Meaningful Monday

“Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.”

~ Author Unknown



As I am sure most people from my generation know, in the Super Mario series of video games, this guy is called the 1-Up Mushroom. He is relatively rare, and his sole purpose is to give you an extra life.

On Thursday, September 1st of 2011, at 5:49 p.m. my family got 1-upped and an extra life was added.

This guy is the newest member of the family. 🙂  His name is Thomas Paul.  Just after birth he weighed in at 10lbs 8oz! (The nurses are calling him their sumo wrestler.)  There is no doubt he is part of the family though; he is big, loud, and stubborn!  In these pictures, from my second meeting with him, Tommy is being given supplemental oxygen and IV fluids.  As a complication from being born via caesarean section, he had some fluid in the lungs and has had a bit of a hard time keeping his oxygen saturation levels up when he gets upset. In the short time since his birth he has done nothing but improve though and his outlook is great!  It is now just a matter of observation and waiting for his little lymphatic system to catch up. 😀

Here is the first picture of me and my nephew.  He doesn’t know it yet, but I am quite fond of him.  I can’t wait till I can hold him!  I think I will be spending a lot of time in north Florida soon!

Last but not least, a sweet picture of mom and son.  This was the first time she really got to hold him!

All in all, everyone is doing well.  My sister will likely be released from the hospital tomorrow and Tommy will get to follow her home as soon as he can keep his oxygen saturation levels where they need to be on his own consistently.  Then the real fun will start!  I leave you with two final baby quotes:

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank roll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.”

~ Anonymous

“Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful.”

~ Charles Osgood