Way, way back in 2011, I wrote a story on the old blog entitled “I Get It Now.” It was my observation of our daughters growing up and becoming their own person.
Eight years later, Elissa (Jelly) is married for almost two years and has given us our first granddaughter. Megan is graduating from PA school in December and getting married in February and Kelliann, “KA” is taking care of tiny humans. How time flies.
I read her FB post this morning and tears came to my eyes.
Here is the link to her page, with the text below:
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Simmons fell in love with Alpha Delta Pi Sorority as much as I did and I knew I had to get to know her better. She became my violet sister. Life happened, years past, we lost touch but stayed Facebook friends. I saw a post that she was having triplets! God had His own plan and the Purdy Triplets were welcomed into this world at 31 weeks. She posted a picture of them and I realized she was in my NICU. I immediately messaged her and told her I worked nights and would come to visit the next time I worked. After giving each other a big hug, I laid my eyes on these three beautiful babies and immediately fell in love. I told Simmons I would try my best to get the chance to take care of them next time I work.
My next work stretch, I got to take care of the triplets. Francis, Jacqueline, and Julia became my “primaries” and every time I worked I took care of them. I have seen these babies go from being in an isolette on oxygen therapy, under phototherapy, and IV fluids to being strong enough to breathe on their own, healthy enough to come off IV fluids and start feeding through an NG tube, weigh enough to be in a crib, and start feeding with a bottle. The journey has been amazing.
The Purdy triplets quickly became “my babies”. I was the protective momma bear when Simmons and Russ couldn’t be with them. I wanted to make sure they knew they were loved and protected by their nurse Kelliann. I have loved every minute of 2am feedings with snuggles after, bath nights, and even all the poopy diapers.
I would have fallen in love with these babies without personally knowing their mom but since I do, it makes this so much more special. Simmons and Russ thank you for trusting in me to take care of your precious miracles. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a part of their lives. I am looking forward to getting the chance to watch them grow up and do amazing things in this world. They are doing well and keep getting stronger and stronger every day! This is why I love what I do. These triplets hold a very special place in my heart and I will forever cherish them. ❤️
That’s my daughter and today I am an extra-proud daddy.