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....

Monday, March 8, 2010

Already 1 Year

It has been a whole year since I was admitted into the hospital with preterm labor. March 9, 2009 was one of the scariest days of our lives. I was put on bedrest and went into the hospital all on the same day. I stayed at Holland Hospital for 5 days (I think) until I hit the 23 weeks, then they transferred me by ambulance to Spectrum Health where I stayed until the boys came. It is hard to imagine everything that has happened in that year.

The boys are doing great! They are growing and changing everyday. It is amazing to see their progress. They are interacting with eachother, cooing, laughing, and all sorts of fun stuff. Max weighs 19 lbs. 8 ounces. Wes weighs 16 lbs. 8 1/2 ounces. Max is getting a tooth! It has been trying to poke through for about a month, but no luck so far. Mark and I wonder what he is going to do with a tooth, he doesn't take anything by mouth yet.
We have an appointment for Max with the pulmonologist Wednesday afternoon. We are hoping that he is doing well enough to either go down on his vent pressure or lower his oxygen level. Wes is still retching but it has improved slightly with the addition of a new medicine.

We are so happy to all be under one roof, and thrilled with how well the boys are doing. Max has been home for 9 weeks. In that time neither of the boys have gotten sick or had to make any trips to the doctor. We are incredibly thankful for their health thus far and pray that is continues.

We have been getting fantastic help during the day from friends and family. As well as delicious meals and goodies.
Thanks for your continued prayers and support. It mean so much to us. The road to this point has been very difficult. The future has its obstacles but we have a renewed strength forward.


  1. Thanks for the update, that picture is so beautiful!! Wow, can you believe you are at a year, it is such a wild and emotional ride. Great news that the boys have not been sick at all and praying that continues!! We are almost out of RSV and flu season...Bring on Spring!! I will be praying for a great appt for Max with the pulmonologist on Wednesday and continued prayers for Wes and his discomfort with retching and thankful that a new medicine is helping him some. Keep on keeping on, your an amazing mom!!

    Tina Jacobsen

  2. Kate,
    I love the picture you posted. Your boys are so beautiful. It's amazing to think of all we've been through in the past year. I'm so grateful for the continued good health of our babies and their continued forward progress. I'm so happy you have everyone home. Most of all, I'm so grateful that our paths have crossed so we can share this journey together (and what a wild ride it has been)!!

    Love you lots,

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  4. A year old...oh my goodness! I can only imagine the emotions that you both are experiencing today. Your boys look so studdly in that picture. I am so glad that all is going well and that your boys have stayed healthy. I am excited for the day when our twins can play together :) Keep looking up, we love you & miss you!
    Dave, Abi, Adalyn & Emma Lamar

  5. That picture, wow!!! That's a framer! I love it, they are so adorable! Thanks for the updates... we will keep praying for continued health and strength for the boys and for perseverance, peace and a childlike faith for you as parents. God has a purpose for you lives :)
    Karen Boersema

  6. Cousin Chris says, "I can see the Blauwkamp!" Sorry, Mark ;) From here (Canada), it sure seems like the time has flown by! Happy -almost- birthday boys :)
    Jessica & Chris

  7. Happy 1st Birthday boys!! We love you VERY much!! Have a wonderful day!
    Aunt Stacy, Uncle Geoff, Cassidy, Evan & Sadie