Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Home for the Holidays

Well, we made it.



Early yesterday afternoon, Truman Borden was finally discharged from the Baylor University Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit into the care of his parents. Amazingly, he came home on the due date originally predicted by Kara's ObGyn: December 5th. At the time of Truman's discharge, Truman was 3 months, 27 days (120 days) old. His adjusted age (the age his is developmentally, measured from his date of conception) was one day. His weight was 4 lbs, 13.8 oz.

The day of discharge was one of great excitement and anticipation, and one of a little nostalgia. Don't get me wrong, we certainly didn't want to be at the hospital any longer than absolutely necessary, but we had taken a great deal of solace and comfort in knowing that Truman was under the care of an amazing and caring medical staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We were also essentially bringing an end to a number of relationships that we had built at the hospital over the last four months, including his primary nurses, who for all practical purposes had acted as foster parents on Truman's behalf. To them we owe our unending gratitude and thanks, because without their help, we would not be taking our baby home.

We officially received Truman's approval for discharge around 11:45am, but we had to wait another hour or so before heading out because we were waiting on Truman to get his RSV shot. We finally started rolling Truman down to Discharge and Pick-up at about 12:45. By 1:00pm we were in the car and ready to head home as a family for the first time.



It was very exciting to walk Truman in through the front door and give him a quick tour of his home, but we couldn't dally around too long because he was due for a meal by 2:00pm.



As the day went along, we were introduced to that state of exhaustion that all new parents come to learn, but it was very nice to be a part of something that is normal for a change.



Truman's walk through life will now, at last, begin in earnest. With work, luck, love, and patience, hopefully it will be a long and successful one.



Thank you everyone for your interest and support through this chapter in our lives. This blog has been somewhat theraputic as well as a great way to keep everyone informed without having the telephone ringing off the wall. It has also been nice to come home nightly and be able to read all of the comments posted by family, friends, college buddies, colleagues, and even those of you whom we have never even known in person. Your kind words and prayers have meant a great deal to us over the last several months.

This blog will not be ended just yet. There are too many friends and family who are interested in how Truman progresses. But from here forward, the updates will be coming along a little less often. One reason for this is that Truman's quest to grow and graduate from the NICU has now ended. The other reason is that now, as parents of a newborn and as working professionals, time is a little scarce. I'm sure that many of you can relate.

Thank you, everyone. And Happy Holidays!

--Ben & Kara

118 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh Im crying tears of joy!!!

Dec06ECmomma (I'd say more but Hastings is fussing at me)

9:03 PM  
Blogger Kellie said...

Oh happy NICU graduation! Isn't it an amazing feeling to finally bring your mircopreemie home? A bit terrifying and anxiety producing but a feeling you will never forget. Welcome home Truman. You deserve it and have fought your way to come home to a loving family in time for your expected due date.

Enjoy snuggling him full time w/o being observed by others, watching monitors, and being attached to IVs/wires/pulse-oxs. Congrats!

9:09 PM  
Blogger Michelle Forgey said...

I am so happy that Truman is home. I hope you have many happy days ahead of you. I am not sure if I have ever commented on your blog before, but I have been here since the beginning and have been praying for your family.

Michelle Forgey

9:09 PM  
Anonymous sarah said...

CONGRATS! I have been following your blog for some time now, though I haven't often left comments. Truman is quite the little miracle, you must be overjoyed to have him home. Best of luck to you and your sweet little boy!

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on your family's BIG day!!!! What a beautiful milestone! Wishing you all the best. He looks so great now! We will all be waiting for your updates. Congratulations again!

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank YOU for updating all of us on Truman's progress. I know it must have been difficult at times and there were times I'm sure that you didn't have the energy to update but you did anyways and we thank you for it.

Truman looks right at home with his parents and in his OWN house. I'm so happy that you were able to bring him home before the Holidays. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season! Cheers!

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Charlisa said...

Congratulations! Merry Christmas! Enjoy your little miracle!

Love & Prayers,

9:33 PM  
Blogger Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

I am all teary right now! I seriously feel that I sometimes re-live the micropreemie NICU experience through younger babies.

I am so happy that Truman is home. Homecoming was huge in this house - enough that we even celebrated on the year anniversary of Sarah's homecoming. It's like the day that our new life started outside the hospital!

