Teeny Tiny Truman

This page is all about Truman, born Aug. 8, 2006 to Kara and Ben.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Truman is one month old today!

My, how much life changed one month ago today. The three of us got to share an early birthday present last night when we were allowed to hold him. Ben let me take last night's turn. If Truman behaves today, Ben will hold him tonight.

The kangaroo care went very well. He appeared comfortable and kept his temperature up really well. It was 99 something when we were done. He was mostly pretty still, but Ben said he had his eyes open a lot at the beginning before he settled in to sleep. Before we were done, he was up to his usual squirming, including trying to turn his head. He's a strong little guy!

It was a wonderful visit and a very big moment to get to hold our little boy for the first time.

In other news, he was fully weaned from his pain medication and blood pressure medication yesterday. His arm IV was also exchanged for a scalp IV. Although a little scary looking, the scalp IV is reportedly a more comfortable IV for the little guy than ones in his limbs.



Anonymous Aunt Jeri & Uncle Chris said...

How absolutely beautiful! Your smiling face says it all. When you are blessed with one of God's greatest gifts, your children, it is truly beyond words. Can't wait to see the proud Dad's face. All our love.

GiGi & BaPa

8:16 AM  
Blogger Brian and Heather Tankersley said...

WOW!!! I am so proud for you all. Kangaroo care will change your whole outlook! You both look great. Enjoy your blessed time with him like this - I know he will love it. Truman - Happy 1 mo Birthday!

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Lori johnson said...

Oh my, that really shows how small he is. That picture is priceless. He looks so comfy and settled in. That had to be the best moment of your life. You continue in my prayers.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, you and Truman look so beautiful. Such a innocent reminder of how precious life really is. I hope he continues to do well and I hope that you continue to reach more wonderful milestones, I bet your DH is excited about tonight.
babyinlove9 (Dec06 EC - ivillage)

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Truman's Aunt Amy said...

Happy Birthday Truman!!

My coworkers want to know what's wrong because I'm sitting here crying! What a really beautiful picture. I know that was worth waiting a month for.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really want to thank you for sharing your story! I am 20 weeks pregnant and am high risk for preterm labor because of uterine abnormalities. It is so great to hear about how strong your little Truman is. It is really great to hear that, even at 23 weeks, there is still hope. I can't imagine how you must have felt holding your baby for the first time. I am praying that you continue to have such great progress!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

Thats so wonderful you finally got to hold your son! I'm sure the kangaroo care is just what he needs to get himself growing more and getting ready to go home to stay with mom and dad!

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Charlisa said...

Thanks for sharing a beautiful moment with all of us! Prayers and blessings to you!

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Erin C. said...

Ben & Kara--I know your hearts must be over-flowing at finally being able to hold Truman. I've heard such positive things about the results of Kangaroo care. What a wonderful time for you all to bond as a family. Wishing you three peace and comfort. Erin

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so happy to read that you got to hold your precious little man!! What a blessing! I am sure that his parents loving arms will make him feel safe and secure, I hope you are able to keep it up and that he continues to do very well.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kara, Ben & Truman,

I was delighted to read your post this morning. That is wonderful that you were able to begin "kangaroo care". Best wishes for smooth sailing here on out.

Take care.


10:25 AM  
Anonymous InĂªs said...

I have been following your story and let me tell you your baby boy is real fighter and I am pretty sure that with his strengh everything will be just perfect in the end!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Sue and Eddie Hammons said...

I couldn't take my eyes off the picture--and not from looking at your incredible baby--from looking at the glow on your face!! I know before Truman was born you treasured him, but the realization of how precious your baby is seems even greater when you've suffered loss or near loss. Ben, tonight when you hold Truman, whistle a little tune to him from us!
Love & Prayers,
Sue & Eddie Hammons

10:43 AM  
Blogger Kya said...

I'm crying of joy for you too!!! What a great present! beautiful...

