First week reflections

February 3, 2011, by Carolyn

We’ve had Caleb all to ourselves for nearly a week now.

In that time, sleeping in (or sleeping, in general) has become a thing of the past, showering has become a luxury, and all conversations not related to the baby are decidedly absent (Seriously, what did we talk about before he came along?).

We’ve discovered baby gear inevitably ends up in every corner of the house, regardless of how often we pick it up (I’m staring at our coffee table, atop which sits one of Caleb’s socks, a burp cloth, a pacifier, an empty medicine dropper, the baby monitor, and Goodnight Moon, in addition to four days worth of unread mail and two empty coffee mugs).

We’ve taken on new “duties” without any nagging at all, perhaps as a way of giving the other a break. I shoveled the stoop and took out the trash. Kyle prepared dinner three times. He also baked cookies. From scratch. We make a good team.

It’s become quite apparent to me over the course of a NICU detour and whirlwind first week at home that life as we’ve known it has officially changed, all because we’ve gone from two to three. In his latest post Kyle eluded to an overwhelming loss for words while attempting to describe this experience. I share his sentiments. One day down the road, perhaps when we are sleeping through the night again and I have my wits about me, I’ll be better able to convey my thoughts on this journey. For now I’ll leave you with a few photos from Caleb’s first week at home, proof that miracles happen everyday.


31 days

January 15, 2011, by Kyle

Celebrating an amazing month.


Happy New Year!

January 1, 2011, by Kyle

To echo Carolyn’s words from earlier; the outpouring of support, well wishes, prayers, and love from everyone has been unbelievable. We are so appreciative of the community of friends and family that we have been able to share this journey with over the past few weeks and look forward to the coming days and weeks when we can introduce Caleb to all of you.

So as we begin 2011, Carolyn, Caleb, and I want to wish you a wonderful start to your year with classic Irish toast:

“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.”



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