Enjoy every minute! Truman has done incredible. I am sure you are proud.

Lots of hugs~
Maggie (IV Preemies)

9:38 PM  
Blogger bradster said...

Kara and Ben,
What an amazing answer to prayer! And what a testament to the medical technology and care of the doctors and nurses involved in Truman's care. Even more so, as I've read this over the past four months, I've come to see what great parents you both are and will continue to be and what a strong young man Truman already is. More than once I've found myself becoming emotional as I've tagged along through the ups and downs with you. And now, my heart if overcome with joy for this new step forward in all of your lives. God bless you both... and if you ever need anything let Christa and I know.
Brad Dardaganian

9:51 PM  
Blogger hallegracesmama said...

Welcome home, Truman! What a wonderful blessing - just in time for the holidays!

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Tina 2005 Marchmallows (pg) - ivillage said...

Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful feeling it is to bring that sweet precious baby through the door into your home for the first time after so many months. I remember giving all 3 of mine that walk through of the house. Thank you so much for keeping all of us updated as well as you have. To a lifetime of joy with Truman.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Grandparents said...

Hay Truman

Your grandmommy and I are very very
happy that you are finally in your own home. We can't wait to see you
without all that hospital stuff.
We have loved you since before you were born, just as we have loved your mommy since before she was born. We look forward to seeing you this weekend and I can't wait until you get out of that cradle and we can get on the floor and play.

Papa Perry & Grandmommy

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay, congrats! I have been reading your blog for months, I'm due Dec 7th and when I first started reading it, I was truly amazed. What a strong little boy you have and I wish you and your family all the best in the future.

Happy Holidays!

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations. What a wonderful Christmas miracle. I've been following your blog for months now and it's so inspiring to see Truman at home!! I can't believe it!! This is the BEST Christmas story!

Love,
A Mom of 2 in Virginia

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ben and Kara, Your lives have once again changed forever with the release of Truman to go home. God is so good!! Truman is beautiful, and you have been an inspiration all along the way. Enjoy your new life with your son now in "your" care. Your family will remain in our prayers. Love always, Aunt Cynthia and Uncle Steve

11:21 PM  
Blogger Sue and Eddie Hammons said...

We are so thrilled you are home together tonight. From the top of the ferris wheel to the NICU roller coaster, God has had his hand on you and I know he will continue to watch over your family. Hang on--the ride has just begun--enjoy it all!
Luv and continued prayers,
Sue and Eddie Hammons

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best news EVER!! Welcome home Truman!

Love,
Nicole
BBC Jan 07

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

It is amazing that this time has finally arrived. I look back to the first pictures of Truman and am amazed how far he has come, what a little miricle. God Bless little Truman and his family, and I hope everything from hear on in is great!!

Shawnee (babycenter)

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It brings many happy tears to my eyes to know that Truman has finally gone home. I have been visiting this blog daily tracking his progress and have been praying that this day would bless your family. Congratulations! This holiday season will be one you will never forget. God bless the three of you, and have a wonderful time with your amazing little boy!

-Katie
iVillage December 2006 board member

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben, Kara and Truman,
There are no words that we could write that can express how happy we are for you three! We can't wait until Ethan and Truman will be able to play together (and get into a little trouble together)! Enjoy your time together and know that we are thinking about you!
Love,
Jason and Cinda

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I've been following your story since the beginning, and I'm thrilled to hear your news. Truman is such a little inspiration...he's made quite an impact in his young life already on so many people. I'm so happy he's home for the holidays, you guys are a beautiful family.

1:16 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Yahoo!! Welcome Home Truman!
Happy Holidays to you all and congratulations on your graduation. :-)

Kristin & Presleigh

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too have been following along since he was born (Dec. Board) but have never posted. I have certainly gotten attatched to little Truman, and I imagine more people were praying for you and your family then you'll ever know. Please update us when you can...he's certainly touched alot of lives! Merry Christmas and God bless. Chris Porter, due Dec. 18

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! Congrats on bringing Truman home! I am so happy for you all.

3:54 AM  
Anonymous Christine said...

ongratulations! I am so happy that your family is home together.

Merry Christmas!

