Marissa's hand prints

Marissa Jean Anderson Memorial

We honored our tiny angel Marissa Jean this past weekend. Thank you to all our family and friends that were there to support during this difficult time. We will forever remember, love and miss her.

Marissa Jean Anderson

Marissa Jean Anderson (Triplet A) was born Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm weighing 14 ounces. Marissa passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her parents at 5:06 pm.  She left footprints on our hearts even though her life was a brief gift to us, our angel will be forever loved and remembered by parents Ryan and Julie Anderson (nee Martens) of North St. Paul, surviving triplet siblings Hazel and Grant, grandparents Wally and Kathy Anderson, Roxanne Hernandez and Ken Martens, aunt Stephanie Stolt, uncles Doug Stolt and John Martens, and many other family and friends. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers. A memorial service to honor her will be held at St. Lucas Community Church in Lake Elmo on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:00 am.  Arrangements made by Evans-Nordby Funeral Homes.

Grant and Julie on doorstep

Grant is Home

Grant and Julie on doorstep
Grant arrives at home for the first time.

After spending 117 days in the NICU, Grant finally came home on Tuesday! Everything happened so fast. We had less than a week’s notice, where we were told only a couple days prior that it would probably be a few weeks. We scrambled with a lot of last minute remodeling to finish our bedroom and the nursery, assembled cribs and pulled the car seat out of the closet.

We are so happy to finally have him home, but we are certainly exhausted. As first time parents, the fact that he is also hooked up to oxygen makes us especially paranoid. We got absolutely no sleep the first night and are working our way up to a few hours a night.

Hazel has struggled with her feedings where she aspirates instead of closing her airway and swallowing her milk/formula. She will have surgery next week to have a G-tube so she can be fed directly. We’re told it is roughly a week or two of recovery and then she will likely be coming home. We are bracing ourselves and just hope and pray we can be good parents and give them both what they need.

This is a quick update until we can get on our feet a little bit. We hope to share more in the near future.

Anderson family and care providers
Our family including some of the care providers we’ve gotten to know like family.