Thursday, September 26, 2013

Photos March to September 2013

Although my aim is to post an album every three months, moving in July took up much time. So here are photos going all the way back to before our trip to California.

First school portrait:

Loki's cousin Taylor visited from Indiana. This is a rare full family+1, at a reconstructed Roman city in Germany.

Loki's (second) cousins visited from California:

In August we squeezed in our first (almost) camping. It was "almost camping" in that we rented a little one-room "pod" at a campground here in the Netherlands. Loki loved it. We cooked and ate s'mores, which is an American campfire sugar overdose consisting of a fire-roasted marshmallow, chocolate, and Graham cracker.

There, Loki had his bit of heaven, which is water (with pump on left, and piping), sand, shovels, and a willing adult helping.

There was a little pond there:

We recently bought a fold-able wagon for evening walks and more:

Mom and Loki at the camp:

Going back to March, for the third Easter in a row (others: 1, 2) we rented a vacation house in the Belgian hills with the same two other families:

One important remaining photo from California: A tour of the Alta-Bates NICU. He wanted to see an incubator, but seemed a bit confused or disturbed (or bored) by it:

OK, back to summer. The hard life:

Visiting Opa, Oma, and two cousins at their campground. This is a very Dutch photo:

With our former next-door neighbor:

School buddies:

Nana sent a toy razor, inspired by these:

This is a daughter of a close friend of Mom, and the younger sister of Rebecca. For her birthday, she wanted to spend a weekend at our house, especially with Loki.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New photos from the past

Loki's Opa Ruud is the shutterbug of the family. I recently grabbed some photos of Loki from his computer. Thus, here are some shots from the last three years.

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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