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just finished reading your last update, and the tears are rolling down my cheeks!! What a bittersweet day it must have been for your family. I can't imagine the joy in your hearts. I am really glad that Truman got to come home before (WELL BEFORE!) Christmas! I hope you got a little bit of sleep! Happy Holidays.
Mindy
January 07 boards

5:16 AM  
Blogger cjzben said...

BIg huge tears of joy are running down my face. I am so very very happy for you all. What a WONDERFUL holiday gift.

Claire - IV preemies

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just finished reading your last update, and the tears are rolling down my cheeks!! What a bittersweet day it must have been for your family. I can't imagine the joy in your hearts. I am really glad that Truman got to come home before (WELL BEFORE!) Christmas! I hope you got a little bit of sleep! Happy Holidays.
Mindy
January 07 boards

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

CONGRATULATIONS TRUMAN! Happy graduation and welcome home! I am so happy for all of you- the pictures are wonderful- looks like you are all settling in and finally becoming a 'normal' little family all together just like you should be. I am so happy that you have shared this journey with us, I feel like I have come to know you and I will miss you- I will look forward to the updates throughout Truman's first year! Enjoy yourselves and have a very happy, wonderful Merry Christmas- you deserve it- you have your own Christmas miracle!

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Oh yeah...that rollercoaster finally stopped! Way to go Truman!

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh you made me cry! I know how happy you are that hes home. Spoil him rotten!! He deserves it!

6:26 AM  
Blogger Tina Rock said...

I am crying also! I am so glad to hear this! I have been checking the blog constantly to see if Truman came home yet and I was so happy to see that he has!

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truman's homecoming has brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you guys. Take care.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous christy said...

Congrats on getting your little boy home for the holidays!!! I'll keep checking back for updates. I'm totally hooked on Trumans life now.

Good luck to you both! Enjoy your precious blessing!!!

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Dawn Mckown said...

I have followed your story from the beginning and i continue to be amazed by your little miracle....Truman is such a fighter and what wonderful parents you guys are......I am so happy for you and your family....Happy Holidays and Best Wishes!!!

Dawn

7:23 AM  
Blogger Kitkat said...

HOw incredibly wonderful!!! I am so very happy for your family. Enjoy every sinle second with your amazing little boy.

And do keep us updated as he continues to grow and progress. I know there are many, many people who have become attached to Truman and his story... myself included.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG....This is such wonderful news. I was crying as I read your blog. It has been a long road...and Truman you are a champ!!!! May God bless you and keep you safe, healthy, and always happy!!!

Marry Xmas you wonderful miricle:)

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

It has been a long, hard journey for you as a family, and for us who are just on the sidelines watching, and praying. Tears of joy come to me eyes to see your little boy go home. Good luck and god speed to Truman and the whole family.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Chris & Faith said...

Congratulations to you and your little Truman. I'm an DecEC Mommy from ivillage. Even though we don't know each other at all, I've kept up with your story all these months. I was Truman's silent cheerleader and my Family's best wishes have been with you for months.

Good Luck, and may the happiness and love continue to grow with each day your boy is home :)

~Faith.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been following your story since early September from Illinois. Congratulations on finally getting to go home and enjoy your sweet Truman! What a wonderful milestone!

Welcome home, Truman!

8:39 AM  
Anonymous changa0429 said...

I'm here crying like all the rest! I am so, so happy for you all. Truman looks so cute. Please stop by the board if you have any questions.
Hugs,
Candace (changa0429 iV Preemies)

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Truman's Aunt Amy said...

Welcome home Truman!!! I can't wait to come visit you at home where you belong.

You've been a very good boy, and I have a feeling Santa will be very good to you this year.

Love you lots,

Aunt Amy

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Praise God!!! I am crying so many tears of joy for your family right now. I have thought of and prayed for Truman everyday since I first heard about his birth on BBC. He truly is a miracle. May God continue to pour His many blessings upon you all. Wishing you a joyous holiday season together as a family.....God bless.

~The Cardwell Family

8:52 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Philo said...

It was with great joy that I erased Truman's name from the "Hospital" portion of the prayer board at church and moved him to the "Joy" portion. You have all been in our prayers this entire time and will continue to remain there. Enjoy the blessings, joys, and miracles of this Christmas with your precious little one.

