our drive from VA was amazingly smooth and the kids were champs.
we arrived to our new home to find we were locked out...we had received the wrong keys. so, we camped out in the front yard for a bit while the new keys were delivered. we started getting settled in to find that no matter what we tried, our air conditioner would not produce cold air. and from there, we discovered we had no hot water, no working shower, a toilet that wouldn't flush, a shower and sink that wouldn't drain, and a refrigerator that was malfunctioning.
thankfully, things are falling into place and everyone's attitudes have been great throughout.
we have had a few days of hard work and an AMAZING effort from my mom (whom we could NEVER thank enough!) and we are feeling pretty moved in.
i think this house is going to feel like a home for this year in texas...
and we had our first visitor!! so glad duke was able to break away from work for a quick trip. we love you, duke!!
i can hardly believe that you were born three years ago, finn. you are growing up so much each day, yet still are my sweet little man. you are all boy and i have loved seeing the differences in having a girl and a boy. yet, you have the most tender heart and have so much compassion it almost brings me to tears.
it is absolutely a joy to be your parents and every day i am so incredibly thankful for you. you are the most wonderful little brother to lily and the best big brother to crosby.
i hope today you felt overwhelmed by how much we adore you. you are amazing and i am so thankful for these past three years and for the decades to come.
we love you so very much, finn wiley smith!
your mama and dada
finn's birthday requests today: white cupcakes with white icing, blue juice, swimming and a special movie. oh i love you!!!
to my most amazing husband, dr. ryan smith, congratulations!
you have gone through these past five years of residency with such grace and with such an attitude of service.
you have served both your patients and your family without complaint and i have been amazed by how hard you have worked. it has been awesome to see you gain skills and confidence as a physician and i am so excited for you as you embark upon this next chapter.
i am so very proud of you today as you finish your last day of residency. and i am so honored to be your wife and to have walked by your side through these years.
crosby had his final neonatology appointment this morning.
things are looking great for our big man. his development is coming along and while he still has some delays, he is making great forward progress. i learned for the first time today that there is a preemie growth chart that adjusts their size and compares them to other preemies born at their gestation. and, i am happy to say, that for 27 weekers, he is in the 50% for weight! he is barely on the chart for length, so that is something we will watch, but i was so happy to see him on a growth chart! at his regular pediatrican's appointments, he has yet to eek onto a chart. so, it was great to see his little dot among others! :)
if we were not moving, they would continue to follow him. but since we are getting ready to head west, he has been discharged to the care of a new pediatrician and physical therapist.
i have really loved touching base with his NICU doctors and have felt a sense of peace as they have tracked his progress over the months. they have taken such amazing care of cros and we could not be more thankful for each doctor and nurse that has helped us along the way.
today, as we were wrapping things up at his appointment, i found myself getting all teary eyed as i said goodbye to one of his amazing attendings. i know our paths will cross again, but i feel i could never thank the team enough.
thankfully, we have a NICU graduation reunion to attend this weekend!
this office has an a.maz.ing waiting room filled with toys and a teacher who will play with lily and finn while crosby has his appointment. i have to pull them away from the office at the end of these checkups! :)