Sunday, June 10, 2012

Post-tonsils (briefly) and May video (also short!)

Thank you for all your various words of support for Loki and us in the last week. Loki recovered quickly from the removal of his tonsils. He ate smooth food after a couple days, and his strangely high-pitched voice has mostly returned to normal. (We'll have some video of this next time.) For the first time, he sleeps quietly, whereas in the past his heavy breathing would sometimes wake us. Best of all, today and yesterday he has swallowed food better than ever. Fingers crossed! On the other hand, he is throwing tantrums like never before, and is probably processing the intense day last week.

Here are some video clips from May, which are almost entirely of him dancing. Loki's comment at 0:27 is a request for me to get on the dance stage, which is the rug.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Tonsils done and May photos

Yesterday Loki had his tonsils removed. It went mostly smoothly for the most part. He went into the operation relaxed. But he woke up from the anesthesia quite dramatically, jumping around and trying to remove his IV. Once calmed down, he recovered fairly well. Having a feeding tube turned out to be an advantage in several ways: he can get food and water without swallowing, we can easily check if his throat is bleeding by pulling out a few mL of stomach contents, and he could get medicine through the tube instead of by suppository. We are now home, trying to get him to eat popsicles.

Before Loki's surgery, Mom gave him a gift of a doctor costume. This is not a great photo but it shows most of the outfit:

Loki, Mom, and Mister Ladybug ready to go into the surgery:

Recovering with Mom:

Posing #1:

We got year passes for Loki and Mom at the little amusement park which is just around the corner. Loki was extremely keen on the pair of mascots there:

So keen that he followed them around for a while, and got a cap with their picture on it:

Posing #2, on the little Ferris wheel:

Our friends Richard, Maaike, and their kids visited, and we all went to the amusement park for the day:

Loki gradually became comfortable enough to ride alone on the carousel:

After the park, the kids chalked up our back outside wall:

Posing #3:

It has been quite warm. In the city center, we stripped him down and he played in a fountain:

And watered the plants there:

Ballet pig:

Trying on Dad's glasses:

Nana sent some gifts, including binoculars:

Holding hands with friends:

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.
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