Monday, October 1, 2012

Photos from Indiana

We visited family and friends in Indiana, where I am from. We all had a great time. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen Loki enjoy himself so much. Here are some photos of him during this visit. Unfortunately, I lost my camera-phone, which had some great pictures, such as Loki splashing in creeks. But I think we found enough from other sources.

Of course, spending time with family was top priority. Papaw Mark (my step-dad) took a lot of time from his busy schedule. Here, he took us out on the first of two boat trips on Lake Monroe:

Loki's #1 play partner was Cousin Chloe (Mark's granddaughter):

Stacked smiles:

Tea party:

With Papaw Mark:

With Cousin A.J. and Uncle Brent:

In the kiddie pool with Cousin Marlee (another granddaughter of Mark):

Loki was even able to get Nana, my mom, playing rough:

Loki shows Papaw Mark how to build a helicopter:

It turns out that Papaw Mark repairs helicopters:

Ready for take off:

Nana threw an early fourth birthday party for Loki, with a carnival theme:

Cousin Ashlyn paints Loki's face:

Huffing and puffing on a beautiful cake made by my step-sister, Loki's Aunt Lindsay:

With Marlee, two cats:

Loki pinned the tail exactly right on the donkey:

Whack the piƱata:

On a boat with Nana:

Loki is sometimes naughty:

At the helm:

With Mama:

Nana took Loki to Build-a-Bear, where kids choose an animal, watch it 'come to life,' groom it (here), name it, and give it accessories:

He names his female musician rabbit Chloe, except when she is a he, and then he is Chlo-dee:

Mirrored at a children's science museum (Wonderlab in Bloomington):

Pinned at the museum:

A kiss for Nancy, Loki's great-great-aunt:

Looking to the future (photo by Ashlyn):


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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