11:26 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

This is my first time to post but I have been following little Truman since the first post. I'm from the Dec 06 board at ivillage. My husband is a pastor and we've had little Truman on our prayer list at church since you gave birth a month ago. He is such a beautiful little boy and God has really blessed you with him! We will continue to pray for him and your entire family! BTW Kara, you look beautiful in the picture! Lori Harper, Arkansas

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

qThat picture is priceless! The bond you form during kangaroo care is like no other. Our 2 1/2 year old (former 28 wks)crawls up in the recliner every night on his Daddy's chest before falling to sleep. Hang in there!

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The picture brought instant tears to my eyes. The two of you are beautiful and I am so happy to hear that everything is going well!

I check on you guys every day!

~Member of the December, 2006 Expectant Mothers Club

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Nick Gerakines said...

Today one month, soon one year!

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That picture brings me to tears! I am so happy you finally got to hold your little baby. What a BEAUTIFUL picture! Definitely one you will treasure forever. Glad to hear he is still making progress.

Still in my thoughts and prayers...

-Katie Allegretti
(ivillage Dec 06 board member)

12:04 PM  
Anonymous JIll said...

Happy 1 month Birthday Truman! You look great with your mom. Keep fighting little guy.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG that is amazing, that picture is so precious. (you need to get it framed) When i read about your Kangroo care i got all excitied for you. It must have been amazing to finally have your little boy in your arms. Just A wonderful milestone to record. Im so happy for you and ben! :)

Melissa (dec.06 ec)

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful....you looks soo happy! Glad to hear the good news. There is nothing like holding your child for the first time!

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohhhhhhhhh that is sooooooooooooooo fantastic!!!!!! honestly that has made my day that is absolutly wonderful and even better to see the photo! he has growen so much!!!! i hope ben gets to exp that as well wat a wonderful present for the both of you!!! all 3 of you!!!!
kainesmum dec exp 06

3:45 PM  
Blogger Miracles & Dreams said...

What a moment, That pic brings back memories for me (not that my son was born that early, he was 7weeks early and we were surprized he held on that long) I was always in heaven I got to hold my little man.

He is a fighter, and adorable.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should put a warning on that picture: Caution viewing this picture will make you cry. What a wonderful experience for your family! You can really see the happiness radiating off of your face Kara. What a wonderful one month birthday present! Enjoy your son, and Truman enjoy your time with your wonderful parents!
Jason and Cinda

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great 1 mo. old b-day present! Keep fighting little Truman. PT and P with your family Kara.

Nelly (Dec06 EC)

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture. He looks so cozy snuggled up to you. I have been following baby Truman and keep praying for you guys. Im from your Dec Ivillae board. He truly is preciuos.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Hazyamy said...

WOw, what a strong little guy. He's coming along so well, amazing!! I'll be 23 weeks on Monday, my thoughts are with you!

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Jason and Kerri said...

There is nothing like holding your child for the first time! You have held him in your heart for so long, I'm so glad you finally get to cradle him in your arms. What a blessing for the three of you! What a phenomonal birthday present! Congratulations!
Love, Kerri and Jason

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

I can't believe I feel so much joy and happiness for someone that I've never met or talked to, but seeing this picture just brings tears to my eyes!

I've also followed your blog since you started it and I look forward to daily updates. Thank you so much for sharing some very personal and intimate moments with us.

Happy One Month Truman!!

mom of a Ben, May 2006 :-)

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Melody & Danny Panice said...

A picture is worth a thousand words. It looks like you've been waiting for this day for like a month, or something. Beautiful!

9:21 PM  
Anonymous tiffani said...

No blood pressure medication? Now he can start on breastmilk again! YEAH! Oh goodness, reading Truman's progress truly brings so much joy to my heart. With the Kangaroo Care and absence of the blood pressure medicine, Truman is about to start growing like a weed!

1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your picture with Truman says a thousand words!! So happy for you.Hope he continues to do well.

Betty H.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Megan from Ohio said...

What a beautiful picture! You look absolutely at peace and I'm so glad to be able to see baby Truman! Keep up the good work and keep fighting, baby Truman. We're all rooting for you!

4:58 PM  

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