Jennifer Philo
First UMC-Sulphur Springs

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

Congratulations! I am so thrilled to hear this news. What an amazing blessing for Truman to finally come home. I know you all will have a wonderful Christmas!

Carolyn Tapie

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kara:
Congratulations on Truman's homecoming. I remember very well that day Lisa brought Brandon home. It was wonderful. He was born Nov.29 and was released on Feb.15( her due date was March 5). Truman is a very beautiful baby. I have kept up with his progress thru Paula.I know you all are very excited and happy to have him home at last. You all have had a long journey but the future holds many good things for all of you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Love to all :
Betty and Charles Husbands

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Learned of Truman from a friend of a friend of a friend (you know how that goes) and have been keeping track. It is absolutely wonderful that Truman has progressed and been able to go home in time for Christmas. You have such a precious little angel and his story has touched many. May God and the angels continue to keep watch all of you. Our prayers continue.

9:30 AM  
Blogger SleepyNita said...

I have been reading about Truman from the beginning and today I actually cried tears of joy when I saw you got to take him home. Way to go!

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Desarae said...

I have been following Trumans story from the beginning. I just wanted to tell you both how happy I am that your family is all home now! I'm sure it is a little overwhelming but a very exciting time for you. I pray that Truman continues on his journey to a long, healthy life. I know with you as parents, he will always be happy! ;o)

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go! We were at Baylor NICU! I hope everything is ging good. I Love those nurses there. Parker got out in April. Congrats!!!!!

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Brian and Mary Beth Pipkin said...

Kara and Ben-
We are so happy for you! Truman is truly a miracle. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a less stressful 2007.
Love,
Brian and Mary Beth

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Truman!!!!

We think you are amazing!

" If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!" (Rudyard Kipling, If).

Go take on the world Truman, we hope you love every minute of it
:-)

Jack (21 months) and his mom and dad, London, UK.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I am from the January '07 board and I have been following your and little Truman's quest since day one. You have always been in my prayers and will continue to be. Congratulations on being able to bring the little man home. He is most definitely a miracle!

Danielle (momtoowen)

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awesome early Christmas present. We are praising God for his blessings and wish you all the best.

Rick, Pam and Steven Forcum

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays! Know you already received your miracle this year. I've been following your postings since I saw a link on the IVillage parenting boards. I'm so glad you finally have Truman home. He's such a blessing and a little cutie.

Alicia

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Hello! I have only commented once but have read the blog daily to keep up with Truman's progress. I am sitting at my desk at work crying tears of joy for your family and remembering the blessed day when my preemie niece & nephew each came home from the hospital! I will continue to pray for Truman & your family! Again, I am truly thrilled for your family. Mr. Truman is such a huge blessing!

Karen Lea-Slover

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a xmas present to finally have Truman home. I look forward to reading his progress. Enjoy your "newborn" Even though I never met you I feel so attatched to Little Truman what a fighter. Your family will continue to be in my prayers.
I am crying with happiness for you.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Megan Porter said...

Congratulations on Truman's homecoming! I've only commented once before, but I've been following along for the past few months and I am so elated for you all.

What a wonderful early Christmas present!

12:20 PM  
Blogger scait said...

YAY!!!!!!!

I am so pleaseed for you; I wish I'd continue to get daily updates about Truman, but I suppose that now that he's a bigg strapping boy at home, it's just voyeuristic! LOL.

If you have a chance, though, please let us strangers, who may not know you but have held your son in our thoughts and prayers, continue to be a peripheral part of your lives.

Take care of yourselves and congratulations on your milestone.

Best wishes,

Cait and Sev

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been following Truman on here since August and for him often. I am soooo happy for your family. What a wonderful time of year to celebrate your precious miracle coming home!

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been following Truman's beautiful story since he was born, and I am so happy you are finally able to bring him home! You are truly blessed. What a wonderful Christmas gift!

~ A fellow mom from Babycenter

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a perfect Christmas present!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

...tears of joy for you...

Welcome Home Truman! Congratulations Kara and Ben, I am so happy for you...

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have followed Truman's progress since the beginning learning of you journey through babycenter. I have a 33 weeker who will go home from the NICU next week (& this is my 3rd baby who has spent time in the NICU) so I can relate somewhat to your experience. I just wanted to say how happy I am that you are finally going home to enjoy him as a family. Congratulations & best wishes!!

