Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thanks, and a belated update. Photos!

Thank you for the cards and gifts in response to our birth announcement! It was Christmas / baby shower / birthday all over again! Loki now has even more beautiful outfits, an angel for his crib, books and stuffed animals. That was quite a wonderful surprise and we are very grateful!

We are still settling into our new apartment, and apologize for the lack of posts.

Loki weighs 11 pounds and 7.6 ounces (5.24 kg). This is still on the small side, even for a former 24 week preemie. But he is gaining weight, slowly but surely.

Loki is also slowly getting a bit easier to manage. He is eating by spoon, breast, a bit by bottle, and sometimes a strange bottle / cup / spoon combination. The food is a mix of breast milk, rice cereal, baby food (prunes, pears, avocados, or peas), and canola oil. Going to sleep is a bit easier, especially now that Loki has rediscovered the pacifier. And it is a bit easier to take him out of the house for a couple hours.

With Opa Ruud:


marieke said...

Aaaah, cutie foto's!!
So nice to see photo's, Loki you are a real boy now, not a baby!
Glad to hear your eating and sleeping is little better. Maybe opa Ruud had something to do with that? When he looks at you and is serious, you must be impressed with his eyes:-)
Big hug and all my compliments for your dad and mom. Realise you do have the most lovely parentsXXX Marieke

Mackenzie said...

What a beautiful little boy (note - not baby anymore!) you have. He looks so much like his papa!

Richard en Maaike said...

Jeetje!! Wat een manneke!!
Wat wordt hij al groot zeg, en wat een mooi koppie. We waren al verliefd, maar nu helemaal.
Kus Maaike

Naomi said...

wat ziet Loki er lief uit en wat lijkt hij ook op opa Ruud!
liefs, naomi

jermo said...

Hoi Loki,
Leuk om je weer te zien op de mooie foto's. Effe knuffe? Groetjes van Jermo Serpenti

fransje melief said...

Hey Mister Loki, you have become quite a little man indeed! Great to see you like your own reflection in the mirror already. A little self-love won't hurt in life :-)
To me a couple of grams less doesn't make you less huggable really! Auntie Fransje just has to be put in a different room next time so you won't be squeezed too hard (Kathalijn, you know me).

love, Fransje.

Cheryl said...

Ah, Loki, you are a beautiful and lively boy. And I hadn't seen you with you Papa for a awhile. You look so alike--except I see your Mama's attitude and facial expressions! Such a wonderful blessing to see you looking so healthy and hear you are working on eating and sleeping, little by little, bit by bit.

Kyra said...

Ah, al echt een manneke. Wat fijn dat het weer beter gaat. Hoop dat jullie niet nu zelf aan het instorten zijn!

Veel liefs uit een zonovergoten Leusden, ook van mijn lief.


Suzan said...

How unbelievably sweet! I wish I could cuddle him and you!

Much love,

berkeleygal77 said...

I especially like the last 2 photos - it's as if he's saying "Look at me, chillin' on my pillow"!

About Loki Sky

Loki Sky is a special little man. He was a very early micropreemie, weighing only 610 grams (1 lb, 5 oz) after 24 weeks, 3 days gestation, born to an American Father and a Dutch Mother in Berkeley, California on October 18, 2008.

On January 11, 2009, while still in the hospital NICU, his one kidney stopped working. It was repaired after three surgeries. After spending time in three hospitals in three cities, Loki came home on February 17. He struggled with eating, and then stopped in July, leading to 8 days in the hospital, a failure-to-thrive diagnosis, and a NG feeding tube. On October 10, a minor surgery installed a G feeding tube. Another procedure replaced it with a new one, and then again with a Mic-Key button in Jan. 2010.

In August 2010, he and his parents moved to the Netherlands.

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