I don't have very long, but wanted to let you know that the girls are having a good week. As of last night Mattie weighed 3lbs 12oz and Sophie was 3lbs 7oz. Their little thighs and arms are getting closer and closer to looking like normal size, small babie's arms. I realized yesterday or the day before that we have become the parents that we were jealous of when we first entered the NICU. For the first week or so, we were jealous every time we heard a baby on the other side of the room cry out loud. Now ours are letting them go regularly. We were very jealous when we walked in and saw parents holding their babies. Now we get to hold them for an hour or so at a time. We felt like all of the other babies in the room were huge compared to ours and now our girls are getting to be some of the oldest and catching up and passing many of the others in size. Rob McKamey sent me an email reminding me that time will begin to fly from this point on, and I'm very glad to say that I remembered something that happened last Wednesday and Amber and I had to argue to establish that it did in fact happen a full week ago and not just a day or two before. Our nurse last night had the girls on Sunday night and we asked her if she had been there the night before. I'm afraid I've lost all track of time!
One of the biggest blessings that we have gotten out of this experience so far is the number of friendships strengthened and some new friendships that will remain forever. I would ask you to keep our friend's son in your prayers. We have gotten to the point that we are as anxious watching over him in the NICU when they are out as we are watching over our girls. They apparently do the same for us. We've also gotten very close to the host family at Natchez Trace and several of the members here. I am reminded every day of the first century Christians hospitality and it is a gentle reminder of God's loving hands taking care of us.
Mattie and Sophie will have their second brain scan on Friday, so please pray the they will both get good results. Sophie also had just a small (regular for preemies) "imperfection" with her eyes. The doctors are fairly sure that they will be fine by the next checkup and we feel good about that as well.
Time is flying here, but it still feels like we have been away from our family in Shelbyville for an eternity. We can't wait to get back to you.