Friday, November 25, 2011

Cardon Children's Hospital NICU Allumni Halloween Party

So all of you know that Austin spent the first week of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cardon Children's Hospital... Well each year an amazing nurse named Colleen puts on a Halloween party for all of her "Graduates." Most of the babies there are multiples or preemies, but there are a few, like Austin that just had a tough birth. Its a really great way to meet people that have been through and are going through some of the same things that you are. We met a nice family who has a daughter with two clubfeet, and since Austin has one on his left side, we struck up a conversation about the process and what a toll it takes on the kiddos and us, and all in all it was a really nice moment shared with a family who has lived and is living with the same disorder. We sort of felt out of place, because when you first glance at Austin, or even take a long look at him, it is very hard to tell that he ever had a stroke, or even ever had a clubbed foot. He seemed to be one of the healthiest children there, and for that I am so grateful. It sounds awful, but please know that I don't mean better those parents than us, I just mean I am glad that he looks, acts, sounds and is growing normally or even above normal considering what he went through, and to see those babies who look just like he did when he was hooked up to all the IVs and monitors makes me so happy to know that he really is living proof that they can and will walk away from their experience in the NICU with so much to live for just like Austin and Chris & I.
Enough jibber jabber... Here are the pics! Chris & I made Austin's costume. He was a caveman, and a darn cute one if I do say so myself. :)

After the party, we took Austin to the "Punkin" Patch by our house.....

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