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2003 Journal Links

Oct 26th - Archie is born
Oct 31st - Today, Archie is five days old
Nov 1st - We called the NICU at 3 a.m.
Nov 3rd - Archie's billirubin is down
Nov 4th - Today was Archie's due date
Nov 6th - Yesterday was the most trying day of our lives
Nov 9th - I think we knew that something
Nov 11th - Good day, bad day
Nov 13th - Archie looked great this morning
Nov 16th - If prayers were audible...
Nov 18th - I got to hold my son today
Nov 19th - John is back working again
Nov 20th - Archie slept all day
Nov 22th - I think I know what it’s like to be deaf
Nov 24th - Archie decided to stop fighting the ventilator
Nov 27th - Thanksgiving At the NICU
Nov 28th - John held Archie tonight
Nov 30th - If Archie doesn’t like something, he let’s you know
Dec 3rd - Archie will go for his first plane ride
Dec 5th - Tomorrow Archie will travel to Charleston, to the city where his father was born
Dec 8th - We got up extra early
Dec 10th - Although I spent the entire day at the hospital...
Dec 14th - The doctors attempted to extubate Archie twice
Dec 15th - We’re going to buff ‘em and shine ‘em up
Dec 17th - Santa Claus introduced himself to Archie today
Dec 18th - Archie is doing well
Dec 19th - Archie is continues to do well
Dec 23rd - It is Tuesday morning
Dec 26th - “Are you sure you’re Archie Moore?”

2004 Journal Entries

Jan 4th - John is holding Archie and feeding him his bottle
Jan 11th - We dressed him in a light blue sleeper
Jan 14th - Oh, how I've missed Days of Our Lives
Jan 18th - Patient & Family Satisfaction Improvement Survey
Jan 20th - Archie discovered his hands last weekend
Jan 15th - Babies like this
Jan 29th - Archie Moore is a flirt
Feb 11th - I'm watching Archie study his fist
Feb 23rd - Guess who gained eleven ounces his first week off Portagen?
Mar 2nd - My throat began feeling raw yesterday afternoon
Mar 10th - Tummy Time
Mar 15th - I hate those machines!
Mar 31st - Archie was not interested in his early intervention therapies today
Apr 13th - Well-baby check-up
Apr 21st - Today Archie's world got a little bit bigger
May 7th - It's difficult to write
May 30th - I took Archie to the CDS yesterday
Jun 20th - I know I don't update my journal as frequently as I once did
Jun 29th - We Achie to Budka's
Aug 26th - Archie fights sleep with a fierce tenacity
Sep 12th - Yeah, I know. I need to post more
Oct 26th - Today you are one


I'm watching Archie study his fist
by Anne Moore

I'm watching Archie study his fist. He is trying to put his thumb in his mouth, but his aim is skewed. Fist hits forehead, hits cheek, hits nose before baby slows his approach and deftly steers hand toward mouth. Archie's concentration is so intense it's tangible. Mouth opens and tongue reaches toward fingers until both connect. Archie triumphantly suckles his thumb until he pulls his hand from his mouth and throws his head back. "Gaa!" he announces. I interpret "Gaa!" as Archie's way of declaring his efforts successful. He looks at me and makes his "Did you see that?" face before his eyes fixate on his fist and the cycle begins again.

Archie played this same game last Friday in Dr. Horne's office. "Keep it up, buddy," the doctor said, encouragingly. "You'll figure it out."

"How are the feedings going?" Dr. Horne asked me.

"Oh, it's amazing!" I answer, smiling. "It's like he's a completely different baby. I think he looks forward to his bottles now." A week before Dr. Horne had given me the go-ahead to discontinue Portagen as Archie's formula and try him on regular formula instead. The manner in which Archie was refusing his bottle led John and me to believe that the baby wasn't very fond of the Portagen's taste, so we were happy to scourer the city to search for the 24-calorie formula Dr. Horne suggested we feed the baby.

Dr. Horne smiled at me. "Well, the x-ray looks great. No pericardial effusion."

I grinned at the doctor and nodded my head.

"So you can continue with the regular formula," the doctor continued. "Bring him back in two weeks and we'll x-ray again just to make sure there's no fluid build-up in his chest cavity."

During the same appointment in which the doctor discontinued the baby's prescription formula, Archie had his first post-operative echocardiogram in Dr. Horne's office. Everything looked great, the doctor said. He called Archie's mitral valve leak "insignificant," and even suggested that Archie may outgrow the leak. John asked about Archie's Captopril prescription, and the doctor said Archie would probably outgrow the need for the drug someday, too. "I'd bring you'all back in six months if we didn't have to monitor the discontinuation of the Portagen," Dr. Horne offered.

Last week Archie visited his pediatrician's office for a well-baby check-up. I don't mind appointments classified as "well-baby." "I'd feel much better if he had his two-month immunizations," Dr. Jacques confided. As a safe-practice precaution, the baby's immunization schedule was delayed until two months post-operation.

"I would, too," I agreed.

Dr. Jacques looked at her calendar. "It's been five or six weeks. Would you be comfortable with giving him his two-month vaccinations today?"

I must have looked hesitant. Dr Jacques continued, "Robin said that five weeks post-op would be enough."

I smiled then. "Well, if Robin said so, then let's do it."

Archie left his pediatrician's office that day with two very cool Tazmanian Devil Band-aides on his little baby thighs. His mother left feeling just a little more secure about taking her baby into the world outside his safe, germ-free environment at home.

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