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

God is good! I am crying happy tears for you both and Truman right now. May God continue to bless your sweet family,

Heather
IV Dec 06 EC

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY!! I have been following his progress since he was about a month old. God bless and have a FANTASTIC holidays!!!!! :) :)

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How wonderful to be home for the holidays!! Truman looks great.
We will continue to pray for strength as your baby is now home with you every night. God is good.

love,
Jamie and Jennifer

2:46 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I am so happy to hear Truman is home! I've been following your blog since the start. God Bless all of you! Truman is a tough little boy, and such a Miracle, just in time for Christmas.
Missy
July '05 BBC Mommy

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer Perryman said...

I'm so incredibly happy for you all... I know it's strange, but Truman will always be a special part of my own pregnancy (my due-date is this saturday) and I am just overwhelmed with joy for you. What an amazing miracle he is. Best wishes to you in settling in as a family together. Welcome home Truman!

4:28 PM  
Anonymous steffie said...

Yay Ben and Kara and Truman!!

Many blessings to your little family this holiday season.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have followed the amazing progess of your Truman since the beginning. I started to cry when I checked your blog today and saw the picture of Kara and Truman at home together. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story. And thank you for continuing to update us. I am excited to hear about Truman's many adventures as he grows!
Melissa :)

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you all three of you. I'm sure you couldn't have asked for a better Christmas present. All of us at Baylor will miss you but we are all so happy that you could be at home-that's where you belong!!!! Keep us updated!!

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I hope that you will continue to use this blog not only as a way to update us on Trumans growth but also as a venting station for the trials and tribulations of motherhood. I have really enjoyed and have lived this along with you.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Cheri Harrington said...

What a sweet gift you all have for the holiday. I have been reading about Truman since his birth...I cried when I read ya'll had got to finally go home. Merry Christmas Ben, Kara and Teeny Tiny Truman...I will never forget you
Cheri............

6:25 PM  
Blogger IME said...

Welcome home Truman -- I'm so happy to hear that you're home and enjoying the "wireless" lifestyle. ;) I know your parents, even though they might be a wee bit tired, will enjoy and appreciate those 3 a.m. feedings like almost no other parents could. Have a very merry Christmas!

-- ML (IV Preemies)

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! I wrote recently telling how I felt like I knew you all because I've followed Truman's Story from the beginning and now I am rejoicing with you!
And something that might make you think I am a wacko, lol but I just named a cat I rescued after your little guy. His name was Miracle in an animal shelter. He was rescued from a big accident on a major interstate here. He was wandering around and someone brought him to the shelter. When trying to name him I thought of his shelter name and how your little Truman is a miracle baby. I think it's a miracle that this amazingly sweet cat made it to our home after all he went through and all the craziness we went through to get him. Anyways, I just felt like sharing that with you, I felt inspired by your little one's fight :) Have a wonderful Christmas with your sweet little baby and my prayers are with you!

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go, Truman! You are one tough, little guy! Your mommy and daddy are probably more tough than they had ever imagined, too.

What a beautiful little boy! What a wonderful Christmas present! What an amazing blessing!

(If you get too tired, we've met some fabulous night nannies...)

Melinda, Chris, and Luke

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Casey DiBenedetto said...

Yea! Horray! Yippee! I am so excited to hear your wonderful news! Praise the Lord!

Love and Continued Prayers,
Casey

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Sherry said...

Reading about your adventures with Truman was like having a flashback! I too am a proud Mommy to a micropreemie! Only my little 1lb 7oz miricle is now 2and ahalf! I am so happy for your family, There are no words to express. Enjoy every special moment with your precious boy, he will grow so fast! I am sure the pain of his first months is still very raw, but in time you will relize how lucky you are to have those memories! Trust me they will make the "terrible twos" a breeze. All the best to your family, and have a happy holiday!!

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Kara said...

So happy he's home! Congratulations and good luck in the future! I hope all goes well for little Truman and your family. God Bless.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Ostertag Family said...

Yeah!! Yahoo!! Yippie!!
I hope its not silly to say that I am SO proud! God is SO good. May this Christmas season be a blessing to you and your family all at home together at once. Kara & Ben you have both been so strong through this whole event - may you find rest in the days ahead as I know that the prayers for your family will continue to come. I am so excited for you! Take care,

9:47 PM  
Blogger Gatekeeper said...

