Remember the post about preemie quads we posted back in November? Their grandfather, Tim Spillane, who authored the three-part story that appeared on the blog, recently wrote again to share some pictures of these resilient premature babies and a quick update:
I just got back from spending the holidays in San Antonio, TX with my daughter, Anne, and her husband, Rob, and their babies. As a Christmas present, I brought the gang “Hope, Resilience & Miracles” t-shirts from Graham’s Foundation. Needless to say, getting even a halfway decent photo of the babies all at once was next to impossible but I thought I’d pass along a couple where I managed the feat.
The one of just the babies is (L-R) Timmy, Edda Grace, Lily Joy, and Wyatt. And in the photo below where they are with Anne, it is the boys on her lap (Wyatt on the left) and the girls at her feet (Edda to the left).
Taking these photos made for a wonderful occasion for all of us as we realized how far these premature babies have come since the days in the NICU when it seemed at times that hope, resilience and miracles were about all we had to hang on to…
As for how the Schlender babies are doing, they are almost exactly 21 months old now (born 4/8/10 @ 24 weeks / 5 days). The girls are walking and the boys crawl like madmen but still have some work ahead of them before they walk. Everybody is doing pretty well gaining weight (especially the boys!) and are getting through the cold/flu season without any setbacks so far. All in all, we count ourselves blessed to have these little guys in our lives – especially when we think back to those first very difficult weeks and months! As ever, we remain grateful to have had Graham’s Foundation with us through that journey.
We are so appreciative of Tim’s willingness to share his family’s unique story with us, and we hope it inspires some of our supporters and readers to share their own premature birth stories. If you have a story or photo to share and would like to be featured on the blog, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.