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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


“Are you sure you’re Archie Moore?”
by Anne Moore

“Are you sure you’re Archie Moore?” I ask the baby as I watch him voraciously eat his bottle. “Because the Archie Moore I know never wanted anything to do with taking a bottle!”

On Christmas Eve the doctors decided to give Archie a chance to try to feed from a bottle. “Now we don’t expect great things, ok?” the nurse warned John and I. “We’re not going to feel bad if he’s not interested, right?” John and I agreed not to be discouraged if the baby struggled with the feeding. Babies who are intubated as long as Archie was often don’t take to bottle feeding willingly.

John and I should have known not to expect typical behavior from our son.

Archie sucked down his bottle like no one’s business. And he continues to suck down each subsequent bottle, utterly astonishing his parents, nurses and doctors.

“Is he doin’ good?” John asked Dr. McQuinn during rounds Wednesday.

“He’s not just doing good,” Dr. McQuinn answered proudly. “He’s doing great.”

Archie’s LAP line was removed on December 23rd, the same day he was extubated. His RAP line was removed Christmas Day, as was his arterial line. All that remains is the little man’s chest tube and monitor leads. The chest tube will be removed as soon as Archie’s drainage subsides, and his monitor leads will stay on until he is moved to 7-C, the step-down unit, when the leads will be replaced by wireless patches that transmit readings to the nurses’ station in the hallway. I used to wonder if I’d ever hold my baby without wires and tubes attached to his body, if I’d ever be able to carry my baby across the room. Today those dreams don’t seem so unattainable.

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