Happy Birthday Zephan

18 11 2009

I can hardly believe Zephaniah is one year old today.

This time last year, I was walking around for the first time in months. Zephan was about three hours old. He was in the NICU at Evergreen Hospital. He was stable and breathing with the help of from a CPAP. He weighed 3 pounds and 13 ounces and was about 16 inches long. He had fuzzy brown hair. For the first few days, we could not hold Zephan in our arms, but we were able to put our hands in his isolette to comfort him.

   

After a few days, we were able to begin kangaroo care, letting our tiny baby sleep on our chests. This was at once the most wonderful and the most terrifying thing. He was so small that when his little head was on my chest, his feet curled up above my belly button. He felt like a little kitten.

 

Little by little, Zephan began to grow stronger and bigger until he was ready to come home. He was able to breathe on his own on his second day. At the end of the first week, the nurses removed his PICC line. When he was about 32 weeks, we began working on breastfeeding. At 33 weeks, he moved out of the isolette and into a little crib. At this point, he began to wear clothes and had his first bath. A few days later, he was able to breast and bottle feed without a NG tube. At that point, we were waiting for Zephan to stop having spells of apnea where he would forget to breathe.

 

After one month in the NICU, Zephan was able to come home about a week before Christmas. What an amazing gift to our family to finally be together!

 

Over the last year, Zephan has grown into a healthy, busy, determined little boy. He has has a sweet, funny personality. He is now crawling everywhere and pulling up on everything. He adores his big brothers and follows them everywhere. He mimics things they say and do. He loves to eat. His favorite foods include broccoli cheese soup, teriyaki salmon and homemade bread. He has a funny little stuffed elephant that he adores.  He likes to make noise and “sings” along when I practice Christmas songs with the older boys. He especially likes Drummer Boy. When we sing this song, he says “Dum Dum Dum” along with Micah and Asher. He has a great sense of humor and laughs often, especially at his silly brothers. He loves his Daddy and gets excited when it’s time for Mark to come home from work.

 

I am so thankful for my little Zephaniah Issac Brinton. We had no idea how much joy this little person would bring to our lives. He has been a blessing and I am so thankful that God has given him to our family.

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