After the triplets were born, I spent every single day in the NICU. On the weekends Mark would join me and we would stare into their little isolettes, willing them to eat and grow and not make a single monitor ding with that awful sound that is forever embedded in my brain.
One Saturday in October, when they were just a few weeks old Mark dropped me off and left me there the WHOLE day. I did the usual, sitting on the edge of my hospital chair, getting up to pump, then coming back to sit at the edge of my chair. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.
As the day went on I added check phone and get increasingly annoyed at husband to my schedule, as he did not answer my calls nor show up at the NICU.
Just as my annoyance shifted to he-must-have-gotten-hit-by-a-semi panic, he walked into the NICU, minutes before visiting hours were over.
We went to dinner where he avoided every question I asked about his day and acted strange enough for me to wonder if I might be the sane one in our relationship.
Once we got home I noticed a few gifts on the table for the kids from friends of ours I had yet to see since the babies were born and Mark just brushed it off, saying they had left them on the porch earlier in the day.
He encouraged me to go lay down after my long day of sitting still and I headed upstairs to our room, convinced I was in the Twilight Zone.
I opened the door to our room and heard our wedding song playing and then my mind couldn’t really catch up to what my eyes were seeing.
After we found out we were having triplets, we swapped our master bedroom with the smaller room next to it so that we could fit all three cribs. Mark worked on the babies room the whole time I was in the hospital and our new “room” turned into the storage space for anything and everything that didn’t have a place in our house. Our bed was on the floor, the ironing board sat next to our computer and our clothes never left the laundry baskets if they were lucky enough to be placed in one.
There was no time for rearranging or decorating or separating darks and lights when our babies were barely hanging on in the NICU.
Mark left me at the hospital that day because he had gathered our friends and family to make over our bedroom.
They spent the entire day painting and shopping and redecorating. He held my hand as I took in our new room, so I wouldn’t touch the walls. They were still wet.
We had lost Hadley just weeks before and it took so much work to smile in those days but that day I did.
Our anniversary was two days ago and I’ve been thinking about this story all week. Through the darkest days of my life, my husband has always found a way to make me smile. No matter how much work it takes.
Happy two days after our anniversary to my amazing husband.
Here’s a peek at the before and after if you want to see it, there’s no sound which is driving me a bit crazy but this was before my phone even took pictures (gasp).
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What a man! And what an amazingly beautiful, difficult and generous thing to pull off without your knowledge, but with all the love and hard work of your friends and family, at that time.
I know exactly what you mean by annoyance morphing into hit-by-semi panic. Unfortunately, I am very prone to that uncomfortable and rapid leap in emotion.
wow…blown away..what an amazing husband–and group of friends you have. Happy belated anniversary!
Michael Lombardi says
Damn, what a story. I don’t know that I would have had the forethought to do something special. I’m glad you have a husband that treats you so good. I wish all women did.
Kathy at kissing the frog says
I’m late commenting, but happy belated anniversary! I love that he did that for you. He realized what you needed during a time that you couldn’t really do anything for yourself. He’s a keeper!
Oh my gosh, what a sweet, incredible story. I always feel good for days after I read about true love. Happy Anniversary.
How sweet was that?!?
julie gardner says
Oh my goodness!
The heart has such a capacity to find love and joy during seemingly impossible circumstances.
What a love and life you’ve shared. So far.
Happy Anniversary (a little late, but wow. So much love.)
It was truly amazing, one of those things I will forever go back to and wonder if everyone knew how much it really meant to me.
Awww… Tears. Again. 🙂 I love your posts! Happy anniversary!
This story gave me goosebumps – Mark is an amazing guy. Happy anniversary to you both!
That is just about the sweetest story I’ve heard in a long, long time. And they did such a fantastic job on your room!!
Oh Jessica, I’ve got tears in my eyes, what an amazing gift for you and what a fantastic hubby you have!!!
Chris Carter says
The sounds CAME THROUGH!!!! And I am crying…. this story is amazing. I must share.
Jessica Smock says
I was so relieved when this story had a very happy ending. You’re so lucky to have each other! I hope you had a wonderful anniversary…
Chris Dean says
This memory brought tears to my eyes. So sweet and so beautiful. Happy Anniversary to you both!
Thanks so much Chris!
Made me tear up!! What a sweet, sweet man.
This guy makes the rest of us look bad! Seriously, well done, mate. We should also remember that it takes a wonderful woman to bring this out in a man.
New to your blog. What a first impression.
I actually thought about that, that maybe a few husbands out there might rather their wives not read this story :). We are definitely lucky to have each other, thanks for reading!
What an amazing husband! Happy anniversary!
How very beautiful and touching. What a sweet and perfect memory. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.
I’ve always wanted to share it because I wasn’t blogging at the time, glad you liked it :).
Love this story, and your video is so great!
That is amazing! What an incredibly wonderful and thoughtful gesture!! Happy Anniversary!
This brought tears to my eyes, what a thoughtful and beautiful gift! Happy Anniversary!
Thanks so much Stinna.
Carolyn Savage says
Wow. What a great guy! You are very lucky…and so is he!
Thanks Carolyn, I’ve yet to top his gift but one of these days I’ll come up with something good…
Mom On A Line says
Love it! So sweet.
So sweet! Happy anniversary to you. 🙂
Wow. Proof that genuinely good men do exist. This is truly incredible. Happy anniversary!
Yep, he’s a good guy, it took a long time to find him :).
Wow! What a wonderful man you have! Happy Anniversary!
Thanks so much Stacey!