Today you celebrate your two month adjusted birthday. You're pretty lucky in that regard, most kids would give anything to have two birthdays to celebrate. You're pretty lucky in most other regards as well.
1. You're coming home.
Soon. Hopefully before Daddy leaves for two months (he flies out on the 29th). He'd love to be there for your homecoming day, so if you could be on your best behavior next week, that'd be great. If not, we understand. It's difficult to behave all the time. Daddy will be there in spirit, with all the love a father can possibly have for a child. You have him whipped, just so you know.
2. Your big brother loves the heck outta you.
He held you today and told all the nurses how beautiful you are. He then sang you Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (currently, his favorite) and declared that you love race cars. He must think you're A-OK if you like race cars. That puts you on the same level as Uncle Soren, and believe me, that's a pretty cushy place. Caleb talks about you every day. His favorite book to read is "I'm a Big Brother" which we read every.single.night over and over again. Yesterday he made two piles of toys. I asked him what he was doing and he replied, "Just makin' a pile for baby Charlotte. She will get all better and come home to play with me. She loves me." Seriously, girlfriend, your brother loves you lots. And believe me, as someone who knows, there's nothing like having a big brother who loves you.
3. You're doing well. Scratch that. You're doing remarkably well.
A new baby has joined the NICU. A baby who came just about as early as you did. This baby was supposed to have a sibling come into the NICU with him, but his twin was born to heaven and is watching over him. I gave his mother a "welcome to the NICU" bag today and she asked how you were doing. With tears in my eyes, I replied as honestly as I could. "She's doing great," I said. I meant it. You are thriving baby girl.
You're thriving. You are two months adjusted and you're thriving.
We're all lucky in that regard. Luckier than we'll ever really know.
With all my love,