Yesterday morning Tom took Ella and Zoe to a class at their school all about BUGS. Zoe held a Madagascar Cockroach, a millipede and a TARANTULA!! She was the first kid to volunteer to hold any of the bugs and loved it all. Tom said she was the littlest one there and the only one not squirmish or afraid -- a few of the bigger boys actually only held the bugs because she did!!
Ella was more reserved but did hold the millipede, which she calls the MILLIPEDE SNAKE. She told me the millipede moved it's head away from her and she said "I'm all done, Thank You' and then it wrapped itself around her finger : ) When I asked if she held the spider her response was a simple 'Oh no'. I can't say I blame her on that one.
It just makes me smile thinking about the three of them having that time together (Ella, Zoe and Tom, -- not Ella, Zoe and the millipede).
Zoe holding the Madagascar Cockroach
Zoe holding the millipede
Ella holding the millipede
Zoe holding the tarantula
(I think Grama Dianne almost had another heart attack after seeing this photo)
Zoe, Ella and me (Tom took the picture) after the March for Babies event last year, with three of our four AMAZING NICU nurses (Becca, Cori and Molly) and two of their children.
The March of Dimes biggest event is it's March for Babies. We are very excited to be part of this great cause, and appreciate your support for our participation.
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The March of Dimes champions the needs of moms and babies in our community and across the nation. The money we raise for March for Babies will support lifesaving research, services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start, the kind of start Ella and Zoe received during their NICU stay.
Please help by donating today, our link is: www.marchforbabies.org/EllaandZoe
It took over 20 minutes to get everyone dressed in their winter gear. Then I had to change a poopy diaper. Then Ella and Zoe had to use the potty. We were outside for less than 10 minutes, but it was worth it, and so much fun!! And don't the girls look cute : )
After trying and waiting for a long time, June 26th 2006 was the estimated due date of Baby A and Baby B. We were thrilled. But a little over 10 weeks early our doctor decided it was time for us to meet the babies. On Wednesday, April 19th at 6:49 pm, Ella Marie was born. We named her after Tom’s mom, Della Marie, and her name means 'Light'. She weighed 2 pounds 14 ounces, was 16 inches long and was perfect. At 6:51 pm, Zoë Dianne was born. We named her after my mom, Dianne, and her name means ‘Life’. She weighed 3 pounds 5 ounces, was also 16 inches long and was perfect too.
Both girls stayed in the NICU for almost 2 months and did really well, especially considering all of the 'what could have/should have beens'. It was a 'one step forward two steps backwards' type of dance those first few weeks, but after 47 days we brought Zoe home and 10 days later brought Ella home. FINALLY, we were all four under the same roof, and were ready to start the next exciting chapter in our lives . . .
Ella and Zoe turned FIVE this April and are THRIVING. They are fun, funny, naughty and sweet. The joy they bring to our lives is immeasurable. They are also really fun to take pictures of : )