Life truly is a miracle and blessing. I have loved following this story. Best wishes to the entire family!

10:31 PM  
Blogger bambee & terry said...

Congrats on having Truman home! We've been following his progress since he was born (we're from the Dec 06 EC on ivillage). We are so happy for you that Truman is happy and healthy!

12:01 AM  
Blogger bambee & terry said...

We are so happy for you guys! We were part of the Dec 06 EC and have been following Truman's progress since he was born. He is truely a miracle! We are so happy for you!

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there

Congrats on Truman coming home all the way from South Africa !!! My daughter was born at 30 weeks and weighed 1.3gs (2.865 pounds) so i can sort of relate to what you went through.

May God bless ur whole family and well done in getting through this challenging time.

Astrid & Mia-Mae (20mths)

7:46 AM  
Blogger FFF said...

Congratulations! He is so sweet in the picture in front of the stockings. I am so happy for all of you!

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy that you will have precious Truman home!

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben, Kara and Truman,

Though I've never met you I have held you in my heart and prayers for many months. It has been awesome to see the incredible strength and determination of Truman develop and grow while you have remained steadfast at his side. God bless your family and may your prosper now that you are truly home where you are supposed to be.

Jaymie Goitia
IVillage

8:51 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Welcome home Truman!!! I have prayed for you and your family!!!

Congratulations Mom and Dad!

Laurie

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Mindy Ryan said...

You received the best Christmas gift of all .. having your baby home for the holidays. I'm so happy for all 3 of you, Enjoy every minute, they grow up too fast.
Happy Holidays,
Mindy, Shawn & Aidan

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that Truman is finally home and able to begin a normal life with his family. It's wonderful to see him doing so well.

I look forward to updates on his development. Please do give us quick updates whenever you find the time! :)

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutley wonderful. Try not to let tiredness take over your lives!!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Karen S said...

That is such wonderful news. I am so happy that Truman is home and that you will all be together in your home for the holidays. Truman looks awesome!!

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Tricia Howe said...

I have followed your story from almost the beginning having learned of it through I-Village. I cried reading the Truman was finally coming home after all that you and he had been through. He is truely a miracle baby and you are as blessed to have him as he is you.
Merry Christmas!
Tricia and Sam(Feb 06 Flutterbugs)

3:05 PM  
Blogger Chris and Chris said...

Welcome Home Truman! I look forward to updates from Mom and Dad when they get the time!

Hope your holidays are a joyful!

Chris (Mike's Sister)
and Family!

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both!!! I've been reading your updates for a while and I'm just so thrilled that your little one is home safe and sound! Your story has been so touching and it has been wonderful of your to share it with so many.

Merry Christmas!!!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless your family!!!

7:57 PM  
Anonymous shannon said...

Wow, can i just say what an amazing and inspiring story. Someone posted this on one of my groups on ivillage and i sat here tonight and read every single blog you wrote. I have a 20 month old son and a 6 month old son and cannot even imagine what you have gone through. I believe this was definately a miracle and that God is going to use your son for great things in his lifetime. I know this is still the beggining of a long journey for you all. But i will be praying for your's and Truman's stregnth each and every day. God Bless you all. I can't wait to see any updates on little Truman (who's not so little anymore). Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy.

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been keeping up on your journey. I'm from teh Baby Center January Baby Board. I just wanted to wish you and you family so many more blessings for the rest of your lives. Truman is a beautiful boy with a mother who must have been hand picked by God! Bless you all always,
Joy

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Ellarine23 said...

I am due in April 2007, and I have been a "lurker" on the December 2006 EC on Ivillage.com. I found out about Truman from there and read his story from beginning to end in one sitting, with tears in my eyes. What a miracle he is and what a miracle you both are for getting through this, and for sharing it with us. Thank you so much for what you have blogged about Truman, I can't say what it means to me. I feel as though Kara, Ben, and Tiny Truman are part of my family, and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful, healthy New Year!

11:45 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

"Merry Christmas Little Truman".

Kara and Ben your little miracle man has brought so much hope and love to everyone who has commented here. Your life has touched so many. I am so glad that I found your blog, reading from start to finish brought many tears to my eyes, both from sadness and from happiness. I have shared your blog with everyone I know, I think your story is an important one to share. Thank you for sharing your life, I look forward to reading about Trumans progress at home. Merry Christmas!!!!

