May was a big month for the boys! They both started crawling and pulling themselves up. This was very exciting, but it also meant we really needed to start baby-proofing. Two crawling babies can sure get into a lot of trouble.
May was also their first birthday! When the boys were in the NICU, I constantly thought about their first birthday. I pictured us celebrating together, the boys happy and healthy, surrounded by our friends and family. And this is exactly what it was. Their first birthday was one of the best days of my life. And it was definitely the best day of 2017. We had a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party and it was perfect. I wish we had taken more pictures!
One of the best gifts we received for the boy’s first birthday was a family photoshoot. Of course, both of the boys ended up being a bit cranky the day we had the photos taken, but we still got quite a few good shots.
June took us on two more trips, one to Calgary for three days for Mike’s ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) course, and another to Edmonton for an academic day and graduation ceremony for the second year residents in Mike’s program.
Staying in hotels with babies is no joke and I will never get over the insane amount of stuff we have to pack. But it is always fun to visit another city. I’m so happy that we have such a great stroller (the Baby Jogger City Select) because it allows the boys and I to get out and explore anywhere we go.
One of my tips for travelling with babies and toddlers is to book a suite. We did this in both cities and it worked out much better than all of us having to share a room. The boys have a pretty strict bedtime routine and schedule. Having a suite meant that we could relax in a separate area while they were sleeping.
Here they are checking out absolutely everything in the hotel in Calgary. I brought their playard (Summer Infant Pop ‘n Play Ultimate Playard) and I can’t say enough about how helpful it was. Hotel rooms are obviously not baby-proofed and with two crawling babies it was the best way to keep them safe.
July was exciting because we were able to spend the entire month in Kelowna with my family while Mike was there on an Emergency elective.
It was great to be back with family and we had a blast spending time outside, going to the park, playing on the swings, swimming, and of course hanging out with family.
These dinosaur swimsuits from Walmart were the best! Full UPF 50 protection and a hood. These boys hate wearing hats, so the hood was key to keeping them safe from the sun.
Lunch with their Papa! 92 years old and so happy to be out with his great grandchildren.
August brought another B.C. elective for Mike, this time in Vancouver. We were pretty happy to be back in our hometown and to spend time with our family and friends still living there.
One of the highlights of August was celebrating the boy’s anniversary of coming home from the NICU. It felt hard to believe that a year had passed since we were finally able to bring them home. We celebrated by putting together a ton of snacks for staff at the Royal Columbian Hospital NICU, along with some special gifts for the nurses who spent the most time with the boys. It was incredibly emotional to go back to the hospital and to think about how far the boys had come. The NICU will always be a huge part of the boy’s lives and ours too. Having a child in the NICU, especially for an extended stay like the boys had, will change you forever. There is not a day that goes by that I dont think about how lucky we are and how thankful I am for all of the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and every other member of the NICU who helped Ben and Will to not just survive, but to thrive.