Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Monday, December 04, 2006

Rooming In Today!

Just a quick note to everyone: As of 3 pm today, Truman is completely disconnected from all tubes, wires, monitors, etc. We're staying in the hospital tonight and we have Truman in our room and in our hands. It's just wonderful!

While there is a small chance that we may have to room in an additional day, it appears far more likely that Truman will be discharged from the NICU tomorrow afternoon and will come home for the very first time.

More details to come later, but for now I have to get back to the hospital. There are more important things than blogging to do at the moment!

Rooming in. No wires, tubes, or monitors. Just Truman and us.

Yes, the room is something of a mess, but that's because we're packing it up! We're expecting news of our discharge approval at any time.

Truman enjoys what is going to be his fianl nap at Baylor University Medical Center.



Anonymous Expecting in February said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you! I check in every day and was hoping for a due date release, it's just so exciting to know that Truman will finally be in his own home where he belongs. Kara, I hope you take it easy and take a nice long leave from work so that you can relish this time with your miracle baby. I'll be thinking of you all....

8:03 PM  
Blogger Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

That is INCREDIBLE news!! Rooming in was a great memory for us! Try and get some sleep - I know I didn't get much during ours!

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited! I have been following your blog since a woman on my birthing board posted it a few months ago. When I logged on tonight to check on Truman I instantly had chills running through my body when I read he may possibly be going home! Way to be a fighter Truman! People in Iowa are praying for you!

9:02 PM  
Anonymous The Ezermans said...

I've told so many people here in Lbk about Truman going home soon! Every one is so excited! We are truly happy for your wonderful family. Truman is such an amazing boy (and you two amazing parents!). We hope to see you sometime soon!

The Ezermans

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news!!! Here is hoping that he continues to thrive! Good luck and enjoy your "newborn"!

11:48 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I've been on pins n needles awaiting to hear when Truman gets to go home and I am SO happy to hear the news. When I saw that there was an update, I thought for a brief moment it was going to say "We're home!" but that will be the title for tomorrow won't it? :-) best of luck from Presleigh and Kristin

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Enjoy your first evening together as a family. I am so happy for you all! I can't think of a better way to start off the Christmas season than to be home together. Having Truman home with you will be better than anything that Santa could ever leave under your tree. Try to keep some sleep, I can only imagine how hard it must be to do so, now that you have him almost all to yourselves. Congratulations- the end of the ride is within view! Many blessings to you all!

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're all on my mind, enjoy your snuggling:)


2:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all teary eyed to read this. YAY Truman!!!!

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Charlisa said...

Praise the Lord!!! What a blessed Christmas present! The best you could ever have! We are so happy for you. God has answered our prayers. Hope you enjoy your first days at home....hold fast to those precious memories...pretty soon, your little man will be 15!!!

8:10 AM  
Blogger kristin said...

What great news!

I have been following your blog for some time (one of my board friends was the guide for the Dec EC and I followed her link) and I just have to say it warms my heart to hear how well he's doing. It's amazing...I don't know any of you and yet here I am every day, checking on his progress and rooting for this little guy to overcome all his obstacles like he was my nephew or friend's child.

God bless you guys, I hope he continues to flourish and keep amazing everyone.

Kristin in Michigan

9:05 AM  
Blogger christina said...

Congratulations! I've enjoyed reading all the updates and look forward to more even after Truman is home. What exciting news - Truman is such a little miracle. Enjoy your time with him!
(preemie board on babycenter)

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Jennie H said...

Hurrah for Truman, Kara and Ben! I'm so happy for you all and hope that the transition home is a great one. Happy Holidays!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers have been answered for months, and there is no greater joy than bringing your baby boy home!!! I'm am beyond thrilled for you, crying tears of joy! I check in daily, and what a blessing to see Truman progress to this....he's almost home!!! from an expecting in March Mommy of 3!

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy due date truman!

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

That is wonderful news! I hope that Truman continues to grow and ham it up for the cameras, even when he's at home.

Heather, IV Dec EC

11:00 AM  
Anonymous The Collum Family said...

Congratulations! I check in on Truman frequently although I don't know you guys personally. I heard of Truman from iVillage. He is remarkable and I know you will be so glad to have him home finally. What a wonderful Christmas present!!

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you be willing to considering posting a PO Box address so that we can send gifts?

We are all so very excited for you! :)


12:25 PM  
Blogger cjzben said...

I am so excited for you!! This is wonderful wonderful news. I can't wait to hear that he is home.

Claire - IV Preemies.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the wonderful news! What a wonderful Christmas present to have him home in your arms!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Kaylin and Nathan's Mom said...

