Saturday, September 26, 2009

We're in Recovery Mode...

Well no post happened on the blog yesterday - there quite literally was no time. My guess is once you read the full blog you'll understand why I just couldn't bring myself to sit down at the computer late last night to do a post.

The day started off on a positive note as we celebrated Connor's 3 week birthday! Here are some photos!

At about 10:30 am Grace and Tracy arrived on Northwest at Milwauke General Mitchell Airport. We were so excited to see them and even more excited to hear how GREAT Grace did during her first flight - way to go Grace! Connor and I loaded up my car and headed to the airport to pick them up! Then we loaded them up in the car and headed to Chicago to meet Great Grandma Betty! Tracy sat in the backseat between the two car seats! Oh what an adventure she was in for - this photo is proof that we WERE all smiles when the journey started!

We arrived at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago a little before 1 PM (lots of construction and traffic) with barely even a peep out of Connor and Grace. (Thank the Lord!) Grandma came down to the lobby to meet us as they didn't want the babies on the hospital floor. Here is a picture of Grace with her great-grandma. I have more pictures but they are on our nice camera so I'll have to load later.

The good news of the day was that we had a very brief visit with Grandma as physical therapy arrived and were coming to help PUT HER IN THE CAR to go home. Yup, you read that right - she was being discharged! She has been through quite a journey and the journey of healing continues. She was driven this time to Cottage Hospital in Galesburg where she'll stay in their skilled care center until she is well enough to go home. (She is praying for within the next two weeks) While we were happy to wish Grandma off on her journey the fun for Tracy and I was just beginning! We now had two infants who were wide awake and not all too happy to be going back into their car seats.
About a block out of the hospital parking lot the 'dualing cries' started!

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So we had dualing criers and then Connor decided his lunch wasn't setting to well. He proceeded to get sick all over himself and then Grace made a mess in her diaper. We had to think quick and the first person that came to mind...Becky to the rescue! We called Becky (who lives in Chicago) and by some grace of God she was on her way home. We got directions and hit her apartment like a tornadoe. Let's just say that Becky and Nates lovely condo was christened with two infants in a matter of minutes. Connor had his first bath at Aunt Becky's - both had several diaper and clothing changes. On a positive note - Aunt Becky got some additional time with Connor and got to meet Miss Grace. (and got the chaos that accompanied them!)

Connor fresh from his bath!

Look at Gracie smiling at her Aunt Becky!

I'll spare everyone the details of the dramatic drive home after we left Becky's. Let's just say that we left Becky's condo at 3:30 PM and arrived in Peru (normally about a 1 hour 45 minute drive) just before 10 PM. We had more vomitting, dirty diapers, outfit changes, hungry babies, and hungry mothers. Tracy and I kept our sense of humor for just about the whole trip but needless to say when we arrived my dad and Dan came out and got them both out of the car and Tracy and I just stayed in the car...catching our breath and sitting in silence. To say our patience had been tried might be the understatement of the century.

But with that - I'll leave you with this last picture - which is the reminder of why we have patience and why we can just laugh about the day we had and chalk it up as one heck of a wild adventure. (That won't soon be repeated!)

1 comment:

  1. What an adventure. It sounds so familiar, I am laughing over here. I think in the car, babies cries are even louder and higher pitched. Ear piercing. Good job keeping your sense of humor! There is no love like the love of a mother and Connor is a lucky guy - you two are great parents and he is a doll!

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