Wiersma Family Blog

A glimpse into our lives as a family with micro-preemies. Our twins boys (Lovingly referred to as our Miracle Men) were born almost 16 weeks early.

Our journey continues when our son Max was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3. This is his story....

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Some pictures

Here is a picture of Wes. At this time, both he and his brother were under an ultraviolet light to help diffuse the amount of billirubin in their blood, so they do look very red. And their skin is not really taught yet, so they have the texture and color of the skin on a steamed tomato. The other faithful followers of the Food Network should know exactly what I am talking about.

Here is a picture of Max. He held on to my finger tip for a few seconds and my sister-in-law was able to get a picture of it. As you can see, they are not very big, but physically they are fully formed. We pray that their organs continue to develop as beautifully as their exteriors have.

Their little diapers are really adorable too. They are so small, yet hang down to the boys' shins. we have been handing them out as souvenirs.

They both had a good night with no big negative changes, which is great. They did start feeding them some breast milk today at 2:00 by way of syringe (1.5 ml or 1/5th of a teaspoon) into a tube that goes directly into their stomach. They do not have a gag reflex at all, so this is a painless process for Max and Wes. The nurses will then check back in a number of hours to measure how much of the milk was absorbed and decide if they should continue feeding them or wait a while. They will begin to feed them every 3 hours if they tolerate it well.

Just wanted to get some pictures of our boys out their to show off to the world.


  1. Mark and Kate, your boys are absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful testimony you are sharing with all of us! We are praying for you and your family and lifting those little peanuts up to God!

  2. What beautiful pictures! It is amazing to see God's wonder! Just as Max is holding onto your hand, our Lord is holding onto your hand. Isaiah 41:13 says "For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you. Do not fear; I will help you."

    Your precious family remains in our prayers all day long! We love you!
    Tim, Sarah, Kylie and Brady VanderVeen

  3. Beautiful babies!!! Again congratulations and we will keep praying!

  4. They are beautiful and amazing! We are constantly praying for you all! Love you guys!

  5. They are BEAUTIFUL!! We keep the prayers coming!

  6. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL boys. Max and Wes Wiersma ... such beautiful names. I am so incredibly honored to be able to pray for the four of you. God is SOOO good and glorified through all of you.

  7. Your babies are beautiful gifts from God. As I look at your pictures, Psalm 139 comes to my mind:
    13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

    God knit them together in Kate's womb, their frames are not hidden from Him, and each of their days are written in His plan even before the "knitting" began.

    Know that you are surrounded by and lifted up in prayer. May you feel God's presence in this day.

    Joel and Sarah

  8. What beautiful and precious little boys! Thanks for sharing these pics with us! We continue to pray for their health and look forward to meeting these little guys! Kate, we're praying for you especially too as you recover. Thanks for continueing to update us on this journey and for sharing your incredible faith and testimony!
    We're praying for all 4 of you!!!
    Jeff, Heidi and Caden

  9. Thanks so much for posting the pictures! Those tiny, perfect hands and fingers are just incredible! We're so thankful they had a good night and we will be praying that they are able to tolerate the new feeding routine.

    Jason, Mary & Bella

  10. Your boys are adorable! They are both so perfect! We keep praying and will continue to pray!
    Mark, Jen & Eddie

  11. Max and Wes are just beautiful miracles from God! We continue to pray for their health and for you and Kate as you continue to move forward. Thanks for sharing your journey...you are all in our thoughts and prayers!

    Dave and Joy

  12. What a miracle those little boys are! They are absolutely beautiful. We are saying MANY prayers for you guys. Thinking of you!
    David and Julie

  13. JaredandDena DykstraMarch 29, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    What beautiful miracles you have been blessed with! We are praying for them both as well as for you and your wife. You may not know us but my husband (Jared Dykstra) works at Mac and we went through a very similar situation 3 years ago with our oldest daughter, Joelle. She was 26 weeks when born and weighed 1 lb, 12 oz. (820 grams) so just a little more than your boys.
    Anyway, we just wanted to let you know that since we've heard of the birth of your babies, we have been praying fervently for you!
    Through all this remember that the Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. Whatever His plans for Wes and Max are, it is perfect! Praise and thank Him for every day you have with them!
    Thinking of you in the days that lay ahead,
    Jared and Dena Dykstra

  14. Thank you for sharing the pictures, they are beautiful. How amazing the miracle of life is! Praying every day.

    The Frego family

  15. You don't know me, but I stumbled across your blog and wanted to know that I am praying for you and your sweet baby boys. They are great over there at Spectrum. God Bless!