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the arrival of august

at the beginning of 2009, we thought differently about August.

it seemed so far away. and i envisioned being the worried father-to-be, bag packed and placed strategically by the door. responding to my wife’s every twinge with great anticipation.

well, it didn’t turn out exactly that way. while most of the past twelve weeks has been about worrying, it’s now being replaced by anticipation – we are in a countdown until Justin can come home.

Carrie has been staying up at Dartmouth for the past two weeks, working all day, every day, on getting him to be able to nurse. he’s also gotten consistently better with Oxygen – they only give him any if he needs it while eating.

and as of this writing, his weight is up to 2,915 grams, or six pounds, seven ounces (almost 1/2 stone, to our friends in England). all this of course is rambling, the pictures speak for his progress far better than i could.

Justin on July 25th, 2009 - just being happyJustin August 1st, 2009 - being burped


2 responses to “the arrival of august”

Peter R. Wood says:

Excellent! Thanks for the update. Here’s hoping that he will soon be home.

posted on August 2, 2009

mom says:

Wow! I hear about Justin’s progress daily. And every day he gets better.
Hard to believe, with the medical technology, and how fragile he was only 85 days ago. Even 30 days ago, this seemed so far away yet.

Carrie’s availibility has undoubtedly been what he needed. Just look @ the past 2 weeks when he was so far away from feeding on his own.

Justin has even developed a personality, that is revealed in his pictures. Is that monkey business I see in his eyes?

The homestretch is the final test and you are there. Funny how in an instant, we can put our lives on hold and go in an entirely different direction. In reality this last 12 weeks (of Carrie’s pregnancy? )…….. have by far been the most difficult,because it is not normal, and most of us can only relate to this by listening and being supportive.

Congratulations to all 3 of you.

posted on August 2, 2009