Monday, January 2, 2012

Loki the violinist

Now that the fund drive is over, I can catch up on posting videos. After we returned from California, Loki became fascinated with violins--first from watching a busker at the grocery, then from his step-aunt Naomi. One day I searched "violin" on YouTube, and he quickly became quite keen with the top result, which is a violin duet as part of the rather cheesy Lord of the Dance. (He always prefers the pretty ladies.) Loki began to play along, and then practice the body movements: stomping, kicking, swinging the hair. He often insists that we join him in the duet. Here are a few clips, in order, as he "improves" from mid-October to mid-November. Then at the end, his aunt Marieke helps him use a real violin.

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.

Read about his first name.
Read & hear about his middle name.
See photos.
See videos.

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