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This is what A. says now every morning, regardless of the day of the week and whether or not we’re actually going to preschool that day.

{Mister Finn being tickled by his friend Mac}

Things are better; they’re even SUPER.  I can’t say how relieved I am to write that.  Preschool has been great. There has been snack eating (mostly cheddar bunnies). There has been cleaning up of toys (without crying). A. sings the loudest at music time; actually, I think he’s the only kid singing. There’s a girl in the class who is a real bruiser, but A. recovers pretty quickly when she attacks him. (More quickly than I, as my full mama bear insides have been invoked. Seriously, I feel like even though I manage to remain calm, I feel like I’ve grown to 10 feet, with coarse fur and giant teeth growling.)

Mister Finn talks frequently about Teacher Linda (pronounced Teeecher Leeenda) with adoring lilts in his sing-song voice. He loves to name off all the kids in his class, and he sings the songs from preschool all the time at home.

This preschool adventure has felt like his big preemie final exam. It felt like the measuring stick by which we’d all know if he’s Really OK.  I was very anxious about if he would pass.  He is a unique person with his own challenges, including a mild version of Sensory Processing Disorder. But now I can see that there isn’t a child in that class that doesn’t have their own issues or uniqueness. I look around the room and think that I’d choose my boy, with his challenges and uniqueness, in a heartbeat.

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We got the results of my final follow-up Liver Function Test, and the liver specialist has proclaimed my liver NORMAL!!!!!!!!!!  Yipppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  Now we are 100%, rather than 90%, sure that my disease was limited to pregnancy and is OVER!  and I am HEALTHY!   How boundlessly grateful am I.



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Nurses Carol, Sue, Jen, Karen, Linda, Wendy, Lynn, Lynne, Sharon, Alix, Bob, Trish, Chris, Joy, Patty, Connie, Tatiana, Dana, Beth, and many others I can’t remember the names of. Doctors Stoltz, Sweeney, Kamitsuka, Demmers, and many others I can’t remember the names of. Maternal steroids, Delayed Cord Clamping, Endotracheal tube, 3 Blood Transfusions, Supplemental O2, Intubation-PPV, Surfactant, Survanta, Neo-puff, Servo, PRVC mode, UVC, CDF Feeding Protocol, Phototherapy, Phototx, 2 vent courses, Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Flovent, Vapotherm, Nasal Cannula, Theophylline, Caffeine, 2 Echocardiograms, Epoetin, 2 Cranial Ultrasounds, 4 Retinal Exams, Hearing test, abdominal x-ray, chest x-ray, stool cultures, Multi-vitamins with Iron, Ferrous Sulfate, Neosure, Human Milk Fortifier. Physical Therapist Jessica, Respiratory Therapist Teresa and many others I can’t remember the names of. Pink tubs, big sinks, care times, hand sanitizer, stethoscopes, thermometers, monitors, Pulse-Ox, tiny diapers, fluffy nesting, freddie-the-frog positioner, reclining Kangaroo Care chair, 2 giant blue binders for A’s medical chart. The shirts we made him, the songs we sang him, the way we held him. Waiting. My milk-producing breasts.

A’s Mommy.

And me, his Mama. I worked.











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Do you see this baby about to tip?  He will not bonk his head on the floor and cry in distress, because he is using his boppy as a bumper!  Brilliant! 



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I wish therapy had been required postpartum treatment. Then it wouldn’t have taken me so many months to finally seek it myself.

Dots are being connected. Healing is happening.


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Here she is hard at work, doing web design work for a downtown non-profit arts organization. That’s her super cool boss on the other side of the modern-day non-cubicle. At this time of year in Seattle it’s dark by 4:30.


We picked her up from work the other day.


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One pair of socks comes off in the blink of an eye, but two pairs stay on!  Observe this sock-pulling specimen:


The sock is pulled, and therefore droopy, but not lost.  Works best when under-socks are on the smallish side.

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