Tuesday, November 16, 2010

October and November photos

We've written little for two reasons. The good cause is that Loki generally has been doing well, and there is not much to report. Since moving, his development has really moved forward. He's a little boy now, running, talking with a vocabulary of over 270 words, sometimes even making 3 word sentences, being demanding, laughing, playing games, etc. This was very noticeable when we (finally) got our possessions from the US. These has been packed 10 weeks earlier, but he had clearly outgrown many of the toys.

The less good cause is that we are very busy with him, school, settling in, etc.

Among other things in these photos is Loki's second birthday. We kept the celebration small, as we were (and are) occupied with adjusting and settling. Although there are plenty of daily frustrations (both typical and "special"), Loki's birthday highlights that his health, growth, and happiness are blessings.

I will try to get some video together soon, and one of us will write about the many assessments, doctors, and such things.

Reading a birthday card, upside down:

Mom and I got him a train set. He pushes the cars around and says "chuckah chuckah chuckah":

Oma and Muus help blow out the candles:

Apron on:

Mitt and hat; ready to cook:

Loki loves the kitchen set to which Nana, Papaw, Oma H, Opa F, Tante Marieke, and Oom Martin all contributed:

Before it was cold and grey, we used our bike trailer:

And biked to the old walled village of Kranenberg, Germany:

We also walked through the woods:




A typical evening:

Finally, here are a few from Kyra's B-day party that she sent over. With Muus:

With Lova:




Mascha said...

Wonderful to see him growing and doing so well. He has changed so much already. I miss you guys.

Candy said...


Reading that Loky is doing so well gives me great satisfaction. I have been following every entry since the day your hero was born. Thanks for sharing.

Warm Regards,

Candy, from Puerto Rico

[Gerrit van der Bend's wife]

rstiles said...

Loki looks great! He's getting so big!


A very special Holiday Season to you and your wonderful family.

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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