Calvin is so popular, he had TONS of friends before he was even born!
Seriously, these people saw him, heard him, healed him, worried about him, asked about him, loved him, and cared for him in the weeks and months before he made his appearance.
They were also vital in making sure he stayed inside as long as he did!
Deb was our nurse the day he was born.
And several times before that.
Jill was one of my very favorite nurses at the MFCU, and taught me a lot about what it meant to be a good nurse. The second night I was on the mag I was so very miserable, and she came in (night shift) wearing a Santa Claus hat, super happy, and said, “Oh honey, we are going to clean you up and change your sheets.” Then she gave me a sponge bath and switched my gown and sheets.
She didn’t have to do any of that, but she did, because she is an amazing nurse.
This is Hallie, one of the bosses of the MFCU, and was our nurse several times.
She is super sweet.
This is Ana, she was our favorite housekeeper, and she baked us this awesome cake when Calvin was born:
Lisa was our nurse many nights in MFCU, she was super fun and we spent hours chatting.
Keri was another one of our favorites – her husband and I share a birthday.
She was also our first nurse, 2 days before we had the surgery.
And she was one of our nurses the day of the surgery, and was our nurse on Christmas and had Christmas breakfast with us.
Also, many days since then.
Dr. Nivens was one of the OBs, and the NICEST Dr. ever! Her husband was our main MFM, and we loved hearing and comparing their stories of their weekends and kids and getaways.
Amanda was one of our favorite night nurses, she loved teaching and was super friendly.
I changed my mind, Dr. McLaughlin is tied with Dr. Nivens for the NICEST Dr.
He was so reassuring and calm and always made me feel good.
He is also from Tulsa and we really bonded over Tulsa talk.
Dr. McLaughlin spent a lot of time in our room talking to us.
Karen is one of our favorite people.
She did all of our ultrasounds and was so gentle and awesome and we LOVE her.
When my mom left she even offered to let me stay with her so she could take care of me.
She was the one who held my hand and reassured me as I drifted off under the anesthesia for our surgery.
Rosie and Markka are some more awesome, wonderful night nurses who we had A LOT.
Grandma Tamara – the boss of the whole MFCU and a hilarious nurse who we had for many days.
She was bossy and funny and we spent hours and hours with her.
We loved her.
Jen was super sweet, we had her many times.
You may be seeing a trend- yes we had ALL of these nurses many times – after 6 weeks of night shifts and days shifts…well, we had a lot of nurses!
Dr.s Behrent and Zaretsky
Our fabulous MFMs, and Dr. Behrent did the c-section.
We spent hours talking with them at various points of our stay, about medical things, movies, sports, everything. They were awesome.
Keisha, one of our sweet, sweet night nurses.
This is Dr. Larabee, the pediatrician Nate did his rotation with this month.
She was so understanding of everything and even came to visit after Calvin was born.
Tiffany, the outpatient coordinator of MFCU.
She was so nice and helpful and reassuring.
Dr. Handler, Calvin’s neurosurgeon.
He came to see us every single day after the surgery, even though Calvin was still inside and he couldn’t do anything.
Calvin was a little hungry in this picture and Nate thinks he was confused by the long hair and started rooting…
Dr. Chow – he was my date who delivered Calvin.
He did SUCH a good job with my scar too!
Clearly, we loved EVERYONE in the MFCU! We can not say enough good things about them, everyone was amazing.
We made this thank-you poster with all Calvin’s friends for them when we left.
(we made it in the teen lounge… )
We loved our NICU nurses too!
Although, we were much busier here so we don’t have as much time to chat!
(Seriously – while on bed rest we watched movies, played board games, and talked with our nurses (and dr.s) for hours and hours. In the NICU we were too busy for all that!)
Jessica – our favorite night nurse.
Cheryl was our sweet physical therapist.
Amy was our primary nurse for the whole time, we had her probably half the days and we LOVED her.
She was seriously the best patient advocate, she got stuff DONE, and was such a good example of a great nurse!
Peoria Ward friends:
The Peoria ward was incredible. We felt so loved and so a part of this ward.
Patti Merrill is the Relief Society president of the Peoria Ward. She came and visited me my first week in the hospital. She arranged for me to have a visiting teacher, and took Calvin’s newborn pictures.
This is May and she is one of my new BFFs and a kindred soul.
She came and visited me every single week, and we bonded over bed rest and NICU stories (her water broke at 28 weeks with her 1st baby and she was on hospital bed rest until 34 weeks. AND she was due the day after me this time, with her 2nd!)
She was a life saver so many, many times. I will love her forever.
This is Natalie, and she is one of the sweetest, nicest people I know!
She is so busy with her family and responsibilities and she made time on a busy Saturday to come take maternity pictures for us!
She also made time to come visit Calvin when he was born.
She is another kindred soul, and her son had the same neurosurgeon as Calvin!
Ronald McDonald friends:
This is Morgan, and she is amazing.
She and her little guy had open fetal surgery in October and he was born at 28 weeks.
She was in the NICU for 3 months.
She is such an example of strength and faith, and I learned so much from her.
Ariel and her little girl had their surgery a few days after Calvin was born.
We spent a lot of time talking with them when we were both in the hospital – first, we were both in the MFCU, then they were there while we were in the NICU.
This is Ariel’s husband Mark.
He is in dental school, and we have so much in common with them!
So many kindred souls!
This is Levi – he spent 3 months in the NICU and is an example to Calvin of hope, hard work, toughness and faith. Nate babysat him while Morgan came to visit Calvin.
We spent a LOT of time at Children’s Hospital of Colorado over the last 3 months and were so blessed to make so many wonderful friends and meet so many amazing people.