I thought since all the other forums (baby club, toddlers...) have introduction threads why not here? I will start... This is Lakai Hamilton Kraft, born on Nov 2, 2008 (due date Feb 16-18, 2009). 17 weeks early or 23 weeks plus 3 days. He was born early due to infection. He has ROP which needed surgery, a Grade IV IVH (to which the doctors urged us to remove him from life support) on the left side which caused minor PVL in the area of his brain the controls movement, hernia surgery, paralyzed vocal cord from his PDA surgery, a g-tube because he aspirates when fed orally...and other minor things. Our NICU stay was long and hard but we made it out the other side pretty much without any of the things the doctors were sooo sure he would have (CP, gross motor delays, fine motor delays....) He is currently 6 months plus a week. Here he is then and now.... This blanket is the size of a WASH cloth.. Me fawning over him... Low flow.. His first time outside ever...leaving the hospital! At home for the first time... Now... Two years old corrected update: Lakai is turning TWO in a day..and is doing SO well. He has zero delays, no issues from his bleed or prematurity. He is walking, jumping, running, climbing, signs, talks (know about 50 plus words and can form sentences, but this is one area he is a couple months behind), loves to read, loves his pets, loves to cuddle, sleep, eat (like a HORSE!), read, colour! He knows a few colours, shapes and letters. He is very interested in counting right now, and knows a few numbers. Over all he is just awesome!