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....

Friday, June 11, 2010

GREAT Changes!

Max and Wes are doing GREAT!

SIZES: Max is still our "Big Guy" he is 29 inches long and 23 and a half pounds.
Wesley is 27 inches (I think, sadly I am not good at all the boys details). He is still 17 pounds. He is still struggling to gain weight.

DEVELOPMENT: Max is starting to roll consecutively! He rolls over to toys or to grab one of his tubes. He is hilarious, he likes to stick his bottom lip out and then smile really big. My Dad can make him do it on command. It is so fun! Max is also sitting up on his own. We set him in the sitting position and he'll sit up playing with toys and talking to Wes. He loves to talk, he is our chatty boy. Max is also still teething, the poor kid has been teething for months. He has one of his front teeth and four on the bottom. When he smiles it is adorable because his huge front tooth pokes out. He a big fan of zerburts, ( sorry, I'm not sure how to spell that) he just giggles and giggles.
Wesley is rolling EVERYWHERE! He loves to roll across the room to steal the toys Max is playing with. He is also sitting up. He loves to sit and play the xylophone. He hits the keys really hard while closing his eyes because it is so loud. So fun. He recently started standing up next to furniture (we stand him up next to it and offer minimal support). It is one of my favorite things. He gets so proud of himself and just beams.
The boys therapists are very happy with all the progress they are making. Hearing that makes me a happy Mama!

We recently had appointments at the pulmonologist. Both boys are doing fantastic. Max was able to go down on her vent settings! He is in charge of all his own breaths and his pressures are lower than before. I can't tell you how exciting this is! We have finally begun the process of getting rid of the vent. Mark and I realize that it is still going to be a long road, but we are ecstatic that it has begun! If his wean is successful we can go down from 3 breathing treatments to 2. ALL GOOD THINGS!!! Wes had his appointment yesterday. We are able to get rid of at one of his breathing treatments, and if all goes well we can get rid of another in a few weeks. He still on a little oxygen when he sleeps but that is it. We have a wireless baby all day!

Thank you all for your support and prayers. It is amazing to see your prayers in action. The boys are thriving, we could not be more happy with all their progress. Please pray that they continue to develop and grow. Specifically for Max's lung development and for Wes to gain some much needed weight. He is also still struggling with retching. We still are not sure why he is doing it, or how to stop it.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You support, prayers, meals, landscaping, help, gifts..... No words will express how blessed we have been.

I forgot how to post pics. As soon as I figure it out again I will post some adorable updated pictures.


  1. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the update, I check everyday for updates and am thrilled to see the wonderful progress the boys have accomplished, Praise the Lord, will continue to pray for all of you. :)

  2. So exciting to hear about these new milestones! Now that they're on a roll (literally), the fun won't stop! We are just wondering... have you decided whether they'll play hockey or football??
    Jess & Chris in Canada

  3. thanks for the updates and the power of prayer is awesome.
    having a wireless son must be a great joy!
    we continue to pray for your family during this walk of faith.
    JIM T

  4. Praise God for this wonderful news! Thanks for sharing, we always need to hear God stories! Can't wait to see the boys tomorrow and squeeze those cheeks!


  5. Congrats on Max and Wes' great progress!! It is getting so fun!! We will pray to pray the boys. Thanks for letting us know what to specifically pray for. Looking forward to the happy day we can take our zoo trip. Love you all!!

    Marie and Chad Uzarski

  6. Praise God with you for the progress the boys are making. WOW!! That is really exciting!!Thanks for letting us know. I miss seeing them. Sharon S.

  7. Thank you for your update! I have been following your blog since the boys were born and rejoice with you on how amazing they are doing! I sometimes feel like I "know" them through your words. Praise God for answered prayers. Your reliance on Him is inspiring.

  8. Praising God along with you guys! Truly amazing boys you have - such fighters! Praying that God will continue to bless!

  9. It has been an honor to assist in their care. I am always amazed by something "new" that they're doing everytime I visit. Teeth, sitting up, rolling and rolling, grabbing me/my pen/paperwork....they're fast! Thank you for sharing them with us through this blog. Again, you two are the BEST Parents ever. The boys are so blessed to have yous~