Pop music and babies

Oliver was born at a special time for music, the current big hit at the moment is Gangnum Style, a Korean hit that has taken the world by storm. I find this particularly interesting, as Asia becomes more and more influencial in the west, their culture will penetrate ours. Gangnum Style is strangley catchy and very entertaining but not a song I am a huge fan of (musically speaking).

This got me thining, what were the hits when I was born?

I sent an email to my dad asking him which song were popular when I came around, 30 years ago. Here are some of them that he remembers

  • Freeze Frame – The J. Geils Band
  • Make A Move On Me – Olivia Newton-John
  • Key Largo – Bertie Higgins

Cheesy music

There is no denying that Freeze Frame is cheesy, probably just as cheesy as Gangnum style. I guess Oliver and I were born when cheesy music ruled the airways.

What song was a big hit when you were born? Let me know on Facebook.

Big foot, little foot

I love taking photos, and I haven’t really had a chance to take any photos of Oliver. Today, I was able to snap off a couple of shots, so I took one of his foot right up to mom’s foot.

Normal toes

For those who know me (or my feet), you would know that I have funny toes. There is nothing wrong with the toes, but people who notice them all say the same thing: ‘What’s wrong with you feet?’

There is nothing wrong with my feet, but I am glad Oliver doesn’t have funny looking feet like I do.

Morning coffee with Oliver

Oliver hasn’t even been in our house 24 hours we are starting to understand what people mean when they say you won’t get any sleep. Last night was a hard night and we didn’t get much sleep (you can tell by my hair).

As new parents we don’t really know what we’re supposed to do. Oliver has a number of cues that we have yet to learn but I’m confident that in the next couple days we will have a better understanding of what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Oliver comes home

Yesterday was a big day for us, for that is when Oliver came home. After spending five weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, he is now ready to come home.

NICU

I need to make a shout out to the nurses that staff the NICU. The very talented and patient crew helped Oliver thrive and grow and I am very grateful for their efforts and skill. They do amazing things there and it is so nice to have the support and the healthcare system we have here in Canada.

Weight gain

When Oliver was born, he weighed 1214grams (2lbs 10oz), and yesterday he was discharged at 1886g (4lbs and 2ozs).

Skills gained

While in the NICU, Oliver has had the opportunity to hone a number of essential skills:

  • breast feeding
  • dirtying diapers
  • crying (he didn’t cry much at first, but he got that figured out now)
  • growing

With these skills honed, he is ready to start down the road of development and start growing like a full term baby.

Next chapter: Sleeplessness

When Oliver was in the NICU, it was easy for Tanya and I to get enough sleep, there were a number of nurses that took care of him when we were at home sleeping. Not anymore, and I think that the next few months, I will learn how to survive on limited sleep.

We are both happy that he has made it home and looking forward to the next couple of decades as we see him change from infant to man. Thanks to all those who supported us through, your emotional support, positive stories and inspiration helped us bring him home.

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Just a cute photo of Oliver being burped…

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Oliver’s old house

For the past month Oliver has been kept in here, an isolette (aka an incubator). This $10,000 walled plastic house kept Oliver warm and protected from the surrounding environment. This allowed Oliver to spend all his energy into growing instead of trying to stay warm.

He’s moved out

A couple of days ago Oliver moved out, he is now in a bassinet. Bassinets are exposed to the air and don’t have a thermostat connected too them, which is good news. Oliver is showing us that he can keep himself warm without the need of any fancy equipment and continue to grow. This is good news.

One step closer to coming home

This is one step closer to home for Oliver. If he does well in the bassinet (if he continues to gain weight), he should be coming home in the next week or so. This is right on track for him, his original expected date was October 19.

The parents are thrilled

This makes Tanya and me very happy. Things don’t always work out the way you plan, but Oliver is showing us that he is one tough peanut and he is ready to come home. Over the past month we have been frequently visiting the hospital up to 3 times a day, and we are definitely looking forward to a new normal with Oliver at home.

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Feeding tube?

Oliver was apparently not happy with his feeding tube today, he pulled it out while I was changing his diaper. Likely this was accident, but soon he won’t be need it.

More progress

In the last two days Oliver has made more and more progress. Only twoNone of his feeds are through the feeding tube (they are all orally, breast or bottle). And the Neonatologist has handed Oliver off to the pediatrician. This means that he no longer needs the specialized skill-set of the neonatologist.

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