CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME

APRIL 8, 2010

From this Chair…

By Cloann McNall

   The Phantom and I are going to Spokane Thursday to see the Howland twin boys in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sacred Heart Hospital and to help their mommy Ashley (Stanton) Howland celebrate her 26th birthday.

   Seems just yesterday I was standing at the window of the St. Joe’s nursery in Lewiston and Darold was holding his tiny newborn daughter Ashley in the palm of his hand for me to get my first glimpse of her.

   I recall Marcie saying that Darold was so excited about his firstborn that he couldn’t remember her name when someone asked what it was.

   Time moves on. The twins, born prematurely March 1, are progressing and Braylon, now weighing 4 lbs., 13 oz. is expected to be released from the hospital within the next two weeks and will be staying with his mother at the Ronald McDonald House.

   Some family members will be taking Infant CPR instructions at Sacred Heart Friday to help care for Braylon while his mother spends time at NICU with the other twin, Kaden, who now weighs a hefty 3 lbs., 13 oz as of Sunday.

   Since the twins were born and we’ve written about them, their care in NICU and the Ronald McDonald House it is interesting to hear from other parents of twins who have had the exact same experience with their babies stay at NICU and their stay at the impressive Ronald McDonald House.

   As one local mother who underwent the same experience seven years ago with her twins said Monday “Tell Ashley someday this will be just a memory.”

   The Howland twins are the first grandchildren to be born in either family so they will be showered by attention.

   Quote: A Grandmother is a baby sitter who watches the kids instead of the television.