Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Miracle Grandbabies

I just got back from vacation in NY visiting my miracle grandchildren. Miracle, you ask?

For those of you who don't know, these children were born extremely premature. Three of them were not expected to make it. They were just too small and too underdeveloped due to their prematurity. Crouse Hospital in Syracuse did an amazing job helping these tiny little babies to survive.

On the 18th, the triplets (top row from left), Noah, Nicholas and Nathaniel celebrated their 9th birthday and on the 22nd, the twins, Austin and Alexis, celebrated their 7th birthday. I was fortunate enough to be able to be with them on their birthdays. I'm thankful for that.

When the triplets were born, I told their mother I'd only stay for 2 months to help them and their nanny out. It was impossible to leave. I stayed 4 1/2 years helping to take care of them until finally the twins were in school all day before coming back to Florida. You can all imagine how much I miss them.

They had a birthday party with 32 other children, friends from school, Little League and family friends' children at the "Bouncy House" in Oswego. They all had a blast. For 2 hours they all ran around playing various video games and playing on the bouncy slide and bouncy house. What a thrill it was to watch them having so much fun.

I'm going to miss them once again, until my next visit to NY. :(

I realize this is not my best work, but a snapshot is the most I could expect under the circumstances. These kids just won't sit still and/or stop fooling around long enough for a decent photo of them. One of these days, I'll have to bring my lights, backgrounds, etc. to setup a nice formal portrait; but until then, I'll treasure this one.
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