Week 7- April 9th, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

Well the weather here has the ups and downs of a newborn baby in the NICU. One moment it’s this:
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And the next morning you wake up to this..
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But despite the lows (like that time Alden turned blue, rolled his eyes back in his head and they couldn’t get him to breathe because…turns out there was a kink in his Oxygen tube… 😱😳😰😫. Mama bear was none too pleased), he is blossoming into beautiful baby boy who’Β now rocking Hi-Flo (Hi-βœ‹πŸΌ!)

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What a little peanut!
He now weighs 4lb, 3 ounces and you can see the growth in his new footprints on the right. πŸ‘£

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And look how peaceful he is under that blanket as he Kangaroos mommy… 😌
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So sweet…!

But..

If I’m being candid, he had a moment when they first took him off Cpap.

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(Am I the worst mom for that? Okay, now scroll back up again to see how cute he really is)

Btw, Alden‘s pod is between Kanikikalala and Sladanaruvalcaba’s.
No joke

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(And they put the Name Alert on Thomas…?)
In the meantime, Kirk and Charlie are beginning to look alike.
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And while Charlie enjoys hallway fetch, he really prefers to feel the wind in his hair.

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We’ve connected with amazing peeps in Denver. Thank you to Dartmouth buddy Billy Wynne and wife Christy for introducing us to the most delicious Japanese restaurant!

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And speaking of food, I’m developing something of a Gourmet Gummy Bear addiction. (Hey- they have 100% Vitamin C and are only $1.99 at Target!)

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And for the thrilling news?
We’re transferring to Stanford on Monday afternoon! πŸ›© Mommy gets to fly on the Lear jet with the peanut and medical team (thank you insurance!), and Kirky and Charlie will fly seperately on Virgin America ✈️

I can’t believe it has now been 7 weeks. Those first weeks felt like 7 years, and now it all seems to have flown by! I prayed for this moment.. to see a cute chubby baby healthy enough for a transfer, and here we are.
His due date is still not for another month and a half, but it is a relief to see him developing so well. We are just in awe of him.

XOXO
The Spaldens~

Ps: the flowers survived the snow storm..

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