Not too long ago, in what seems like another lifetime, I was the father of a new
born (Caitlin). She came home a few days after the birth. We were scrambling new parents. I fell in love with her instantly.
Today, Eleanor "Nora" Elizabeth O'Neill came home for the first time. She is nine weeks old--but it feels like this should be the first day of her life. We are still scrambling parents, but for
different reasons. There is something totally different and more personal about having your child in your own home that allows you the chance to form bonds with them (especially for fathers I think.) I can finally stop looking forward to that and enjoy the moment. (Here she is waving goodbye to her monitors and the NICU.)
In the back of my mind is the fact that we are only half way there, but its something significant to enjoy, to praise God for, and to thank everyone that has been praying for these guys.
Here is Caitlin seeing Nora for the first time at home. She was extremely excited and got to hold Nora for the first time, something she has been looking forward to for a long time.