Congratulations. What an amazing journey you've been through and how wonderful of you to share it with the world. The good news brought tears to my eyes. Truly God is faithful. Enjoy that precious miracle!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am delighted to hear that Truman is so close to graduation. Sending "chunky baby" vibes your way so he'll gain like the doctors want and be home very soon!!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Mãe said...

You and your child are in my mind and in my prayers. I wish you all the luck, from across the ocean, and yet so near.
Good luck Truman.

6:33 PM  
Blogger commitmeplz said...

Oh my!!! I'm just without words as I sit here so happy for you all. PLEASE let us know how it all goes after he gets home and would love to see some pictures of him where he SHOULD be!


6:59 PM  
Anonymous changa0429 said...

So excited for yall!!!!!! I can't wait to see some homecoming shots.
Candace (changa0429 iV Preemies)

7:20 PM  
Blogger Ostertag Family said...

Praise the LORD!!! Yeah! I am so excited for you all!!!!!!!!! I hope all goes well and I know that you can't wait to have your little man home. It will be an adjustment - but what a GREAT one.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous kwrensmom (i-village) said...

What great news!! I've followed your blog from very early on but had not checked it in a while. I signed on tonight and was thrilled to read that Truman may already be home!! What wonders prayer can do!! I'm so happy for your family!

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations guys!! Tyler can't wait to meet his little cousin! Love, Haley

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

I have been following Truman's story for some time now and can't express to you how happy I am to hear that Truman is free of all his equipment and you are able to hold him and love him the way it should have been all along. Congratultions to you all! What wonderful news!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very happy for you. I have been following your blog every day since August when a member of my December birth board posted the link. I'm due on Dec 10th. Our baby still has not made its arrival but I'm just thrilled Truman should be home by his due date. Its has been so uplifting following your story. Best wishes. Joy

10:11 AM  
Blogger Sketchy said...

Like a bunch of others :), I've been following your blog and rooting for you and Truman. What a thrill to see he is coming home...may even be home with you now. Congratulations!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congratulations on such good news. I hope you are all now home together. I have followed Truman's story as I can. I am on the ivillage Preemie board. Currently on bedrest with #2 so my computer access is limited! Just wanted to say how happy I am that Truman has done so well. I was going to tell you that our daughter had a bilateral Grade 3 IVH and for a while it was thought to be a Grade 4 on one side. She did really good at nippling in the beginning and a nurse told me that most Grade 4 babies have a very poor suck. So Truman's success at eating is a great sign, I think. An MRI showed no damage to our daughter's white matter and I see that Truman's didn't either. Our daughter has done amazing and you would never know she had a brain bleed. These preemies are fighters (our DD was 26 weeks). The first couple days at home are a little scary not having that medical support around, but it seemed like every hour I became so much more confident and comfortable. Wishing you all so much joy. I am 23 weeks pregnant today with our second and Truman is an inspiration to me.


3:36 PM  
Anonymous Kayla Nicole said...

I am so proud of Truman! He has come a long way for such a little guy. His grandmother (Mrs. Altenbaumer) has been keeping her class informed about every thing Tiny Truman has done. I think I speak for everyone when I say Truman may be tiny but he is a HUGE hero to all of us. God Bless and I hope your bundle of joy keeps bringing us terrific news!

Your biggest fan,
Kayla Townsend

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Amanda Jones said...

God has truly blessed you! I have followed your blog for your entire journey from a link on iVillage. In the beginning I was sometimes afraid to check on you each day. I did each and every day I prayed for Truman. He has made it through and is a true miracle! Love to you and good luck bringing home your "newborn"!

5:32 PM  
Blogger Elsa said...

I can only wish you all the best! I'm truly happy with this news! Have a wonderful Christmas with your little boy home, and God bless you!

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG that is fabulous news!
I hope you are at home by now and that Truman is doing very well!!
What a great Christmas you will have this year with your adorable little man at home where he belongs :)

7:09 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

So so so so happy for your family!!!

I will miss the daily updates, can't wait to hear about the adventures at home!!

congratulations again...

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Charmaine and I've been following Truman since he was born. My son is 9 months old and was born on 12/19/06. I must say that when he had a rash I used your solution, blow dryer. Thank you for passing that wonderful information along. I am so amazed how Truman has grown, I just want to give him a big squeeze. You are very lucky to have such a beautiful son.
I've read you are having trouble with his weight gain, have you considered probiotics? If you have a chance look at Udo's site. I use this for my son's reflux but it's suppose to help with maintaining weight as well.
You and your husband are amazing and your love shines bright.

6:59 PM  

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