Saturday, May 18, 2013

California vacation photos, batch 2

After Southern California and Disneyland, the three of us drove up the coast, spending a few nights relaxing in a little rental house in the forested hills above Santa Cruz:

We visited the big redwoods:

The weather was abnormally warm then, so we went to the Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk both afternoons. Wet sand and surf is Loki's favorite activity in the world:

From there, we went on to San Francisco where we stayed at Margaret's house:

At Ghirardelli Square, we had to argue with Loki to get him to eat a banana split:

We visited the Alta Bates NICU, where Loki spent his first three months as a preemie. All the nurses, doctors, and staff were very excited to see him:

Loki played with many friends, although unfortunately in each case we had to say goodbye sooner than we wanted. He played at the beach with Anna, who gave him a swimsuit:

In the East Bay, we stayed with a friend of Mom's, who has twins just a year older than Loki. Although they played a lot, we did not get a good photo:

We visited my long, long-term friend Luna and her two daughters. They got dirty:

Loki has always had a special connection with Foxen, who was in the Alta Bates NICU with Loki. When Foxen first saw Loki, he ran up and gave a surprised Loki a hug and said, "Loki, I've missed you so much!" (Great photos from Foxen's dad):

Thursday, May 2, 2013

California vacation photos, batch 1

We are in California, beginning near Los Angeles where we stayed with Mom's cousin and her family. We spent a couple days at their house in the mountains above San Bernadino, and visited Disneyland twice.

Happy to arrive:

Loki loved being in photos with the characters, most of all Mickey:

Our host, Mom's cousin Nicole:

On a short hike to a waterfall near the mountain house:

Loki played lots with his (second) cousin Sebastian, who is the same age:

Dad had the (new!) camera so Mom is in the photos:

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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