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amberohamber 'A River cuts through a rock not because of its power but it's persistence' 1d

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amberohamber A brief moment a few days ago when his CPAP was off and feeding tube out and tape off his face. He is cross eyed trying to focus on things hehe, it's cute to watch. 3d

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amberohamber Because I take most of the photos there isn't many with me in them. Everybody seems to enjoy them and request them though so...here is one for all of you. Xo 3d

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amberohamber The pixie eared boy moved to special care today. C'mon River, you are strong, you are amazing. He weighs 1518grams today 4d
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  •   amberohamber @woolfcafe yes I hope to breastfeed exclusively if I can. I asked special care yesterday if they had a good success rate in sending home babies breastfeeding, she said yes. She said we will concentrate on training him breastfeeding first and then bottle as well just so I have the option. Thanks for your message 4d
  •   woolfcafe @amberohamber yes! That's awesome! I'm so happy for you! Rune was able to nurse first before he took the bottle but it was still like a mental war game because in nicu here in the u.s they are really strict about numbers.. And they prefer to be able to measure how much they are taking in via bf, some days were discouraging because maybe he didn't gain as much as I hope or he was too tired to nurse etc but we are on the other side of all that now and doing wonderfully! Good luck 4d
  •   amberohamber @woolfcafe just the next NICU challenge hehe. 4d
  •   amberohamber @woolfcafe PS absolutely love the name Rune xo 4d
  •   sheephuntr I almost named my son River, great name for a kid that will overcome all obstacles 3d
  •   amberohamber @sheephuntr it really is. Funnily enough I had the name already chosen before this all happened. 3d

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amberohamber Having a swaddled cuddle. The kid is still on low flow oxygen....amazing!! Because he has handled it for 24hrs he now qualifies to move from intensive care to special care.....he will be graduating within the next day or two!!!! 5d
  •   itsjae_liketheletter So proud of all of you xxx 5d
  •   mosaic60 That's fantastic, so happy that you finally get proper cuddles 5d
  •   hailspg82 What a boy!!! 5d
  •   _janeyypops1 Great news!! Xxxx 5d
  •   woolfcafe go baby go ! 5d
  •   caitlinchancellor That is massive in the scheme of things...Congratulations..so very excited for u and River..u little beauty!!! 5d
  •   colly_mack Good news. What a little champ! 5d
  •   lisadarce Omg! Look at him! He's filled out soooo much. You've got a tough one on your hands there! 4d

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amberohamber No more CPAP on his head! Fingers crossed he handles low flow oxygen. (His CPAP head gear squished his ear for so long he has a pixie ear point in it hehehe.) 6d
  •   crazyhead Precious little boy. It's wonderful to see his progress. 6d
  •   _janeyypops1 He is looking great!! Good on you Amber, you're doing a fantastic job xxx 6d
  •   caitlinchancellor He hasnt grown into his ears yet...!!..more progress every day and looking as cute as ever... 5d
  •   b00snaps Yay! Great progress and here is to more 5d
  •   apartmentf15 Great news!! 5d
  •   woolfcafe I remember the day I realized Rune's ears weren't soft and floppy any more....it was a sort of fun preemie milestone to hit 4d
  •   amberohamber @woolfcafe as preemie mums we tend to get excited about small things (hehe). So many milestones! I can't believe how much of a difference just one week can make in their lives....we have gone from CPAP 6 down to CPAP 5 down to CPAP 4 to low flow, moved from intensive care to special care, had his first nuzzle etc all within 1 week. It really makes me realise why there is so much importance placed on the amount of time you can keep them in for, every he makes a difference then. 4d
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amberohamber The bamboo now..after the cyclone 7d

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amberohamber Beautiful bamboo background for this picture....see the after shot of this bamboo now 7d

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amberohamber My mums yard after the cyclone 7d

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amberohamber My mums yard before the cyclone (this is the only photo I could find) 7d

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amberohamber 1w
  •   hailspg82 What a strong little man 1w
  •   lisadarce Does he have the best sheet set up of any of the preemies or what?? Xxx 6d
  •   amberohamber @lisadarce haha, yes! All the nurses keep coming in commenting on them. 6d

