend...this was the first year we have attended the CHOA NICU reunion. We didn't go last year, as Andrew was still on oxygen and a little fragile having just been discharged about 5 weeks beforehand. I've visited some of our nurse friends over the past year while at the hospital for different procedures, but this was a lot of fun to see more of them and all in one place.
We checked in at the welcome table and picked up a t-shirt for Andrew. There was a big bounce house set up for the kids to play in, but Andrew was not interested at all. Ha! He preferred to go play with a big ball in the grassy area all by himself. There was a photographer there taking pictures of each family, so we went over to that area next....I liked the way ours turned out, although I wish the boys were smiling. There was just so much going on for them to take in, they didn't know what to think.
There was a catered meal from a BBQ company, cake, and other goodies. We sat and talked with another NICU family that had been at Scottish Rite this year and compared our experiences. It was good to get to know some new people with similar issues. Inside, there were long lines to get face painting and caricatures. We didn't wait for those, but met up with our friends to talk - their little girl is just a couple weeks older than Andrew, and we were side by side neighbors for most of our NICU stay, with our babies going through a lot of the same things. The mom and I are good friends now, and it's always nice to catch up.
And of course...seeing our nurses and respiratory therapist was wonderful! I got pictures of Andrew with two of his four primary nurses and his RT....really wish we could have seen and gotten a pic with his main doctor, but he had already left for the day. We are so grateful for all the hours of loving care these ladies put into taking care of our little preemie last year - God sure used them to bring Andrew through some tough times!
We had a great time seeing everyone again! Maybe next time Andrew will actually want to participate in all the fun activities instead of being shy. ;) And since he wasn't even really smiling in any of the photos from the reunion, I'll close with this picture of my two boys...playing together on the day Andrew turned 18 months. (Aaaaahhh, can you believe he's already that old?!)