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!