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amberohamber My home driveway after a category 5 cyclone....what cyclone? I cannot believe my house fared so well. I have seen photos of my mums, my brothers, my aunts, my friends etc houses and all of them are almost unrecognisable. I don't know how this can happen but we are lucky especially because we're not there to clean up. Phew. 1w
  •   ludsgirls So glad everything is ok xx 1w
  •   kaleidoscope14 You deserve a break! Sort for your families and friends who have to deal with this disaster. 1w
  •   catherinecbrown I'm so glad everything is ok, our place fared about the same, though technically it was cat 4 through rocky I think. 1w
  •   caitlinchancellor You are being watched over and cared for dear @amberohamber ...xxx 1w

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amberohamber My mums driveway after a category 5 cyclone....what driveway? 1w

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amberohamber I am 1392grams 1w

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amberohamber So I am happy to report that by some miracle there is very little damage at my house. My pool shade is ripped and down and a few trees down in my back yard. I can't believe the flimsy little tool shed (Ryan's shed hehe) is still standing and the massive gum tree (gum trees are so weak and are usually the first to go). Our house and my brothers house are on the road out to byfield/shoalwater bay which is where the eye of the cyclone hit. My dads house is at byfield (15km from the eye of cyclone).....nobody has been able to get out to see if it's still there. Yeppoon is without phone reception and Internet except for fleeting moments. And it is without power and expected to be without for weeks....at least my brother and sister grew up in off the grid solar power and self sufficiency so I do not feel nervous for their abilities or logic in this time. Meanwhile I'm in sunny, blue skies Townsville 1w
  •   ceci_4 Glad everything's ok. Less worry, less stress. You can focus on your little man. 1w
  •   itsjae_liketheletter Thank goodness your house is ok! 1w
  •   caitlinchancellor Thats fantastic to hear and a weight lifted for u...xx 1w
  •   mosaic60 So glad everything is ok, I feel for those that now have a struggle to get things back to normal ♡ 1w
  •   b00snaps So good to hear that your home has stayed relatively intact and your family are okay- you deserve a break and to focus your energy on little River xx 1w
  •   littlebitbrit Was thinking about you guys when I heard Yeppoon was going to be effected. Glad all is well! 1w

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amberohamber This super-star had another blood transfusion today so he should be very active again tomorrow. 1w
  •   kerrie_nipperess Are those little fat rolls I see on his arm ? 1w
  •   b00snaps River is soooo precious 1w
  •   amberohamber @kerrie_nipperess he is 'sort of' putting on chub, his neighbours are micro preemies and they are getting double chins and chubby arms but river is getting longer, he is 4cm longer than them but 2 weeks younger and the same weight. 1w

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amberohamber My brothers house. After. 1w

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amberohamber My brothers house. Before. 1w

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amberohamber All tucked in this afternoon. Today our home and all our families homes in Yeppoon were hit with a category 5 cyclone. I am glad to say nobody I know was hurt. My brother will be checking on my house tomorrow to asses damage....gosh I hope everything is ok there, it has already been hard enough worrying about our empty house from up here let alone if we have to start dealing with damages and insurance. Ryan has had to go back out to work just to pay our mortgage, electricity and rates. It is hard not having him here and even harder on him being away from River. Fingers crossed for minimal damage and....I really hope my fish in my pond are ok!! It is hard being away from home. 2w
  •   mosaic60 Oh he is so gorgeous Amber. Hope all is good at home. I can't imagine how hard it is for you all. Stay strong and before you know it all your little family with be back together 2w
  •   lolliejam Hope your home is safe and sound lovely , beautiful boy River xx 2w
  •   caitlinchancellor I hope all is in one piece back home @amberohamber and River is becoming such a little man now...Bless and take care of u as well..xx 2w
  •   ceci_4 So glad to see your little boy getting bigger and stronger! Wishing all's well with your home. 1w
  •   lisadarce So scary. Hope your place is okay & furbabies going okay. Will text soon x 1w

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