Eventful day

January 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm 9 comments

1-2-3 Go!

1-2-3 Go!

I am writing to you from a horizontal position, and may not even have the gas to make it through this post (you’d think I could borrow some from one or two of my sons!) We started early today arranging this photo op – featuring sweater vests hand knit especially for the boys by a trio of wonderful ladies in the big city. We then geared up for the TV festivities, moving our dog and pony show into the living room, firing up the boob tube, heating up the bottles (which could also, I suppose, be called boob tubes), assuming leisurely positions charged with expectation. We tuned into CSPAN so just this once we could be free of the endless incessant blather, and it was really a beautiful relief. When nothing was happening, we heard the sound of nothing, or the low murmur of the enormous crowd, or the squeaking, slurping, burping and farting of our little ones, who on this day were able to feast on incandescent harbingers of happy days ahead with their glistening, unknowing eyes. 

We were all moved, of course, as our new young president painted the brightness of the moment against the darkness of the context, ushering in an era of responsibility, of cooperation, of competence and values we hold dear, most especially equal opportunity for all.  We are certainly glad our boys will be learning to crawl, walk, speak and sing during his presidency. It is just a thrilling time to be a new parent. 

Our afternoon grew more complicated. Levi’s been fussy, and hasn’t been eating so well. He also didn’t look quite right, so we called the pediatrician, who said sounds like an ultrasound is indicated, head to the Emergency Room. So Alex took him down, and hours and hours went by. Turns out there may have been some justification for his piercing screams after all. Like his brother once did, Levi’s got a hernia. Bilateral, though happily not “strangulated” (as Satch’s was). He’s due for a return consultation tomorrow, and likely surgical repair on Friday. Apparently this is normal for preemies and newborns, and nobody (except, of course, US!) is overly concerned. Routine. And perhaps Levi’s been laboring with this for a long time, falsely leading us to believe he was on the path to colic. 

So, we wrap up another day. Levi’s back home and doing well for the moment, and on some level he’s got to be comforted – just as poor Teddy Kennedy must be, after also having chosen an inopportune day for a hospital visit – by the happy winds of Obamadom.


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cat Anderson  |  January 20, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    So sorry Levi and you are going through this hernia business. Argh! How amazing that your instincts were so right on about his suffering–and that the Ped was so with it too. Sorry Alex had to go through ER with baby! (But they treat you great with the wee ones don’t they? And kind of sweet for her to have a little alone time with him eh?) Keep us posted of course! Side note–time for a FREEZER PARTY for the local folks. Pick a day, and people drop stuff off outside from say 10-11. Someone sits on the stoop to accept it for y’all. My freezer is the size of your kitchen, and I’ve had two fill my freezer events. They work well! xx, Mama C (PS-honored by the link!)

  • 2. shnootre  |  January 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for the well wishes and the great idea, Mama C. Yes – a freezer event could be helpful. We actually bought a stand alone freezer, and Alex wanted to return it (lack of use) but I told her it would come in handy!

    Not sure how well Alex was treated, but everybody in the hospital was apparently whispering about the return of “one of the triplets.’ even in isolation these boys are gaining a rep!

  • 3. Nina  |  January 20, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Poor Levi! Sending love & healing vibes.

    Good thing it’s a day of hope, at least. Beautiful post, Dan.

    xoxo Nina

  • 4. Lauri  |  January 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Ouch, sorry to hear it, Levi! I hope all will be well soon. And thanks for the inauguration-day thoughts. I’ve been feeling the same way: Glad that Ruby is young in this time when our country is going to reclaim its glory. I watched the swearing-in with her again tonight even though we both watched separately at noon.

  • 5. Charlotte  |  January 21, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Lots of love to Levi… Perhaps the scar he’s left with will form a little “L” so that you can tell he and Satchel apart. Love the vests. Too cute.

  • 6. atlmom  |  January 21, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Good thoughts are being channeled your way…

  • 7. Dana Jones  |  January 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I love the 1, 2, 3 vests, too cute. I showed Cora Tabb your pictures and she sends her best and congratulations.
    I will be thinking about Levi, I am sure he will be well taken care of. I am sorry Alex had to spend hours in the ER with the little man, I have done that a few times with Aiden. At least they are very sweet and dote on the baby.
    Love to the 5 of you!

  • 8. DEBORAH & DAVID  |  January 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Little Levi, we’re sending healing vibes your way. Amazing Alex, uncanny perception. Two boys with two different scars; now they can’t fool you guys as they grow up! You can always wrestle with them & pull down their trousers!

  • 9. shnootre  |  January 21, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for the good thoughts, all. And Dana – how sweet to hear from Cora! Please send her all our love (does the VCCA have any triplet rooms??)



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