9:47 AM  
Blogger YA said...

Congratulations!

Yes NICU graduating is an overwhelming experiance and yet it was so nice to be hame as a family.

Congrats again I have tears of happiness for you all.
Way to go Truman!

Have a wonderful Holiday!

10:53 AM  
Anonymous the ezermans said...

I cannot tell you how happy we are for your wonderful family! And, we totally understand that state of exhaustion that all new parents get! Good luck, and please do keep us updated once and a while! Hope to see you sometime when you are in town!

The Ezermans

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Widge & Kathy said...

Truman -

Welcome home! You have made an incredible journey with the best parents that a little guy could have. Happy holidays to you and your family.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous The Collum Family - McDonough GA said...

Congratulations to you and your little miracle. I am another who has watched Truman's progress for months. I learned of Truman on iVillage.com. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

6:49 AM  
Anonymous janean said...

Congratulations! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with Truman so publicly. There are so many of us that do not know you, but have been so touched by Truman's journey. I was initially drawn to your site because I too have a Truman (age 2), but continued on because I was so touched by all you have been through, and have been silently cheering you on. Welcome Home Truman. Enjoy the late nights and early mornings with that miracle child! And thank you again, for sharing him.
Janean, mom to another Truman.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Shawna said...

I am SO happy to read this update! What a wonderful Christmas present. You must be so relieved. Truman is so precious and I'm sure so happy to be home as well. Have a fantastic holiday!!! (BEAUTIFUL home too!)

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so incredibly happpy for your family, what a wonderful Christmas present!! I wish you all the best and your little boy is a true miracle!!

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Tamara Stiner said...

Fermeen just turned me onto your blog and I read it from bottom to top. I'm so happy that Truman has finally made it home. Happy Holidays and God bless!

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Truman! Your Denver family never doubted that you'd be right there, right now, being king of your castle. Tell your mom & dad how thrilled we are. Much love from all of us,
Aunt Cathy and Uncle Bruce

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Rose NZ said...

Your strength and courage over the past months has been amazing. Mum and dad you so deserve this. Congratulations to your little family that you can spend it at home enjoying your little miracle this Christmas. May God bless you three and keep you safe and fill you with many more blessings to come

2:34 PM  
Blogger Rei said...

I'm so happy for you guys! The due date/home date coincidence is amazing. Go Truman!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Melinda said...

I am one of those that you have never known in person. I learned of Truman on Baby Center, I've followed his progress all along but was hesitant in posting a comment. I am so moved by what you two (three) have been through. I am expecting my second child in January. Thank you for reminding me to hold my babies a little bit closer from time to time. They are all so precious...May you and your family enjoy your "little miracle" this Holiday Season & for many many more to come. My thoughts & prayers will stay with you all & I look forward to "checking in" on Little Truman from time to time.

~Melinda Quinlan
(MeliMom22 jan07 BBC)

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you guys!! I have been following Truman's "adventures" for a while...Kara, my mom, Harriet Myers, works at Hughes and Luce also. I am so excited that you finally got to bring your bundle of joy home! Happy Holidays.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

I have been following your journey with Truman from very early on, as one of our board members (from an ivillage expecting club for dec 04 moms) was due the same time as Kara and on the Dec ivillage board with her and asked for prayers for Truman. All I can say is that it has been a priviledge to share in your lives and to send love and prayers your way and to see you all home together brings tears to my eyes and much happiness to my heart. Love to you all and a very happy holiday season to you!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

I read this blog since the begining, and today this post made me cry !
Tears of joy , i must say!

Congrats ,
im 32 weeks pregnant and this is a really strong story of love that made me cry lots of times.

Happy Christmas
my best wishes.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Tracy Raye said...

Kara and Ben,

I have been keeping up with Tiny Truman's blog for a while now. I am so proud for you both. I don't believe that you could receive a better gift, especially right here at the holidays. I wish the three of you a Very Merry Christmas!
Congrats!
Tracy Tubb-Raye

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Its amazing how many strangers have been following your blog and pulling for Truman and you have made it! Congrats from one former NICU mom to another.

12:28 PM  

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