We are back in Halfway now, having spent the first week of Cameron’s life in Eugene with Ben and Erin, and Erin’s parents, Anneke and David. We all could have stayed on happily and basked in the glory of this little grandson, but Brook and I were uneasy at being away from the farm too long. How we wish that Eugene were closer; I imagine that we will keep the roads warm this winter.
The four grandparents came by two’s to visit for a short time each day, leaving Ben and Erin to spend quiet time with Cameron…just the three of them.
Brook & Ben & Cameron….three Moore generations.
Cameron had to have some breathing assistance for a while with a machine that keeps a constant airway pressure to help the lungs expand, and increases their ability to oxygenate the blood.
Even during this time, his parents held him often, with the skin-on-skin contact that is now recommended. Whenever they held him, his heartbeat and breathing rate slowed, and the oxygen levels in his blood rose…it was magical to see.
Ben spent all the hospital stay with Erin, and thanks to the kindness of the nursing staff, both of them were able to move to a rooming-in situation in the neonatal intensive care until Cameron could be discharged. By the time that the three of them came home last Thursday (Cameron was 6 days old), Ben and Erin seemed totally organized in caring for their new son. Needless to say, they have settled easily into family life.
Erin was so very happy to be sitting in their own living room again…and she and Ben spent all afternoon cuddling their little one.
Even though he was a month early, Cameron is strong and takes in the world around him. His holding onto my fingers and looking up at me melted my heart; he is stunningly beautiful to this grandmother’s eyes!
It has been nearly 4 months since my last post…the summertime and early fall always seem to be busy, but this year, it has been especially so. I have had no time to sit and write, and none to sort photos so that the blog wouldn’t drone on with text alone.
My plan was to write about the projects (farming and otherwise) that have occupied us over this time, but all that seems so much less important now.
Yesterday our grandson was born! His name is Cameron Jacob and he is so beautiful! And so beloved.
Cameron was delivered a month early because the fluid that should surround him until the end of pregnancy was diminishing at an alarming rate. But the Caesarian delivery went smoothly, and Cameron came into the arms of his loving parents at 8:47 yesterday morning.
He is strong and in wonderful weight for a 36 week baby…6 pounds. But because of respiratory issues related to prematurity, Cameron has to be monitored in the newborn unit for few days. Happily he is improving quickly.
Of course, we grandparents have been drawn like bees to a flower!