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....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Happy Birthday!!

Sitting in the chair together, Wes is kind of making a 1.

Family Picture. I don't know what the boys are looking at.

Max and Wes are 1!

Maxwell and Wesley had their first Birthday yesterday! We had a small relaxed party. The boys slept through half of it, but it was still fun to celebrate how far they have come. At birth Max weighed 1 lb. 10 oz., Wes weighed 1 lb. 9 oz. They are now weighing 21 lbs. 10 oz. (Max) and 17lbs. + (Wes). HUGE compared to where they started.

The year has been difficult and amazing. Losing my Mom has been a struggle for me. It is hard to think that she never got to hold the boys and doesn't gets to watch them grow up. I take comfort in thinking she is watching them from Heaven, helping us raise them into the amazing boys that they are.
Our boys have been through so much in their short lives. They have made and are making amazing strides; learning, growing, and discovering new things.
Max is laid back, investigates things before he grabs them, and is happy to play on the floor all day if he could. He loves to play with his tongue and stick his thumb in his mouth to feel his one lonely tooth- Mark calls it his tusk. Wes is a mover and a shaker. He scoots himself across the floor on his back, puts anything and everything in his mouth, and reaches for anything he can touch. He lays on the floor and kicks his feet, we call it the "Irish Jig." They are giggling and laughing at each other (my favorite thing to see). It seems like everyday they do something new.
The next year is going to be one of changes, hopefully. We would love to see Wes off oxygen ( he is currently on oxygen while he sleeps). Max has more obstacles, but we are praying for decreased vent settings and lower oxygen needs. Maybe even off the vent a year from now...hey, a Mom can hope!!

We praise God for our Miracle Men. They are just that, miracles. Everyday we have with them is amazing. Thank you so much for your prayers and support through the last year. We have all come so far.
Top Pic: Max looking at Mark for permission to dive in.
Bottom Pic: Wes thinking about more cupcake destruction.


  1. Happy, Happy Birthday sweet boys! You all continue to be in our prayers each night!
    We love you!
    Mark, Michelle, and Jack

  2. Kate, it was so amazing to hold the boys today! You are all awesome!

  3. Happy birthday to Max and Wes!! I'm so glad you guys had such a wonderful celebration. Your mom is most definitely watching over all of you.
    Looking forward to lots of good things this year! Can't wait until we can go to the zoo :)


  4. Oh my goodness, they are so cute! Happy birthday Max and Wes! Looks like they enjoyed the cupcakes!

  5. Kate,
    I know your mom was laughing during that cupcake episode! Max and Wes definitely have a special angel watching over them!! Congratulations on a year of miracles. I know the next year will be just as great!

  6. Praise God for His faithfulness in this first year of the boys lives!!! "My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Phil.4:19 Happy Birthday to the cutest babies ever!!!

    Karen Boersema

  7. Awesome pics guys! Adalyn and Emma sure miss the boys and can't wait for their first play date. It's so awesome seeing them enjoy their 1st birthday and praise GOD it is at home. Way to go Wes and Max!

  8. I have read your blog throughout the last year as a link from Margaret's Hope Chest. Praise God for all he has done for you and your little men. They are so handsome and I am so happy for you as you celebrate their birthday.
    Blessings for many years ahead!

  9. I stumbled on to your blog in creating mine and getting ideas. Our Andrea was born at 23 weeks 4 days at Spectrum on 4-05-09. I remember seeing you guys and am so thrilled that your story is one of God's miracles as our is! Your boys look wonderful!