My niece, Georgia calls me Auntie Sassa – and now I’m just Auntie Sassa! Auntie is one of my favorite titles I hold and I’m so proud of my 3 nieces and 4 nephews!
If you haven’t been online the past few days, these boys had QUITE the birth story – you can read that here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/news-about-the-babies/#more-62410
It is a MIRACLE the boys are here and safe – they have stressed over and over how critical a cord prolapse is for babies and that things could have gone south very quickly.
I was up on Monday to meet the boys, as the family’s photographer, Kelli wanted me to get pictures of the boys – OF COURSE! That’s my favorite thing to do!
This is Emmett – Baby B. SO MANY people have commented that he looks just like Georgia and Carver and honestly, he’s got the same “rule the world” energy that they have too. We will see!
This is Eli – Eli has less hair, more of a narrow face – he feels more like a Jasper/Gannon vibe – laid back – he spends most of his time sleeping – Eli’s umbilical cord was the one that prolapsed, threatening to cut off his circulation completely.
It has been an emotional weekend. I worked Saturday night and was supposed to work Sunday night. At 1 pm on Sunday I was woke up with the news – I immediately called work to let them know I wasn’t going to be able to make it. I’m not sure exactly what I said but I know I was panicked.
As things slowed down, I thought, uhmm…did you just call into work because your sister went into labor? HA! That sounds like a “dog ate my homework” kind of excuse to not work. I texted my charge nurse later and explained the situation – this was an emergency, at the time Kelli was going to be flown to Rochester and the babies were in imminent danger. They were totally understanding.
PLUS I had to take mom’s dog, Kelli’s dog, and we had our dog Betsy AND we kept Georgia overnight on Sunday – it was just too much to dump on Craig – not to mention I didn’t get any sleep on Sunday because of the ordeal.
Plus, we are the drop everything and run kind of family. We are each other’s village and best friends. We talk every day in our group chat, we chat on the phone weekly – sometimes daily. My brother and mom live just a few blocks from us.
When Dad died, we all got closer than ever. I know Dad was with us this weekend, in fact that’s why Eli is named after him. Eli very well could have died and the doctors have TOLD US that. But we know he had his Kramer Strong spirit with him. I felt it on the way home too:
As I came around the bend on my drive home, the sunshine lit up the hillside in warm and golden light. I had this deep sense of knowing: I could feel my Dad. I was overwhelmed with tears. “I love you. I’m proud of you. I’m with you.” I knew it was him <3 We always miss him the most when stuff like this happens, he would be so proud of his grandbabies. He loved being a Grandpa. It was a perfect reminder that he isn’t missing out on anything and just like I tell Carver, he’s always in our hearts.
Update: Eli and Emmett are ROCKING the NICU! They are doing so good! Emmett had two bottle yesterday which is a huge step – he’s really only staying until he can eat and drink and gain weight. Eli is under the billi lights which is super common for babies in general but especially NICU babies! They have video monitors so we can always peek in on them with an app on my phone – the nurses leave cute little messages from “the boys.” Kelli and Jason CAN and have held each of the boys several times so that’s all good. They are headed up to see them again today!
The boys are SO EXCITED – Carver got to share his baby cousins with his class! We printed out pictures of the twins and they don’t put those pictures down!
Maybe we will be able to trek up and see them sometime next week! Thanks for reading and for all the well wishes!
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